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

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  • 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, 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

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
Installation Info
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

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2000 3.8L V6

If you only have basic tools you might want to have it installed. It is an easy install if you have about 5 hours, good jack stands and a few extra driver extentions. Spraying all bolts and posts with ...

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sounds so good

Just put these on my 2001 and it made a difference. install was good took the driver side out from the bottom and the passanger side from the top. the only tuff thing was the EGR tube.

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Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars
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how much HP will this add ?


  • i would say around ten.


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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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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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What is the difference between these and the ceramic ones?


  • The only difference between the BBK Chrome Shorty Headers and the BBK Ceramic Shorty Headers is the finish. the chrome will be a shinier finish, but it will not last as long or protect from corrosion as long as the ceramic. additionally ceramic lowers under hood temps further than if chrome headers were used.

    Rob D

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Can I add these headers with the stock single exhaust pipe?


  • These will be able to work with the stock single exhaust setup.


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I'm buying these and I'm just wondering if I should get a tune also. I have other parts I've put on. Like CAI,plugs,wires the coils and 40 series flow master. So?


  • A custom tune is definitely a good idea. It will accommodate all the mods you have done so far, and increase the performance of the car. I recommend the Bama X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 3 Custom Tunes (99-04 V6), item # 101200G996, ( This tuner will come with 3 custom tunes already downloaded on it. It will also buy you into the Free Tunes for Life Program. So whenever you make any other modifications to the car, you can simply request a new tune for free. When purchasing the tuner, or future tunes, you will fill out a form that will ask you what has been done to the car. This way each tune will be custom to your vehicle.


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Overall Rating 4.4

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Full Day

Installation Cost:$100-$250

  • Performance Gain 4.016949 4.0
  • Fit 4.237288 4.2

  • 5/5

    August 09, 2010

    2000 3.8L V6

    If you only have basic tools you might want to have it installed. It is an easy install if you have about 5 hours, good jack stands and a few extra driver extentions. Spraying all bolts and posts with a good quality lube really helps. The BBK shorty headers look great. They bolted on really nice and made the true dual Magnaflow sound even better at mid range. I think they also added a few low end ponies. Great price. Ordered on line Friday & in my hands in Ontario Canada on Wensday. Got to love that. My son's 2000 V6 has BBK headers, CAI, 65mm TB & true dual Magnaflow. I have a 2005 V6 with a single axel back Flowmaster. Thanks AM for remembering the V6 guys & your neigbours to the north!

    Andrew Barbour

    Year: 2000 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    March 07, 2010

    sounds so good

    Just put these on my 2001 and it made a difference. install was good took the driver side out from the bottom and the passanger side from the top. the only tuff thing was the EGR tube.


    Year: 2001

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  • 5/5

    April 14, 2010

    Great Product

    I would highly recommend this product, took a while for installation but well worth it. Sounds way better then stock(had to replace due to cracked header).A small increase in Hp and the tone is great remember this is a V6!!!

    Brian Bartron

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  • 4/5

    August 16, 2010

    better than factory

    overall the install was pretty easy. my egr tube on the passenger side wound up getting boogered up because the headers have so much chrome on them. i suggest getting a short piece of pipe from the local hardware store (egrs have pipe thread) and rethreading the egr fittings. i also used the provided egr caps in the kit to help cut some of the chrome off the headers. this made it a breeze the second time around. very slighlty deeper tone. great replacement if the factory manifolds are damaged but wouldnt recommend the install if your seeking large power gains.


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  • 5/5

    November 18, 2009

    great sounding

    Awesome Sounding headers. it makes it growl. I got this with O/R pypes X pipe and GT Magnaflow Exhaust system I got to tell you im not disappointed. My Pony has a mean sound almost sounding like a V8..Recommended

    Joel Zervoulakos

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  • 5/5

    February 27, 2011

    BBK shorty's

    I bought these as part of my new exhaust setup for my 99 mustang V6. Wow, I immediately noticed power gains. I combined this product with a pypes off road x pipe, and flowmaster american thunder dual exhaust. After one day I've already been getting compliments on how mean it sounds. Wake up your v-6 and buy this product

    Donald Williams

    Year: 1999 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    January 28, 2010


    Makes the 6 sound deeper. I wouldn't do the install myself again. i'd pay next time. Then again, it was my 1st time =)


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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    January 08, 2012

    BBK Shorty's

    They took a he!l of a long time to install due to space issues, but they sound great and I can feel a little kick in the lower rpms. I bought these to replace the notorious cracked stock manifolds and these definitely are worth the money and look good as well. Thanks AM


    Year: 2001 Submodel: V6

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  • 5/5

    October 27, 2010

    way to go

    put a set of these on my v6 along with 3" high flow cats, 3" pipes and 3" magnaflow mufflers sounds and feels great.the install was took about 3 hours goofing around. headers took some push and pull to get into place but wasn't hard at all. great product again from great company!!!


