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The 1997 Ford F-150 did away with pushrod motors and instead saw the introduction of the overhead cam modular 4.6L and 5.4L V8 motors. Making more power (220-230 hp and 235-260 hp, respectively) and using less fuel to do so, these two V8 engines were the backbone of all 1997-2003 F-150 pickup trucks. With the higher revving nature of the overhead cam engines, anything to add a little more low end grunt is welcome. Upgrading the factory exhaust on your F-150 is an excellent way to do exactly that (and create voracious sound, too). Aftermarket shorty headers are a vast improvement over the pre-existing manifolds and are the best place to start. Moving downward, exchanging the stock catalytic converters with a high flow variety will also show a net gain. Finally, a performance cat-back removes many of the tight bends of the factory piping and gives a serious upgrade in the sound department. 1997-2003 F-150s are rated to tow a maximum of 7700 pounds depending on truck configuration - you can make the job a little easier by installing a less restrictive exhaust system.

Fitment Includes:

  • 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 F-150
  • Base, XL, XLT, Lariat, Lightning, King Ranch, Harley Davidson F-150s
  • Engines: 4.2L V6, 4.6L V8, 5.4L V8 F-150s

*Please see product pages for any exceptions.

1997-2003 F-150 Exhaust Parts