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

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    Features, Video & Details

    • 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

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    Fitment: 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

    What's in the Box
    • (1) Driver side header
    • (1) Passenger side header
    • Hardware
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    Header Specifications
    Header Type: Short Tube Finish : Chrome
    Type Mid Pipe Required: Standard Fitment: 1999-2004 V6 Mustangs
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    23 Questions / 8 Answers

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    how much HP will this add ?

    steve8555

    • i would say around ten.

      Nick302

    Show 1 more answer Helpful (5)

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

    Pearsall254

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

      LisaS

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    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?

    NathanC

    • 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.

      JaHarrisAM

    Helpful (2)

    Hello, I would like to know if it comes with gaskets? They're are high price already. Thank you.

    CharlieT

    Can i turn these up side down so i can mount a turbo in front of the engine?

    BrocktonB

    • 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.

      AMRobD

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    So these come with gaskets and everything needed for installation?

    JohnD

    • The BBK 1-5/8 in. Chrome Shorty Headers will come with everything you need for the installation.

      AMRickyD

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    Overall Rating 4.4

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Full Day

    Installation Cost:$250-$500

    • Performance Gain 4 4
    • Fit 4.223881 4.2



    • 5/5

      May 06, 2018

      JUST AMAZING!!!

      I Installed them along with the Flowmaster Force II Cat-back exhaust kit and it's just incredible!!! A master sound that will turn heads everywhere you go...Recommended to any V6 owner looking for that inner beast!!!

      CharlieT

      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (1)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      April 07, 2018

      Huge boost

      Have a noticeable amount of power. Sounds great. Passenger side was a huge pain. EGR tube makes it dreadful

      CarterD

      Year: 1999 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (1)

    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 09, 2018

      Not bad

      Welds aren’t so good an the bolts it comes wit leaves a lot of play not a good fit. But all in all not bad

      NickV

      Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      February 27, 2018

      Good, but complicated

      First off, I have an 02 v6 with about 94,500 miles on it. My car had the classic crack in the stock manifolds, which caused major vacuum leaks. The car was purchased with this problem, so comparing these parts to stock isn’t really valid in this case. THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU PURCHASE: 1, if you live in the rust belt like I do, you should have a shop install the parts. You will break the bolts that hold them to the engine block, and unless you know how to weld to get them out, you’re screwed. 2, my EGR tube fractured from the rust. So if you are replacing the manifold with anything, anticipate needing another EGR tube ($85 from Ford) 3, these parts take longer to install than standard manifolds, so expect to pay more in labor. It took my shop 5 hours due to the situation with rusted bolts, and getting them out. 4, if this is the only mod you are doing, you probably won’t notice much difference. The sound is *slightly* more growly with on otherwise stock car all around. Ultimately, what you’re paying for is something more shiny under the hood, and the potential for better sound with other mods. If you actually can do it yourself, I’d say that the extra $100 over stock replacements is worth it.

      Stardust

      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (4)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      February 18, 2018

      Put em on a 99 taurus

      Nice looking set of headers, I bought them for a 99 Ford taurus and modded them to fit so I can't tell you how they sound on a mustang but on a ported/cammed Ford 3.0 they sure do make a rumble!

      DanielC

      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      February 16, 2018

      BBK Shorty Headers

      The BBK Shorty Headers for my 01 v6 are great. The sound difference is amazing. I have deeper sound and rumble. They look great too.

      KMUSArmy1

      Year: 2001 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (4)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      January 11, 2018

      Best mod so far

      My 0-60 time was cut in half, I would definitely recommend a tune though because your service engine soon light will come on with the added air flow through your exhaust

      dutch2326

      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      December 31, 2017

      Chrome headers

      I love them....great product well built,actully fits way better than stock...would recommend to any v6...really opended her up...but it will take about 3-5hours for us that was taking our time making sure we did it correctly because i do not want leaking or busted manifolds any more.....thanks AM,,,,always the best....

      Jeremy

      Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      December 11, 2017

      BBK 1-5/8 in. Headers

      Beautiful sound and even more beautiful look under the hood!

      andersona

      Year: 2003 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 16, 2017

      LOOK GREAT

      one of my OEM headers was cracked, so I figured to dress up the engine compartment with chrome replacements. worked out well. perfect fit, direct replacement. HEY AM ? how about some custom valve covers for the 3.8

      retiredmarine

      Year: 2003 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (2)

    • 2/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 06, 2017

      They fit but...

