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BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers (96-04 GT)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Increases Horsepower and Torque
    • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
    • Silver Polished Ceramic Coating
    • CARB EO Number: D-245-16
    • Fits 1996-2004 4.6L GT Mustangs

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey, Justin here with, and I have with me BBK’s tuned length shorty headers, available in your choice of either chrome or ceramic, fitting all 96-04 Mustang GTs. These headers feature what BBK refer to as their tuned length runner design, which makes them a hybrid between a standard shorty setup and a set of long tubes. As you can see the headers aren’t nearly as long as a set of long tubes, but in the end BBK claims more horsepower and torque, versus your typical shorty setup. As for the constructions, we’re looking at 1 ¾” mandrel bent stainless steel tubing, as well as these laser cut flanges for an OEM quality fit. So why would you want to go with a shorty setup versus a set of long tubes? Well, simply put a shorty header is going to be less expensive and much easier to install, versus a set of long tubes. This is due to the fact that most shorty headers are a direct bolt on, meaning you wouldn’t have to modify your Mid Pipe like you would using a set of long tube headers. Will the shorty perform just as good or better than a set of long tubes? Most likely no, but it’s still a solid upgrade over those restrictive cast iron factory manifolds. As I mentioned earlier you do have the choice of picking these headers are in a chrome finish or a ceramic finish. So what are the differences between the two? Well for one, you can see the chrome finish is a little brighter initially but that’s going to change as these headers heat cycle, eventually turning that bright silver into a dark blue or purple color. On the other hand, we have the ceramic finish, which is going to remain that bright silver, for years down the road. Secondly that ceramic coating is going to be better at reducing under the hood temperatures, which is always good for performance. Those added benefits do come at a cost as those ceramic coatings are typically a little more expensive than a chrome plated or a stainless header. Doing the install on any set of headers can be a little intense so it’s best to leave yourself a full day to tackle the job just to be on the safe side, and as always if you’re not feeling confident about this one, don’t hesitate to give your local shop a call, they’ll be happy to help you out. So if you’re looking for a bolt on header with the installation and price benefits of a shorty, and the performance to back it all up, then be sure to check out BBK’s tuned length shorty headers available right here at

    More Horsepower and Torque. Improve the horsepower and torque of your SN95 GT pony with a set of BBK Shorty headers. These BBK Shorty headers will improve your mustangs exhaust flow increasing your pony's horsepower and torque.

    Quality Construction. These BBK Shorty Exhaust headers are manufactured from 1 5/8" CNC mandrel bent tubing for unrestricted airflow and one piece laser cut 3/8" flanges for added strength. The headers are then finished with BBK's high-temp Silver Polished Ceramic Coating for good looks and to lower under hood temperatures.

    Application. Designed to fit the 1996-2004 4.6 GT Ford Mustang. These BBK Ceramic Coated shorty headers include high-quality mounting hardware and gaskets, so that they will bolt right up to your Mustangs stock Mid Pipe.

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

    Fitment: 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

    What's in the Box
    Hardware included:
    • Fastner kit (studs, nuts, bolts, washers)
    • Manifold gaskets (2)
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Header Specifications
    Header Type: Short Tube Finish : Ceramic
    Type Mid Pipe Required: Standard Fitment: 1996-2004 4.6 GT Mustangs
    Will it fit my Mustang?
    • Bullitt - 01
    • GT - 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04

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    Pros + Cons

    I bought these headers for a 5.5l race engine swap since they appeared to sit tight to the engine for clearance reasons. Right out of the box they looked pretty good- there were still some ceramic beads ...

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    Sound awesome

    Install was pretty simple took me a day, highly recommend to remove k-member. Great product, sounds great and fast shipping.

    Helpful (7)

    Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    16 Questions / 6 Answers

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    I live in Denver, Colorado and was wondering if these would pass emissions? I ask because i was told they don't have o2 sensors.


    • As these are shorty headers these should not have issues with emissions. The o2 sensors from the stock headers can be used for these as they are the same length as stock.


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    Will these fit an 2004 GT convertible?


    • Yes, the BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers will fit your 2004 GT Convertible.


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    Can I match those bbk headers with my slp catted x pipe ?


    • We highly recommend matching brands when choosing headers and a mid-pipe. Due to differences in manufacturing tolerances, the use of different brands for each components could cause a fitment issue. If you are looking for a catted x-pipe for a 96-98 GT, we would recommend the BBK Catted X-Pipe, Item 56133. If you are looking for a catted x-pipe for a 99-04 GT, we would recommend the BBK Catted X-Pipe, Item 56134.


