Installation Time: Afternoon
September 23, 2017
My Stang Breathed a Sigh of Relief
If you want your V6 to sound like a "real" muscle car, you HAVE to get these BBK Headers.
When I bought my used 2013 V6 Mustang in that gorgeous Candy Apple Red Metallic, it was bone stock. Since then, I've added Flowmaster 40's, a Ford Performance X Pipe, AIRAID CAI, a throttle enhancer, and now, the BBK Ceramic Tuned Shorty Headers.
I waited to write the review until I had gone to the track and run the car at Bandimere Speedway, home to the NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals. So here it is:
A. The car sounds awesome. Gone is the raspy tuner sound. It rumbles with a "healthy" growl. At 2500-4000 rpm it just makes me smile.
B. It MOVES faster, so much so, with all that's been done to it, I've shaved 6/10 of a second off my ¼ mile ET. Down from the mid to low 16's to mid to high 15's depending on atmospherics.
C. Keep in mind, we race at over 5800 feet ABOVE sea level. Sea level performance will be much better. We have 30 less air up here.
D. What's left you ask? 3.73 gears to replace the anemic 2.73 factory stock gears, along with Posi Traction so I can say bye bye to one turn burns. A BBK 73mm Throttle Body to replace the stock throttle body. An aluminum solid drive shaft. And last, but certainly not least, a BAMA 93 Octane Race tune to tie it all together. My guess is that I will wind up in the mid to high 14's when all said and done and able to take on V8 4.6L GT's; Dodge Challengers, and Camaros, and put them on the trailer. Again, WE RACE AT ALTITUDE. I would love to see this thing run at sea level. Ramona, here I come.
We just wrapped up our race season last night, so, it's a winter of mods to be done over time before April of next year when we pick it up again.
Now, for the install. As everyone has said, be prepared for a PITA install. I had Exhaust Pros in Aurora, CO do the work and it cost me $350. It took them 6 hours. They do excellent and meticulous work so it was well worth the cost. I have to take it back in after 500 miles for them to tighten anything that may have come loose.
All in all, between the Flowcasters, X Pipe and these headers, this pony sounds mean with a deep growl and no raspy high pitched tuner sound. At idle, it just does a low groan rumble. And as I said, listening to this machine go through the range, it makes me just smile.