(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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January 05, 2020
First pair came rusted out of box - exchanged for a new set but had same issue. Ultimately returned.Helpful (1)
November 17, 2019
Pretty awesome. Although the gasket leak. They sound great and you can definitely tell it breathes much better. Better throttle responseHelpful (0)
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 (0)
October 21, 2019
Don't order even if it's free.
Very bad construction, welds looked like they were made by 2 y.o. kids. It came rusted, received 60$ discount found out later one of the plates was warped like 5mm so I had to send it to a machine shop to cut it and sandblast it, I hope it doesn't crack or the welds break when put under strain of motor vibration and high temp. If possible avoid this and buy other brand on ebay or other online store. Even if the brand is not known at least the price won't be as much and you will end with the same quality product. In the end if you have to repair it too it will be cheaper and you will not feel cheated.Helpful (2)
October 04, 2019
Really great product never had Any problems with it At all.Helpful (0)
August 28, 2019
I’m just glad the install is over. Took wayyyy longer than projected, with rounded and rusted nuts and runs back and forth to the parts store. Too little space to work with especially on the passenger side. I put the tires on 4 ramps. Getting the stock headers off wasn’t bad, just getting the new ones on was a pain, and getting the bolts disconnected from the cats. Is it doable? Yea. Would me and my friend do this again? Heck no. If you can afford it I say just get a shop todo it. The performance gain isn’t mind blowing, you can tell it breathes better though, and sounds more throaty. Idk about gas mileage yet because of how I’ve been driving it... Headers could have looked better tbh, was a little rusted inside, seemed a little sloppy looking, just the inside. You’ll need extensions and an elbow and 15mm and 17mm deep sockets, 1/2 in. ratcheting wrench, 13 mm deep socket helped too. I didn’t end up using it cause the stud broke off in it, but a 5mm socket fits the end of the studs. I had to use a 14mm stud extractor on mine.Helpful (0)
August 21, 2019
About 1:30 to install but it increases rear HP and sound a little more bulkHelpful (0)
August 05, 2019
BBK Shorty headers
This product gives your V6 that V8 growl and makes the tone deeper !Helpful (2)
July 08, 2019
This was a pain, definitely was not a perfect fit had to adjust exhaust and make some modifications just for this too work because I had a bad exhaust leak, once I got that tooken care of noticed a small amount of hp and torque gainsHelpful (0)
July 02, 2019
This add a very nice sound to the mustang v6 and powerHelpful (0)
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 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.
Are these a direct replacement of the stock headers ? Do I need any other components to install this? Lastly, is it compatible with a flowmaster outlaw axle back ?
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.
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.
You will see some minor performance gains with the shorty headers.
Yes, the Flowmaster Mustang 2.25 in. Scavenger Series Resonator Delete X-Pipe is compatible with these headers.
(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|