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BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers (11-17 V6)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Increases Rear Wheel Horsepower
    • Shorty "Tuned Length" Header Design
    • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
    • Silver Polished Ceramic Coating
    • CARB EO Number: D-245-16
    • Fits 2011-2017 3.7L V6 Mustangs

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey, guys. Justin with AmericanMuscle.com here with my quick review of the BBK Tuned Length Shorty Headers available on your choice of either a ceramic or chrome finish, putting all 2011 and newer V6 Mustangs. So the products I have with me here are available for the 37 Mustang. Now a lot of guys and gals that drive them will tell you, they can be pretty potent given a little help. The help we're talking about again, Tuned Length Shorty Headers from BBK, available in your choice of either a chrome finish shown down here or a slightly more expensive ceramic coating up here. We'll talk about the differences between coatings in a minute, but let's first talk about what this tuned length business is all about. What BBK wanted to accomplish with their tuned length system is to basically keep all the runners of primaries here essentially the same length or as close to the same length as possible. Drawing them out a little longer than what you might see in a traditional shorty design, getting you closer to the performance that you might see with a long tube, yet still keeping that same compact package. You're still keeping your same catalytic converter location and still keeping the price down at the same time. Now with all that said, guys, can you expect similar performance or the same performance out of a shorty that you might see with a long tube? Well, honestly, the short and easy answer to that question is no. A long tube header is going to outperform a shorty, seven days a week and twice on Sundays. With that said though, these things will still offer some pretty decent gains. In fact, BBK is claiming roughly 10 to 15 horsepower at the wheels, 10 to 15 pound to the torque with your V6, and honestly, I have no reason to doubt that. Construction noise, here's what we're going to be looking at, guys. One and five-eighths inch mandrel-bent tubing, OE-style laser-cut flanges for a perfect fit. And they even include brand new gaskets and hardware to get you going. These are CARB certified so they are going to be 50 state legal. And one thing I do really like that BBK does with all their headers is they pressure test them just to ensure it's a leak-free product. Now onto my nitpicks. I do have few here with the BBK headers, but they're really not deal breakers in my opinion. Firstly, I wish the welds were a little better. For instance, I wish they fully welded this flange here at the collector. Again, not a big deal but just something to point out. I also wish they would have done a better job of smoothing out in inside ports here of the runners, there was little slag in there if you get your finger in there. Not going to totally affect the performance, but again, just my nitpick. This is a mild steel header, guys. It's not a stainless steel product so therefore, you almost have to expect some kind of corrosion to show up later on down the road. Because of that, we have seen some inconsistencies with the chrome coating. A little bit of surface rust of some of these headers. Again, not going to affect the performance. Well, I wouldn't be doing my job as a reviewer if I didn't point that out to you. My solution, spend the extra hundred bucks and go with the ceramic version here as they are going to be free from any surface imperfections. And on the topic of the finishes, let's get into that a little bit more because there are some subtle differences between the two. As I just pointed out here, guys, the ceramic is going to be a little bit more money, roughly a hundred bucks to be exact. And it will offer some additional benefits that you won't get with the chrome coating. For instance, the ceramic coating will slightly more durable. Basically, it's going to be more uniform coating. It's going to be in more durable coating, help resist any corrosion that you might otherwise see on that mild steel construction. And it's going to do a better job of reducing under-hood temperatures. That's what the ceramic coating is all about. Again, it does come out on the price though. Under 100 bucks on top of the chrome option. Let's talk about the chrome a little bit more. Again, more affordable here, coming in to the high $200 range. Very reasonable for an entry-level header, and it is going to be a pretty attractive header. It got discolor in a way that if you've seen a stainless header or if you've seen a chrome header kind of discolor, after a few heat cycles. You know that chrome turns into a bluish or purplish color. It actually looks really cool in my opinion, even cooler than the ceramic which kind of just remains that dull gray. Even though this is a performance product, I know it's definitely worth pointing out some of the differences and appearance because you do actually see these guys pretty good when you pop the hood. And again, don't take my word for it. Feel free to check out some of the customer submitted images on the site and see for yourself. Installation is a little bit of a bear here, guys. So just keep that in mind before you get started. I'm going to give it a full three out of three ranges on my overall difficulty meter. Not quite as hard as the long tubes, but it's pretty close. That's going to test your toolbox and make sure you have a decent set on hand before getting started, a six pack of your favorite adult beverage, and leave yourself a half to a full day to get these guys knocked out. Now for my final thoughts, guys, the Shorty Tuned Length Header from BBK is a great entry-level product. For V6 owners out there who are really aren't willing to go all-in on a set of long tubes, the shorties offer a no-tune require install. They're going to be slightly easier to install compared to those long tubes, and they're definitely going to cost you a lot less than a set of those long tubes. So be sure to checkout a set of BBK's four-year ride right here at AmericanMuscle.com

    Tuned Length Design. BBK Shorty "Tuned Length" Headers out perform both the stock manifolds and regular shorty headers. Tuned Length Headers have a unique extended tubular design that allows for unrestricted exhaust flow to increase horsepower and torque. Perfect for street and strip.

