Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today I'm bringing you a detailed review and installation of the Borla ATAK Split Rear Exit Cat-Back Exhaust, which is available for all '11 to '14 5.0-Liter F-150s. The Borla ATAK Split Rear Exit Cat-Back Exhaust will be for any '11 to '14 5.0 F-150 owner looking to pick up the loudest possible cat-back available for the Coyote motor to really wake this thing up and make it the most aggressive-sounding monster on the road. Now, this thing, obviously, is definitely gonna wake the neighbors, and it comes with the highest quality materials available for a cat-back exhaust. It's got a 304 stainless steel, and you can definitely expect that polished tip at the rear end for both sides of the exhaust. Now, because of the materials being so high-quality and the Borla name has that reputation for high quality, it's definitely gonna bear a bigger price tag right around the $1,000 mark, putting this toward the top of the spectrum as far as pricing is concerned. Now, if you're not really looking to spend that much, there are pretty high-quality materials and different exhausts, but, of course, the Borla name does bear some of the loudest, most aggressive tones.So the first thing I wanna touch on is obviously gonna be the sound of the ATAK system. Now, this is gonna be the loudest monster, as you just heard from our sound clips, that's available for the 5.0 motor. Now, this thing is gonna get a full five out of five on our loudness meter, or as Justin likes to call it, the "one-to-wake-your-neighbors" meter. This is guaranteed to wake those neighbors up any given day, especially on a cold start. Now, once you get that thing up and running, it's gonna bark at the startup and gives you a nice, deep growl at idle. Once you start waking up the RPMs, you start to climb them a little bit through the streets, it's definitely gonna let people know you have an aftermarket exhaust. Once you get on the highway, however, and this is where things get interesting, the Borla ATAK for Acoustically-Tuned Applied Kinetics in the muffler helps to actually keep the volume up without distorting, and it keeps the drone down. Now, that's actually very surprising with a cat-back that offers a five out of five on the loudness meter, because you typically expect massive amounts of drone, something you really can't listen to the radio to or have a conversation with going on in the background. This is not gonna apply to the cat-back we have here. Borla ATAK keeps the drone levels down, so it's not gonna be overbearing when you're on the highway at faster speeds. Definitely a bonus in my book.Now, while we're on the topic of the sound that Borla offers, they do have three different series of cat-back exhausts all for your motor here, all with different sound levels. Now, like I said, the ATAK is the loudest, so that's obviously top of the food chain there. If you're not looking to go full five out of five, you can try to dumb it down just a little bit with the same high-quality materials to the Borla Stinger S-Type. Now, the Stinger S-Type's gonna get a three out of five on the loudness meter, giving you the same nice bark and deep, throaty growl, just without the insane, over-the-top, wake-your-neighbor type of sound. If you're not looking to go even there, bump it down to the Borla Touring. Again, same high-quality materials, just gonna have the mellow sound, just one step over the stock, just to give it a nice little growl and a deep, throaty sound. Not with the volume, however. That one's gonna come in with a two out of five on the loudness meter. Again, Touring at the bottom, Stinger S-Type in the middle, this ATAK cat-back at the tippy top, giving you the monstrous five out of five. So keep that in mind, moving forward, for the guys who really aren't interested in waking up the neighbors.To bring it back full circle to materials and construction, Borla, like I said, is known to have some of the highest quality materials on the market. It's just a part of their name and why they bear such a high premium price tag. Now, this one does offer a premium 300 series authentic stainless steel, which, from top to bottom, is some high-quality stuff with a longer-lasting, durable construction. Now, it is CNC-machined for a perfect fit with a 3-inch inlet and a 2.25-inch outlet, just to get it perfectly matched up with the factory tubing. Now, in addition to that, you should expect all 304 stainless steel polished tips here with a mirror-like finish. These are extremely aggressive, stylish in appearance, and attractive tips coming out of the split rear exit design. Now, that's something you can expect with this particular cat-back. But if you're looking for, like, a dual rear exit or a dual side exit, single side exit, tons of options out there for you to choose from, especially from Borla.Speaking of that premium price tag, Borla is known to have those higher tags. This one is no different. This one comes in right around 1,000 bucks, which, of course, is on the higher end of the spectrum. Now, if you're looking to gear toward a higher quality material, looking for a big brand name like Borla, and you wanna stay with some premium quality stuff, this is definitely the way to go, and the $1,000 is very well worth it. If you are trying to stick to a smaller budget, there are tons of other options out there as well, maybe not the five out of five you'd find from a Borla cat-back. But you can check out the Corsa as well, you can check out MBRP. So there are tons of other options out there bearing the same quality materials, maybe just a different sound.However, what is gonna be extremely simple and straightforward is definitely gonna be the installation. Now, this thing doesn't require any cutting like some of the other options out there, such as MBRP does. So, with that said, I am gonna give it a very simple one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Simply have a ratchet and simple socket set on deck. A jack and jack stands will do the trick, but if you have a lift, it makes it a ton easier. Expect to have this one off and on in about an hour or two at the absolute maximum.Getting the factory system off is obviously gonna be a no-brainer. Once you have your hand tools on deck, your car's up in the air, you're ready to go. Unbolt the factory flange from the mid-pipe, work your way back down to the single rear exit tailpipe tip, and you'll be able to get that down and out of the way in no time. You have new hardware provided for you in the kit as well as all new tubing, of course. Start with the mid-pipe. You'll be connecting that using a flange that's already welded to the materials. Bolt that down and work your way back to the ATAK muffler. Once you have the ATAK muffler bolted up to that pipe, it'll then split into your split rear exit design. Have that all bolted together using the clamps provided in the kit, and, of course, the tips are already welded on, so you don't have to worry about taking care of those. Overall, an hour or two on the install, one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter.Just to wrap up this overview and install, if you're the owner of an '11 to '14 5.0 F-150, you might be looking for the loudest possible cat-back guaranteed to wake the neighbors with some highest quality materials included. Now, if that's something you're interested in, you might wanna check out the Borla ATAK Split Rear Exit Design Cat-Back Exhaust. It's available right here at americanmuscle.com.