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BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Tuned Length Shorty Headers (96-04 GT)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Increases Horsepower and Torque
    • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
    • Bright Chrome Finish
    • Fits 1996-2004 4.6L GT and Bullitt Mustangs
    • CARB EO Number: D-245-16

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey, Justin here with AmericanMuscle.com, and I have with me BBK’s tuned length shorty headers, available in your choice of either chrome or ceramic, fitting all 96-04 Mustang GTs. These headers feature what BBK refer to as their tuned length runner design, which makes them a hybrid between a standard shorty setup and a set of long tubes. As you can see the headers aren’t nearly as long as a set of long tubes, but in the end BBK claims more horsepower and torque, versus your typical shorty setup. As for the constructions, we’re looking at 1 ¾” mandrel bent stainless steel tubing, as well as these laser cut flanges for an OEM quality fit. So why would you want to go with a shorty setup versus a set of long tubes? Well, simply put a shorty header is going to be less expensive and much easier to install, versus a set of long tubes. This is due to the fact that most shorty headers are a direct bolt on, meaning you wouldn’t have to modify your Mid Pipe like you would using a set of long tube headers. Will the shorty perform just as good or better than a set of long tubes? Most likely no, but it’s still a solid upgrade over those restrictive cast iron factory manifolds. As I mentioned earlier you do have the choice of picking these headers are in a chrome finish or a ceramic finish. So what are the differences between the two? Well for one, you can see the chrome finish is a little brighter initially but that’s going to change as these headers heat cycle, eventually turning that bright silver into a dark blue or purple color. On the other hand, we have the ceramic finish, which is going to remain that bright silver, for years down the road. Secondly that ceramic coating is going to be better at reducing under the hood temperatures, which is always good for performance. Those added benefits do come at a cost as those ceramic coatings are typically a little more expensive than a chrome plated or a stainless header. Doing the install on any set of headers can be a little intense so it’s best to leave yourself a full day to tackle the job just to be on the safe side, and as always if you’re not feeling confident about this one, don’t hesitate to give your local shop a call, they’ll be happy to help you out. So if you’re looking for a bolt on header with the installation and price benefits of a shorty, and the performance to back it all up, then be sure to check out BBK’s tuned length shorty headers available right here at AmericanMuscle.com

    More Horsepower and Torque. Improve the performance of your Mustang with a set of BBK Shorty Tuned Length Headers. These BBK Shorty headers will greatly improve your mustangs exhaust flow over the factory manifolds increasing your Pony's horsepower and torque.

    Quality Construction. BBK Shorty Exhaust 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 added strength, leak-free performance and OEM fit. These headers are then finished with a bright chrome finish for good looks.

    Application. These Chrome Shorty Tuned Length Headers are designed to fit the 1996 to 2004 GT and 2001 Bullitt Mustangs. BBK headers include high-quality mounting hardware, gaskets and instructions so they'll bolt right up to your Mustangs stock Mid Pipe.

    Technical Notes. These BBK Headers are CARB certified (CARB EO Number: D-245-16) and 50 state legal.

    Fitment: 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

    MPN# 1615

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

    What's in the Box
    Hardware included:
    • (16) bolts medium
    • (2) bolts large
    • (2) studs
    • (4) nuts
    • (4) split washers
    • (4) washers
    • (2) Manifold gaskets
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Header Specifications
    Header Type: Short Tube Finish : Chrome
    Type Mid Pipe Required: Standard Fitment: 1996-2004 4.6 GT Mustangs
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        5 Top Rated Questions

        But are they smog legal in California!

        • These BBK Headers are CARB certified (CARB EO Number: D-245-16) and 50 state legal.

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        How much louder do they make your catback exhaust?

        • The BBK Chrome Tuned Length Shorty Headers will increase the exhaust volume a minimal amount.

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        Will these make your catback louder or will the long tubes be louder?

