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- BBK Shorty Headers Installation Guide (99-04 V6)
What's up, guys? Adam here with AmericanMuscle.com, 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 AmericanMuscle.com.
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February 03, 2020
bbk shorty headers
were cool then about 2 months of having them my passenger side cracked and now i gotta weld itHelpful (0)
August 04, 2019
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.Helpful (2)
July 05, 2019
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 installedHelpful (0)
March 15, 2019
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!Helpful (3)
January 09, 2019
They’re perfect size could hear a lil more sound, and looks goodHelpful (3)
January 03, 2019
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.Helpful (6)
December 24, 2018
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.Helpful (5)
December 01, 2018
Perfect fit. Not much of sound improvement time to change mid pipe and cats.Helpful (3)
November 18, 2018
Works like a charm and looks amazing on my 3.8 v6 mustang!Helpful (3)
November 09, 2018
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.mustangv6Helpful (5)
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.
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!
how much HP will this add ?
i would say around ten.
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.
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!
The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Shorty Headers should have no interference with your turning radius on your Mustang even if it is equipped with 275/35R18 Tires in the front.
We advise speaking directly with BBK regarding replacement bolts.
We would recommend the Mac Boom Tube exhaust or the Magnaflow if you wanted something on the quiet side. Here are links for both https://www.americanmuscle.com/mac-boom-tube-catback-exhaust-7993-lx-9495-gt-9404-v6.html& https://www.americanmuscle.com/magnaflow-dual-exhaust-9904-v6.html.
Yes, the passenger side header would include the EGR valve vacuum hose connectors.
Unfortunately the BBK shorty headers will not fit a 98 Mustang V6 model.
The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Shorty Headers will not have any issues pairing with your Pypes cat back.
These will come with the gaskets and everything else you need to install it on your Mustang.
The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Shorty Headers can be flipped on the engine itself, however we have not tested these installed this way in car, and you may experience clearance issues.
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Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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|Header Type:||Short Tube||Finish :||Chrome|
|Type Mid Pipe Required:||Standard||Fitment:||1999-2004 V6 Mustangs|