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BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Shorty Headers (99-04 V6)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Increases Horsepower and Torque.
    • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing.
    • Silver Polished Ceramic Coating.
    • Fits 1999-2004 3.8/3.9 V6 Mustangs.
    • CARB EO Number: D-245-16

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    What's up, guys? Adam here with, bringing you my review of the BBK Shorty Headers for all '99 to '04 New Edge V6 Mustangs, offered in both chrome and ceramic finishes. Let's be honest. We all know the '99 to '04 V6 Mustangs have a lot of potential, and these BBK Shorty Header options are definitely a good way for the the New Edge owners to replace the restrictive factory manifolds and increase sound and power at the same time. Now, it's definitely not going to sound exactly like a V8, but you're definitely going to be bringing that exhaust to life, especially when paired with an aftermarket midpipe and muffler. As I mentioned before, these BBK Shorty Headers are a direct fit replacement for your factory manifolds and offer an increase in horsepower and torque, as well as an increase in sound. The BBK options are also compatible with your factory midpipe, so you won't have to worry about getting a shorty midpipe like you would if you were getting long tube headers. Another plus for getting these BBK Shorty Headers is that you won't have to worry about getting it tuned, because they don't effect your catalytic converters, so you don't see your "Check Engine" light. Now, as I mentioned before, these shorty headers will not require a tune. However, it is very much recommended that you do get one because getting a tune will maximize performance gains because you're upgrading to a higher-quality and bigger tubing than the factory iron cast. Now like I said, it's not entirely required, but you can definitely maximize performance gains if you invest in one. What makes the BBK Shorty Headers an upgrade from stock really boils down to the upgraded size and materials. Now as I said before, there's two options. There's the chrome like I have here, and the ceramic. As far as performance, you can expect the same kind of gains. It really comes down to the quality of the material and what you see when you pop your hood. Now the chrome option of the BK Shorty Headers like I have in front of me here, is the more basic of the two. You'll notice that they're crafted using once piece three eighths inch flanges, as well as one and five eighths CNC manual [SP] band tubing for improved airflow all wrapped together with BBK's bright chrome finish. Now this chrome option, I definitely want to point out, will actually start to change colors after a few heat cycles and turn a bluish-purple color. If you're looking for something that keeps its finish and doesn't discolor, then maybe the ceramic option might be for you. Now the ceramic option for BBK is actually a very attractive finish. They're completed using the same materials as the chrome, the one and five eighths inch CNC manual band tubing with the three eighths inch flanges for added strength. What sets the ceramic option aside from the chrome option is that BBK used a heat-resistant, silver ceramic coating, so the color won't fade or burn, so it looks good when you pop the hood. Now obviously the ceramic option is the better option out of the two, but compared to the chrome, where do they fall in the price line? The chrome option comes in just shy of the $300 mark, which is honestly not that bad for a major exhaust part. Now they definitely are a budget-friendly item, but I'll be honest, that kind of reflects in the quality. The welds aren't the greatest, but they are pressure tested to be leak free and do not affect performance. The installation process for both options of the BBK Shorty Headers is going to require a few hours of your time and a couple of hand tools. You'll want to have an assortment of hand tools, including a wrench, a 10 millimeter and a 13 millimeter socket, as well as a crescent wrench. When all is said and done, you'll expect to spend the better part of a day on the install, which is why I'll give this installation a two out of three on the Wrench Difficulty Scale. BBK also provides installation instructions, which we have listed on the site. So if you don't feel comfortable doing the install yourself, I'd highly recommend taking it to a shop and spending that few extra bucks to get it done professionally, just to be safe. Just to wrap things up, guys, if you're the owner of a '99 to '04 3.8 or 3.9 Liter V6 and you're looking for a budget-friendly way to add some aggressive sounds and powers to your Pony, the BBK Shorty Headers in both chrome and ceramic options are available right here at

    More horsepower and torque. Improve the horsepower and torque of your V6 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. These BBK Ceramic Shorty Headers are specifically designed to bolt right up to your 1999-2004 3.8L or 3.9L V6 Mustang's stock Mid Pipe.