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    I'm buying a set of these exact headers used and was wondering do i need to replace my stock exhaust sruds on my heads to get these on my car? thanks


    • These BBK Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers come with new hardware, that would be used to replace your stock studs during installation.


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    Will these fit a 97 mustang gt automatic convertible. If so which mid pipe will fit as well?


    • The BBK Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers will absolutely fit your 96 GT Automatic. There are a few mid-pipes that would work best, including the BBK Off-Road H-pipe (item# 56070), the BBK Catted X-pipe (item# 56133), and the BBK Off-Road X-Pipe (item # 56129).


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    I have a set of BBK 2 1/2 inch catbacks that I bought to upgrade my 01 GT. I want to complete the entire exhaust with a set of catted X-pipes item #56134 which are also 2 12 inch. Will these headers work with these items?


    • Yes, the BBK Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers (96-04 GT) and BBK Catted X-Pipe (99-04 4.6L) (Item #56134) are compatible with each other, the website even suggests that pairing. Plus, you will have nothing to worry about with the cat-back bolting up to the X-pipe considering they are both BBK and the same diameter piping.


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    Overall Rating 4.5

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Weekend

    Installation Cost:$250-$500

    • Performance Gain 4.533333 4.5
    • Fit 4.733333 4.7

    • 4/5

      September 07, 2009

      Pros + Cons

      I bought these headers for a 5.5l race engine swap since they appeared to sit tight to the engine for clearance reasons. Right out of the box they looked pretty good- there were still some ceramic beads laying around which I thought was neat. These headers are quite heavy for shorties. The welds on the outside were clean but the inner welds on the collector looked like a weak spot. That's not a big deal because of the heavy construction. DO NOT use the gaskets that come with this kit. They are practically foil reinforced paper. I highly recommend buying some carbon fiber or bronze header gaskets. These headers fit the new Trick Flow 2v heads fine. If anyone out there is performing a swap using a 5.4l block, these will not clear the strut towers. The towers will need modifications. They will fit perfectly fine on a 4.6l. If you're buying these for sound, don't run catalytic converters. Removing the cats will only free up 5-7hp total and "high-flow" cats are a marketing gimmick. All in all I'm happy with them so far!

      Chris V

      Helpful (18)

    • 5/5

      January 07, 2010

      Sound awesome

      Install was pretty simple took me a day, highly recommend to remove k-member. Great product, sounds great and fast shipping.


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    • 2/5

      July 09, 2011

      BBK Equal length shorty headers

      1st let me say American Muscle is the best, product arrived timely and as advertised. Now on to the BBK header. Welds, finish and ceramic coating were great but that is where it ends. The left header had the exhaust pipe bung welded at an angle where the factory pipe would not fit. Easy fix by cutting the tube and using some braided hose I had left over from another project. On the right header the 2nd lower header bolt(from the front) hole was an issue. The head of the bolt hit the header tube. Easy fix, shortened the bolt, tapered the bolt and fixed the thread. If the hole had been oval shaped or even a slot it would have worked much better. I had expected better from BBK. Time frame probably 8-14 hrs total. Would have been faster but I only had an hr here and there to do the install. Would I buy these again. Probably not.

      Tom Phillabaum

      Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      October 30, 2010

      BBK Ceramic Headers on 2000GT

      Great product and quick FREE shipping with AM! Love the extra tone and power! Would suggest having a shop do the work it is quite extensive but can be done in a driveway. A must have for your Mustang!

      Casey Borgmeyer

      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      April 21, 2016


      Just what my pony needed! Noticed the gains right away.


      Year: 1998 Submodel: GT

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      September 25, 2014

      Ceramic Short Headers

      It took me about 15 hours in total to install these headers. The bolts are near impossible to tighten because of the shape of the tubes but I managed to do it on the passenger side by putting a block where the engine mount goes and then lowering the engine to tilt it toward the driver side. Although I protected my A/C line with high heat wrap and tried to move it up, the header has now burned through the A/C line on the passenger side and is going to be a costly fix for the small amount of power that I gained in the mid RPM range. I would recommend to anyone to remove the K-frame instead of doing it with the K-frame installed.


      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT Ontario, Canada

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 18, 2014

      Great Product

      These headers were very easy to install. I had to replace my motor mounts so the engine had to be lifted which made installing the headers much easier. They WILL smoke for a few minutes upon first starting. This is just the coating and any oils from handling them. I installed SLP's x pipe and loud mouth cat backs at the same time, and I absolutely love the sound. I didnt turn the radio on the first week after installing them.


      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT York, PA, USA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 27, 2012

      Amazing product ! A+

      These were amazing. I didnt install them myself but my friend at his shop did and it only took the first 1/4 of the day to do both sides and there wasnt that much of an issue instaling them. Although there is not that much of an H/P improvment over the stock manifolds/ headers they do offer a WAY better sound and look 100 times better under the hood. i went with the ceramic coating shorty tuned headers and couldnt be more happy with the results !


