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BBK 1-3/4-Inch Tuned Length Shorty Headers; Chrome (03-08 5.7L RAM 1500, Excluding Mega Cab)

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      Video Review & Installation

      Hey, what's up, guys. Ryan here from AmericanTrucks. And today I'm here with the BBK 1-3/4-inch Tuned Length Shorty Headers in Chrome and this is for those of you '03 to '08 Ram owners that have a 1500 model with a 5.7-liter. Unfortunately, these little guys right here are not gonna fit the Mega Cab guys. Now, BBK's 1-3/4-inch tuned shorty headers are a great way to improve the exhaust tone and the volume of your '03 to '08 Hemi powered Ram 1500 and that's because these headers are tuned. They do improve your exhaust scavenging and thus provide a small bump in performance. Now, I'll explain all of that shortly, but as far as the install goes, guys, headers are always a challenge and these will be no different. I'm giving this install a solid three out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter and it'll take you the better part of a day to get that job done. But when you're all finished, it'll totally be worth it and here is why. Now, your truck's factory exhaust manifolds are great for keeping things very quiet and relatively smooth and that is about it. Now, tune headers, however, improve the exhaust flow from the heads over the stock in a number of ways. And this not only improves the sound but it also improves your engine's ability to breathe.Now, the whole tuned header idea isn't just an industry gimmick. Tuned shorty headers like these are different from equal length headers. Now, tuned headers are actually taking into account your truck's timing, the resulting exhaust pressures produced at the head ports and the waves and pulses that those gases produce. And this is all in order to maximize exhaust scavenging. Now, without getting into the science of it, exhaust scavenging is basically the act of pulling all of that combusted gas out of the heads with negative pressure, getting all of that out through the pipes as quickly and forcefully as possible. Basically, better scavenging means quicker evacuation of those gases from the combustion chamber and this not only improves the combustion and exhaust cycles but it improves performance. Basically, it is always a good idea to ditch your factory manifolds and go with an aftermarket setup. Now, I'm not saying that you're gonna gain 50 horsepower from adding these onto your truck, but you will feel some better throttle response and I would imagine that you'll make some pretty good single or double-digit gains.Now, the best part of these shorty headers is that they don't require a computer tune and also they are factory connect. So, you get to reuse your original exhaust system. Now, this also means that you can upgrade your exhaust later on to a new cat-back without any further modifications or extra costs required. And on that note of cost, these BBKs are currently the most affordable shorty headers that you can pick up. These are coming in right around $350 but they are very well-built, so don't let that price fool you. Now, with these, you're getting a very nice design, they have a very nice thick laser cut flange that's gonna make install relatively straightforward and they have a very nice chrome finish to boot. Now, these headers are very affordable and the whole reason behind that is basically because they are aluminized steel. Now, aluminized steel will develop signs of rust quicker than a stainless steel option but it's also more affordable. And because we're talking about headers here, I really wouldn't be too concerned. They're tucked up nice and high in the engine bay and they really don't see as much moisture or water that the rest of your exhaust system sees. All in all, that aluminized steel should really not be a concern of yours.Now, these are not carb-certified. So, if you do live in California or you live in any other state that has adopted the same emission standards, then these are technically not emission-compliant but you'll be good if you live anywhere else. Now, these do not require O2 sensor extensions and that's one of the nice things that I like about a shorty option. Also, these come with brand new hardware and even some header gaskets. So, basically, you're getting all of the pieces of the puzzle to put these together and get them installed on your truck. Now, back to that install. Of course, this will be a challenge. Once again, three out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. This is definitely an install that you should tackle with a proper toolbox. Luckily though the studs on the Hemi motor are relatively easy to get to and you won't need to drop your transmission or pull your motor mounts, but it's still a really tight space, so some swivels, extensions and definitely, a breaker bar will really be handy.But all in all, that is going to wrap up my quick review of BBK's 1-3/4-inch Tuned Length Shorty Headers fitting your 2003 to 2008 Hemi-powered Ram 1500. I'm Ryan. Thanks for watching. And for all things Ram, remember to keep it right here at

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      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Boosts Horsepower in Rear Wheels
      • Increases Mid-High Torque
      • Generates More Forceful Sound
      • Tuned-Length Short Tube Header Design
      • 1-3/4" Primary Tubes with a 3/8” Thick Collector Flange
      • CNC Mandrel-Bent Aluminized Steel
      • Chrome Finish
      • Intended for Street Use
      • Not CARB Certified
      • No Tuning Required
      • Fits 2003-2008 5.7L Dodge RAM 1500 Models, Excluding Mega Cab Models


      Increased Powerband. Boost the muscle and performance of your Dodge RAM with BBK 1-3/4 in. Tuned Length Shorty Headers in Chrome. The headers significantly increase air flow with their precise cut to inlet length, and replace the stock exhaust manifolds to give you more horsepower and mid-high torque.

      Brawny Sound. Improved throttle response and a quicker release of exhaust creates a deeper, more forceful exhaust tone and volume.

      Retains Catalytic Converters. The BBK 1-3/4 in. Tuned Length Shorty Headers in Chrome bolts directly to the existing exhaust system, and uses the existing catalytic converters and mid-pipe.

      High-End Construction. The 16-guage aluminized steel tuned-length headers are CNC mandrel bent, providing a full 1-3/4 inch diameter unrestricted airflow. The collector flange is 3/8-inch thick, and is a one-piece laser-cut unit that ensures a precise fit. The headers have a chrome finish.

      No Retuning. After installing these chrome BBK 1-3/4 in. Tuned Length Shorty Headers, no computer retuning will be required for getting up to peak power and performance.

      Not CARB Certified. The BBK headers are not CARB certified, so they’re not legal for use in California or any other state adopting California emission standards.

      Application. The BBK 1-3/4 in. Tuned Length Shorty Headers fit 2003-2008 Dodge RAM 1500 models with 5.7-liter engines and either 2WD or 4WD, excluding Mega Cab models.

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      Installation & What's in the Box

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      What's in the Box

      • (2) Tuned-Length Short Headers
      • Gaskets
      • Hardware

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