(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
Hey guys, Adam here with americantrucks.com. Today we're taking a look at, listening to and installing the Borla ATAK dual rear exit exhaust system, available for the '14 to '18 5.3 liter Silverado 1500. Now if you're the owner of that 5.3 V8 Silverado, you might be interested in ditching your factory cat-back to beef up the volume, beef up the aggression and of course get one of the highest quality systems on the market. As you just heard from our sound clips the ATAK system from Borla is one of the louder options in the category coming in at four out of five on our loudness meter. The only thing gonna beat this one in volume is gonna be a straight pipe cat-back. Now this one's got the ATAK muffler or acoustically tuned applied kinetics which we'll take a closer look at with our stock in comparison side-by-side later on. But I want you to know that this one's motive is to beef up the volume, get it a lot louder than stock without distorting that tone. Now it's made from a full 2.75 inch 304 stainless steel, the highest quality system on the market there. Which means in those wintry weather areas like us here on the East Coast, we see a lot of road salt during those winter months. This will hold up against those weather elements a lot better than aluminized steel and 409 stainless. Now if you're interested in picking up the Borla ATAK with a dual rear exit system, you can do so for your own Silverado for just about a thousand bucks. Again it is one of the more premium options in the category thanks to all the hardware that's included, really good quality stuff and the 304 stainless finish. Plus it's got the dual rear exit with the four-inch polished stainless steel tips with the Borla name right on top. It looks extremely aggressive coming out the rear end, looks like a true muscle car street truck almost. This is one of my favorite looks for the Silverado and again for your own truck you can pick it up for just about a thousand bucks. The installation comes in right around one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter simply because regular hand tools can do the trick. A ratchet and simple socket set, I use a cordless impact just to make life a little easier. If you don't have a lift like we do, a hydraulic jack and a couple of jack stands will definitely do the trick. Anyway you can get it done in about two to three hours in the driveway at home. Now I wanna show you guys how this gets installed, so let's get to it. Tools used this install will be a hanger removal tool, PB B'laster or WD-40, 13-millimeter swivel socket, 15-millimeter deep socket, cordless impact or ratchet. So to kick off the uninstall of our factory cat-back, we're gonna use our hanger removal tool. This is definitely a very useful tool that you can pick up at your local auto parts store. It'll help us pop the hangers out of the isolators without needing a pry bar or any other tool like that. This does the trick pretty simply. So, what I'm gonna is do is I'm gonna tackle all of our hangers here, pop them out of the isolators. Then we're gonna tackle that 13-millimeter bolt on the clamp up front. We'll drop the whole system down in one piece, so let's get to it. The last step here is to use our 13-millimeter socket to loosen up the clamp here by our catalytic converter and drop the whole system in one piece. Since it's at a weird angle I'm gonna use a swivel socket, but if you have a regular ratchet, a regular 13 mil socket, that'll do the trick. All right guys, so we finally got our factory cat-back off our 5.3 Silverado and on the ground sitting next to our Borla ATAK split rear exit design cat-back. Now as you can see there are clear differences between the two. The big difference coming in with the exit style, but first I wanna talk about this muffler difference. As you can see the factory muffler is a little bit larger than our Borla ATAK, but the ATAK otherwise known as the acoustically tuned applied kinetics muffler was manufactured to have a very specific kind of technology inside of it. What it basically does is it amplifies the volume giving you the most volume you can get without distorting that tone. So you're gonna get a really crisp, clear, aggressive sound out of the ATAK muffler without it going too overboard, without too much drone and without quality loss from that aggressive tone. Now the factory cat-back as you know is pretty mellow, really quiet and really doesn't do your 5.3 much justice. That Chevy V8 definitely deserves a really loud and aggressive tone and the Borla ATAK delivers. Working from the headers all the way back down to the tips you are getting a 2.75 inch mandrel bent tubing, streamlining that air flow giving you a very unrestricted flow for a bump in horsepower and a bump in torque, as well as some throttle response gain. So something you can feel when you're adding this cat-back to your truck. Making our way down to the tips you'll see it's got split rear exit design which very aggressive muscle car looking truck, that way you get polished four-inch stainless steel tips coming out the back with a 304 stainless steel system folding through. Really high-quality stuff, the best quality material you can get on the market and in the category on the site here. So if that's what you're aiming for, the Borla ATAK is the way to go. if you're looking for the best quality and the loudest system available, this is what you're gonna want. Now without further ado, I wanna show you guys how it gets installed, so let's get to it. Kicking off install here we're gonna start on our muffler inlet pipe. We're gonna feed this over our crossmember, slip our exhaust hanger into the factory isolator and then tighten it down