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BBK Catted X-Pipe (05-10 GT w/ Long Tube Headers)

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      Review & Installation Video

      Hey, guys, Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com, here with my review of the BBK shorty Catted X-pipe, available for BBK long-tube header equipped 2005 to 2010 GT Mustangs. So, this one's pretty easy as far as who it's going to be for. The shorty X-pipe is gonna be for the GT Mustang owners out there that plan on using BBK's long-tube headers. Whenever you go from a shorty or factory header setup to a long-tube, you're going to need to change your mid-pipe to a shorty mid-pipe. Now, there are a few options out there, but the general rule of thumb tends to be that you should not mix brands. If you want BBK long-tubes, you should stick with BBK's mid-pipe. Long-tubes and the shorty mid-pipe go hand in hand since you need one to install the other, and usually, those installing long-tubes are looking for power gains and an improvement in sound as well. Long-tubes and a short mid-pipe have a different iconic type of sound that's hard to ignore. And along the lines of gains, long-tubes and a short mid-pipe usually get mid-range to the top end gains, generally speaking. And you may not necessarily be installing long-tubes and a shorty mid-pipe for sound, but you are going to get a huge change in sound. Long-tubes alone are going to change the sound of your exhaust, and when you combine that with change in the mid-pipe, you can expect a pretty big difference in sound here and you're looking at a brand new sounding component when you're done. But looking more at the mid-pipe itself, we're looking at a two and three-quarter inch mid-pipe that's gonna work with the BBK headers. The X-pipe is [inaudible 00:01:17] bent, which is typical in exhaust, but the purpose of [inaudible 00:01:20] bending here is to deliver smooth airflow. The smoother the pipe is, the smoother the airflow will be, which helps with velocity. Now, there are a few different types of materials that exhaust components are made out of, and the material of this mid-pipe is going to really drive the price point. The mid-pipe is aluminized tubing, and that's what helps to keep the BBK components more price friendly than some of the other options that are out there. So, aluminized tubing has some upsides and some downsides as well. Like I already said, this type of material is going to be more budget friendly. The sacrifice that you make here, however, is that the metal is prone to rust and have corrosion over time, especially if it sees harsh road conditions. But if you're low on the west coast or your car [inaudible 00:01:55], then it's not gonna be a big deal to you. If you're looking for a ride or die system that's gonna hold up and be everlasting over years and years, then you're better off shopping for a 304 stainless steel system instead. This is a Catted X-pipe, and normally an X-pipe is gonna give more of a louder raspier sound as opposed to the deeper note of an H-pipe. The cats are high-flow race cats, so they're gonna flow more than a factory cat would, for sure. But I'm gonna hit again that these are high-flow race cats. That means they might not pass emissions, they might not be legal, and there's always that chance of a check engine light. But speaking of the check engine light, when you switch over to running a long-tube setup, you will need a tune. A tune here will not only help you get everything out of these expensive mods, but one of the main purposes of the tune, along with the long-tube headers, is to turn off the rear O2 sensors so that you won't be getting a check engine light.Circling back around a price, you're looking at spending just over $400 for this X-pipe right there. I will point out that Catted mid-pipes or Catted pieces of exhaust in general are gonna cost more than off-road version will. BBK does have an off-road version of this mid-pipe, which is gonna be this same thing just without cats, and that's gonna cost a little bit more than $150 less. So that's always an option.Also keep in mind that you won't be running this mid-pipe without a set of BBK's long tubes, so you can factor those into the price of the shorty X-pipe. These [inaudible 00:03:07] go hand in hand since you can't really install one without the other, which is another reason why long-tube headers are pretty much an investment. So, at the end of the day you're looking at both power and sound gains here. Keep in mind that your gains will change depending on your setup and tune. And in addition to that, you're also gonna get an awesome change to your exhaust tune. The install of the X-pipe alone is not difficult at all. It's just a basic mid-pipe swap that doesn't involve removing any other items or any cutting. But since you'll most likely be installing this along with those BBK long-tube headers, you can expect a project. Because of the combo install, you can expect a full three out of three wrenches on this one, and a full day in the garage if you do decide to tackle this yourself. If you don't have a helping hand or don't have much experience in this area, it might be better just to take the car to a shop for the install. If you do tackle this yourself, just know that you can do it on a jack stand, but a lift would make it easier, for sure. Like I said before, the mid-pipe is easy enough to install. The difficult part would be installing the headers. You're gonna need your toolbox for the install, along with an assortment of different sockets, wrenches, and extensions. You're looking at things like disconnecting the steering shaft, removing the motor mounds, and dropping the cross member. A lot of this install obviously requires working in some pretty tight areas, so while everything is straightforward, getting access and maneuverability in these areas is actually tricky. Having a helping hand in this case is really gonna benefit you. But at the end of the day, I think it's all worth it. So, wrapping this up here, the BBK shorty X-pipe is gonna be a must have for anyone with a GT Mustang that's looking at running BBK's long-tube headers. It's an aluminized steel X-pipe that comes with high flow race cats, and your rear O2 extensions as well. As always, you can check this mid-pipe out some more online for yourself. I'm Stephanie, and for all things Mustang, keep it right here at AmericanMuscle.com.

