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

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  • 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 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

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
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • V6 - 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

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Awesome product! Get a 1/2" ratcheting wrench, installation was tedious.

Combined with the Roush axleback mufflers, the V6 now sounds amazing. Deep, loud growl and nothing negative to say about the sound. *Install tips: - Get some long extensions (12-18in) and an impact to ...

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Long Installation...

It took my Dad and I about 10-12 hours to complete this install. Its a very slow, painstaking install that requires time and patience. The hardest part is bolting the shorty headers to the engine. I do ...

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Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Will these fit a 3.7l 2011 Ford F-150?


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


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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?"


  • 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.


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I have a Magnaflow Competition catback exhaust on my v6. Will I need anything additional for these shorties to fit? Or are they all I need to install? Thanks


  • Everything needed to complete the install comes with the BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Tuned Length Shorty Headers. No additional parts are required.


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Will this fit a stock 2017 v6 automatic and would it fit that car with the mac cat back exhaust with pro chamber sold here item 389974


  • This will fit a 2017 automatic Mustang with the MAC cat-back exhaust as long as you have a matching down-pipe to connect the exhaust with these headers.


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Is a tune required for the headers?


  • No, The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Tuned Length Shorty Headers will not require a tune when installed on the 11-17 V6.


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If I install this product with the BBK Xpipe, will the O2 sensors will cause the check engine light to go on? If so what can I do to turn off the check engine light?


  • If it is the bbk OFF ROAD xpipe the check engine light can come on due to the rear O2 sensors no longer seeing the catalytic converters on the car. The way to fix this concern would be with the use of a tuner. If it is the bbk normal xpipe (catted) then no check engine lights should be experienced.


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Overall Rating 4.4

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Full Day

Installation Cost:$100-$250

  • Performance Gain 4.119403 4.1
  • Fit 4.358209 4.4

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    April 19, 2014

    Awesome product! Get a 1/2" ratcheting wrench, installation was tedious.

    Combined with the Roush axleback mufflers, the V6 now sounds amazing. Deep, loud growl and nothing negative to say about the sound. *Install tips: - Get some long extensions (12-18in) and an impact to detach/attach the H-Pipe (15mm deep well) from the headers. Hooking it back up with the Roush hardware requires a 17mm deep well socket. - If the studs come out along with the nut, grab some vice grips and clamp on the middle of the stud to remove the nut. The stud has a 5mm (I think) head so you can rethread the stud into the engine before putting the headers in place. - Only 3 of the 6 nuts on each side can be tightened with a ratchet because the new headers will not allow a socket to fit. Be ready to make many, many turns with the wrench to tighten these bolts. This is where I think a ratcheting wrench would help save time. I probably dropped my 1/2 wrench 15 times trying to tighten these nuts. - The bottom left stud on the passenger side has very little clearance for even a wrench to access, so be patient with this one and do not get a closed end wrench stuck in there. Enjoy, the install is not difficult, just time consuming. BBK still makes an excellent product!


    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6 Michigan

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    October 22, 2013

    Long Installation...

    It took my Dad and I about 10-12 hours to complete this install. Its a very slow, painstaking install that requires time and patience. The hardest part is bolting the shorty headers to the engine. I do not have a tune so the performance gain could be more if I had one but other than that, in the low rpms, the gain is noticeable. Probably the most noticeable thing about these headers is the exhaust note. It made the exhaust more deep sounding (I have the pypes pype bombs) and there is a little bit of a lopey idle! It kind of sounds like it has ghost cams. Check out my Youtube if you would like to see a video of the headers


    Year: 2013 Submodel: V6 Carol Stream, IL, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    July 24, 2013

    Rainbow chrom

    At first I was skeptical about purchasing these headers mainly because I had heard people talk down about shorties.. MAN AM I GLAD I PURCHASED THEM!! The power gains are slightly noticeable but it's the sound that gives them their bang! My car sounds like the beast I wanted without the insurance price. I will suggest that you have these installed by a muffler shop or a professional, it took me much longer than I had expected.... Over all I say these are a perfect mod without the imperfect price!