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

    Fitment: 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

    CA Residents: Warning: California's Proposition 65

    What's in the Box
    Hardware included:
    • 2 header gaskets
    • 4 header studs
    • 4 flat washers
    • 4 lock washers
    • 4 nuts
    • 12 header bolts
    • 2 EGR caps (Optional depending on model)
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Header Specifications
    Header Type: Short Tube Finish : Ceramic
    Type Mid Pipe Required: Standard Fitment: 1999-2004 V6 Mustangs
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    how much HP do you gain?

    • I gained 13 hp with my bbk shortys

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    Are these California legal?

    • Yes, the BBK Ceramic Shorty Headers are legal for use in California under CARB EO Number: D-245-16.

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    Exaust pip compatibility Will my OE/Factory exaust and cat bolt directly onto the bbk short headers or will there be a need for some custom fabrication? Also, what aftermarket exaust systemsthat will bolt directy onto these headers for a 2001 V6 3.8L?

    • These BBK Shorty Headers will be a direct replacement for your stock manifolds with no need for any additional modifications. An aftermarket standard length H-pipe or X-pipe designed to fit your '01 V6 will bolt directly to these headers. We highly suggest sticking with the same brand headers and mid-pipe to ensure optimum fitment. If you wanted to upgrade your catback exhaust (rest of the exhaust that bolts to the mid-pipe), you can choose whichever brand and type you'd like as long as they are made for your year/model Mustang. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

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    Hi. Do these ceramic shorty headers come with the same premium BBK gaskets that you sell separately here on American Muscle .com??

    • These BBK 1-5/8 in. Ceramic Shorty Headers will come with the premuim gaskets, item 386973.

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    having a problem bolting "cats xpipe" my bbk shorty headers to my x pipe on my 99 v6 mustang.. should I be catty cornering the bolts from side to side instead of doing one side first then the other?? like should this product come with spacers or bolts??

    • When tightening the bolts for the mid pipe flange to header flange, these should be gradually tightened, alternating from one bolt to the next to provide smooth even torque to both fasteners, pulling the flanges together evenly.

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    5 More Questions
    My exhaust manifolds keep cracking just before they connect to the rest of the exhaust do this have any chance of cracking and What is the warranty on them? 1 answer
    Do these come with a carb EO sticker? 1 answer
    Will my stock catalytic converters be able to attach to these headers? 1 answer
    will these headers fit right if i have the magnoflow dual exhaust on my v6? 1 answer
    Any fitment issues with these headers when installed on a 2002 Convertible 3.8L V6? Convertibles seem to always have restrictions with frame/sub-frame stiffeners, etc.. I'm contemplating installation of the BBKs with a Pypes true dual exhaust system. 1 answer

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    Customer Reviews (26) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.7

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Full Day

    Installation Cost:$100-$250

    • Performance Gain 4.470588 4.5
    • Fit 4.294117 4.3

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      August 06, 2018

      It’s worth it

      Never changed headers before so it did to me a while to get everything together but it was definitely worth it I immediately felt a difference when I took her for a ride the headers gave the car a bit more balls


      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 13, 2018


      Headers are nice. Little more horses and little more noise


      Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Weekend

      June 22, 2018

      Bbk shorty headers

      It’s a rough Install, very time consuming but the product is solid.


      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      December 25, 2017

      Great buy!

      Great product with noticible performance increase. Installed myself, recommend taking oil dipstick, air intake, and spark plugs out prior to removal of stock manifolds and installation of these new ones. Fitment was tight (bulkier then stock) but with time and patience you can work it in right. My first set had a factory defect on right manifold (exhaust leak in factory welding) but AM was quick to send me a new product to replace damaged one! Make sure the EGR valve is set correctly, if not you won’t be a happy camper when you have the manifold set and the EGR doesn’t line up! Don’t be like me and not take the spark plugs out before installation, wound up cracking a spark plug during installing and had a misfire afterwards. A trip to the auto parts store later and am very impressed with these.


