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Jake: Jake here for AmericanTrucks. And today, I'm taking a look at the Borla S-type Rear Exit Dual Exhaust System with Chrome Tips for 2021 and newer 5-Liter F-150s. Now, this one is going to appeal to the Coyote-powered F-150 owner who wants it all from their exhaust setup, great sound, good looks, and outstanding quality. The system is a complete well-rounded package to get to a big name and the big-name benefits that go along with it.Now, Borla has built their reputation on producing high-quality exhaust with excellent sound properties. And they offer different flavors too depending on how much of your eardrums you'd like to blast with the sonorous V8 wail that comes from the Coyote V8. Now, being that this is the S-type, this one is gonna fall right in the middle of Borla's lineup in regards to sound and price.So our wake-the-neighbors or loudness meter here is gonna get a four out of five for this system. So, make no mistake, just because it's a little more subdued than some of the other offerings out there does not mean that it's quiet. It's not hard to make the 5-liter sound good, but this system does kick it up quite a few notches over stock. You get that aggressive exhaust note without the volume going all the way up to 11.As you heard from the clips at the beginning of the video, you get a really deep V8 bubble at idle, the big throaty roar when you crack the throttle wide open. Now, inside of the cabin, of course, you're gonna get more noise to it. And again, as you heard in the clips at the beginning of the video, it won't be deafening, but there is quite a bit more volume.And Borla has baked in some really cool technology to completely eliminate drone here. They use an exclusive type of construction they call polyphonic harmonizing technology. And that sounds like some kind of wacky buzzword, but that's about all the buzzing that you're gonna get here. 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.So, in this system, they're inside this little collector or resonator right here that you can hopefully see. There's four different pipes in the center there that break up the exhaust coming through. Now, these trick bits utilize different sizes and diameters of piping, perforated tube-shaped cores, and different patterns within them all to make the frequencies harmonize so you get that really nice sound and the volume you want with absolutely zero drone.Borla puts a claim on this that there is no drone at any speed, at any RPM, or in any gear. And that's about as true statement as you can get. And really what more could you want from an exhaust? So many aftermarket exhausts sound really good, but they have that really terrible droning noise, usually at like 65, 70 on the highway. And if you've had an exhaust like that, you know exactly what I mean when I say that it can really negatively impact the experience of driving the truck.But here, you're not gonna have to worry about any of that. Now, as far as construction goes, again, this is a really high-quality system. Borla makes all their exhausts at a T304 stainless steel, so you're gonna get excellent corrosion and rust resistance here. As you can see, it's just a really nice-looking kit. The piping here is 3-inch mandrel-bent tubing through the muffler up to this little collector here and then 2.25-inch tubing afterwards out to the tips.As you can see, there's also no wrinkles or creases in this metal, of course, because it is mandrel bent, and all that means that the exhaust gases are gonna flow smoothly through, allowing your engine to breathe better than stock and also reduce exhaust back pressure. Then, of course, we have the tips. Now, these are 4-inch dual chrome tips. And no getting around it here, well, they just look really good. They're also, of course, T304 stainless, and that bright chrome-polished finish really just sets it off nicely.I think these look great. You can never go wrong with a big set of chrome tips on a pickup truck like that. And you get to change it up a bit too because these exit at the rear as opposed to just behind the right side of rear wheel like your stock system does. So you get a nice visual update as well as better sound. Now, these rear sections are designed specifically to clear the spare tire underneath your truck, so you don't need to do any modifications or even leave the spare tire at home.You even get a new hanger in the kit for the left side of the truck to get everything installed properly. Now, pricing for this system falls toward the top end of the category, coming in around $1,600. Now that is a hefty chunk of change, of course, but, again, you're getting a super high-quality system, no drone, and an awesome sound.So it's gonna sound good, it's gonna last a long time, and it won't make your ears bleed. And when it comes to an exhaust, you really can't ask for much more than that. Installation here like most exhausts will come in at a two out of three on our difficulty meter, should take you about two hours or so to complete. Now, exhausts can be a little finicky to do at times because moving that pipe around underneath the truck isn't the easiest task. It can be a little cumbersome, but this is definitely a job that you can accomplish at home being that it is a totally bolt-on system that uses all of your stock exhaust hanger locations and it includes that one new hanger that you need to get this driver side pipe on.One thing of note though is that depending on the size of your cab and bed, you may need an adapter here for this extension pipe to just get a little bit of extra length. We do have those extensions available on our site, however, so just make sure that you have what you need before attempting the installation. And with that, let's head over to the install bay where we will walk you through the process.Man: Tools required for this install include an impact gun, a ratchet, a 15-millimeter wrench, an extension, 15, 17, and 24-millimeter sockets, a swivel socket, an exhaust hanger remover tool, a can of penetrating lubricant, and a pull jack or jack stands. 