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- How to Install Pypes Polished Shorty Headers on Your 2005-2010 Mustang V6
Hi I’m Justin with AmericanMuscle.com, and I’m taking a closer look at Pypes polished shorty header for the 4L V6 motor found in the 2005-2010 Mustangs. So why would you want to use a shorty header vs a long tube header? Well for one, a shorty header is a great entry level header and will still be a solid upgrade over your ultra restrictive cast iron factory manifolds. Secondly, they’re going to be the more budget friendly option of the two, and install much easier, thanks to the fact that these shorty headers are a direct bolt on replacement meaning you won’t have to modify your factory mid pipe like you would if you used a set of long tubes. So even though you won’t make quite as much power using a shorty header vs a long tube, the difference in power and sound vs your stock manifolds still make them a very popular choice with many 4.0L V6 owners out there. When first looking at this system from Pypes you’ll notice the whole system is made from 100% 304-grade stainless steel, and features 1/8 and 5/8th “ mandrel bent tubing to help improve that exhaust flow. Another thing I always seem to notice on Pypes products is their quality TIG welds, and the same is true on this setup, great penetration on both the flange welds and the collector welds as well, meaning a quality product that won’t be prone to failure down the road. That polished finish is a nice touch as well because even though these headers aren’t immediately obvious as soon as you pop the hood, you still get a good view of them when taking a closer look under the hood, and that’s sure to add to any engine bay. Doing the install on any set of headers can be a little intense, so it’s best to set aside a full day just to tackle the job. A lot of you on the site have also pointed out how well these Pypes shorties actually fit, making the install go a lot easier. So in the end, what you can expect from using Pypes polished shorty headers, is a slight bump in both power and sound, especially if you choose to pair your shorties up with some other form of exhaust modification. Be sure to check them out right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
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|Header Type:||Short Tube||Finish :||304 Stainless Steel|
|Type Mid Pipe Required:||Standard||Fitment:||2005-2010 V6 Mustangs|
November 17, 2019
Looks great, sounds great!
When I first bought these I was unsure of how much it was gonna change the sound or the power but boy was I surprised. While not the loudest, these things give your Mustang a great rumble with no drone and can definately make some noise. I was also impressed when I first stepped on it. It definately pushed me into my seat more than beforehand. I had a shop install mine due to not having a lift but from what I heard they fit well and the install was pretty easyHelpful (3)
November 16, 2019
Great job Pypes
I had these installed on my V6 today and they are already turning a (wonderful) golden color. After a lot of research I bought a set of these to go with my complete exhaust replacement and I am very pleased with them. The shop where I had it done said they had to do some slight modification and trim a minor bracket to put them on but it was not going to cause any issues. I look forward to getting it on the highway and seeing what the performance difference is.Helpful (3)
June 06, 2019
Great header just gave me some problems
It's really high quality and has a little affect on the sound but it's hard to notice, I'm assuming mostly because I still have cats and a single exit exhaust. Also having the extra bolt holes compared to the stock and other aftermarket headers gave me some trouble as one of the bolt holes aren't used and was hard to get a bolt in. And better instructions would've been niceHelpful (1)
March 30, 2019
I havent put yet but solid nice headers good qualityHelpful (2)
March 21, 2019
They arrived with all the parts and no visible damage. Haven't put them on yet because the old ones are ON THERE. waiting for access to a lift but the detailed instructions on the website allow you to do it by yourself without a lift if you can get the old bolts off.Helpful (2)
February 22, 2019
No change in sound
Spent close to $700 to buy these and get them installed. And it sounds the exact same. Huge waste of money. Only way to make sound out of these engines is longtubes and deleting cats. My exhaust setup is pypes true dual x pipe conversion kit, slp loudmouths and pypes shorty headers. And it sounds pretty much the same when I had my Mac boom tube axleback.Helpful (1)
February 02, 2019
I got the shorty headers and matched them with pypes mid muffler true dual pipes it's the perfect setup for me there loud when on the gas hard and a nice deep rumble when rolling around town! I put them on my self every thing was straight forward took a good part of a day to do everything!Helpful (4)
January 11, 2019
GREAT PRODUCT FOR THE $$
Look great, easy install, Pypes makes wonderful products that last, have been using there products for years.Helpful (1)
January 08, 2019
Great fit! Sounds awesome! Installed while my pony was in the barn for the winter. Looking forward to that first spring day to get out and let her roar! Easy install if you have a stud puller.Helpful (1)
September 10, 2018
Didn’t go on at all
Went to deattch bolts and exhaust manifold wouldn’t come offHelpful (1)
to work with orginal cats?
These headers are a direct replacement for your stock manifolds and you can reuse your stock mid-pipe with cats no problem. Hope this helps!
Do you have to have duel exaust? i am very new to this and want to have something tha looks cool when i lift the hood
Nope, these do not require dual exhaust for installation. These headers will replace your stock manifolds and bolt right to the factory mid-pipe without any modifications!
Is this California legal
Unfortunately these headers are not CARB legal at this time.
Will u be able to pass smog cuz u still gave cat or no cuz no carb number I live in Cali
Unfortunately the Pypes shorty headers not 50 state legal and installing these on your vehicle will cause you to fail the smog test
What is the difference? I know people say that theres some horsepower and more rumble. But how much different is it? If not then do long tubes work on true duals?
HP wise its only a few. MAYBE +15 MAX! but sound wise its a MASSIVE difference. long tubes work but take the place of your cats. if you're in a state that requires them you can get in a LOT of trouble for it. i have the JBA headers and BBK conversion on MY 05 V6 and they are AMAZING!
Yes, these will work with your current setup without any issues.
Yes, these headers would indeed be compatible with either an otherwise stock application, or that Pypes mid pipe. As for the muffler, I would suggest to look up sound clips to make sure you're getting something best fit for you. As for fitment, if you get an axleback then you just need to make sure it fits with stock as there will be stock piping between the two exhaust kits. If you get a catback, just make sure it's either confirmed to fit an otherwise stock setup, as the mid pipe you have is designed to, or at least make sure it's 2.5 inches in diameter.
If your state follows CARB regulations then this will not be legal.
These headers will be compatible with your setup.
Yes, these headers will include the driver side and passenger side gaskets.
Unfortunately, we do not have information regarding the legality of these in North Carolina. We would recommend checking with local ordinances to ensure that this Pypes product is legal for use in your state.
We would recommend the use of a 3/8" Torque wrench as well as a13mm & 15mm Open-end wrench for installation.
This header will definitely improve the sounds and would also improve the performance of the car but if you were looking for a more drastic change to the sound of the exhaust and performance, we would recommend switching to long tube headers.