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation

      Features

      • Improves Exhaust Flow and Sound
      • For Use with BBK Long Tube Headers
      • High Flow Catalytic Converters
      • Mandrel-Bent 2-3/4-Inch Aluminized Tubing
      • Fits 2005-2010 GT and Bullitt

      Description

      Increases Overall Performance. Add even more horsepower and torque to the rear wheels of your GT Mustang with a BBK Catted shorty X pipe. A BBK catted X pipe will greatly improve your pony's exhaust flow to increase your Pony's overall performance. This BBK x-pipe is specifically designed to be used with BBK's full length headers.

      Race Car Growl. This free flowing BBK x-pipe for the 2005 to 2010 Mustang's not only increases power, but it also adds a crisp raspy, race car growl to the sound of your exhaust with its modern "X" crossover pipe design.

      Durable Construction. BBK's X-pipes use a free-flowing 2-3/4" diameter CNC mandrel bent aluminized tubing and a merged X crossover to improve flow. And features High flow catalytic converters to provide a significant horsepower increase over the restrictive stock cats.

      Application. This BBK Shorty catted X-Pipe is specifically designed to fit the 2005-2010 GT and 2008-2009 Bullitt Mustangs with BBK Long-Tube Headers installed.

      Technical Note: This BBK product may not be legal for use in emission restrictive states. Check local ordinances.

      Fitment: 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

      BBK 1637

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

      4.6

      Customer Reviews (42)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.6 out of 5 overall rating from 42 customers

      Installation Time: Full Day

      Installation Cost: $100-$250





      • October 23, 2019

        5 2005 GT - BillyJack Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: 0-$100

        x-pipe

        Very nice fitment. Sounds very raspy compared to old stock H pipe.

        Helpful (3)
      • August 06, 2019

        5 2005 GT - 1BadGT2005 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Loud!

        Love the aggressive rumble with the longtubes. I can feel it vibrate in my chest.

        Helpful (4)
      • June 02, 2019

        5 2008 GT - JuanD Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Excellent Masterpiece

        Perfect Sound when put together with BBK Long Tube Headers...Amazing! Easy the Installation ,done in Less than 45 minutes. Can't be any happier with BBK Products.

        Helpful (3)
      • May 30, 2019

        5 2005 GT - Mick Installation Time: Full Day

        Just what I needed!

        Great product, welds looked nice. I did have to adjust the hangers on this pipe slightly with a torch to get the best fit, most likely because my car is automatic. Not a huge deal. I'm currently running this x pipe with bbk ceramic coated long tubes and a pypes m80 mid muffler setup. I installed these parts at the same time and to do headers, x pipe and mufflers took about 4 hours with a lift and all the proper tools. Whole package sounds fantastic! Would definitely recommend this! Would buy again!

