Mustang headers are performance exhaust manifolds that replace your factory exhaust manifold to provide more power and performance. Factory manifolds are usually small and restrictive, leaving you with untapped performance. A set of aftermarket performance Mustang headers bolt right into place as you factory manifolds would and allow for more exhaust to flow. This increases power while sometimes allowing you more room in the engine bay to work on your motor. There are a few different styles which we will explain below.
Shorty headers are headers that are similar in shape and size to your factory manifolds but feature wider and smoother runners. This allows for better exhaust flow and frees up some horsepower. Mustang shorty headers from LMR.com are available from a wide variety of manufacturers including BBK, Pypes, Bassani, and many more.
Long tube headers are similar to shorty headers except they extend much further down your exhaust. Long tube headers are the most popular upgrade as they free up the most horsepower and give you a much louder, deeper exhaust tone. Long tube headers are harder to install than shorty headers, but are worth the extra work.
Headers come in a few different sizes and finishes. Most Fox Body Mustang headers are available in a 1 5/8" or 1 3/4". The size you will need will be dependent on the power you are making. If you are running 350 horsepower +, a 1 3/4" header may be your best bet to make the most power.
As far as finishes, most headers come in stainless steel, chrome, or ceramic coated finish. Ceramic coated headers are usually the most expensive option, but with various reasons why. Ceramic coated headers stay cooler than chrome or stainless steel headers, making quick fixes much easier. Chrome looks amazing in the engine bay, but can start to tarnish and rust if not properly handled and taken care of.