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 1: Start by grabbing a 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: So our first step is gonna be to install our front pipe with our muffler. Now, you're gonna be reusing your factory 17-millimeter bolts that thread into these holes. However, ours have been replaced so we'll be using a 17-millimeter bolt with a 15-millimeter nut on the back. Now, I have a pull jack in place just to hold up the backside of our muffler to give us some support while we bolt it down.So now we can line up our flange and start our hardware. And once we have our hardware started, we're gonna take a 17-millimeter socket on the bolt side and a 15-millimeter wrench on the nut side. But if you're doing this at home with your stock hardware, you're just gonna need a 17-millimeter socket to tighten down the bolt's side.And then just keep in mind to go back and forth tightening down evenly to put even pressure on our flange. So now our next step is gonna be to take one of our large clamps, slide it right over our muffler outlet. Now we're gonna leave our pull jack in place to support our muffler until we can get our next pipe on and into the hanger to support the weight and take it off of our flange. And then we'll grab our next pipe, slide through our hanger into our muffler, and then we can get our clamp into position.We'll take a 15-millimeter socket to tighten this down. We're gonna leave it a little bit loose until the end when we come back and adjust everything and then tighten it down once we have it in our final resting position. So, now coming to the inside of the rear bumper on the driver 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 pull 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-width 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 then we'll tighten those back down with our 24-millimeter socket. So, now we can take another one of our 3-inch clamps. We'll slide it over the edge of this pipe here. And then we can take our over-axle pipe, we'll slide it into our hanger first, and then we can connect our pipes together. Now, this hanger is a little stiff, so I used a little bit of penetrating lubricant just to make it easier to slide our hanger into place.So then we can grab our clamp, slide it over the over-axle pipe into position, and then we'll take our same 15-millimeter socket. We're gonna do the same thing as the last clamp where we're gonna tighten it down loosely until the end so that we can still adjust our exhaust and get the fit that we want. Now, before we start installing our tailpipes, we're gonna come back to our hangers that we've 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.So, now we can take our passenger side tailpipe, and we're gonna slide our 2-inch clamp over the edge. And then we'll get this slid into our over-axle pipe, wiggle it up. So, now we can get our hanger into our rubber isolator. And I've done the same thing and sprayed both of these down with penetrating lubricant to make it a little easier. Now, once we have our tailpipe in our hanger, we can go ahead and take our clamp, slide that into position, and then we'll loosely tighten this one as well.Now we can take our extension pipe for our driver-side tailpipe. We're gonna grab another 2-inch clamp, slide that over, and then we can get this slid into place. And then we'll slide our clamp into position and take our 15-millimeter socket to loosely tighten this one down. Now, before we install our driver-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 our last 2-inch clamp, slide it over that extension pipe, and then we'll get our driver-side tailpipe fit over. And then we can come up and slide this into our isolator. And we'll grab some more penetrating lubricant for this one as well. And then we can grab our clamp and slide that into position. Now we'll take that 15-millimeter socket to loosely tighten that down. So, now, lastly, since we're adding a pipe to our driver 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 so we can get a section here and a section here. Now we can take our two halfs and 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. So, now once we have the exhaust in a position we'd like, we can go ahead and tighten down all of our bolts. So we'll start with our front flange, our 17-mil and 15-mil wrench on the backside. And now working our way back, we can hit our next two clamps with our 15-millimeter socket. Next, we can get our two clamps on our over-axle pipes. And now, lastly, we'll tighten down the one on our driver-side tailpipe.So that'll wrap up this review and install of the Borla S-Type Dual Exhaust System with Chrome Tips for your 2021 to current 5.0-Liter F-150. Thank you for watching. And for all things F-150, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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