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

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      Review & Installation Video

      Hey, Justin here with AmericanMuscle.com, 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 AmericanMuscle.com

      Product Information

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

      Features

      • 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

      Description

      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

      BBK 16150

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

      4.6

      Customer Reviews (36)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.6 out of 5 overall rating from 36 customers

      Installation Time: Weekend

      Installation Cost: $250-$500





      • April 28, 2020

        5 2003 GT - Kayc Installation Time: Full Day

        BBK headers

        Can tell a little pep but the sound was on point! Worth every penny and the quality is fantastic!

        Helpful (3)
      • March 14, 2020

        5 2003 GT - Fordsdad Installation Time: Full Day

        BBK Headers

        Sound great and the installation wasn't too bad. About six hours in total.

        Helpful (3)
      • January 02, 2020

        5 2003 GT - JardoO

        Yuor going to have to wait till spring

        Musty is put away for the Winter. Received the headers as a Christmas present. Will put them on after the salt is off the roads. Also will advise on Dyno results

        Helpful (4)
      • September 20, 2019

        5 2001 GT - 2vmike Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: $100-$250

        better then the stock headers

        great product got no complaines if your looking for great product this is it

        Helpful (3)
      • September 04, 2019

        5 2003 GT - Garcia03 Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: $250-$500

        Beautiful

        These are definitely worth a buy if you're planning on upgrading your stock headers whether you're going with shorties or long tubes BBK will not disappoint. Replaced my old set due to just wear and tear over time and decided to pick up a set of new shorties paired up with and SLP Loudmouth system and I can say it blows me away each time I start it back up.

        Helpful (7)
      • July 12, 2019

        5 1999 GT - RobertF Installation Time: Afternoon

        BBK Headers

        Work great and sound better. Glad bought these. Money well spent.

        Helpful (3)
      • February 28, 2019

        5 2003 GT - Timothy

        Shorty headers installed!

        Took ony 4 hrs to install. Drivers side went in just fine after disconnecting the steering intermediate shaft. Passenger side was a little more in depth. Had to remove starter and the engine mount, then jack the pass side ip a little. All bolts went in fine, only had to tighten the lower bolt a little and then work the top ones in a little at a time, then back to the bottom 4, then back to top ones. Takes patience, Had to do that on both sides. Was expecting to take longer from the reviews, but i am an automotive master tech, so it was easy for me.

        Helpful (10)
      • October 10, 2018

        2 2003 GT - kkeymanz Installation Time: Weekend

        Small gains

        Nicely built, looks great, fits well to original exhaust...lots of work and time installing. Only small gains if any, not worth the trouble of replacing

        Helpful (16)
      • September 03, 2018

        5 2003 GT - kingtutt Installation Time: Full Day

        2003 bbk headers

        the headers look and sound great! i had to work with customer service and it was quick and easy!

        Helpful (8)
      • May 17, 2018

        5 2004 GT - mustaddic Installation Time: Full Day

        BBK shorty headers

        Very good and nice product ! Thank you AM !!!!!!!!

        Helpful (11)

      Questions & Answers (28 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      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.

      Helpful (3)

      Do i need to buy a mid pipe with this shorty headers ?

      • There's a two part answer to this question. 1. No, these are a direct bolt on replacement. They will work with your existing factory mid-pipes, and don't require any mid-pipe upgrades to fit. However... 2. You'll want to upgrade your mid-pipe and remaining exhaust after these! To get the most out of the increased flow you get from these, it's best to upgrade to a performance H pipe or X pipe set. If you're like me and upgrade your car as money allows, go ahead and just replace the headers now. Just know you will eventually want to do more to maximize the end result in time.

      Helpful (2) Show 1 more answer

      Does the bbk shorty headers help your car get louder , like a set of long tubes ?

      • The BBK shorty headers will provide a more aggressive sound when compared to the stock manifolds. Unfortunately they will not be as aggressive as the long tube headers.

      Helpful (1)

      will this fit a 2001 bullitt

      • The BBK shorty headers will fit an 01 Bullitt.

      Helpful (1)

      Will this headers fit on OEM H-pipe catalytic converter? Even X-pipe or H-pipe off road too?

      • Yes, These headers will work with the factory mid-pipe.

      Helpful (0)
      10 More Questions
      Does this header come with header to head gasket or header to mid pype gasket? And will this bolt on with the original mid pype? 1 answer
      I have magna flow car backs and mid pipes for my 2004 gt, will these headers work with those or will it have to be modified. What do you suggest 1 answer
      Do you sell the hardware separately? I have a set of headers but I need all of the hardware not just the 16 bolts 1 answer
      Do I have to order two or does this come with two already 1 answer
      Yes getting ready to install these headers on 2003 gt 4.6 Am I going have problem with the 02 sensors 1 answer
      I have a 2002 GT/Convertible manual trans with Magnaflow cat-backs, I live in California. Besides gasket kit what else do I need to do the job right? 1 answer
      I noticed the long tube headers had "manual trans" specifically in the description. would these shorties fir my manual 2003 gt? 1 answer
      Is there a length difference between regular bbk shorty headers and these bbk tuned length headers? Or whats the difference ? 1 answer
      Will these headers bolt up to my Pypes O/r X pipe on my 1997 Saleen s281 N/A 4.6l 2v? 1 answer
      Will these fit an 2004 GT convertible? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      Hardware included:
      • Fastner kit (studs, nuts, bolts, washers)
      • Manifold gaskets (2)

      Tech Specs

      Header Specifications
      Header Type:Short Tube Finish :Ceramic
      Type Mid Pipe Required:StandardFitment:1996-2004 4.6 GT Mustangs