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Jake: Jake here for AmericanTrucks. And today, I'm taking a look at the Borla ATAK Dual Rear Exit Exhaust System with Black Chrome Tips for 2021 and newer 5-liter F-150s. If you're looking for the ultimate street exhaust for your Coyote-powered F-150, then Borla has your answer right here. This ATAK system brings a fantastic sound, excellent build quality, and some cool drone canceling technology in a package that is an excellent choice for those who really wanna wake up their F-150.Now, Borla is well-known throughout the enthusiast community for making some of the best exhausts you can buy, especially when it comes to the sound. And sound, of course, is super important when you're buying an exhaust. The ATAK series is the loudest of the bunch. On the loudness meter, this one is gonna go right at the top with a five out of five, definitely enough to make a big difference in the experience of driving your truck.Now, like you heard in the clips at the beginning of the video, you're gonna get that really deep burbly aggressive V8 noise on the outside, almost sounds a little bit race car esque. Now, this is also gonna give you quite a bit more volume versus stock inside the cabin as well, but Borla has some neat tricks up their sleeve to make it all very pleasing and eliminate drones, so this one goes beyond just being loud. Now the ATAK name here stands for Acoustically Tuned Applied Kinetics, and that is a Borla-exclusive technology that allows them to tune each exhaust for specific vehicle application. They also use something they call polyphonic harmonizing technology, which sounds like some kind of wacky buzzword, but that's precisely the point here. It gives you no buzz at all. So, this is essentially the same type of science that goes into tuning pipe organs.They use different lengths of pipe to control different frequencies and thus eliminate obtrusive or dissonant sounds. In this system, they're inside of this funky-looking little collector here, which you can, hopefully, see right there. So, there's four small pipes around the outer edge of it, hence that shape. So, these trick bits utilize different sizes and diameters of piping along with tube-shaped cores and different patterns inside to make these frequencies harmonize so you get that really nice sound with the volume that you want. It's full-bodied and there's zero drone at all.Borla claims that this exhaust has zero drone at any speed, any RPM, or in any gear, and that is a big claim to make because so many exhausts out there might sound good but they don't cancel out the drone, and that's gonna really negatively impact the experience of driving your truck. So, this, you're not gonna have to worry about it. I'm sure if you've been in some kind of vehicle with a drony exhaust in the past, you know how important that is and how much it can grate on your nerves. So, I think it's worth spending the money to get something like this if you wanna avoid that, especially if you put a lot of miles on your truck.Now, as far as construction goes, again, this is a really high-quality system, which, hopefully, you can see right here. Borla makes all of their exhausts at a T-304 stainless steel, so you're gonna get excellent corrosion and rust resistance here. And as you can probably see, it's just a nice-looking exhaust. It's almost a shame that you're not gonna see most of this once it's on the truck. The piping here is three-inch mandrel-bent tubing up through this collector, and then two-and-a-quarter-inch tubing afterwards. There's no wrinkles or creases or any weird things in the metal, which means that all the exhaust gases are gonna flow smoothly through, allow your engine to breathe better than your stock system, and also help by reducing exhaust back pressure.Then, of course, we have the all-important exhaust tips because this is the part that you see. Now, these are four-inch dual black chrome tips, and no getting around it here, I think these look great. They're, of course, also T-304 stainless, and that dark chrome just finishes the whole thing off nicely. They've got this really cool aggressive slash cut to it, which I just think looks great. And you also get to change it up a bit because this system exits at the rear. Now, these rear sections are designed to perfectly clear the spare tire underneath of your truck, so there's no need to do any modifications or say leave the spare at home or anything for the sake of getting this on. You also get a new hanger for this left side pipe to get everything installed properly.Pricing is gonna come in around $1,600 for this one, and that does put it toward the top of the category when it comes to the price, but you are getting a lot for your money here as you always do with the Borla system. You get that high-quality construction, the drone canceling technology, some really nice tips, and, of course, the sound. So, if you want all of that and more and a pleasant driving experience, this is gonna be a great option for you.Installation will come in at a two out of three and should take you about two hours to get it completed. Now, you may need an adapter here for right after the muffler, depending on your cab or bed size. Installation process will be the same regardless, and we do have those adapters available on our site. So, it just costs you to make sure you have everything you need before you attempt to get this done. Now, this is, again, a totally bolt-on kit that uses all your factory exhaust hangers, so no modification needed to your truck. Only thing you're gonna have to do is bolt on that new exhaust hanger for the left side rear pipe, but there are already holes in the frame for you to do that, so you don't have to cut or drill anything out. So, it's a pretty straightforward installation. And with that, let's head over to the install bay where we'll show you the process.Man 1: Tools required for this install include an impact gun, a ratchet, a can of penetrating lubricant, a 15-millimeter wrench, an extension, a 10, 15, 17, shallow 24-millimeter sockets, a swivel socket, a pair of scissors, an exhaust hanger remover tool, and a pole jack or a jack stand. What's up, guys? Today, I'm gonna show you how to install an exhaust on our F-150. First, we're gonna watch a quick little uninstall video, and then I'll meet you right back here for the install.Man 2: Start by grabbing your 13-millimeter socket and undoing the two bolts at the flange. Next, take your exhaust hanger removal tool and get the muffler out of the isolator. Next, we're gonna slide our exhaust towards the tail end so we can get them out of the two additional hangers, and then we're gonna drop the whole exhaust as a full. I grabbed a buddy to help me out with that.Man 1: Now we can install our muffler. I've got a pole jack here just to support the weight of the muffler as we bolt it down. And now once we have