    Silver Ceramic Coating. These Tuned Length Shorty Headers are completed in BBK's Polished Silver Ceramic Coating that not only looks great, but reduce under hood temperatures to help increase horsepower and extend the life of the headers. Ceramic Coated headers will long out last both chrome plated and polished headers.

    Quality BBK Construction. BBK Shorty Tuned Length Headers are manufactured from 1-5/8" CNC mandrel bent tubing for unrestricted airflow. And feature one piece laser cut 3/8" header flanges for additional strength, leak-free performance and a OEM fit. The headers are then finished with BBK's high-temp Silver Polished Ceramic Coating for good looks and to lower under hood temperatures.

    Application. Designed as a direct bolt on, these BBK Shorty Tuned Length Headers will bolt straight up in the stock location to the factory Mid-Pipe without any modifications on both automatic and manual 2011 to 2017 3.7L V6 Mustangs to improve exhaust flow and sound.

    Technical Notes. These BBK Shorty Headers are CARB certified (CARB EO Number: D-245-16) and 50 state legal.

    Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Details

    MPN# 14420

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

    What's in the Box
    • (1) Driver side shorty header
    • (1) Passenger side shorty header
    • Installation hardware
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Header Specifications
    Header Type: Short Tube Finish : Ceramic
    Type Mid Pipe Required: Standard Fitment: 2011-2017 3.7L V6 Mustangs
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        5 Top Rated Questions

        I am interested in this product because I live in California. I recently got my '11 smogged for the first time and I asked my tech about this product since it does have the CARB rating. What he told me is that they would look for a CARB sticker on the product to ensure legality. I don't see a sticker on in the product images... does it come with one that I can apply somewhere else under the hood for quick reference?

        • Hello, These BBK Shorty Headers are indeed CARB certified (CARB EO Number: D-245-16) and 50 state legal. You would receive a carb sticker that you would place on the bulk head or inner fender.

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        Do the headers come with the OC sencer

        • The BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers do not include new O2 Sensors (Sold Separately).

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        I have a 2015 v6 mustang, will installing these short headers void my warranty

        • The Magnusson Moss Warranty Act: US Code – Title 15, Chapter 50, Sections 2301-2312, was created to protect consumer warranties. According to this act, a manufacturer such as Ford cannot void the warranty of a vehicle due to the use of an aftermarket part unless they can prove the aftermarket part directly cause or contributed to the failure of the vehicle.

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        I have a 2014 V6. I replaced the stock H pipe with a Ford X pipe. Will these headers (BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers (11-17 V6) be a direct bolt on with no additional modification needed?

        • Yes, these headers will bolt up to the Ford Performancex-pipe without any modifications. 

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        I have a 2016 Ford Mustang V6. I replaced my resonator with an H pipe and replaced my stock mufflers with the Flow Master Outlaws AB. I still have the factory cats on my car. Will these headers fit my mustang exhaust set up?

        • The BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers are designed to mount up to your factory mid pipe. You may need to modify your H Pipe to install these properly.

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        10 More Questions
        Is there any MPG gain? 2 answers
        I have a 2011 V6 and I wondering if these headers will give it a deep tone to it. Every thing is stock except it has Roush AB. 1 answer
        I have a 2012 V6 Mustang, I have put on the Magnaflow race series axle back exhaust on. Will these fit perfectly fine? I have no modifications to my Mid pipes, just exhaust. 1 answer
        do these headers change the sound of your mustang or is this just all performance 1 answer
        Are there any parts I need to connect these headers to my stock exhaust? 1 answer
        Do I need a tune file(sct or bama) to use this product? 1 answer
        Check Engine light? Without a tune will this make my check engine light come on? 2 answers
        WILL THIS FIT ? Will this short headers fits my Magnaflow Street Catback Exhaust (13-14 V6). Item # 48054. if not what type of header should I be looking for. 2 answers
        The page says it does not come with new o2 sensors. Do I need to buy new o2 sensors, or will the factory ones work? If it does require new o2 sensors, what is the part number for the new o2 sensors? 1 answer
        Will these headers work with the Borla ATAK cat-back exhaust? 1 answer

          Customer Reviews (100+) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.5

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Full Day

          Installation Cost:$250-$500

          • Performance Gain 4.134328 4.1
          • Fit 4.582089 4.6



          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            September 06, 2019

            Headers

            Lake Performance installed. Awesome look and sound

            Zarko

            Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            July 16, 2019

            Difference

            What is the difference in ceramic and chrome??? I wanna buy this but I want know the difference between these two.

