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BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome 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
    • Bright Chrome Finish
    • 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.

    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. These headers are then completed in a bright chrome finish for good looks and a long life.

    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

    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 : Chrome
    Type Mid Pipe Required: Standard Fitment: 2011-2017 3.7L V6 Mustangs
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    Will these fit a 3.7l 2011 Ford F-150?

    LandonH

    • We do apologize but we would not be able to confirm fitment of these headers on anything but the 11-17 V6 Mustangs.

      Ricky36

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    I recently had a muffler shop put these bbk chrome shorty headers on my 2014 v6 mustang and I noticed its producing a strange smell. Should I be concerned by this? I notice it when my windows are down and I'm stopped and begin to accelerate. Please let me know in case there may be something wrong or maybe it's just the metal from the piping producing the smell until it has been worn in, if you will. Thank you for your time.

    Crane

    • These BBK Tuned Length Shorty Headers or any new exhaust component for that matter will have a very strange smell at first, however, the smell will go away after a few hundred miles of driving.

      AMJEFF

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    What will increase??? I just purchased the shorty headers for my 2013 V6 Mustang, waiting for them to arrive. My question is "Will the headers Increase my MPG?"

    Twalker965

    • I just installed these exact ones a couple hours ago on my 14 V6 and I did notice that when I turned the car on after the installation the estimated mile to go was higher by like 25-30 more miles. So I guess the extra flow of air does allow more MPG.

      Rax45

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    will these work with a borla atak cat back

    JoshuaF

    I currently have a 2012 v6 with pype bomb axles backs, a Borla off road x pipe ( without long tube headers ) and I also have a bbk cold air intake. Would I still be able to install these shorty headers with all those things as well?

    MatthewD

    • The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Tuned Length Shorty Headers will be compatible with the Pypes Pype Bomb Axle back and cold air intake. If the Borla Off-Road X-Pipe currently fits your stock manifolds, the shorty headers will not be an issue.

      AMCoalSVT

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    Will I need to buy a Header gasket set with this or does it come with it

    ChristamJ

    • The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Tuned Length Shorty Headers will come with a set of gaskets. We would recommend to upgrade to the premium set which BBK offers.  https://www.americanmuscle.com/bbk-header-gaskets-1114v6.html 

      AMCoalSVT

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    Customer Reviews (90) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.4

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Full Day

    Installation Cost:$100-$250

    • Performance Gain 4.084337 4.1
    • Fit 4.409638 4.4



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      May 21, 2018

      sounds great

      i did Mod and the sound was amazing. not sure about performance gains, i haven't tuned it or anything of that sort.

      JeffreyT

      Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 16, 2018

      Studs

      The studs didnt come installed. I had trouble bolting the cat delete pipe to the header on one side so the stud stripped so I cant tighten the nuts properly. Other then that I love them and made my car sound even better

      ZacharyW

      Year: 2012 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      April 17, 2018

      NICE!

      So, these shorty's definitely help deepen your exhaust note. Don't expect a whole lot, but it's a little something. I'm still trying to get a good exhaust note, eventually I'll get it. I have these BBK's, Borla ATAK's and a KandN typhoon CAI. When you punch it, it growls pretty decent around 3k rpms. I used to have a precious 98 GT with a custom exhaust, this 3.7 sounds WEAK compared to what I was used to.. you just can't make it sound like a GT lol Accept that now, if that's what you're hoping for. But it does add a nice tone to the 3.7. performance, well honestly I couldn't feel much, the car always pulled hard (3.7 manual), easy to peel out, the pony just packs a good punch, so adding this didn't make a big difference to me. I do feel like 3rd and 4th MAYBE pull a little better.. but it's not like this is a mod that blows you away lol just being realistic. INSTALL was rough!! I called my shop and they offered it for $100.. I should've done it lol if you can afford it, save yourself the trouble. I've done quite a few different jobs, but this was just time consuming lol took me almost 6 hours alone. The trickiest part is getting them to fit in place and getting all the nuts on lol YOU HAVE VERY LITTLE WORK SPACE!!!!! So make sure you're not on a time crunch. I tried doing them before my evening shift and I was stressing it lol I didn't even finish.. i ended up finishing it 2 days later lol So again, if want to struggle a bit and have the time for it, cool. It can be done. If you can avoid yourself the 1/20 turn of a wrench, for like 500 times on several bolts, save yourself the trouble lol For the DIY-ers, just a tip: when doing the passenger side, keep all the nuts loose as you are putting them on. I forget if it's the top or bottom one, but it's towards the rear on the header.. it has very little space, and you need to be able to pull the header out as you put on the nut. If you tighten any of them too soon, the header will be flush with the motor and YOU CANNOT FIT THE NUT ON ANYMORE lol trust me.. you'll see when you try it. Just keep them all loose till you get all the nuts on.