at the flange by our catalytic converter, so let's get to it. Next step in our process here is our Borla ATAK muffler. Now when you're putting this on, make sure you've got one of the bigger clamps provided for you in the kit by Borla around the inlet side. So this is gonna go right into our inlet pipe and then we're going to hang up the hangers into our factory isolators right over our rear axle. At this point you want to make sure that your clamps are just a little bit snug here. You don't want to tighten them down too much, leave a little bit of room for adjustment. So grab your 15 mil socket and just get it snug. All right the next step here is to install our tail pipe. Now we're gonna start on our passenger side simply because it's all one piece here. So we're gonna slide one of our smaller clamps over the 2.75 inch tubing, make sure that that's facing the appropriate way so you can get easy access to the bolt head. We're gonna feed this over the axle into our pipe and hang it up. Next up here on our driver side tail pipe, we're gonna do our over axle pipe first since it is split into two pieces here, feed it over the axle, connect it to our muffler and then we'll finish up the job. Before we go any further to install our driver side tip and tail pipe, we have to install an additional hanger bracket and isolator to our frame provided by Borla. This one's gonna go right behind where the bolt holding on our trailer hitch connects to the frame. We're gonna remove our factory bolt, put this into place and then tighten it back down with that factory hardware, so let's get to it. Now Borla does give us a little heat shield here which we're gonna put around our brake lines here by our driver side tail pipe. Now once it goes over the axle, it's pretty close to this brake line so this will protect them, make sure it doesn't melt when it touches the really hot pipes. So let's put those around it and then we're good to go. That's gonna do it for my review and install of the Borla ATAK dual rear exit cat-back system available for the '14 to '18 5.3 liter Silverado 1500. Trying to get this for your own truck? A thousand bucks gets it. Really high-quality 304 stainless. It sounds pretty good, four out of five on our loudness meter. You can get yours right here at americantrucks.com.
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February 09, 2020
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I picked this system up for my 14 Silverado and had pep boys install it ( I should’ve done the work myself). The sound this system has is totally awesome sound and if you’re looking For beefier strong sound look no further! I’m totally happy with it!Helpful (0)
September 10, 2019
I’ve had the borla atak on my Chevy Silverado for about 6 months now and I couldn’t be happier. It is by far the best exhaust system on the market. I’ve had magnaflow and MBRP exhausts in the past but the borla atak is by far a superior system. It sound great. Very easy install, only took about an hour. Worth every penny.Helpful (1)
January 11, 2019
Love the sound
This exhaust is worth every penny it’s nice and loud.Helpful (6)
October 12, 2018
Won't fit popular American truck
2012 crew cab half ton Chevy 6.2 will not fit !? Darn ... I was looking forward to buying this product until I typed in my vehicle infoHelpful (14)
June 08, 2018
Over 2 years later and still loving it!
I truly believe that this is the best bolt-on catback on the market. Most of my truck friends have flowmasters because of the price difference, but they all compliment mine saying that they wish theirs sounded as good. Nice deep sound and no annoying drone in the cab is a huge plus too! Sounds good with the engine being stock, but adding a performance tune really brought out the beast volume wise. I put my Silverado on jack stands and installed it in a couple hours, not very difficult. Don’t listen to all those people who say you have to cut out your stock exhaust; while it may not fit over the rear axle, I slid mine right out the front in one piece after disconnecting. My gas mileage actually ended up dropping after installing this because it sounds so good that I like to step on the pedal more often now to hear it growl.Helpful (27)
January 26, 2018
Borla ATAK 2017 Chevy Silverado LTZ 5.3L
Decided to bite the bullet without being able to void any dealership warranty’s. By far great investment to upgrade. Noticeable overall performance improvement aswell a nice rumble cruising down the street! Didn’t have a lift so had to jack up and make due with cutting original exhaust to get off. But install was fairly easy with a extra pair of hands and once you get past the rubber mounts. Highly recommend this to anyone contemplating on upgrading for performance.Helpful (23)
Does this product come with the exhaust tips? If not, will the GMC Accessory tips with 2.78" inlet and 3" outside diameter work just as well as the Borla chrome tips?
This product does include exhaust tips.
Does this product affect the manufacturer warranty?
Please contact your local dealership for warranty inquiries to confirm which parts may effect your warranty.
Will installing this effect the warranty on my 2018 1500? Is it the same system that Chevy sells through their performance dealers? Thanks
does this exhaust have the GM OEM valve to eliminate drone when the engine is in Active Fuel Management (AFM) mode?
will this still fit if the truck has ben lowered 3 front 5 rear. flip kit in the rear. 2017 crewcab ltz 5.3
This will still work but you may want to watch going over bigger bumps on the road.
(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
What's in the Box
Designed for the Double Cab with the Standard Box and the Crew Cab with the Short Box or Standard Box.