    Year: 2011 Submodel: V6 Texas, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 16, 2016

    BBK Headers

    Just installed them today. Took about 5 hours. Sounds better and looks way better. Only problems are the bottom nuts on the passenger side were a pain in the neck and an exhaust leak


    Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    July 02, 2013

    BBK chrome tuned length headers

    After reviewing other reviews, I had the headers installed. The shop had to pull the starter to tighten the back bolts on the passenger side of the car. They took 3 1/2 hours and charged me $150.00. The sound is great, low and like a V8. I haven't put it on a dyno, but it feels good.


    Year: 2011 Submodel: V6 Ocala, FL

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    April 29, 2017

    Great look, decent tone, do not expect gains

    I love the way these headers look under my hood, and having had the Roush AN exhaust installed first and heating that prior to putting this on I can honestly say it does indeed affect the tone, not the volume, but the deep rumble on cold starts. Install took a while with my buddy, but it wasn't terrible. For the price I would give them 5 stars but if you install the value isn't there at all so Id find it hard to recommend these headers to anyone not doing their own install as your money is better spent in almost any other arena since you'll probably pay $200-$400 at a shop.


    Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    March 13, 2017

    Here's what you need to know

    I've had these headers now for more than a month and my cold starts are not as loud as they were before (Roush ABs and CAI), however, whether it's a cold or warm start, the car growls deeper. I called up BBK and confirmed it is a 13HP gain with these headers. I have noticed a slight increase in fuel capacity which is very odd. I use to top the tank at 154, now I sit at 160 and sometimes even more. The mechanic charged me $250 and it took him about 3 hours. Yes, it is slightly louder at the low and mid range when cruising but you will notice the deeper tone throughout the power band and definitely notice the volume increase when you step on it. The headers sometimes produce this EVEN DEEPER AND LOUDER growl. It almost sounds like a cam tune but out of the 40 days that I've had it, it's only done so about 5 times for about 10 minutes each. It is slightly louder at idle. Overall, the $550 could've delivered either more HP or more volume.


    Year: 2013 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 06, 2014

    Great fit and finish

    Easy install and nice return for the cost some reviews stated difficult installation however I did have access to a lift but installed them on my lunch break with hand tools and still had time to eat lunch


    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6 Cordele, GA 31015, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 26, 2013

    Great sound, awesome looks

    I received the headers in 5 days as promised. unfortunately when I open the package the headers had over 50% rust on them. AM rectified this problem ASAP. it was not that hard to put on. Luckily my buddy had small hands so we did not had to drop the starter to tie the passenger side. it took us about 3 hours to put them on. it made the car sound deeper but nothing mayor. I bought them as a replacement for a cracked stock manifold. the engine bay looks great with less clutter. I highly recommend it,


    Year: 2011 Submodel: V6 San Diego, CA, USA

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    • Response from AmericanMuscle

      Shocking to hear they arrived with rust on part of the headers. Definitely not something that I've heard of happening in the past. Very sorry about that, but I'm happy to hear you were taken care of quickly and are loving the new sound!

      Lisa , Customer Care

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    July 31, 2013

    Hard to install but worth it

    I installed these over the course of a weekend. Took about 6 hours per side, but if you've installed headers before it should take you less time. The old manifolds come out easily but bolting in the headers is a slow painstaking job. You do need to drop the starter motor to get to the lower back bolt on the passenger side. That being said, the car now sounds much better even with the stock exhaust. It's not much louder just better. The sound in the 4000 rpm and up range is awesome. Low end torque seems much improved. Overall performance and gas mileage also seems better. I would recommend this product but, unless you are really patient and mechanically inclined, have your favorite shop install them.


    Year: 2012 Submodel: V6 Nevada, USA

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 17, 2017

    A little more horsepower

    First different setups with have different results especially with sound. I have flowmaster outlaws with resonator, KandN drop in air filter and a throttle body spacer. I didn't notice any change in the sound of the exhaust except at idle. Idle a bit different than before. There is a noticeable gain in horsepower the car just breathes better and feels a little quicker. Installation took me about 5 hours worse side is the passenger. These are definitely worth the buy would recommend getting them professionally installed.


    Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 04, 2017

    Aggressive Sound

    Living in California, after-market cold-air intakes and header options are limited due to strict Clean-Air Laws. However, pairing these BBK Shorty Headers (as opposed to off-road or long-tube headers) with an AEM Bruteforce Cold Air Intake (Both CARB compliant), a custom-H pipe, and Flowmasters have made a BIG difference! The Shorty Headers gave it a very respectable growl at idle, but even more so at WOT. I can't wait to eventually pair it all with a tune, but even without it, it sounds much more throaty and aggressive. Very happy customer!!! P.S. In regards to installation, I happily paid a professional to do it. It "only" took him 3.5 hours, no problem. No way I'm dealing with that labor without the correct tools!


    Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    February 19, 2017

    Good quality, not too hard to install

    I have the chrome tuned length shorty headers along with a flowmaster outlaw axleback, and I couldn't love the way my mustang sounds more. Haven't had them on long enough to notice and performance gains. The installation is fairly simple if you have access to a lift, a set of ratcheting wrenches, and some WD-40. Took my friend and I about 3 hours from start to finish. Just be prepared to make a lot of 1/8 turns to tighten down the header hardware.


    Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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  • 1/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    January 05, 2017

    Overall disapointed :/

    Overall the gains I got with the shorty headers is upsetting. Install took about 8 hours with 2 friends. Driving my 2014 v6 I can't feel a difference between stock and BBK headers. Another thing that is unnoticeable is the sound difference. I could not tell the difference in sound. My Airaid synthamax cold air intake made a better sound difference. Took it to ford to make sure instalation was correct and it was. Of course a tune is going to make a difference but it would make a difference without it. I was super excited about this mod and im overall disapointed. Sorry.


    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    October 11, 2016

    BBK shorty headers

    Weren't too bad to install. The only thing holding me up were the nuts holding the manifolds to the mid pipe. Other than that the manifolds came off easily and the headers went on without any problems.


    Year: 2011 Submodel: V6

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  • 4/5

    August 17, 2016

    Nice sound

    I brought these because i noticed alot of v6 owners had them. I do think 310 dollars is expensive plus labor but if you can afford it get it. I have straight pipes and a h pipe on my 2015 mustang and before i had the headers installed it was just really loud but now its loud with a growl to it. It does not sound like a v8 but it does sound good. A v6 will always be a v6 but this makes the v6 sound sexy. Ihave not yet heard my vehicle outside the car so i cannot judge it well but from inside it sounds good. Overall i say get it only if you can afford it and if you do dont expect a whole lot but expect it to sound better. Its just another improvement to your exhaust. Good sound i like


    Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    October 10, 2015

    Shorty headers

    Bought these and did them by myself! Not to bad! But do yourself a favor and remove the starter on the passenger side. Headers bolts will be easier to do! Also on the passenger side put the header in from the bottom! BBK instructions should be redone! Other than that LOVE them! 2015 V6!


    Year: 2015 Submodel: V6 Indian head, MD

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    June 21, 2015

    Looks great and decent power gains down low

    Okay so I installed these headers with a friend in a day, the mechanic that said he did it on his lunch break must have had a LONG break. It took me and my buddy Approximately 7 hours with air tools etc. Getting the old manifolds off is not difficult at all, now installing the new headers sucks especially on the passenger side. You will definitely need a ratchet wrench to do this job do not attempt it without it, it is very frustrating turning nuts an 1/8th turn at a time. Now for the good news it does add a little more growl to the car and improved torque down low so It is a worthwhile mod.


    Year: 2015 Submodel: V6 Glen burnie, MD

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    October 30, 2014

    Good investment

    Like most of the other reviews passenger side is a pain, spent most of the time installing passenger side Instructions are good. And so is fitment Expected better quality from BBK and alittle disappointed I got these because I changed out mufflers and after didnt like the sound, these headers help cover up the Ricey sound and really sounds good now, Performance is better and is noticable Overall with sound and performance and fit it is well worth the 12 hrs it took to install.


    Year: 2014 Submodel: V6 Central. PA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    August 14, 2013


    First the good news! These things rock! Not a huge performance gain but is this car ever smooth now with a little of the "Burble" at idle. Sound is great. The instructions said a one hour install time and no special tools required. Being the shade tree mechanic that I am and having installed long tubes on 3 previous vehicles I thought "no problem!" Well about 7 hours later I was done and this doesn't include the trip to Sears for ratchet extensions and a universal joint to be able to access the collector bolts. Fit is excellent but this is a typical header installation. One nut and bolt at a time until the installation is complete. I also debated much over whether to go chrome or ceramic. I went with chrome and have no regrets BBK throttle body is next!


    Year: 2013 Submodel: V6 Mebane, NC, USA

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