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

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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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    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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    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

    Goldy

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

      AMJustin

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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

    GaryB

    • 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.

      KevinD92

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    Is a tune required for the headers?

    BrandonB

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

      AMCoal

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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?

    PepsiStang

    • 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.

      AMjordan

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    Customer Reviews (77) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.4

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Full Day

    Installation Cost:$100-$250

    • Performance Gain 4.085714 4.1
    • Fit 4.357143 4.4



    • 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

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 22, 2017

      BBK TUNED LENGTH SHORTY HEADERS V6

      Driver side was easy passenger side bottom nut was hard. I had to take off the starter also took out battery box as well. It was a good install need right tool thank to my brother had all the tools for the install not so much of a big horsepower gain. THKS TO MY BROTHER again

      AndrewG

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      September 19, 2017

      Great

      I've had these on as well as my Flowmaster Outlaw Axle-Back on for about a year now. No issues since installed and sounds amazing. Drone isn't bad and also isn't extremely loud when just idling. When you get on it that's when you hear it.

      Taylor

      Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      July 30, 2017

      2011 V6 BBK Install

      I read everyone's installation reviews, copied and pasted portions of their troubles in a word document and printed out as a reference. So start from the bottom by removing the manifolds from the Cats. prop up the two exhaust pipes/Cats so they wont fall and will line up easier to the headers when ready to bolt together. I removed the starter; which I realized didn't need to be removed, and like everyone stated the right manifold was the most time consuming to install. One issue with the right side was lack of working space and access to place the nuts on the manifold bolts. For one bolt i sawed the tip off because there was NO space to get the nut or the wrench on. So I removed all the other nuts to allow more wiggle room to slip the wrench on. i dropped those nut many times and i started using a telescopic magnet to retrieve them. So by using a ratcheting box wrench will greatly help speed up the process of getting them on. I started this job kind of tired and couldn't think clearly at times when trying to overcome the challenges of space, poor lighting, and ill tempered nuts/bolts. Installation time took more than the average of 5 hours to complete, but never the less the its great having them on and they really compliment and enhance my pony's performance. its now MORE fun to drive!. I also have FlowMasters axle backs, so its not as loud as I thought it would be, but its respectable until you step on the gas and she wakes you up. Gear changes seem smoother as you gain speed and the response is very pronounced. I should have put these on much earlier. Every Mustang needs headers

      DJMustang

      Year: 2011 Submodel: V6

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 23, 2017

      Meh.

      Prepare to spend an entire afternoon on these and make sure you have a good tool set as you will need a decent arsenal to get these installed. There is virtually no space to make any meaningful progress in the engine bay, it is highly tedious work. Get some WD40/ratchet wrenches and get ready to make an 1/8 turns to remove and install. Pay for install if you can afford it. I'm mechanically inclined, DIYer but these tested my patience. Otherwise, grab some friends and have at it. Lower end gains, slightly noticeable. Deepens your exhaust tone and these sound insane with Roush ABs.

      AlexBull813

      Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 20, 2017

      Installation bbk shorties

      The passenger side was the hardest make sure you have a 13mm ratchet wrench. Over all they sound great!

      DanChapman

      Year: 2014 Submodel: V6

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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.

      Jo

      Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      May 17, 2017

      Rust

      There was rust on them................................................................................

      SaudA

      Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      May 09, 2017

      Shorties

      Don't know how much hp it gave me but I did notice improvement from 0-60 acceleration and also noticed deeper exhaust tone. Would recommend tuning after installation.

      Venturas197

      Year: 2011 Submodel: V6

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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.

      MichaelB

      Year: 2017 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (2)

    • 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.

      CamaroLOL

      Year: 2013 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!

      ProfessorKel

      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.

      TomP

      Year: 2016 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      February 14, 2017

      Bang for the buck

      It's honestly worth the money! Make my V6 sound way deeper especially adding those roush axlebacks. Perfect combo

      silverstang

      Year: 2015 Submodel: V6

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