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PaceSetter 1-5/8 in. Black Long Tube Headers (96-04 GT)

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Features, Video & Details

  • Increases Horsepower and Torque
  • Long Tube Header Design
  • 16-Gauge Carbon Steel Constructon
  • Free Flowing Mandrel-Bent Tubing
  • Black Painted Finish
  • Fits 1996-2004 4.6L GT and Bullitt Mustangs

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

Hey guys. Stephanie with AmercianMuscle.com, here with my review of these long tube headers from Pacesetter available for 1996 to 2004 GT Mustangs. These Pacesetter Long Tube Headers are going to 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 mid-pipe as well and possibly even some tuning expenses. So it can get pretty expensive, pretty quick. These headers have a one and five eighths-inch diameter, and they're one-piece flanges as well. Getting into some of the 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 as well. If you're building more of a show car that has a little go to it, you might want to check out some of the chrome or even the ceramic-coated options since they might suit you better. But if you're just looking for some power and more sound out of your car, and you're not concerned with appearance then stay tuned. These have a 16-gauge carbon steel construction and they are mandrel bent which will help with smooth airflow. The header flanges which I mentioned earlier are CNC-machined and they're three-eighths inch thick, so that's gonna give them some additional strength. One thing I will say is that when it comes to long tubes well a tune is not required, it is always gonna be your best bet when you switch over to your long tube setup. Now I say this because a tune will not only help you get everything out of these expensive mods, but one of the main purposes of the tune with long tubes is to turn up the rear 02 sensors so you won't be getting a check engine light. Now if you really don't want to tune or it really 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 rid of 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 X-pipe, so you know you can expect a louder, raspier sound than you get from an H-pipe. One thing I will say is to just know that when you're shopping on a budget, you might notice a few little sacrifices that you end up having to make. A lot of times, it's come down the form of fitment issues and the budget from the option often times don'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 essential to the header's function, so if you can live without them, then it's a go. That leaves me to the price of these headers, as we all pretty much know, or you know if you've been shopping for long tubes, they get pretty expensive. They are pricey, and they're difficult to install. The Pacesetter Long Tubes are priced much lower than any other option on the site. You'll get under $300 for this set right here, and the corresponding shorty X pipe that you will need with these 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 this black paint coating peeling after the headers have had some heat ran through them. If you want to avoid this peel, you can always coat the headers yourself or even wrap them if you want to. If you don't mind the looks at all, then you don't even have to worry about it. The other thing that I wanted to point is that while these do come with gaskets, I would 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 tube headers. And in addition to that, you're also gonna get an awesome change in your exhaust [inaudible 00:03:21]. 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 you 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 will be installing a mid-pipe with these headers. You can do it on a jack and stands but doing this on a lift would make it easier for sure. You're gonna need your toolbox for this one with 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 to do this. A lot of the install obviously 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 and having a helping hand in this case is really going to benefit you. But a day of rustling and some pretty penny spend on these mods is totally worth it in the end. So wrapping things up here, the Pacesetter Long Tubes are one and five eighths diameter, they're designed to work with the 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 online for yourself right here at AmericanMuscle.com.

More Horsepower and Torque. Now you can improve the performance of your 4.6L 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 1-5/8" 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 vehicles computer (ECU) for proper operation.

Application. These PaceSetter Long Tube Headers are designed to fit the 1996 to 2004 Mustangs equipped with the SOHC 4.6L V8 engine, including the GT and Bullitt models. These Long Tube headers will require the use of a shorty style PaceSetter X-pipe for proper installation (See drop down option above).

Technical Note. This PaceSetter product is not legal for use in emission restrictive states.

Fitment: 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Driver Side Header
  • (1) Passenger Side Header
  • (2) Gaskets
  • Installation Hardware
  • Installation Instructions
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Header Specifications
Header Type: Long Tube Tube Finish : Black
Type Mid Pipe Required: Shorty X-pipe Fitment: 1996-2004 GT and Bullitt
Manual and Automatic
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Bullitt - 01
  • GT - 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04

Automatics may require modification to O2 bungs for proper fitment

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5/5
Deff worth it

Headers were nice and fit well, I helped my friend put them on we both have a lot of mechanical skills so everything just went in with an X pipe In some hours also performance was badass you could feel ...

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5/5
Longtubes worth the install pains!

Once they're installed you'll love them! But I had my Mustang guy install them with the matching Pacesetters midpipe. I have a tubular K so it wasn't as difficult as it may be but he ran into these issues: Broken ...

