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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 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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    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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    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
    Will tuning be required after installing this header? I have a flowmaster resonator delete x-pipe and flowmaster ab. 0 answer
    So I'm trying to work on my exhaust system but living here in California limits what I can put on my car before smog emissions get to me. So I'll get to the point. Will these headers work with item #401071 or will I need to do some additional work to make it fit properly? Thanks for the help and if anyone live in California running an exhaust setup that somehow manages to get past the smog check let me know your setup or any recommendations I'd gladly appreciate it! Rock on everyone! -W 0 answer

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    Customer Reviews (100+) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.6

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Full Day

    Installation Cost:$250-$500

    • Performance Gain 4.138211 4.1
    • Fit 4.585366 4.6



    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • 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!

      RobS

      Year: 2012 Submodel: V6

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    • 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

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    • 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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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      November 17, 2018

      We like them

      We got them for the exhaust sound. Very pleased. But, is it my imagination or does this car have a bit less power?

      GregoryP

      Year: 2012 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      November 07, 2018

      Pretty cool!

      They sound pretty awesome when you floor it, and you can def feel the boost in torque. Nothing crazy stock, but with a tune im sure it will really open these bad boys up!

      Frosty37

      Year: 2011 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 07, 2018

      BBK shorty headers Roush

      These sound great pair with the roush axelbacks. Really loud and aggressive it's great

      JohnnyA

      Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      October 26, 2018

      BBK Shorty Headers

      BBK Shorty's are a great mod. They not only gave an amazing amount of HP but an improved sound.

      HoustonS

      Year: 2012 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (6)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      October 13, 2018

      Great Product

      Looks great under the hood, gives a deeper tone to the exhaust, and a little increase is power and throttle response. Overall, great product! Spend the extra money on the ceramics!

      Ammar

      Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      October 02, 2018

      Great performance increase

      Definitely felt a performance increase, more than what I was expecting. The throttle response increased quite a bit, and could for sure feel more power while accelerating through the lower to mid RPM ranges. Felt like a bottleneck holding back some power of the engine got removed. Definitely recommended for anyone not looking to get into long tubes, or planning to go forced induction at a later point.

      TylerC

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      September 14, 2018

      Bbk shortys

      The shipping was really good, the only problem i had was with the thread where the provided studs go(to connect the collector pipe) they were really bad quality i had a hard time putting them in and when i was tightening up on of the bolts they came off from the header i was really disappointed but other than that these made my car sound better i love the sound now!

      EdwinV

      Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (5)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      September 14, 2018

      Shorty headers

      These things are awesome! Really bring out a nice sound for my V6 with all my other exhaust components

      Atwood

      Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (5)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 10, 2018

      Honest review!

      A increase in low end torque was present as well as a slight increase of power. Only thing I disliked was the finish was kind of bad even after paying the extra 100$ for the ceramic coating.

      EdmondP

      Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (5)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      August 09, 2018

      BBK Ceramic Shorty Headers

      These Headers are a very nice product. The look a fit is great. Like the video states, the welds could be a little better but they get the job done. The Headers definitely add some nice deep sound through the whole powerband. The idle is a slightly deeper tone. It definitely has a more powerful engine tone and knocks out a good bit of the cyclone rasp. They add a little noticeable bump in the lower RPM acceleration, nothing crazy but noticeable. All that said, the install on these is a pain if you plan on doing it by yourself or with a friend. My first recommendation is put a lot of penetrating oil on every nut you have to take off. It will cut down huge on the install time. Definitely unbolt the starter to reach the passenger side easier. If you don't have professional tools it will be a long process taking off and putting back on the nuts, but it can be done if you have some patience. The four stock nuts for the flange to mid pipe connection come loose with 15mm socket and extension. The BBK nuts for the flange go on with 17 mm socket. The starter comes off with 13mm and 10mm socket. The 12 nuts from the engine to the header come loose and go back tight with 1/2 inch wrench/socket/extension. Overall, this product is well worth it.

      Steven

      Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      August 04, 2018

      BBK shorty headers

      Some what time consuming install but managed to do it myself, looks really good sounds and runs great had to clean up threads on the shorty headers to be able to get bolts screwed in.otherwise they are awesome. I did put full day due to trip to Home Depot to get the thread tool And had some breaks to eat etc

      MikaelM

      Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      August 01, 2018

      Ready to rev

      I made certain to read every single review about these not only on THIS site but on others. Obviously not everybody is pleased with them. But I am!!! And I’m glad I made the decision to give them a try. They just arrived in great condition and I will make sure to write another review once I have them installed. But they look great. Mine were welded nicely with very smoothed edges. They were packaged in a way they could’ve possibly get damaged and I appreciate that. So far I have the Pedal Commander, KandN air intake.. SCT X4 tuner, and now tomorrow the headers get installed. I know how to do them but I honestly don’t want to lol. I’m having Tuffy Auto do them in North Carolina. $335 but the reputation is a good one and I’d rather pay to play right!

      AbbasA

      Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

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