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- How to install MAC Chrome Long Tube Headers on your 1996-2004 (GT) Mustang
The MAC 1-5/8 inches Long Tube Headers in chrome are available for any '96 to '04 GT owners who's looking to pick up some noticeable power gains as well as a sweet sound improvement with one of the more affordable options in the long tube category. These are the chrome options as opposed to ceramics, so for the guys who don't mind the rainbow color after they run over time and for those who are on a tighter budget. The installation for the long tubes is extremely lengthy and heavily involved across the board. Expect three out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter which I'll talk a little bit more on later on. Long tubes are so effective in improving power because the exhaust gases leave the cylinder with more speed because they have more time to gain velocity, thanks to the longer tubes. With this particular set, you'll see results in gains of up to 18 real horse power and about the same with torque which is definitely a plus. We always want to consider that other power adders can really maximize the potential, not to mention the effects a tune would have on something like this for your GT, although it is not required. Sound is an entirely other aspect because long tube headers are absolutely unbeatable for a true muscle car sound, of course, in my personal opinion. This in combination with the MAC Shorty Catted H-pipe will produce a deeper intimidating growl while combining it with the Catted X-pipe will give it a bit louder and raspier sound. Any off-road pipe combo will be a bit raspier since there isn't any restrictions in the mid pipe with no Cats. You can customize the sound, though, obviously by picking and choosing a Cat-Back setup that fits your personal preference. Personally, I'm a big fan of the Borla Stinger S-type Cat-Back because it's not too overbearing but it really makes a huge impact on your aggressiveness as I've had on my '95 Cobra. Obviously sound is one thing that is easily changeable to each person. While we're on the topic of restriction, these are made from 1-5/8 inch mandrel bent tubing completely unrestricted and gets a free-flowing air movement from the cylinders to the MAC Shorty H-pipe or X-pipe of your choosing. The 16-gauge tubing doesn't have any kinks or rough bends to rob you of any power. You'll notice that the chrome headers will start to discolor after being exposed to the engine heat and exhaust gases for so long, so they'll start to turn a bluish rainbow color. Obviously, the chromes all across the board are going to be guilty of that, not just the MAC ones here. As far as performance goes, that is completely unaffected by the discoloration it's simply an appearance change. Although that doesn't happen with the ceramic coated set so if you're in a lot of car shows and you're looking to keep your engine bay looking as polished and proper as possible, you might want to pick up the ceramic version instead. If you're like me and you don't really care about the color and you just really want to save a few bucks by getting the chrome option here, this is definitely the better choice. The 2-1/2 inch True Fit Collectors that MAC integrates into the systems, as you see here, eliminate the need for gaskets that are sometimes needed with collectors of ball shapes and to properly seal the flare end of the mid pipe. Now, this takes away the headache of a leak or blown out collector. While we are on the topic of gaskets, I would recommend picking up a set of Ford performance header gaskets for the other end. They are known to be the most reliable options, more so than the ones typically found in long tube header kits you get from those brands just like MAC. Obviously not a hundred percent necessary, they just are a little sturdier than most. I also want to point out just again you absolutely need to match these with a MAC Shorty mid pipe of your choice but no other brands. Stock length mid pipes will not work with long tubes nor will any other brand of mid pipe. They won't properly match up and they'll require modification. Just make sure you stick with the Catted Off-road Shorty H-pipe or X-pipe from MAC when you're picking these up. As I briefly mentioned in the beginning, these are one of the most affordable long tubes available in the category currently for the SN-95s and new edge GTs. For just about $450 bucks you'll get a sturdy set of chrome steel long tubes that'll definitely get the job done. In my opinion, they are a steal for the price considering the construction and the materials. If you're more interested in the ceramic look, however, those are running just about a $100 bucks more than these. The Kooks option offers the best materials on the market with 304 stainless and they have a very unique sound with their added merge spikes but that comes with a pretty serious price of about double the MAC option here so it comes down to budget for sure. These are, no doubt, a pain in the butt to install because they are so involved and require a certain amount of mechanical expertise. They will definitely test the entire toolbox and take the better part of a day to complete whether it's at home or in a garage or shop. If you don't have a helping hand on deck or enough experience to tackle it yourself, there's no shame handing this one over to a professional to get them safely and properly which is why you might want to consider tacking on installation cost to the final cost of this product alone. With all that said, expect full three out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Several hours, if not, with the majority of the day, to get this one done. Also, before I let you go, you might want to look into a set of O2 sensor extensions if you're looking to stick with your stock sensors. If you're looking to eliminate to check engine light with a quick fix, you should invest in a set of MIl or MIL eliminators to plug right in which will take care of that itself. MIL being Malfunction Indicator Light. Or you could take it a step further and pick up a custom tune which would not only shut off the light but will help you bring out the best in your setup and maximize the performance I mentioned earlier. That, however, is not required. All right and that just about does it for this one so if you're the owner of a '96 to '04 GT, you might want to check out the MAC 1-5/8 inch Chrome Long Tube Headers which are available right here at americanmuscle.com."