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Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Will these fit a convertible with automatic transmission? The convertibles have the extra support underneath the engine and want to make sure that these headers would clear

jabiggers

  • Yes they will.

    GrabberBlueDrifter

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Will these fit my 04 mustang gt that is a manual transmission?

Thaddeus

  • Absolutely! These LT Headers fit both manual and automatic transmissions.

    LisaS

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Since AM no longer carries the Pacesetter Off-road X Pipe that was intended for use with these headers, will any other LT x pipe be compatible with these LTs? Thanks!

ClaytonS

  • Unfortunately, the PaceSetter 1-5/8 in. Black Long Tube Headers do require the use of the pacesetter x-pipe which we no longer carry, at this time we do not have an xpipe compatible with these headers.

    AMjordan

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2004 Mustang GT, will the EGR have to be deleted?

RicardoA

What is the outlet diameter of the headers?

MichaelP

Ate these smog legal in California

98gt21221

  • The PaceSetter Black Long Tube Headers have not been tested or approved by the California Air Resource Board meaning it is not legal for use upon highway in the state of California.

    AMKody

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Overall Rating 4.4

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Full Day

Installation Cost:$250-$500

  • Performance Gain 4.367347 4.4
  • Fit 4.265306 4.3



  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    November 03, 2016

    Get the job done.

    Have these on my built 02 GT. They fit well but need prepping to make them even better. Remove all the useless black paint and coat them with VHT ceramic high heat. They have been on my car for a while now and take a beating. Look Like the day I installed them and perform outstanding for the price. Plan on getting them again for my mod motor F-100 I'm building and doing the same. Warning Do not buy those flowtech headers! Those things are junk and are designed to have an exhaust leak on the left side header. Pacesetters are a one piece design unlike those flowtech garbage.

    2002slow2V

    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 21, 2016

    Deff worth it

    Headers were nice and fit well, I helped my friend put them on we both have a lot of mechanical skills so everything just went in with an X pipe In some hours also performance was badass you could feel the power even though we haven't tuned it deff need to buy some worth the money

    Isaac

    Year: 2006 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (1)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    April 16, 2016

    Great for the price

    Bought these headers along with the shorty x pipe. Installation wasn't bad and they sound awesome. I can totally feel the extra horsepower as well. As far as fitment they're fine but I couldn't use my egr with these headers which is no big deal I can delete the check engine light with a tuner. I also don't know why they come black because the paint burns off within a day or two of driving. For the price, these are overall GREAT A

    Drew

    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    August 20, 2015

    Longtubes worth the install pains!

    Once they're installed you'll love them! But I had my Mustang guy install them with the matching Pacesetters midpipe. I have a tubular K so it wasn't as difficult as it may be but he ran into these issues: Broken studs off in head, took two extractors and a good hour. Bending dipstick tube. Had to guess and tweak it off the motor. Then test fit. But once on and I purchased some slightly better clamps for the collectors, and the sound and extra 30 HP and tq from the butt-o-meter were worth the labor cost.

    ShiZor9

    Year: 1999 Submodel: GT Tampa, FL

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 03, 2015

    A word of caution

    If you're going to buy these headers buy this as well "SR Performance O2 Sensor Extension Kit - Pair (86-09 All)" at the same time and do it right. The extensions that come with the headers is 1 long wire and a bunch of crimp connectors. The extra $21.00 and change is well worth the price.

    Chuck

    Year: 2000 Submodel: GT Butte, MT

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    August 29, 2014

    Amazing long tube headers

    These headers are cheap and do the same Job any other expensive long tube headers would do! You really do get your bang for your buck! Great product from AM

    Marcoflo7

    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT Stafford

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    June 25, 2014

    Pacesetter headers Best Value

    Best bang for the buck! Much better design around steering shaft without crimped tubes and sacrificing performance. Installation easy with aftermarket k member. If you are using EGR it will require modification.

    Protree

    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT Lebanon, OH, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $250-$500

    March 24, 2013

    pacesetter longtubes

    these long tubes are great, felt the power right away and they made my mustang sound real mean. best bang for your buck

    2004pony

    Year: 2004 Submodel: GT laredo tx

    Helpful (1)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    February 24, 2012

    Best header in the price range!

    Good fittment easy install...a+ customers buy these header because they're cheap easy to install and shipped fast...