        Helpful (3)
      • May 29, 2019

        5 2007 GT - wolfcirus Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: $250-$500

        Xpipe

        Very pleased. Paired with the BBK long tube headers, which i had installed same time, my car sounds really good. Natural choppy sound at idle and really aggressive when I give it the gas.

        Helpful (4)
      • May 09, 2019

        5 2005 GT - Boone Installation Time: Shop Install

        Xpipe

        Great product. I can tell a big difference in high RPM power

        Helpful (4)
      • April 29, 2019

        5 2009 GT - don444 Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: $500-$1000

        BBK catted x pipe

        works seamlessly with the Borla atak exhaust and is a great match to the BBK long tube headers

        Helpful (3)
      • July 08, 2018

        5 2007 GT - RoyJ Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        BBK catted x pipe

        I like the product hangers were welded 1inch off. I now have o2 codes popin would be nice to know you need a tune or other parts to run proper. With AM n Bama I am sure to get it right.

        Helpful (10)
      • June 19, 2018

        4 2009 GT - BenjaminA Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: 0-$100

        Great sound

        I bought the bbk catted x pipe to replace the bbk off road x pipe. I have bbk long tubes and flow master axle backs and with the off road x pipe it was obnoxiously loud. To the point where it was almost embarrassing to drive.it was nascar loud. The bbk catted x pipe surprisingly quitted it down a bunch. The high flow cats are about half the size of stock cars. I went about 100 miles before one of the cats threw a code for low performing cat. Used my tuner and cleared the code and went 400 miles and it threw the check engine light again same code. Not a big deal if you have a tuner. Overall pleased with the sound and quality. Steal very loud at wide open throttle above 3000 rpms.

        Helpful (11)
      • March 19, 2018

        5 2009 GT - ChrisA Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        bbk x-pipe

        not much to say except the fit it was perfect car sounds good easy install

        Helpful (7)

      Questions & Answers (30 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Hello, will this X-Pipe work with the Flowmaster Outlaws Cat-Back Exhaust? Thanks

      Do you need anything between this and the pypes pype-bomb axle back exhaust, or do they connect directly together?

      • You will have stock piping between this and any axle back exhaust.

      Helpful (0)

      Will this catted x-pipe fit along with my MBRP Pro-series axel back exhaust?

      • This will fit as long as you have the BBK long tube headers installed.

      Helpful (0)

      Will the bbk catted X-pipe fit on the stock manifold or do I need to get the long tube headers

      • These are designed specifically to fit with the BBK long tube headers. At the very least, long tubes are required, but we can only guarantee perfect fitment with the same brand. Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance.

      Helpful (0)

      Do you can still shoot flames with this X pipe with catts?

      10 More Questions
      I'm new to anything related to exhausts and am in the process of trying to replace from the headers to true dual out exhaust. That said, why wouldn't this work for the 4.0 v6 model? 1 answer
      The BBK long tube headers come with the H pipe ? 1 answer
      Would this fit the pypes long tube headers 1 answer
      Will using the bbk long tube headers and high flow catted x pipe require a tune ? 1 answer
      Will this fit my 2.5” Roush extreme performance cat back system? 1 answer
      Will this work with the borla atak cat back? 0 answer
      Will this pipes make a deep sound noise? , will it be better if am lookinn for something good not to low n not to high lb the middle ?.. 1 answer
      I understand the this x pipe is designed to work with bbk long tube headers my question is will this x pipe work with the roush cat- back exhaust? 0 answer
      If i bought this x pipe and the matching headers, would i be able to hook up to stock piping going back. I also have the roush axel backs. 1 answer
      Can the exhaust emissions of the BBK cats be made to comply with CARB like my motor home’s cats, which is equipped with CARB-approved headers? Will wrapping the headers or other modifications help? NOTE (for emphasis): I’m only interested in improving emissions. Thank you. 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Catted Shorty X-Pipe

      Tech Specs

      Mid Pipe Specifications
      Style Mid Pipe: Shorty "X" Type Headers Required: Long Tube
      Piping Material: Aluminized Steel Piping Size: 2.75"
      Catalytic Converter: Yes Fitment: 2005-2010 GT Mustangs

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