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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

    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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    But are they smog legal in California!

    NHRAMBR

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

      Ricky36

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    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?

    ZachM

    Will this fit with the off road beast pypes kit.

    DanielE

    • The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Tuned Length Shorty Headers are designed to bolt up to the stock mid pipe.

      AshleyK

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    I’m looking to get these for my 1999 Auto GT with Popes OR H-Pipe, will this fit on both ends?

    MTSmith90

    • As long as you have your stock mid pipe the BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Tuned Length Shorty Headers will certainly fit.

      JeffAM

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    Can i pass California emissions with these headers

    Lamarevans66

    • Yes! The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Tuned Length Shorty Headers (96-04 GT) CARB certified and 50 state legal.

      AMBill

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    Can they be installed on an automatic?

    JordanB

    • The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Tuned Length Shorty Headers will fit 1996-2004GT automatics.

      Pat K

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    Customer Reviews (91) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.3

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Weekend

    Installation Cost:$250-$500

    • Performance Gain 4.139535 4.1
    • Fit 3.953488 4.0



    • 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 (1)

    • 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 (1)

    • 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 (2)

    • 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 (2)

    • 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 (1)

    • 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 (1)

    • 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

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    • 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 (1)

    • 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 (2)

    • 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

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    • 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 (1)

    • 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

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    • 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 (1)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      July 11, 2017

      Good product.

      Fitment was good. I installed mine on an engine stand; I'm not sure how anyone could install these with the engine in the car. I fought bolts and had all the room in the world. They are rusting in tiny spots but overall durability is good. No leaks or any kind! I recommend these.

      JonR2006

      Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (2)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      July 08, 2017

      BBK Shorties!

      Installed these headers without a lift and with the engine still in the car I would not recommend doing it if you don't have a lift was extremely hard to install with just jack stands there is hardly any room to work once we got them in there to tighten them down we couldn't reach one of the bolts it wouldn't go through where it was supposed to had to grind into the spot the bolt goes through to make a slot for it and they didn't fit too great once in there but I will say besides the nightmare of the install it really gave my car a much more deeper exhaust note and added a noticeable horsepower gain when I got it tuned sounds deep and clean now and I love the sound!

      TrentonV

      Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      April 08, 2017

      Great

      At first I couldn't get the darn things to fit so I figured something was wrong looked around sure enough my motor mounts where all woren down. I replaced them and they fit perfectly as iv seen some reviews saying they are a pain in the neck. There only a pain if something else is wrong so check them motor mounts.

      JoseT

      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 14, 2017

      On the Money​...

      American muscle is always on the money the products are always good and I had the headers installed by my mechanic about 2 hours. American Muscles performance guys answer every question and always steer me in the right way. They never looked too spend your money in the wrong places.

      SeanR

      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (2)

    • 3/5

      March 02, 2017

      Rust

      Came with rust before i even got them out of the box very poor chrome plating

      BrianH

      Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      February 20, 2017

      Decent Upgrade

      These are a decent ugrade over stock manifolds. Nice that they come with gaskets to the head, but would be great if it included the header to mid pipe gasket. Install,best left to a shop, as it can be a royal PITA for the weekend shade tree guy. Noticeable sound and performance gain.

      JohnL

      Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (2)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      February 07, 2017

      Bbk Chrome Shorty

      Nice increase in hp and strong sound.. pipe was kind of malfunctioned but made it work.

      Dstreet

      Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

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