(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
So, if you own a '14 to '18 5.3 liter powered Silverado, you're looking for one of the most well built cat backs available that also happens to be one of the loudest systems available while still remaining quiet and comfortable in the cab for daily driving, you should be checking out Borla's Stinger S-Type dual exhaust system with the factory side exit configuration. This system again, is one of the loudest ones available, but it's not quite a five out of five system. If you were curious about Borla, this is right in the middle of the pack with their Touring system being the quietest and their ATAK system being one of the loudest systems available for the Silverado. So, I'm actually gonna give this thing a healthy four out of five on our loudness meter. It's just on the edge of being crazy, but, like I said, it's still comfortable inside the cab, there's very little drone and I would actually say it's quiet enough for the daily driver. Other thing I really like about this system is it's made out of 304 stainless throughout. A lot of systems that are made out of 304 stainless are gonna be above the thousand dollar mark. So, if you wanted the best stainless steel available in the category, but wanted to keep the price to three digits, this is also gonna be an excellent choice. Other reason I really like the Stinger system is it installs very easily. Borla's quality control is probably the best I've seen on any exhaust. It fits perfectly, you don't have to do any cutting or custom modification with this system. It is a bolt on system. And when you purchase this one in particular, it will be configured for your bed and cab length. For that reason I'm gonna give the install a very easy one out of three wrenches on my patented difficulty meter. You should be able to get this done at home, with basic hand tools in about an hour or two. So, if you like the way the Borla Stinger sounds, you like the quality, and you like the price, you should stick around. I'm gonna show you how to get this installed on your truck step by step. So, without further ado, let's go ahead and get started. To install your new cat back you'll need the following tools: a drive ratchet, a 13 millimeter socket, and a 15 millimeter socket. Optional but helpful tools include a cordless impact or an air gun and spray lubricant. So before we install our cat back, we have to remove our factory system. Lucky for us it actually comes off as one piece. All you gotta do is loosen this clamp up here behind the Y-pipe and the cat itself. To do that you're gonna need a 13 millimeter socket. All right, now that we have that clamp removed, it's time for us to pull the hangers on the factory cat back from the rubber isolators. There are four in total. One back here, right near the clamp, then you got two behind the muffler and one at the tailpipe. Now, these are rubber on metal, so there's gonna be a little bit of friction there. It's helpful to have some spray lubricant, make it a lot easier on yourself. So once you get to the last hanger, you wanna take your time and be careful pulling it from the rubber isolator. Once you pull this last hanger, the entire factory cat back will actually be free from the vehicle. As you pull it from this rubber isolator, you want your tailpipe to rest on the axle. Then you're gonna wanna go up front, push the entire cat back towards the rear of the truck, you wanna get your flex fitting over the cross member where you loosened that clamp on the Y-pipe, then you can angle everything down and pull the entire factory cat back from the vehicle. It's very important you just take your time and be careful, don't wanna smack yourself with this thing. So now that we have our factory cat back removed it's a good idea to mock up your new cat back. That way you can see where everything's supposed to go and you can figure where those clamps are supposed to tighten everything down. Couple of similarities and differences I wanted to point out really quick that I like about the Borla system. Number one, again, this is a factory connection. Again, we're reusing that ball clamp up front so you get to reuse that same clamp we removed earlier. Other thing I really like about this system is it reuses all your factory hanger locations as you can see at the muffler, back at the mid pipe, and at the tailpipes here. Now, that's where the similarities end. Some of the cool differences about the Borla system, this is an upgrade over the factory setup in terms of quality. This is made out of 304 stainless versus the 409 stainless of the factory system. 304 is simply a higher grade steel, so it's safe to say the Borla system will last longer and look better than your factory system over time, as you can obviously see ours has some miles on it, and thus it has a lot of rust and corrosion. Other thing I really like about the Borla system is the polished tips. Those things will clean up very easily. Borla always does a really good job with their chrome finishes. So, whether you take your truck off road, if you live on the East Coast, the West Coast, you see a lot of rain and snow, you don't gotta worry about that. Those things will continue looking good for years to come. So, now that we have everything taken care of, we can see how our system is put together. Let's go ahead and get it installed, shall we? All right, first thing's first, we're gonna grab our new mid pipe and install it on our Y-pipe just in front of the cat. Again, we're reusing that factory clamp with that 13 millimeter bolt, so you wanna go ahead and slide the flared end on there, tighten it down just enough to keep it in place, but still have a little bit of play in it. That way we can line everything up. You also wanna re-spray that rubber isolator for your new hanger, make it easy on yourself. All right, with our new mid pipe in place, we can throw our muffler in place as well. Before you do that, you wanna make sure you grab the larger clamp in the kit with a 15 millimeter nut on the end, throw it on the end of your mid pipe. That's gonna secure to the flared end of the muffler. Once you got the muffler on the mid pipe go ahead and throw the hangers into the original rubber isolators up there, and again, same process, you wanna spray those down, make it easy on yourself. All right, now that our muffler is in place, we can install our tailpipes. To do that you're gonna follow the same process. Grab the two remaining clamps in the kit and throw them on the outlets of the muffler, then thread the ends of the tailpipes in to the muffler outlet tubes. Once you've done that you wanna make sure you put your final hanger in that last rubber isolator up here. Again, make sure you spray that down to make it easy. All right, now that we have our tailpipes in place it's time for us to tighten down all our clamps. To tighten down the clamps that came with the kit you'll need that 15 millimeter socket. Once you've tightened everything down on there, you're gonna retighten down that original 13 millimeter clamp on your Y-pipe. So, once you have all those clamps tightened down that actually wraps up the install of the Stinger system. That also wraps up my review of Borla's Stinger S-Type dual exhaust system, fitting your '14 to '18 5.3 liter powered Silverado. I'm Travis, thanks for watching, and for all things Silverado keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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