Review & Install Video
Hey guys, Stephanie with americanmuscle.com, here with my review of these Long Tube Headers from PaceSetter, available for 2005 to 2010 GT Mustangs. In this video, we're gonna be looking at a few different things in regards to these headers. We're gonna talk about the materials and construction of the headers themselves and the install, too. We'll talk more about this later, but I can tell you right now that long tube headers make for a difficult install, so I'm gonna call this one a three out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter.
These PaceSetter Long Tube Headers are gonna be the perfect option for those guys out there that are looking for a set of long tube headers for some performance and sound gains, but that are on a serious budget. Picking up a set of long tubes means a new mid-pipe as well, and possibly even some tuning expenses, so it can get expensive pretty quick. These headers have a one and three-fourths inch diameter and a one-piece flange as well.
Getting into some specifics here, the first thing you're most likely noticing is that these are black. Now, this is black paint. It's not any type of coating that's gonna help with heat dissipation or power or anything like that. PaceSetter does this solely to protect the headers when they're in storage and during shipment, but it's also gonna create a different feel in the engine compartment when it comes to looks. If you're building more of a show car that has a little go, you might wanna check out some chrome or even ceramic-coated options, since they might suit you better. But if you're just looking for some power and more sound and aren't concerned with appearance, stay tuned.
These have a 16-gauge carbon steel construction, and they're mandrel bent, which will help with smooth air flow. The header flanges, which I mentioned earlier, are CNC machine and they're three-eighths inch thick, so that's gonna give them some additional strength. One thing I'll say when it comes to long tubes, while a tune is not required, it's always gonna be your best bet when you switch over to a long tube setup. I say this because a tune here will not only help you get everything out of these expensive mods, but one of the main purposes with a tune with long tubes is to turn off the rear O2 sensors, so you won't be getting a "check engine" light. Now, if you really don't want a tune or it isn't in the budget since we are talking about budget shopping at this point, then you can get away with running some MIL eliminators to get around that "check engine" light.
If you didn't know already, when you change your header setup to a long tube setup, you also need to change your mid-pipe to a shorty mid-pipe to work with the long tubes. These headers are specifically designed to work with a PaceSetter Shorty Mid-pipe. The PaceSetter mid-pipe is an H-pipe, so you can know you can expect a deeper sound than you get from an X-pipe. The other thing that I wanted to bring up is just know, when you're shopping on a budget, you might notice a few sacrifices that you end up having to make. A lot of times this comes out in the form of fitment issues and the budget-friendly option often times doesn't have some of the nicer features like scavenger spikes or nicer collectors. At the end of the day, though, these aren't necessarily things that are necessary to the header's function, so if you can live without them, then it's a go.
That leads me to the price of these headers. As we all pretty much know, or you'd know if you've been shopping for long tubes, they can get pretty expensive. They're pricey, and they're difficult to install. The PaceSetter Long Tubes are priced much lower than any other option on the site. You're looking at under 300 bucks for the set and the corresponding shorty H-pipe that you'll need is under $200. So, in total, at the end of the day, you're looking at under $500 for a set of long tubes and a shorty mid-pipe. Two tips I will give, however, is that I have heard of the black paint coating that these have peeling after the headers have had some heat ran through them. If you wanna avoid this peel, you can always coat the headers yourself. If you don't mind the looks at all, then you don't even have to worry about it. The other thing I wanted to point out is that while these do come with gaskets, I'd highly recommend picking up a set of Ford gaskets for the install. They're just a hardier, better gasket. Either way, at the end of the day, you're looking at both power and sound gains here. Any power gains will change depending on your exact setup and tune situation, but usually, you can expect some top end gains with long tubes. And in addition to that, you're also gonna get an awesome change in your exhaust tone.
As for the install on this one, long tubes are always gonna be a difficult install. I don't say this often, but if you don't have a helping hand or don't have much experience, it might be better to just take the car to a shop for the install. If you do tackle this yourself, it's gonna be a full three out of three wrenches on the scale and a day in the garage, especially considering you'll be installing a mid-pipe with these headers. You can do this on a jack and jack stands, but a lift would make it easier for sure. You're gonna need your toolbox for this one. You'll need an assortment of different sockets, wrenches, and extensions. You're looking at things like disconnecting the steering shaft, the starter, and removing the motor mounts to get enough room. A lot of the install requires working in some pretty tight areas, so while everything is straightforward, getting access and maneuverability in these areas is actually tricky. To make things easier, you're even looking at pushing the trans out of the way to get enough room, so having a helping a hand, in this case, is really gonna benefit you. But a day of wrestling and some pretty pennies spent on these mods is totally worth it in my opinion.
So, wrapping things up here, the PaceSetter Long Tubes are one and three-fourths diameter, they're designed to work with a PaceSetter Shorty Mid-Pipe, and they're gonna offer both performance and sound gains. This option is as budget-friendly as it gets and the headers are painted black. You can check them out more for yourself right here at americanmuscle.com.
More Horsepower and Torque.
Now you can improve the performance of your GT Mustang with a set of PaceSetter Black Long Tube headers for power you can feel throughout the RPM band. These Long Tube headers when combined with a PaceSetter shorty mid pipe will greatly improve your Mustangs exhaust flow for an increase in horsepower, torque, and throttle response. Durable Construction.
Manufactured from 1-3/4" mandrel bent 16-gauge carbon steel tubing for strength and unrestricted airflow, these PaceSetter Long Tube Mustang Exhaust headers feature CNC-machined 3/8" thick header flanges for additional strength and an OEM fit. Black Painted Finish.
These PaceSetter Headers feature a standard black painted finish, which is used to protect the headers during storage and shipment, as well as providing an aggressive appearance to your engine bay. This is not
a heat-resistant coating. Recommended Upgrade.
To realize the full power potential that these Long Tube Headers have to offer, AmericanMuscle recommends a Bama custom tune with a Mustang Handheld Tuner
to reprogram the vehicle's computer (ECU) for proper operation. Application.
These PaceSetter Long Tube Headers are designed to fit the 2005 to 2010 Mustangs equipped with the modular 4.6L V8 engine, including the GT and Bullitt models. These Long Tube headers will require the use of a shorty style PaceSetter H-pipe
for proper installation (See drop down option above).
Technical Note. This PaceSetter product is not legal for use in emission restrictive states.
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- What's in the Box
- (1) Driver Side Header
- (1) Passenger Side Header
- (2) Gaskets
- Installation Hardware
- Installation Instructions
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) a Day
Difficulty Level:Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
- Tech Specs
||Long Tube Tube
|Type Mid Pipe Required:
||2005-2010 GT and Bullitt