      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      December 04, 2017

      Worth the money

      It was a rough installation, but the outcome was worth the struggle. Immediately gave the v6 better throttle response, and a little better exhaust note. Paired well with KandN CAI to really let it breathe and accelerate quicker


      Year: 2000 Submodel: V6

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      November 24, 2017

      BBK Headers for V6

      First set arrived with a crack in the right side header. Got a new set from BBK. Now working great.


      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Full Day

      October 30, 2017


      Deeper, louder sound, noticeable difference in power. Haven't gotten it tuned but it is optional. Stronger more durable than stock manifold which had a common leak after 160k miles.


      Year: 2000 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      September 19, 2017

      Worked out GREAT!

      This item worked out great easy to install got little better performance and sounds great with the mac pipes evan with the cads on .it


      Year: 1999 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      July 25, 2017

      Definitely recommended

      Great headers with a noticeable difference off the bat.


      Year: 2003 Submodel: V6

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    • 2/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      April 15, 2017


      First off I was not happy with headers because the passenger side and some area of the driver side look to have rust all over inside the header I just receive them by mail few days ago and just opened to look at em and was shocked to see rust on them not sure if they supposed to be that way but I was under the impression that American Muscle sells new BBK shorty headers to customers hope to hear from AM my email to explain why i got rusty looking shorty headers from them because they looked used to me.


      Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      July 16, 2016

      Looks awesome

      Little time consuming and patience otherwise easy install. Ran true dual catted exhaust ( no X or H pipe) with stock gt mufflers. Sounds great. Nice low rumble. Although they didn't increase low end performance much, they definetly increased throttle response on the high end. Now adding a high flow cai to match the incoming air with the now much increased outgoing air flow. They look good and sound good. The ceramic coated ones are definetly worth it. They keep the nice shiny color.


      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      August 15, 2015

      better quality than JBA

      I originally bought JBA header, but no one wanted to install them because for me because they didn't accommodate air injection. California life..... so i returned them and bought these BBKs. I instantly noticed that the BBKs headers were in a MUCH better condition then the JBA headers. The tube were smooth and didn't have rough edges. I had no problems getting these installed by my mechanic for $250.00. He had issues with the screws that came with the headers because they were to long. Other than that there was no other issues. I noticed a slightly better throttle response and made my exhaust have a deeper, and a louder tone to it.


      Year: 1999 Submodel: V6 California

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      October 16, 2014

      Worth the Cost.

      My 'stang has had a tick ever since I bought it four years ago. Up until this year, it would go away once it warmed up. This year it progressively got worse throughout the summer and driving with the top down, it became unbearable. Every forum I read and every shop I talked to said this generation has a bad problem with manifolds cracking. The shop I took it to had never dealt with BBK, but after they finished, they said they were impressed by the quality. They said the headers were easy to install, the only problem was two studs broke and had to be drilled. That was the exact reason I didn't attempt this myself. Living in an apartment now, I don't have the garage anymore I would need to do that kind of work. As soon as I started it after it was done, I was in love all over again. I sounds soooo much better. No tick. Nice rumble, even for a 6. It may just be my imagination, but it seems to have a little bit more pep, especially getting on the freeway. I've already gotten compliments on how good it sounds.


      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6 South Jordan, UT, USA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 13, 2013

      Great sound and perfect fit!!

      These headers look amazing and were really easy to install. They matched up perfectly to the heads. Was slightly concerned about the gaskets/hardware that was provided, however I decided to use them and there was no issues at all. I had no leaks and my Pypes true dual exhaust bolted right on with no issues as well. With these headers and the Pypes exhaust, makes a huge difference in with the sound, actually some people thought I had a V8 lol.


      Year: 2002 Submodel: V6 Canada

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 30, 2013

      Great Headers!!! No More Sound!

      awesome pair of headers! I took to my mechanic and he said they were easy to install and they worked like a charm. got rid of all the clunking noise and the escaping air from the original exhaust manifolds.


