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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.

    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 - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

    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
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    Questions & Answers (27)

    5 Top Rated Questions

    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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    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.

    Helpful (3)

    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
    what would be the be dual exhaust to put on with these? Im not looking to race it just would like a nice sound 0 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? 0 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
    So these come with gaskets and everything needed for installation? 1 answer
    What is the difference between these and the ceramic ones? 1 answer
    Can I add these headers with the stock single exhaust pipe? 1 answer
    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? 1 answer

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    Customer Reviews (100+) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.5

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Full Day

    Installation Cost:$250-$500

    • Performance Gain 4 4
    • Fit 4.297619 4.3



    • 5/5

      March 15, 2019

      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!

      Curtis

      Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (0)

    • 5/5

      January 09, 2019

      Headers

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

      Ruben

      Year: 1999 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      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.

      JohnathanV

      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      December 24, 2018

      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.

      RichardB

      Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      December 01, 2018

      Headers

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

      AnitaK

      Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      November 18, 2018

      Amazing

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

      YannissM

      Year: 2001 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      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.mustangv6

      Sixbangerstang

      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      October 11, 2018

      Better thank stock

      So my stock headers was cracked, therefore I bought these headers as my 1st upgrade. They do increase HP and you can feel it but not a whole lot. I would defiantly buy these again if I needed to but these are 100x better than stock. The only problem I ran into was the package was missing a few bolts and nuts which isn’t a big deal, but still shouldn’t be an issue when you pay money for what’s described. The install will definitely take some time and way easier with a friend. I also had to cut my oil dipstick mount because it didn’t fit through these headers.

      Justin

      Year: 2003 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      October 08, 2018

      Great Headers

      The only thing about the Headers thats not good is the screws and bolts there vary easy to strip.

      FordMan

      Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      October 06, 2018

      white mustang

      they look good am satisfied with how they fit and look and went on like I expected ,took four hours to install glad I had torches to heat up the small egr tube to get it lose not an amateur job though

      whitemustang

      Year: 2003 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (4)

    • 5/5

      August 15, 2018

      Bbk

      Looks great sounds great took a while to install but i got it done just make sure to use the new bolts they include and remove old ones from the head. Makes install easier.

      VictorS

      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (3)

    • 3/5

      August 06, 2018

      Bad experiences

      I had order twice and I had issues with products missing parts or incorrect

      AdrianS

      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (4)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      July 24, 2018

      Shorty headers

      These shorty headers are powerful and they fit great. Just the color turns bluesh purple because of the heat. Other than that they are great. The sound is awesome.

      MitchellA

      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (5)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 27, 2018

      Look Amazing

      They fit right on quick bolt on looks great and definitely worth the buck.

      EliasM

      Year: 2003 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (7)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      June 24, 2018

      Love these headers!

      Love these headers! They're doing the nine great, and look amazing under the hood. The turn gold and blue from the heat which is sweet, and they also gave my car a better exhaust note. Next step is mufflers. Oh, and it's California ligal. Came with the sticker and all the hardware that was needed

      AlexG

      Year: 2003 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (5)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      June 23, 2018

      Worked great

      Wasn’t too bad to install, they were a little larger in size than the stock ones so you just need to work it in better. Engine sounds very clean now and feels a little more powerful.

      GeorgeO

      Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (5)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 31, 2018

      Nice change under the hood

      Looks a lot better than the original. Power gains are hard to tell, as I broke the header pipe in front of the converter on my original exhaust, so I replaced the headers while putting on the Pype's catted X-pipe set up. This was a nice change all around. Better power/sound on this set up,

      Bgreen1967

      Year: 2003 Submodel: V6

      Helpful (6)

    • 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 (8)

    • 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 (6)

    • 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 (7)

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