        • The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Tuned Length Shorty Headers will absolutely help increase the sound produced from your vehicle especially when paired with an aftermarket cat-back exhaust. As you also mentioned, Long tube headers will produce the most sound and power but these BBK Shorty Headers will absolutely be a great upgrade if you are looking to avoid having to modify or cut your existing cat-back exhaust. 

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        Are these compatible with Pypes cat back exhaust ?

        • Yes, these can be used with your factory mid pipe that is attached to your cat back.

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        I had these for about a year, and one ended up cracking due to a vicious pot hole. Is it possible to ever order just one side or is it a combo no matter what?

        • I apologize, we only offer these in the pair. 

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        10 More Questions
        Hi how are you guys doing I'm trying to buy some shorty headers for my car the bbk headers do they have the carb sticker for some in California 1 answer
        Will these fit the o/r h-pype? For 2002 mustang gt 1 answer
        Do these headers have placement for o2 sensors? 1 answer
        I have a 98 Cobra, will these fit my vehicle? I don't see specific shorty headers for a 4.6L Cobra available on your site. I have heard that these will fit. 1 answer
        I have a 98 GT 5 speed with stock exhaust. I’m about to add the SR performance 70 mm throttle body and a JLT. Performance CAI. I’m getting confused as to which route to go with the exhaust. The car is lowered 2 inches so I think I want to go with shorty headers. I want to keep it as legal as possible so I believe I need to keep the cats. What combo could/should I go with? These headers with an H pipe and then maybe flowmaster? I don’t want it too obnoxious as it’s just a driver car not for track. Any opinions? 1 answer
        Will these headers fit a manual transmission and a convertible? 1 answer
        I have a borla attack exhaust and it bolts straight to the stock heads. So since it’s bolts straight on these heads should work right? 1 answer
        Will this fit with the off road beast pypes kit. 1 answer
        I’m looking to get these for my 1999 Auto GT with Popes OR H-Pipe, will this fit on both ends? 1 answer
        Can i pass California emissions with these headers 1 answer

          Customer Reviews (98) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.2

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Weekend

          Installation Cost:$250-$500

          • Performance Gain 4.04 4.0
          • Fit 3.94 3.9



          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            May 24, 2019

            Poweeeeerrrr!

            Easy to install, when you have a car lift available. Found it best to take the k-member out. In the end I recommend long tube headers if money isn't an issue. But great product would recommend to anyone.

            f

            Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            February 04, 2019

            Very good

            Made a big difference in performance and sound. not to bad to install either. I really like them

            JamesM

            Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (2)

          • 1/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            December 07, 2018

            Weak

            I bout these and some pypes but where not compatible.

            RubenV

            Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (4)

          • 1/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            September 17, 2018

            Hindsight is 20/20

            Unless you either plan on; A- removing the heads and or motor, B- dropping the k-member and lowering the motor. the instructions BBK provides are laughable, even called the company and they sent me a video link that just frustrated me even more because it was incredibly vague that they made it sound easy peasy. Good luck trying to install them with the motor still in the car. I ended up going with plan B, I invented new Cuss words and had cuts all over my hands/face. IT sounded nice after install w/ off-road H-pipe and flowmaster 40's, but ...... after all that trouble I should have just installed long tubes. Oh yeah, if you end up with an exhaust leak......good luck. If you have stock and are deciding to upgrade, go long tubes or stay stock in my opinion.

            Johnny5

            Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            August 12, 2018

            Awesome product BUT....

            Wonderful product BUT..... make sure you know how to drop a k-member and spend many hours installing. if you don't have a lift, I recommend taking it to a shop.

            EricE

            Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (4)

          • 2/5

            August 09, 2018

            Zachary

            Took the heads off to install these.. had to replace my egr valve as well...they bolted on fine.. getting the dip stick tube back in took forever had to bend it and hammer it in which took a couple hours. The gaskets that come with it don’t work well..