      Year: 2000 Submodel: V6 Weslaco, TX, USA

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      October 02, 2012

      Sweet Headers

      Great product from BBK. The exhaust flow is so on queue, You can feel the instant hp. I do recommend that when you start with so many bolt ons for quick hp even in the V6 i strongly suggest getting your Stang Tuned & dyno, so that your air fuel ratio can be adjusted accordingly. AM has yet to let me down with any product that I have purchased & installed..


      Year: 2003 Submodel: V6 St Petersburg, FL, USA

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $250-$500

      July 07, 2012

      Well worth the money

      These are well constructed and i've had them on the car for a couple of weeks now, and there's no discoloration or anything yet. Shorties don't yield much gain over the stock header styled manifolds, but you do pick up gains throughout the entire power range even if it's not top end horsepower. The car now chirps its tires in second gear! It's also important to note that while some naysayers advise against shorties ("go long tube!"), the fact remains that with any ceramic headers, you gain performance through an overall construction. Longtubes, the jury is still out on whether you start losing enough backpressure (on a stock non-cammed/ modified head engine), and in some cases, depending on where you live, long tubes may not be street legal/ emissions compliant (the reason for the "off road use only" stipulation that they put on them). All one has to do is look at the collector on these, and it's night and day versus the stock collectors, and if you're building a super stock V6 sort of engine like me, you want something that the engine already works well with, instead of modifying it too much, where you sometimes have varying parts not playing well with each other. The ceramics also help cut the underhood temps alot. I have an SCT Livewire tuner to monitor IAT's in the air intake, and at full engine operating temps, as long as you're driving and not sitting idling, the temperatures tend to be cut to anywhere from 3-8 degrees or so (depending on natural outside ambient temps), as opposed to 15-20 degrees that they were with the stock manifolds. Granted, that's with my engine and the modifications/ tune that I have and yours may vary, but I was surprised at how little the engine bay heats up. The car now keeps its nice strong engine presence at full operating temperature, that it normally had when the car was cold. These add a nice engine growl, too. I'd got an h-pipe installed along with these on a MAC dual catback system that i'd had installed already on the car last year, and between these and the h-pipe, the exhaust drone is gone and replaced with a throaty V8 styled sound when you step on the gas. They look great, too, with the polished silver ceramic finish. My only complaint about the headers is that when i'd got them, there was a bit of rust in the insides of the tubes, I guess, due to moisture that had got into them when sitting in a factory somewhere. There were also silica gel granules/ balls rolling around and jammed in crevices, which were also starting to impart a bit of surface rust, themselves. This isn't AM's fault; BBK should probably have better moisture/ silica gel systems in place if their headers, where they should replace the silica gel more frequently. Also, the fitment isn't exactly perfect--the dipstick had to be repositioned, but it's nothing that will cost you much extra at a shop. In the end, these are a great addition to your Stang, and if you're going to go aftermarket shorties, it's best to spend the cash on the ceramics, as you may as well do it right for another $130 or so.


      Year: 1999 Submodel: V6 Winnipeg, MB

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      February 26, 2012

      A little pricey, but worth it.

      Arrived really fast, had a shop install them. They sound amazing with true dual exhaust and you'll notice a bit of an increase in mid range hp. They really open up on the highway. Thanks AM!


      Year: 2001 Submodel: V6 Delran, NJ

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    • 5/5

      June 01, 2011

      Amazing Product

      When I bought this product there was a few people that were like serious? Pretty sure this wont do jack. But just setting the stock headers next to the BBK Ceramic's I was like "Yes Please." It's not that hard to get in. Seriously. Though it is important to at least have a pit or a lift. This only took me and my brother 3.5 hours. Did have a little trouble getting the dipstick out but with one above ground and another beneath the car it wasn't too bad. Easiest if you remove your Cold Air intake and your 02 sensor pipe. Seriously it was more fun putting in than a hassle. I highly recommend this product.


      Year: 2004 Submodel: V6

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    • 5/5

      May 25, 2011

      pretty headers

      Great headers, well made bolts on just like stock. The oil dipstick will give you a little trouble, but other then that straight forward install.

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      Year: 1999 Submodel: V6

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