      AndrewB

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      April 16, 2018

      Necessary

      Great fit, cant wait for this baby to be even more effective with a new cai and a tune.. great sound with the new axle back

      EliasV

      Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      April 08, 2018

      Great sound

      It gives a great v8 sound when your at 4,000 rpm or more . Power is minimal but with a cai and a mpt tune prx 91 its another car now .

      AR

      Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      March 31, 2018

      Great product

      Better throttle response,, great sound,, more lower end power

      DedricS

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 18, 2018

      Must have

      These increased performance and sound is much better highly recommend if you’re short on cash for the long tube headers. Also, rather easy install I’ve never done a job like this but it was quite simple once you figure out the angles to tighten and loosen bolts.

      MarquisM

      Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      March 17, 2018

      What a big difference!

      The Shorties made the car sound so much more aggressive especially paired with the Roush axle-backs. Also gained more power and torque you can tell right away, I love the Shorty Headers!!

      AldoR

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 13, 2018

      They make a difference

      I had an X pipe and muffler delete and this made my car sound way better ! It made my car sound a little bit louder and way deeper ! Definitely recommend these !!! Make sure to make time to install it takes a while. Got started at 3 and didn’t finish til around 9 or 10 o’clock as far as I can remember and use WD40 to loosen those bolts !

      MiltonB

      Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 13, 2018

      Very satisfied

      Deep aggressive loud popping sounds and rumble. Major difference in tourqe and power especially in the freeway

      AlanO

      Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      March 08, 2018

      Great sound!!

      The install wasn't to bad if you have the patience. It gives the car a more deeper aggressive tone. I LOVE IT!!

      DanO

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      March 08, 2018

      Noticeable difference

      Bought these shortys for my 2014 Mustang, about two days ago, got them yesterday, and got them put on today. Costed me 250 to get them put on, and i have to say, what a punch it added to my Stang! I believe i have the H pipe with Roush axle backs and now the bbk shorty headers. This combo gives the car a deep growl with the loudness deeper than the roush axel backs by themselves! Totally worth the buy!

      Roush14

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      February 27, 2018

      Great product

      Such an easy part to install and you definitely feel the throttle response along with a great sound difference out of these!

      LeoB

      Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      February 16, 2018

      Awesome product!

      This product made my 3.7 feel a lot better, a lot more responsive, and I can feel that those torque numbers went up a notch!

      JuanA

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      January 09, 2018

      Decent purchase

      Took 3 hours to install, and the last bolts couldnt fit so had to get new bolts that were half the length. Bought this with a MPT 93 octane tune. Great boost in low end torque, the sound is a little bit deeper and louder. Dont expect a huge improvement in power but it is smoother

      DHyon

      Year: 2012 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      November 25, 2017

      BBK Shorty Headers

      The BBK Shorty Headers definitely give you a throatier sound but if you really want to get that loudness you need to also get x pipes and remove the stock straight pipes that is what is holding your sound back

      BrettF

      Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 05, 2017

      BBK

      The headers work perfect on my 2016 Mustang.The sound is great. I plan on putting turbo on later and the turbos will bolt up to the headers and should make mad Horse Power.

      MikealR

      Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      October 16, 2017

      Great sound for a V6!

      I knew I needed to be street legal as this is my daily and my county requires emissions so these were my only option. I read reviews slamming these for sounding like Rice, well news for those people...thats how a V6 sounds. Do Not think these will make your V6 sound like a V8, thats not how this works. They make it loud and angry, not deep and throaty. Took the shop longer to install than I would like, about 6 hours. I actually had to take them out already myself and I had them out and back in well within the time the pros took to install them initially. The procedure does say not to use thread lock but I found it necessary. The bolts holding the midpipe to the headers don't want to stay tight after 3000 miles, I've tightened them 4 times so I just threadlocked them now and no problems since.

      JayB

      Year: 2011 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 29, 2017

      They are great

      I really liked the bbk shortie headers. You could feel the power difference from stock. It made the car sound a lot deeper, it makes the roush axel backs sound even better. I would highly recomend them. It took about 6 hours to install them.

      RodrigoE

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      September 27, 2017

      Of out of stock pick something else

      Took 3 months to get because of backorder. Had them installed by the shop, charged 3 hours labor. The sound and tone these give a v6 is amazing. Feel a little increase in power but the sound is really what I was after and these did not disappoint. I also have a CAI, Upgraded TB and axle backs by MAC.

      jshin

      Year: 2011 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (1)

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