    Sofakingfast

    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT San Antonio, Tx

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    April 25, 2012

    pain in the butt but worth it

    Had these professionally installed, took about 14hrs, thank god I didn't charge me for all the hrs. Paired this with the pacesetter o/r xpipe and flowmaster 40's and OMG!! talk about smiling from ear to ear. Sounds awsome and pulls a lot harder. Would def by again

    chris28

    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (5)

  • 1/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    March 13, 2014

    You buy cheap you get cheap

    These longtube pacesetter headers had a horrible fit. I recently purchased these to replace my rusted out bbk longtubes due to a mean exhaust leak. I rather have kept the leak than put these on my stang! The egr valves do not line up one bit. They are a solid 1 1/2 inch off from each other. For now I have to plug my egr valve until I can get something fabricated. That is if I can find something in that size and thread to plug it. And if you aren't discouraged enough about these headers, the pacesetter techs aren't very helpful and don't have a custom service attitude. Don't waste your time or money. Buy a different brand.

    44stang

    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT Elgin, IL, USA

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    • Response from AmericanMuscle

      We haven't heard of anyone having these fitment issues previously, which makes me feel you may have received an incorrectly machined set unfortunately. Please give our customer service a call when you have a moment, so we can start helping you get this situation remedied as quickly as possible.

      Lisa , Customer Care

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $100-$250

    January 20, 2013

    GREAT HEADERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is a great bang for your stang ! cheap price and great gains same as the other longtube headers only diffrence is the product brand name ! no problems with the bolts getting loose eitheir, i've had them for almost 7 months.

    STREETSTANGS14

    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT Arkansas, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $500-$1000

    May 30, 2013

    Headers have great sound!

    Overall Pacesetter made a good product at an affordable price. On my 2000 Roush they idle quiet but at WOT they scream. Great sound and no issues with fitment. I would suggest coating them in heat paint or heat tape. After 4 hours drive time the black coating was already peeling from the heat

    Jsunzx7

    Year: 2000 Submodel: Other

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    November 08, 2012

    Bang for the Buck!!!

    If you don't care what finish if on your headers because you can't see them anyway....then these are for you! If you have a custom fabbed midpipe where you are going to weld together the exhaust anyways...then these are for you! If you don't feel the need to waste hundreds more on a possible 1 hp more difference....then buy these! Fit is perfect..no bending..no banging....no hitting with a hammer..went on like a glove..be sure to use OEM ford manifold gaskets...dont chance it and use the flimsy paper ones that comes with the headers. Put these on my 2001 Bullitt...good feelable gains in the top end. Great sound with my custom bent H pipe and mac catback.

    bullitt4882

    Year: 2001 Submodel: Bullitt Waterbury, CT, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    September 25, 2013

    Can't beat it

    Got these headers along with the shorty x-pipe. Already had pypes M80 mufflers installed and sounded good, but now that I've added theses headers and x-pipe...OMG! Sounds amazing, not to drone and when you crack in on it you will certainly turn some heads. Really good performance gains and can't beat the price. Don't pay more than you have to just for a brand name.

    Kurt88

    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT Needmore, PA 17238, USA

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    July 27, 2013

    Best Bang for Your Buck!!!

    These headers are great! Fitment was 100% perfect. Price is what got me to buy these and I have no regrets! As long as you don't care about how they look then you've got nothing to worry about. I would highly recommend these to someone on a budget looking to do headers. They also come with an o2 extension kit.

    Mikey27

    Year: 2000 Submodel: GT Florida, USA

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    July 11, 2013

    Awesome Sounding

    Tried Pacesetters for the first time on my mustang and they sound great. For the price and quality of the fabrication, it doesn't get much better.

    MarkC

    Year: 2000 Submodel: GT Glen Mills, PA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    January 27, 2012

    Great product!

    This is a great product. I have no complaints! Great gift

    stanggg

    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    August 14, 2013

    Great new sound and throttle response

    You can still remove starter for new clutch install and transmission comes out with a little rotating. Really lets the engine breathe now and opens up the sound alot! Definitely get a tune tho after install because idle can be a bit strange at times along with a nice service engine soon light. Great product make sure to get pacesetter off road x pipe it's a must!

    Tj1234

    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT Muscatine iowa

    Helpful (1)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Shop Install

    Installation Cost: $500-$1000

    March 22, 2013

    Be ready to pay alot for installation!

    I am happy with my purchase! AM was great and shipping was fast as usual. I didnt intend to spend $600 for my local shop to put these on, but it was the cheapest quote I recieved. If you already have an x pipe your much better off buying the pacesetter x pipe to go with these headers. The shop i had do the work had to do alot of fab work to get everything to fit the right way. Overall instal was pricey but the product was great and so was AM's service.

    Red2000GT

    Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (1)

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