(approx) a Day
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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
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May 18, 2020
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May 18, 2020
sounds good but install is harder than expected
Sounds amazing no noticeable power gain but felt a little torque. Very hard to install take it to the shop if you can. Took me and my brother 3 days (13 hrs of straight working) on a hi lift to install this headers and bbk off rd xpipe. Taking the rusted CATS bolt was hard. Taking the sensors were also difficult off the CATS. Have a can of wd40 also buy some headers bolt from parts store since the rusted factory one is too long, headers pipes get in the way and is impossible to tighten for passenger side 2 bolts on the back for the headers because of the design. Main tools you will need is short medium and long ratcheting wrench 13mm. Swivel socket or joint socket which is what I used. Extensions. Also don't use too much force if bolts are rusted or you will break them. If its your dd have a shop install it.Helpful (0)
May 13, 2020
Sounds good man recommend it’s very deep and more power you can feel itHelpful (0)
May 12, 2020
I like the idea of headers but hey came with one rusted a little enough to write this but I really like them.Helpful (0)
April 05, 2020
Great sound and overall good quality
This add more depth to the sound of the exhaust I have and just makes it sound much more aggressive. Took about 4 hours to do. But well worth it. Doesn’t come with header bolts so have to reuse the factory ones that’s only thing I didn’t like. Other than that great buy.Helpful (4)
April 01, 2020
Debatable product quality
The welds were not very good and it had what looked like rust build-up. The guy at the shop said he didn't know how long they would hold up. I have the Roush axle-back and with the shorty headers, I didn't notice much of a change. If I could do it again I would get either ceramic coat or get the long tube headers.Helpful (4)
March 12, 2020
3.7 BBK Shorty Headers
These headers make the car sound so amazing. They give this V6 a very distinct tone I love themHelpful (4)
January 05, 2020
First pair came rusted out of box - exchanged for a new set but had same issue. Ultimately returned.Helpful (7)
November 17, 2019
Pretty awesome. Although the gasket leak. They sound great and you can definitely tell it breathes much better. Better throttle responseHelpful (3)
October 30, 2019
Love the better performance.
The BBK shorty headers made such a difference by allowing the car exhaust vent out and therefore, with my pypes I get a good deeper raspy tone. Fitment was perfect, no leaks. We used to original metal gasket that came with the car's manifold. Car has no more lag.Helpful (4)
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.
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.
Will this fit with stock exhaust? Also is there any type of gains?
Yes, this will fit with an otherwise stock application. With a good tune, the gains you'll be looking for will be just about 15hp, give or take.
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.
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.
Do these require a tune?
Unless otherwise stated on any given product page, a tune is not required. I can confirm the items in question do not require a tune.
A CARB sticker is included.
This will work with your setup yes.
The BBK headers will work with a stock mid-pipe. As for the coating, chrome will change color over time due to being exposed to heat where ceramic will not.
Please contact your local Ford dealership for warranty inquiries to confirm which parts may effect your warranty. As long as your custom x-pipe works with the stock headers it will be compatible with theBBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Tuned Length Shorty Headers.
You can reuse your O2 sensors, you would not need to purchase new.
Headers should not make you have a check engine light, particularly not shorties. If you do get one, either MIL eliminator or a tuner should be able to remove the CEL. Changing or removing the catalytic converters without MIL eliminators or a tuner would definitely trip a CEL, however.
Yes, these can mount to your factory mid pipe.
(approx) a Day
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
What's in the Box
|Header Type:||Short Tube||Finish :||Chrome|
|Type Mid Pipe Required:||Standard||Fitment:||2011-2017 3.7L V6 Mustangs|