      My old passenger manifold was completely separated and I sounded like a bogger truck. It was loud, but obnoxious and was not what I wanted my mustang to sound like at all, so I went out shopping for headers and came across these and decided to purchase them after reading reviews on it. Installation wasn't too bad or long. I used liquid wrench on all the studs about a day and a night prior to doing this project with a buddy. We went out and bought a breaker bar and it definitely helped with my rear studs more than anything. Fast forward: we got the old broken ones off and replaced them - they fit nicely, come with the premium gasket that you see floating around here, and TWO nuts for the egr holes. That's right, TWO nuts but THREE holes. I came across this issue and contacted BBK, ordered another one for around $13.00 and thought that was the end of it but no. The new one did NOT fit at all and this greatly upsets me because I have a constant exhaust leak at the upper passenger header hole. Due to this issue, 2/5.

      Viper1Actual

      Year: 2000 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      November 03, 2017

      2001 v6

      Car idles way better smoother flow in high acceleration

      Dexflex

      Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      October 19, 2017

      BBK Shorty Headers

      Just got these bad boys installed on my 03 along with the dual catted x pipes, I decided to replace all of my O2 sensors while I was at it. All I can say is WOW!!! Now my pony can breathe and move!! I got that annoying exhaust leak in the manifold that is common to this year and figured that I might as well upgrade my exhaust, and am I glad I did. Got a great deal from the shop and they istalled everything for $480 including tax. I couldn't be happier and can't wait to get in and go somewhere. Next item will be the tuner so that I can maximize all the potential I now have.

      Stangfan1023

      Year: 2003 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (2)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      October 11, 2017

      A first time for everything

      Old manifolds were cracked and leaking when the car went in for yearly inspection. Quote to replace with oem was going to be double that of buying these shorty headers and doing them myself. They weren't the easiest things to replace, but they sound great and look nice as well. Two sets of hands worked best when dropping the exhaust and getting it back in place. Driver side was a little harder the change versus the passenger side.

      Milo72

      Year: 2001 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      October 07, 2017

      BBK headers

      About a 5 hr install from start to finish. The only issue I ran into was the dipstick. In fact, in my opinion that was the toughest part of the whole job. Had to completely remove, and then had to snake it back through the headers. Needed about three hands to do it. Wished for a little more sound, and a bit more power, but all, and all I think it was worth the money.

      TravisB

      Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (4)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      September 15, 2017

      02 3.8 Mustang

      Great Fit , I would do it again . HP gain yes , How much ?true dual exhaust and no cats it all helps . Next step Super Charger . Thanks BBK

      JohnL

      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      September 14, 2017

      Amazing. High quality

      Installing this on my 3.8 L was a huge hassle, but that was my fault. I'd say the tools you need are a flathead screwdriver, a 13mm deep socket a 10 mm short socket, 10 mm wrench, and a 26 mm wrench. The egr valve pipe was the hardest part of the install. I had to torch the bolt and break it free with a 26 mm wrench. For somebody who doesn't know what they are doing, it will take all day. For somebody who knows what they are doing it will take a few hours. The product is very high quality. It climbs rpms way easier and feels and sounds way less constricted

      evahlushun

      Year: 2000 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 05, 2017

      02 Mustang 3.8 v6

      Perfect fit just like add said. No modification required.

      WayneW

      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      July 31, 2017

      PITA but worth it!!!

      I have a 40th anni 3.9 v6. The driver side was almost impossible to get in. Couldn't find any videos or any real instructions on how to fit in the drivers side. The trick is to remove the steering shaft. Only one bolt and the shaft is telescoping so push it up and out of the way. I wish someone would have told me, could've saved me hours of research. Now that it's in it sounds good and the performance i lost from cracked factory headers is back. Would definitely buy this product again just need more clarification for installation instructions!

      MarkA

      Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      June 20, 2017

      Wow is all,i can say

      Well first I only worked a few hours at the time, I had issues getting the old headers off, the biggest being the collector studs on drivers side, nut rounded off. Make sure to take off the studs in the block. Factory both sides come out the top drivers new bottom up pass side form the top. I ended up taking off the pass side off with the egr left connected only took off at valve. The tube ended up breaking off the factory and of course didn't go back on had bama rewrite sounds more v8 then ever. If I didn't have the stud issue id say maybe 8 hrs in still take my time.

      FaronM

      Year: 2003 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

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