            ZacharyH

            Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (2)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            August 01, 2018

            Bbk headers

            Love them they make my car sound way Better I will recommend this BBK headers for everybody

            RobertoR

            Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (5)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            May 10, 2018

            Headers

            Great product but a pain to install. A lot better throttle response

            MichaelS

            Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (6)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            April 16, 2018

            BBk Shorty Headers

            After 6 hours of install I noticed that the exhaust note actualy dropped or got quieter. even with my xpipe no cats it was still quiet like stock ish around idle but around 3k rpm it did open out

            benni614

            Year: 2001 Submodel: Bullitt

            Helpful (7)

          • 2/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            March 08, 2018

            Not very impressed!

            I was not impressed with these headers after I opened the box. These headers are junk. Throw in some extra cash and get a different brand.

            GaryC

            Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (9)

          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            March 04, 2018

            shorty headers

            nice sound to them but not much hp gain and a pain in the rear to install

            ManuelC

            Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            February 22, 2018

            Great mods

            Looks great and sounds great. have to use supplied bolts on install

            CharlesK

            Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            December 24, 2017

            Sounds great

            Will need to be installed professionaly, i have a off road x , muffler delete and these headers, it made it less raspy and a cleaner sound!

            MinkelC

            Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $100-$250

            November 15, 2017

            Headers

            This is a must have. You will definitely feel the power

            ByronW

            Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            October 08, 2017

            A pain to put in but worth it

            Started this on a weekend, finished it in 3 days between work, bought some felpro gaskets because the ones that are provided are kind of thin so I didn't trust them. All in all it took me probably about 8 hours alone. You'll need stubby wrenches and a lot of patience. Broke my A/C line because I lost my patience. All in all if you're going to do it in the car make sure to jack the motor out of the mounts so you can kind of move the motor to where you need it. Great product, finally pulled my full exhaust together and they sound great all put together.

            HiHoSilverware

            Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (8)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            September 15, 2017

            BBK Headers

            Headers look great. My motor was already out so installing was a breeze. Sounds great but can't say anything about HP because of all the upgrades done at same time. Would recommend to anyone if the motor is out of car.

            JrS

            Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (7)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            September 12, 2017

            Things to know

            The good: They sound nice. Deepened the tone of the exhaust, and made it smoother. No more sudden loud raspy sounds, and it is louder under WOT. The bad: Tight Fit! Save yourself some time and drop the K member. I tried to do it at first by simply jacking the engine. Now, I have big hands, but even without that disadvantage I don't see how the install is possible. Put new motor mounts in at the same time, and make note that the driver side rear motor mount bolt can't be installed with the header tightened down (maybe I got a bad set). The bolt is just a smidge too long. On the passenger side there is an AC hose touching the header! I caught this at the last minute. To avoid melting the ac hose here's what I did. I removed the clip from the frame rail down below the hose. I then carefully bent the line up in one place next to the canister near the firewall, and in three places coming off of the condenser. I spread the load out a little bit to avoid kinking the tube. I was able to get the hose an inch or so away from the header, and then I wrapped it to the hose above it with exhaust wrap. I've been running the car hot last night and this morning and it looks like my fix worked. The hose hasn't melted yet, but time will tell.

            Bryce

            Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (8)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            September 07, 2017

            BBK Shorties!!!

            Easy to install, perfect fit ... man does it wake up the beast.... I have BBK O/R X Pipe plus the SLP loudmouth 1 resonators Installed

            Mane757

            Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (5)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            August 03, 2017

            Mustang headers

            These headers were an incredible task to install without a lift! Took me 2 days for removing old manifolds and finish complete installing of the headers and everything else! You will need a strut braced engine lift to complete this job on a 2000 mustang GT and they don't tell you that. I am happy with the performance / horsepower increase

            EdmondW

            Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (7)

          • 1/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            July 31, 2017

            bad quality

            got them had tons of rust on them and a hole in one of the welds...not happy

            DylanM

            Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (4)