      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT Downriver Mi

      Helpful (2)

    • 4/5

      September 08, 2009


      These headers sound great! Awesome product!


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    • 4/5

      September 03, 2009

      awesome, but needs work

      bought these during my 3.8 to 4.6sohc swap and they sound AMAZING, have an upr xpipe do yourself a favor and dont get cats,truly nuts, only complaint studs werent installed into header down feeds and had to file down slits to get bolts to fit through them, a little more time at bbk needed!


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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      November 29, 2016

      BBK Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers (96-04 GT)

      I work at a small used car store and we have our own, very experienced mechanic. He has installed most of my mods. It took this professional about 8 hours to do this job, It was done perfectly with no leaks. I would have to differ with anyone who makes this install sound easy. On my 2000 GT the a/c line had to be re-positioned so it did not lay against the header and a bolt from one of the motor mounts had to be ground down and re-threaded. I recommend a professional install. I am very happy with the throatier sound from my Flowmaster exhaust and the performance gain.


      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      August 13, 2016

      Very Nice

      Shipped and arrived quickly. I did the clutch at the same time so getting them in and out was much easier. Great product-sounds amazing!


      Year: 2000 Submodel: Other

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      August 08, 2016


      So living in California I had to go with shorty's. Luckily enough these BBK headers were awesome. Sturdy and strong with clean welds. Made the engine breathe a lot more and sound great. Not a bad look either when you pop the hood and see them. Of course AmericanMuscle shipped them the same day I ordered and they got to me less than a week later. Never disappointed with anything I buy on here and these are no exception!


      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      June 10, 2016

      Bad instalation guide

      I love this product it is definitely worth it. The instalation guide on the other hand is way off it takes way longer than they say and u have to drop ur k member to be able to get to the bolts. Also make sure u check to make sure that there is no hoses laying on top of the headers.


      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: 0-$100

      June 09, 2013

      I'm Loving These Headers!

      I had the misfortune of having to replace my 4.6L engine due to problems we won't go into here. Since swapping from the standard exhaust manifolds to these shorty headers wouldn't really affect my install time or shop costs I went ahead and invested in them while it was easiest. As expected, there is a noticeable difference! My car has a much smoother sound coming from the exhaust, and the car is quite a bit more responsive. I haven't had the car dynoed yet, but I'd expect this to have created somewhere around a 7 - 8 HP difference. The guys at the shop were impressed with the way they looked and sounded, and they didn't have any issues installing. I can't speak to the frustrations others have had with installation, since my installation was on a block that was already external of the car. However, even if I did have to spend 12 hours installing them, it would be worth the effort and a great start into an off-road or high powered street legal exhaust system.


      Year: 2001 Submodel: GT Memphis, TN

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      May 21, 2013


      I'm sad I didn't do these earlier. They sound incredible!! Can feel a difference in power and sound. Really made my car come alive and fell in love with it all over again. Thanks AM for being so helpful!


      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT Cincinnati, OH, USA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $500-$1000

      September 01, 2012

      Excellent! Excellent!

      The headers looked very nice! They fit right in the car (2001 GT convertible). The K brace had to be removed for the installation. The lower center bolts were fun to get in. I had all ready installed a polished & ported TB and raised plenum with a SR plenum spacer. The TB is quarter-shafted. With that, I only gained a little. After the headers were installed there was a tremendous difference. Very strong! Fun at the stoplights now! I should have done this first, then the tuner. I highly reccomend this product!!!


      Year: 2001 Submodel: GT Lincolnton, NC 28092, USA

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 01, 2012

      Excellent fitment and great sound quality..

      I had one of my technicians install a set of these BBK Headers on my 2000 GT. Overall straight forward installation. Dropped the K-Member and had them bolted up leak free in about 2 1/2 hrs. Amazingly they made my car quieter at an idle but man do they help let the car breath up high. Thanks AM for the prompt delivery and great price.


      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT Tampa, FL, USA

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      December 08, 2011

      bbk shorty headers

      headers are nice. and i would recommend this product but if you do not have any mechanic experience then i wouldn't recommend putting these in your self. took me 8 hours. but good sound and hp gain.


      Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      November 27, 2017

      no complaints at all

      No complaints, love them, would have done long tubes but went with shortys so its still easier to work on and if you have to drop the trans for the clutch one day the shortys wouldnt be in the way, these shortys are a major upgrade over stock, wouldnt think twice once i got and installed them.


      Year: 2001 Submodel: Bullitt

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