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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    April 25, 2012

    The install was a PAIN

    So where do I start? My stock headers were cracked and were costing me the same price as these... so obviously I went with the BBK Shortys. The install time was 3 hours and i paid 250 for labor, my cat back exhaust system had to be undone, the dipstick had to be removed and the egr tube had to be removed (good advice on the egr ... when putting everything back, unbolt the valve it, screw in the bottom part first and then line up the egr tube with the unbolted valve) be careful about the o2 sensors... they're pretty fragile! The drivers side was the hardest to angle and install... which was the opposite of what i read lol. Anywho, after starting the car you will smell a burning oil smell, that is normal .. it goes away after 2 days.The performance gains i felt were massive because my older headers had a 6 inch long crack and the other headers had leaky head gaskets... now i'm getting better fuel economy, sounds MEAN with the flowmaster 40 setup and the acceleration .. especially from 100-160 is so much quicker! Thanks AM!


    Year: 2004 Submodel: V6 Thornhill, Ontario

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    January 26, 2012

    From vroom to GRRRR!!!

    Guys and gals, I have two very valid points to make. Number one, rocks! Number two, the stock exhaust manifold is like a performance choke-hold. Upgrade it! I originally replaced mine because they were cracked. The Mustang woke up! It doesn't sound like a V8 (quit lying, haha) but who cares!? I didn't buy a V6 for it to sound like a V8! This is THE biggest gift you can give your engine, the gift of breathing better. I finished the job all dirty, stepped back, took a good look at it and told my Mustang: Enjoy it pardner, you deserve it! If you have the money, I say GO FOR IT! One warning: -Do NOT reuse the stock manifold bolts, I almost pierce a hole in the cylinder 1 tube because the upper stud was too long. Use the bolts in the kit. You'll be glad you did.


    Year: 2001 Submodel: V6 Louisville, Kentucky

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  • 5/5

    February 02, 2010


    Replaced my stock headers with these BBK Shorty Headers because the stock ones were cracked. Glad I went with them instead of the stock replacements! These sound great and I noticed an immediate increase in airflow and horsepower, not a lot, but definitely noticeable. Did take me a long time to replace them, and it was difficult due to tight spaces, but nothing that can't be done in your garage or back yard. Definitely recommend this product.


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  • 5/5

    December 26, 2008

    BBK V6 Headers

    NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE! dont listen to anyone when they say shorties dont make a difference. makes the v6 take off way faster and smoother! my mustang also sounds a lot deeper! just leave a free day to install if you are doing it yourself. can take a while depending on your tools.

    Nathan Lambert

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    June 26, 2012

    Made a huge difference in sound

    I would highly recomend this product, and is deffinatley worth the money.


    Year: 2000 Submodel: V6 tucson

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    February 18, 2012

    Perfect fit, no modifications required.

    Beutifull fit and finish.Driver side is much easier to install than pasanger side. Sound is amazing. Only one factory stud on passenger side was to long, easy to swap with other shorter stud, on same side. I reused all factory hardware with no problems. You can feel the added power they add to stock. Tork all nuts to factory specs and you will have no leaks.


    Year: 2000 Submodel: V6 Souther California

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  • 5/5

    January 29, 2010


    love the sound install was a little difficult but nothing over the top hard. for the price theres nothing better!

    josh gerhart

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  • 5/5

    March 10, 2009

    BBK Shorty Headers

    I have to say that buying these headers was the BEST investment money can buy. I had my mechanic, which by the way specializes in rebuilding Stang\'s, install them, coupled by a custom off road H pipe with Flowmaster original 40 series. Let me tell you they made a HUGE difference in the sound and performance of the sixer! I highly recommend anyone seeking to modify their sixer to invest in these bad boyz!! You won\'t be disappointed!!

    Stang Girl

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  • 5/5

    August 22, 2008


    I only put these on because my manifold cracked. I also heard that they don\'t do much for a six pack. WRONG! These headers have made my car\'s exhaust tone warmer, made the car faster, and the enginbe bay shinier!! I regret not putting them in sooner! V6\'s should come from the factory like this! WOW!

    Erich Coleman

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  • 5/5

    October 31, 2010

    EGR Valve help

    I had recently replaced my Manifolds due to the annoying weld that cracked. So I took a 1-1/16th wrench, cut it on a Chop Saw, and ground do the end to a smooth finish from where i cut it off, and it worked great to fit on to the EGR valve on the Exhaust Header. Fit right in the fender wall on passenger side, and who cares about a 1-1/16 wrench, they make more.

    Josh Schroeder

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  • 5/5

    August 28, 2010

    two thumbs up!

    I love the bbk shorty headers go great with my o/r pipes and 40's flow masters my v6 sounds sick!!!

    timmy bradley

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