that in place, we can put our hardware through. So, this is gonna be that same 17-millimeter bolt that we removed. Now, for us, our bolts have been replaced, so we have a 17-millimeter bolt, and then a 15-millimeter nut on the backside of ours. And then once we have those in place, at home, you're gonna be taking your 17-millimeter socket to tighten this down. For us, since we have those nuts on the back, we're gonna grab a 15-millimeter wrench for the backside. All right. You're gonna wanna make sure to go in that back-and-forth motion just to put equal pressure on our flange.So, now we can take one of our three-inch clamps and we'll go ahead and slide that over of our muffler outlet pipe, and then we can take this extension pipe, slide it into our hanger, and get it lined up. Then we'll slide our clamp into place, and then we'll take a 15-millimeter socket to tighten this down. We're gonna leave it a little bit loose so that we can adjust everything and then come back at the end and tighten everything down.So, now coming to the inside of the rear bumper on the driver's side, we're gonna be looking at our frame rail here. Now, before we install our over axle and our tailpipes, we're gonna go ahead and install our hangers. These are gonna bolt up right here on the inside of the frame rail. So, we're gonna remove these two 24-millimeter nuts, slide our hanger in place, and then reinstall our nuts. I've got a couple of pole jacks supporting our bumper since we're on a lift, but if you're on the ground, you can use jack stands or even have a buddy help hold the bumper up while you quickly install your hanger. So, now we can take that 24-millimeter socket. I've got a swivel on here just because we don't have a lot of room to work with, and we can get these two nuts removed. Now, we can install our hanger and reinstall our nuts. And then we'll take that same 24 with the swivel to tighten those down.Now, coming over to our passenger side frame rail, we're just gonna do that exact same thing, remove these two nuts, put our hanger in there, and then reinstall our nuts. And I'll tighten those back down with our 24-millimeter socket. Now, before we start installing our tailpipes, we're gonna come back to our hangers that we previously installed. We're gonna have to add our isolators to it. So, I've already sprayed these down with some penetrating lubricant just to make it easier to slide over.Now, before we install our driver's side tailpipe, we're gonna do the same thing we did on the other side and attach our rubber isolator to our hanger. Now, once again, I've sprayed both of these down with some penetrating lubricant just to make it easier to slide over. Now we can take another one of our three-inch clamps, slide that over our extension pipe, and then we can take our over axle pipe, snake that behind the axle, and then we can slide it into our hanger, and then into our extension pipe. Then we'll get our clamp into position and we'll take our 15-millimeter socket to loosely tighten this clamp as well. So, now we can grab our passenger side tailpipe and the two-inch clamp, slide that clamp over top, and then we can slide that up into our over axle pipe, and then into our hanger.Now, we'll take our extension pipe that runs to the other side to meet up with our driver's side tailpipe, take another two-inch clamp, and then we'll slide that into our over axle pipe. So, now we can get our clamp and slide that into position, and then we'll take our 15-millimeter socket to loosely tighten this down. And then we'll do the same thing for our passenger side tailpipe. Now we can take the last of our two-inch clamps and slide that over our extension pipe, and then we'll take our driver's side tailpipe, slide that into our extension pipe, and then we can slide that into our hanger. And then we'll get our clamp lined up and take our 15-millimeter to tighten that down.So, now we can go back and fully tighten down all of our clamps and flanges. So, we'll start at the front here. Remember, you at home with your stock hardware, you'll have two 17-millimeter bolts, so you can just use a 17-millimeter socket on an impact gun or a ratchet, tighten that down. But we have the nuts on the backside, so I'm gonna be adding a 15-millimeter wrench.So, now we can come back to our next two clamps and use that same 15-millimeter socket to tighten these down. Now we can get our next two on the backside of our over axle pipe. So, now, lastly, since we're adding a pipe to our driver's side, we're gonna have to go ahead and protect our brake lines here from the heat. So, Borla includes a little heat shield. However, we do have this bracket in the way, so I'm just gonna take a pair of scissors and cut it basically in half just so we can get a section here and a section here. Now we can take our two halves, wrap this side around our front. We have a piece of double-sided tape here. We can peel back, wrap that around, lay that down, and then we'll do the same thing on the other side of that bracket. And now our brake lines will be nice and protected from the heat coming up from our exhaust. And lastly, we can get our clamp on our driver's side tailpipe.So, that'll wrap up this review and install of the Borla ATAK Dual Exhaust System with Black Chrome Tips and Rear Exit for your 2021 to current 5.0-liter F-150. Thank you for watching. And remember, for all things F-150, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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Aggressive Throaty Sound. You can bring some of the Borla excellence to your F-150 by replacing your factory exhaust system with an ATAK Dual Exhaust System with Black Chrome Tips; Rear Exit. This Split Rear Exit ATAK Cat-Back System will significantly increase exhaust flow over the restrictive factory exhaust system for a dramatic increase in rear wheel horsepower and an aggressive throaty sound that is not for the faint of heart.
Upscale Technology. This piece of technology delivers the highest decibel levels possible for a street legal exhaust. Designers of this technology are able to work in a center that may assist them in their findings
High Quality Construction. This Cat-Back is made from smooth, mandrel-bent, 3-inch diameter T-304 stainless steel tubing. This tubing goes into the ATAK muffler and exits with dual, 2.25-inch tubing to improve exhaust flow. This Borla Cat-Back Exhaust includes a mid-pipe resonator, and you get an ATAK muffler with (2) 4-inch black chrome, angle-cut tips embossed with the Borla logo and exit out the rear of your truck, delivering impressive looks and great sound.
Direct and Simple Bolt-on Upgrade. Borla's ATAK Cat-Back Exhaust bolts straight up right at your preferred location. The installation only takes about 2 hours.
Application. This Borla ATAK Dual Exhaust System is designed to fit the 2021-2023 5.0L EcoBoost F-150s.
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