            13Chann

            Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            June 19, 2019

            Very hard and expensive install

            They give a great amazing tone to the car. Without some headers your car would definitely sound like a stock v6

            coolapozos

            Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (0)

          • 1/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            June 11, 2019

            Not worth it

            Had to have two sent out first set was damaged looked used. The next set look poorly made sloppy!!!

            WhiteKoKo

            Year: 2011 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            June 06, 2019

            Review Part 2 of 2 (Chrome version follow up)

            *Following up from my initial review on the Chrome variant of these headers from BBK* The Ceramic headers are much better product all around and because of the ceramic coating, there is better heat retention which provides it's own benefits. In regards to the install, with access to a car lift and a plethora of tools, still takes longer than an hour. Although the install is straight forward, it's the maneuvering you have to do, both, under and above the car with limited amounts of space that causes delays and issues. If you are going to attempt this install yourself make sure you leave yourself 2 full days in the event something goes wrong. You're looking at approximately 6 hours of your day going into this project unless you bring it to an actual shop where, hopefully, the mechanics there have a decent amount of experience dealing with this sort of thing. Overall, this is a nice piece of hardware for the 3.7L V6, and it gives the car a deeper exhaust note. Although there are performance gains, you will only get the most out of these headers with a tune despite what the guys over at BAMA will tell you.

            Christian

            Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            June 01, 2019

            Not for the faint of heart...

            So I’m an amateur when it comes to wrenching on cars. I grew up changing my own oil, replacing radiators, rotating tires, and replacing things like water pumps. I figured “hey, if the instructions say I can do it with simple hand tools, a jack and a couple stands, a few hours, friends and beers, I figured, why not save the money I’d pay a shop and do it myself? So I called a buddy over with an impact wrench and some deep wells, borrowed a bigger jack and got to work! Install honestly wasn’t so difficult as it was time consuming. I would absolutely recommend buddying up for this as you’ll have difficulty alone if you don’t have all the right tools. The hardest part was removing the old exhaust manifold as the nuts and studs were rusted on with plenty of junk in the threads. Heavily recommend using liquid wrench and a stud extractor or small socket to remove and clean them before installation of the headers. Only reason it took me two days and over 7 hours was due to the lack of correct tools, the rust, and the size of my large hands! Having two people definitely made for good company and faster work from the top AND bottom at the same time. After it was all said and done, definitely noticed a bump in the low end torque and power, and slightly deeper exhaust note. Will definitely be a great supporting mod for everything else I have planned. Recommend the ceramic for better heat extraction.

            Brandon123

            Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            May 19, 2019

            A Must

            Can definitely feel a big difference over stock but I also had a Lethal Performance catless H pipe installed at the same time with stock mufflers and was very raspy. So I got a set of Magnaflow mufflers installed which removed most of the rasp and gave a nice deep tone but still get some rasp on hard acceleration and drone about 3000 rpm and I'm hoping that quiets down over time. Just need to do some data logging and get MPT to update my tune. Every thing came boxed perfectly and had zero issues with quality, finish or fit. I also purchased from Ford new studs, nuts and gaskets for headers for about $70 and would recommend. Total install by Rare Fab in West Palm Beach about 4 hours

            BrianH

            Year: 2012 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (1)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            May 08, 2019

            Good clean looking product

            I’m taking one star off because, even tho it did make the sound deeper it made it way more quiet. I have resonator delete x pipe and muffler delete. Let’s say it added 0.7 deep level but it took off -2.0 loudness. But great product looks nice under the hood and I can feel the difference in low rpm it’s not much but way smoother feels like it has more throttle response

            Reviewfromme

            Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: 0-$100

            May 07, 2019

            Shorty headers

            I had them installed by the students at the local Vo-Tech school's auto tech program. (The charged me $5 to install them!) They installed easily. There was a bit of an issue in getting them to fit up to the stock exhaust pipe, but it was apparently an easy fix. There's a little difference in sound, and a palpable difference in performance. (I wish I had access to a dyno so I could compare before/after, but no dice.) My little V6 is pretty peppy with the simple mods I've done.