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August 16, 2019
Well worth the money, I also got Off road X pipe and catback both Mac and couldn’t be happier!Helpful (0)
May 21, 2019
Second set of MAC LTs and some fitment issues
This is the second set of MAC LTs, the first lasted 10 years before rusting out, which I guess is not bad for uncoated headers in a northern state with snow. I love MAC products and must say was disappointed in the fitment, the right header O2 sensor hole was aimed up at the body and could not put the sensor there. Had to install O2 sensor further down the header by the h-pipe.Helpful (0)
December 05, 2018
Sound great, easy install. Overall very satisfied. Definitely sound better and better quality then bbkHelpful (3)
December 03, 2018
Disappointed over all.
I chose the Mac headers because of reviews of not needing to remove them to pull the tranny. They are nice looking and sound good, however I was very disappointed in the fitment. First off, one of the passenger side flange mounting hole was off location just enough no matter how I tried to center them all and may have caused a cross thread on one bolt. Second the EGR would not align to the connecting tube. So I had to modify the EGR pipe. And third, on of the passenger side header the O2 sensor threads we're not good. Unfortunately I didn't discover this untill the end of the install. Which made it near impossible to chase the threads with a tap to get an O2 sensor to thread in. All of these issues added days to the install to find solutions. If I had to do it again I would not choose these.Helpful (3)
November 28, 2018
Works great for a 2003 get with automatic.
Someone asked if they fit automatic. Yes they do I had my motor pulled and it is challenging to get the steering connection done. The work area is tight,, I have a UPR front K member and some bolts are challenging. I installed by myself took about 2-4 hours.Helpful (5)
May 29, 2018
They sound simply amazing! I can feel the lower especially in the top end of the rpms. I definitely recommend theseHelpful (5)
May 17, 2018
nice looking product
the headers are nice fit.look good and worth the moneyHelpful (7)
March 25, 2018
Great fit and I love the sound these things produceHelpful (5)
February 17, 2018
Nice throaty deep sound. Completely changed the exhaust note of the car. It rumbles now at idle and feels more powerful on acceleration. Going to get it tuned to get the most out of them. Very happy so far!! Smiles per gallon :) Is there somewhere that sells MAC decals? Thanks!Helpful (6)
November 22, 2017
Great replacement parts!!!
These headers fit very well. The only problem I had was fitting the Mac o/r x pipe to the headers on the drivers side and it's causing a exhaust leak at the collector. Other wise I am very pleased with this purchase!!!Helpful (7)
fitment issues with automatic trans? i have seen on some of the forums that people are having fitment issues with these headers on automatic transmissions. is this a new revision of the header? because i want to buy these but i don't want to drive down to the shop 30 minutes away to find out they won't fit. also, will there be any ground clearance issues if i pick these headers up with some H&R SS springs?
According to MAC, these will fit both the manual and automatic transmissions with out any problems. We've also heard nothing but positive feedback from our customers in regards to these long tubes properly fitting their automatic transmissions!
Will the SR Performance O2 Sensor Extension Kit be needed with these headers?
Hello! The MAC Chrome Long Tube Headers do not require O2 Sensor Extensions.
Will these require header Gaskets?
It is highly recommended to replace the header gaskets when installing the MAC 1-5/8 in. Chrome Long Tube Headers. These headers do not come with head gaskets, so you will have to purchase them separately.
Will the extra brace on the convertible 99-04 mustang bolt back on after installing these headers?
The MAC 1-5/8 in. Chrome Long Tube Headers will work a convertible Mustang and will allow for any of the extra bracings to be bolted back on.
Why is there no shorty midpipe for sale on the site if you are selling the headers, if you need the matching brand shorty x pipe?
These are only compatible with an appropriate MAC mid-pipe, they are not compatible with other manufacturer's mid-pipes.
With doing long tube headers you will need to buy the matching brand shorty mid-pipe.
The Mac long tube headers will require a shorty Mid-pipe from Mac for proper fitment.
The MAC 1-5/8 in. Chrome Long Tube Headers will require a matching brand shorty mid-pipe for proper fitment.
Unfortunately these headers will not fit an 01 Cobra. They are only designed for the 96-04 Mustang GT models.
These will not have any visible branding on the headers.
Yes, these headers will be compatible with the Borla ATAK cat-back system on your 01 GT Mustang.
The MAC 1-5/8 in. Chrome Long Tube Headers would require a short mid-pipe from MAC for proper fitment.
The MAC 1-5/8 in. Chrome Long Tube Headers, as with all long tubes, will take up some ground clearance. Unfortunately we do not test any products for fitment on Mustangs lowered more than 2", so we do not know how many clearance issues you would have, however these due tend to scrap speed bumps when dropped 2" if going too fast.
The MAC 1-5/8 in. Chrome Long Tube Headers are sold as a set, with both the driver side, and passenger side headers.
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What's in the BoxHardware included:
|Header Type:||Long Tube||Finish :||Chrome|
|Type Mid Pipe Required:||Shorty||Fitment:||1996-2004 4.6 GT and Bullitt|