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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 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

    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
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    23 Questions / 28 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.

    ariel1997

    • 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.

      KevinD92

    Helpful (1)

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

    muscle

    • 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.

      TechBoyBen

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    Do I have to order two or does this come with two already

    Mr

    • This shorty header kit will include two headers (both driver and passenger side).

      AMJustinH

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    Yes getting ready to install these headers on 2003 gt 4.6 Am I going have problem with the 02 sensors

    Drewster

    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?

    Steve

    • These headers would come with the gaskets already and would come with everything you need for the install.

      AMRickyD

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    will this fit a 2001 bullitt

    tommy

    • The BBK shorty headers will fit an 01 Bullitt.

      AMJustinH

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    Customer Reviews (27) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.5

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Weekend

    Installation Cost:$250-$500

    • Performance Gain 4.31579 4.3
    • Fit 4.68421 4.7



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      May 17, 2018

      BBK shorty headers

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

      mustaddic

      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      April 27, 2018

      Looks good

      Not the easiest to do. But doable without a lift. Wish they would include all the gaskets. Missing gasket for passenger pipe.

      Rangergods

      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      April 21, 2018

      Shorty headers

      The headers are just what I wanted. Together with the Borla xpipe and exhaust system, my 01 gt has the mean sound I’ve been looking for.

      MicheleB

      Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 11, 2018

      review from a Ford technician!

      i wanted to install these as my last bolt on to see the true difference the headers would make on my 4.6 2v. First and for most HANDS DOWN drop the K Member to install these. i had the k member out in about 45minutes. i dont see how anyone would want to struggle around the k member its just way easier without it. installing the headers themselve wasnt to bad. a few bolts required patients and a open end wrench to get them on. I used some old exhaust studs and nuts on a few of the header holes to make it easier but by no means is it as easy as bolting them on and go. i capped off the EGR plug with a 5/8 BRASS cap from the hardware store. for anyone wanting to do so. I also did not use the supplied gaskets i chose REMFLEX thick header gaskets to make sure 100 no leakage, by far the best gasket to use IMO! Total install taking my time was just over 4 hours.. NOW lets get to the performance aspect. i as soon as i started the car i could notice the exhaust tone was way smoother than before, actually quieted my car down some and you could hear my cams really well. first gear pull i could notice the added torque right away. it totally woke the car up! pulls nice and smooth exhaust tone is great. every gear tugs along nicely and i dont feel the need to have to jump on the car as much in stop and go traffic anymore. compared to LONG tube headers these are going to leave some power on the table but for $200 less i will gladly take the shorties over long tubes anyday, especially when it comes time to drop the tranny.

      FordTechnician

      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (4)

    • 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.

      charlesV

      Year: 2001 Submodel: Bullitt

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 01, 2017

      Ceramic is the way to go!

      I wanted headers that won't look burned out in a couple of months so purchasing these ceramic was the best option. Had a local shop put the headers on but made the mistake of leaving resonators on with the magnaflow mufflers. I can feel the increased power the headers make, so now I need to change out the trottlebody and cut the resonators off to make better performance AND sound for my 2000 GT.

      JayL

      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      August 31, 2017

      2003 GT plus...... 1SIKPONY

      The fit and finish is great. Perfect addition to BBK X Pipe and 40 series Flowmasters.

      Tbonemarine

      Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      August 17, 2017

      Sounds nice

      They were really banged up when I got them but went ahead with the install. Nice performance boost, nice sound. Install sucked, had a custom shop install it took them 2 days. Bottm line I wish they would have looked better when I recived them. But very happy wirh the sound and performance. AM was willing to take them back but I was no a tight schedule.

      MarkT

      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (2)

    • 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.

      rgreenbe

      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (4)

    • 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!

      Hero

      Year: 2000 Submodel: Other

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      August 08, 2016

      Headers

      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!

      Notmyrealname

      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (3)

    • 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.

      Lackey

      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      April 21, 2016

      satisfied

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

      Fosix

      Year: 1998 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (4)

    • 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.

      JTSAUTO

      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT Ontario, Canada

      Helpful (5)

    • 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.

      bstone244

      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT York, PA, USA

      Helpful (4)

    • 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.

      TechBoyBen

      Year: 2001 Submodel: GT Memphis, TN

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      May 21, 2013

      Amazing!!

      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!

      Kris10F

      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT Cincinnati, OH, USA

      Helpful (3)

    • 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 !

      SsBuiltNinja

      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT Downriver Mi

      Helpful (3)

    • 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!!!

      freddy46rft

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

      Helpful (4)

    • 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.

      ABCAUTOS6219

      Year: 2000 Submodel: GT Tampa, FL, USA

      Helpful (3)

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