            PEM

            Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (0)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            April 24, 2019

            Great addition

            Plan on more than 1 hour to install these headers, it took 2 hours just to get the old manifolds off. Also, new studs and nuts help. Look great. Car is actually quieter, one of the studs and new was missing from the driver's side manifold.

            JohnB

            Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            April 10, 2019

            Get these headers!

            It took about 2 hours to put these headers on. My boyfriend and I put them on. We used the original manifold gaskets instead of the new gaskets provided because they would last longer. The ceramic headers look great and they sound good too. It brought the Mustang to life.

            electakute

            Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (1)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            April 09, 2019

            Hard install

            It took the weekend to install and a lot of time under the car the headers look nice and sound great

            AlwynD

            Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (0)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            March 11, 2019

            Love the headers, but the install was horrible

            Took me about 8 hours to install these bad boys, most of it was doing the nuts and bolts, and they shipped bad studs, 2 of the studs i got were all stripped so they wouldn't fit inside the headers. After i finished there as a small exhaust leak on the headers, so instead of taking it back off, and re-doing it, i let my friends shop finish it for me. They sound GREAT, my mustang has a v8 growl, and a few people gave me compliments already saying it sounded mean as heck, i have borla s-type mufflers, and a H-pipe in the middle, also the low end really beefed up, being in 5th gear trying to give it gas, didn't do much, i had to go to 4th, but with these, 5th gear will carry me no issue up to 6th gear, can definitely tell the difference. Other than the bad studs that came with it, i enjoy the headers 100 worth the money

            Brandon

            Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            February 24, 2019

            Great choice

            Great quality, fit and finish was really good. Install went pretty much just the way the videos show. I recommend starting with drivers side so you can get a feel for best case scenario. The bottom two bolts on driver side closest to the firewall will take you about as long as everything else combined. The whole thing took me just under four hours, I'm not a mechanic and used basic tools, a second set of hands would have been great.

            MichaelD

            Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            February 11, 2019

            Awesome headers

            Great headers for the price woke the car up on the bottom end! Word of advice buy you a shorty 1/2 inch ratchet wrench if your gonna do it your self! Wasn’t to hard just very time consuming!

            SeanD

            Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (2)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            January 27, 2019

            BBK Shorty Headers

            Shipping got a little messed up. However once they arrived all was great. The quality of these are spot on. I will say the ceramic coating does smell for a bit. You can’t smell it inside the cabin. However once you get out of the car, their is a faint smell. I will say, it does not make the car louder for anyone wondering. It changes the note of the exhaust but is around the same level of loudness. With all that said, I did notice quite a bit of higher power in the lower rpm bands. I also noticed higher mpg of about (2) in my normal route to work. Overall I am very pleased with the results these have given me.

            DanielM

            Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            January 09, 2019

            Great fit!

            So rather than pay $400 to have them installed, I tackled it myself. Being retired,and in no rush,( weekend car) I took my time. Stocks came off with no problems! Jacked up the front end and used 4 3 ton jack stands. Driver side went right in. Removed battery and battery box, and the Passenger side also slid in with no problem. It’s just that last bottom bolt that’s tough. Once it started, used a stubby 1/2 wrench from underneath, a little at a time and got it done!! Mine you, I took 2 days to do it to keep my blood pressure down!! Just take your time and don’t get aggravated! I also used OEM Ford gaskets... paired with CAI, BBK thottle body magnaflow axel backs 373 gears and tune, it’s perfect! Sounds great and pulls a little harder!

            Floorguy

            Year: 2012 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (5)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            December 09, 2018

            2014 mustang v6

            Great item not asloud as thought. USE STAGE 8 BOLTS TO PREVENT LEAKS!!!!

            Pedro

            Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (3)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $250-$500

            November 24, 2018

            Shorty Headers

            My stang has a deeper tone when idling and it gets louder when you get on it which I like a lot. I highly recommend it.

            NoelG

            Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

            Helpful (3)

          • 1/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            November 19, 2018

            if you only want looks, buy them

            I read the reviews before I buy just like anyone who is reading this review is now. I had my 2013 Mustang to the drag strip in the Spring and it ran a 13.78 at 102. Than I installed the BBK shorty headers. I few weeks ago I ran the car again with the same weather conditions. My time and MPH were the same. The same MPH = NO power increase with the BAMA tune. There is NO tune for shorty headers. Don't waste your money, unless you just like the looks and a little change in sound. Only racing slips tell you if your car is making more power! Feeling power isn't making power. BAMA tune is needed to get the power from added headers.

            HowardL

            Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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