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BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Shorty Headers (99-04 V6)

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      Review & Installation Video

      What's up, guys? Adam here with, bringing you my review of the BBK Shorty Headers for all '99 to '04 New Edge V6 Mustangs, offered in both chrome and ceramic finishes. Let's be honest. We all know the '99 to '04 V6 Mustangs have a lot of potential, and these BBK Shorty Header options are definitely a good way for the the New Edge owners to replace the restrictive factory manifolds and increase sound and power at the same time. Now, it's definitely not going to sound exactly like a V8, but you're definitely going to be bringing that exhaust to life, especially when paired with an aftermarket midpipe and muffler. As I mentioned before, these BBK Shorty Headers are a direct fit replacement for your factory manifolds and offer an increase in horsepower and torque, as well as an increase in sound. The BBK options are also compatible with your factory midpipe, so you won't have to worry about getting a shorty midpipe like you would if you were getting long tube headers. Another plus for getting these BBK Shorty Headers is that you won't have to worry about getting it tuned, because they don't effect your catalytic converters, so you don't see your "Check Engine" light. Now, as I mentioned before, these shorty headers will not require a tune. However, it is very much recommended that you do get one because getting a tune will maximize performance gains because you're upgrading to a higher-quality and bigger tubing than the factory iron cast. Now like I said, it's not entirely required, but you can definitely maximize performance gains if you invest in one.What makes the BBK Shorty Headers an upgrade from stock really boils down to the upgraded size and materials. Now as I said before, there's two options. There's the chrome like I have here, and the ceramic. As far as performance, you can expect the same kind of gains. It really comes down to the quality of the material and what you see when you pop your hood. Now the chrome option of the BK Shorty Headers like I have in front of me here, is the more basic of the two. You'll notice that they're crafted using once piece three eighths inch flanges, as well as one and five eighths CNC manual [SP] band tubing for improved airflow all wrapped together with BBK's bright chrome finish. Now this chrome option, I definitely want to point out, will actually start to change colors after a few heat cycles and turn a bluish-purple color. If you're looking for something that keeps its finish and doesn't discolor, then maybe the ceramic option might be for you. Now the ceramic option for BBK is actually a very attractive finish. They're completed using the same materials as the chrome, the one and five eighths inch CNC manual band tubing with the three eighths inch flanges for added strength. What sets the ceramic option aside from the chrome option is that BBK used a heat-resistant, silver ceramic coating, so the color won't fade or burn, so it looks good when you pop the hood. Now obviously the ceramic option is the better option out of the two, but compared to the chrome, where do they fall in the price line? The chrome option comes in just shy of the $300 mark, which is honestly not that bad for a major exhaust part. Now they definitely are a budget-friendly item, but I'll be honest, that kind of reflects in the quality. The welds aren't the greatest, but they are pressure tested to be leak free and do not affect performance. The installation process for both options of the BBK Shorty Headers is going to require a few hours of your time and a couple of hand tools. You'll want to have an assortment of hand tools, including a wrench, a 10 millimeter and a 13 millimeter socket, as well as a crescent wrench. When all is said and done, you'll expect to spend the better part of a day on the install, which is why I'll give this installation a two out of three on the Wrench Difficulty Scale. BBK also provides installation instructions, which we have listed on the site. So if you don't feel comfortable doing the install yourself, I'd highly recommend taking it to a shop and spending that few extra bucks to get it done professionally, just to be safe. Just to wrap things up, guys, if you're the owner of a '99 to '04 3.8 or 3.9 Liter V6 and you're looking for a budget-friendly way to add some aggressive sounds and powers to your Pony, the BBK Shorty Headers in both chrome and ceramic options are available right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Increases Horsepower and Torque
      • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
      • Bright Chrome Finish
      • CARB EO Number: D-245-16
      • Fits 1999-2004 3.8/3.9L V6 Mustangs


      Increase horsepower and torque. Your V6 engine will roar to life after you bolt on these BBK chrome shorty headers from AmericanMuscle. A set of BBK shorty headers will improve your mustangs exhaust flow increasing your pony's horsepower and torque.

      Quality Construction. BBK crafted these Shorty V6 Headers to last using one piece laser cut 3/8" flanges and free flowing 1 5/8" CNC mandrel bent tubing that is completed with BBK's show quality bright chrome finish.

      CARB Certified. These BBK Shorty Headers are CARB Certified (CARB EO Number: D-245-16) and 50 state legal for the 3.8L V6 Models, unfortunately the CARB Certification does not apply to the 3.9L V6 Models.

      Application. BBK designed these shorty headers to be a direct fit replacement on the 1999-2004 3.8L and 3.9L Ford Mustangs. These BBK headers include high-quality mounting hardware and instructions.

      Fitment: 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

      MPN# 4008

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (100+)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 100+ customers

      Installation Time: Full Day

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      • February 03, 2020

        4 2003 V6 - NoahM Installation Time: Afternoon

        bbk shorty headers

        were cool then about 2 months of having them my passenger side cracked and now i gotta weld it

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      • August 04, 2019

        5 2004 V6 - TAKnipp Installation Time: Full Day

        Permanent fix

        Great product. Perfect, direct replacement for the 3.9l V6 Ford Mustang. Better flow, an improved more throaty exhaust sound, and fixed the factory exhaust cracking problem permanently.

