Review & Install Video
Hey everybody, I'm Justin with AmericanMuscle.com. This is my quick look at the BBK Tuned Length Shorty Headers, available with your choice of either a chrome or ceramic coating, fitting all 2015 and up Mustang GTs. You should be checking out the Tuned Length Shorty Headers from BBK if you're looking for a power and sound upgrade over your factory manifolds, but you should really be checking these things out if your local laws prevent you from moving your factory catalytic converters from their original location, otherwise limiting your choices when wanting to make the switch to an after market manifold or header.
What BBK wanted to accomplish with their tuned length system is essentially try to keep all the runners or primaries here as close to equal as possible while also drawing them out a little longer than what you might see with a traditional shorty design. Now in doing this, they wanted to approach the gains of a long tube header while still keeping this small compact package, and also help keep the price down in the process.
Now with all that said, can you expect similar gains using the shorty header compared to a long tube header? And, well, the simple answer to that question is no. However, you can still expect some pretty solid gains with the tuned length headers here from BBK. They're claiming upwards of 15 horsepower, 10 to 15 feet of torque at the rear wheels with no adjustments to your tune whatsoever, in addition to the awesome change to your exhaust node.
Construction wise, here's what you're looking at, guys. One and three quarter inch mandrel bent tubing are primaries here. Three eighths inch laser cut OE style flange, and all the hardware and gaskets needed to get these guys installed.
Now I do want to point out that this is a mild steel header. This is not a stainless steel product. Now what does that mean? Well, it really doesn't affect anything from a performance standpoint, but it does maybe affect things from a durability standpoint. You might see a little surface corrosion with the chrome plated option over time, not so much an issue with these ceramic coating option I have here.
As I just mentioned, guys, you do have a couple of different options when it comes to finish here with the tuned length headers. I'm holding the ceramic options in my hand. You can also pick these things up on the site in a chrome plating. There a slight difference between the two finishes. The ceramic's going to set you back a hundred bucks more compared to that chrome plating, but it's also going to be slightly better at reducing some of that surface corrosion I just talked about, in addition to helping keep under hood temps down slightly.
The chrome option, on the other hand, is the more affordable option by about a hundred bucks. Again, it is going to offer most of the same performance benefits of the ceramic option, and it is going to slightly discolor over use to that dark purplish or bluish color. I actually think it looks really cool, especially when compared to the dull gray of the ceramic option. This is a performance part after all, but it certainly doesn't hurt to mention some appearance stuff.
Installation is going to suck, guys. There's no sugar coating this one. Expect a full three out of three wrench job on the difficulty meter. Definitely going to test your toolbox, so make sure to have a good set on hand, a six pack of your favorite adult beverage, and leave yourself at least a half to a full day in the garage to get this thing knocked out.
All right, guys, to wrap this one up, if you're not willing to go all in on a set of long tube headers, or if your local laws are getting in the way of your ideal plans, then the Tuned Length Shorty Headers from BBK will be a solid upgrade for the price. On the other hand, if you're on the fence and still have money to spend, then the long tube headers will deliver bigger gains compared to the BBK options, while still offering a similar install. Either way, be sure to learn more about BBK stuff for your S550 GT here at AmericanMuscle.com.
Tuned Length Design.
BBK Shorty "Tuned Length" Headers out perform both stock manifolds and other brands regular shorty headers for a proven way to add 10-15 more horsepower to the rear wheels of your S550 GT Mustang. BBK Tuned Length Headers have a unique extended tubular design that allows for unrestricted exhaust flow for an increase in horsepower, torque and performance. Perfect for the street, strip or track.Quality BBK Construction.
BBK Shorty Tuned Length Headers are manufactured from 1-3/4" CNC mandrel bent tubing for unrestricted airflow. And feature one piece laser cut 3/8" header flanges for additional strength, leak-free performance and an OEM fit. The headers are then completed in a bright chrome finish for good looks and a long durable life.Cut & Weld Installation.
Installation of these BBK Tuned Length Shorty Headers will require cutting of the weld that connects the stock exhaust manifolds to the catted down pipe. Then you will need to weld a flange to the stock catted down pipe so you can bolt the Shorty Headers to the catted down pipe properly.Application.
These BBK Performance 1-3/4" Chrome Tuned Length Headers are designed to fit all 2015-2017 GT Mustangs equipped with the Coyote 5.0L DOHC 4 valve V8 engine, including both Fastback and Convertible models.
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- What's in the Box
- (1) Driver side shorty header
- (1) Passenger side shorty header
- Installation hardware
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) a Day
Difficulty Level:Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
- Tech Specs
||Shorty Tuned Length
|Type Mid Pipe Required:
||2015-2017 GT Mustangs|
- Will it fit my Mustang?