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      • July 05, 2019

        3 2004 V6 - TerranceC


        I have not installed these headers yet but they came in good packaging on time on the exact day they said they were going to come in from the looks of the item and has good Wells no rust and very great craftsmanship it should be a good install to replace the crackhead I will do an update once they are installed

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      • March 15, 2019

        5 2004 V6 - Curtis

        The headers

        Perfect upgrade when you have that annoying exhaust manifold ticking noise from a cracked exhaust manifold , and adds a little bit of power back into the Stang!

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      • January 09, 2019

        5 1999 V6 - Ruben


        They’re perfect size could hear a lil more sound, and looks good

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      • January 03, 2019

        5 2002 V6 - JohnathanV Installation Time: Full Day

        The gains are worth it

        I got this installed at the same time as the pypes true dual install. Headers installed easily. My shop had a little trouble installing the pypes system but managed to get it hooked up. The sound is amazing. The smell of new parts is equally satisfying.

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      • December 24, 2018

        4 2004 V6 - RichardB Installation Time: Full Day

        Nice Headers

        Headers are nice but one of the headers had a bit of rust on it and the other was perfect. Would have liked more documentation on it especially for a novice like my self. Had problem with the flange and bolts connecting to my new x pipe. I may have been doing it wrong but bolts seemed a bit short and i am assuming you dont put a nut on the header side of flange, because there is not room for it. Overall happy with the product but wished for more documentation. EGR valve on old header was rusted and nothing i did would loosen it. Had to take off the whole tube and was extremely hard to get out with the old header attached.

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      • December 01, 2018

        5 2004 V6 - AnitaK Installation Time: Afternoon


        Perfect fit. Not much of sound improvement time to change mid pipe and cats.

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      • November 18, 2018

        5 2001 V6 - YannissM Installation Time: Afternoon


        Works like a charm and looks amazing on my 3.8 v6 mustang!

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      • November 09, 2018

        5 2002 V6 - Sixbangerstang Installation Time: Afternoon

        Great looking headers

        These shorty headers look great under the hood, if you don't want to go through the hassle of going long tube and getting a whole new exhaust system on these are the way to go, paired with flowmaster 40 and the sound is great video on Instagram @jairo.mustangv6

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      Questions & Answers (31 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      So I need an honest opinion from someone, I know they're not gonna make it sound like a v8 or anything, but I'm worried about getting a ricer sound from this... soo my question is will it?

      • The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Shorty Headers, Will product much more exhaust flow and give you a more aggressive exhaust note. I would recommend checking out some videos and sound clips of these headers on your year car.

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      Bolt Up Will these bolt up to the factory Y pipe?

      • Absolutely! They will bolt right in place of the stock manifolds with the included gaskets and hardware!

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      how much HP will this add ?

      • i would say around ten.

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      How long would the headers typically last .say compared to a stock replacement

      • The BBK Chrome Shorty Headers (99-04 V6) will last a very long time, however the time frame can very based on how well you take care of your car.

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      these or ceramics? which would be a better switch from stock headers with a crack in them either these from bbk or the ceramics from bbk. My car only has 36,000 miles on it so i want something that will last and from what i am reading the ceramic and chrome are pretty much the same thing can anybody help me out?

      • Of the two options, chrome or ceramic, ceramic is going to offer much better heat resistance for top performance and is top of the line when it comes to corrosion resistance. Chrome is a great alternative and is one of the most popular. I'd recommend the ceramic if it fits within your budget as they look great, perform great, will last longer then chrome and is the ultimate bank for your buck in regards to finishes. Hope this helps!

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      10 More Questions
      I’m running 275/35/18 in the front will I have to worry about tire rubbing against the headers while turning 1 answer
      Are these unequal length headers? 0 answer
      My bolts fell off from the left side of the headers , the part where it connects with the down pipe I BELIVE , is there any way to get replacement bolts? 1 answer
      How do the gaskets that are included in this kit compare to the BBK premium ones? 0 answer
      what would be the be dual exhaust to put on with these? Im not looking to race it just would like a nice sound 1 answer
      It doesn’t show in th pics, I have a 1999, but does the passenger side header have the 2 EGR valve vacuum hose connectors? 1 answer
      will these headers fit a 98 v6 1 answer
      I have y’alls pypes street pro dual cat back exhaust on my 2004 v6 and I was wondering if these shorty headers would fit with the exhaust I have and I have the Sr performance cold air intake would it all sound good ? 1 answer
      Hello, I would like to know if it comes with gaskets? They're are high price already. Thank you. 1 answer
      Can i turn these up side down so i can mount a turbo in front of the engine? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Driver Side Header
      • (1) Passenger Side Header
      • (2) Gaskets
      • (2) EGR Caps
      • (12) Header Flange Bolts
      • (4) Collector Studs
      • (4) Flat Washers
      • (4) Lock Washers
      • (4) Nuts

      Tech Specs

      Header Specifications
      Header Type: Short Tube Finish : Chrome
      Type Mid Pipe Required: Standard Fitment: 1999-2004 V6 Mustangs

      Will It Fit My Mustang

      • V6 - 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04