(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey guys, Adam here with americantrucks.com. Today we're taking a closer look at, listening to and installing the Borla Stinger S-Type Dual Split Side Exhaust in the Chrome Tips available for the '14 to '18 5.3 Silverado 1500. Now, as you just heard from our sound clips, you should be checking this out if you're looking for a three out of five on our loudness meter when it comes from an exhaust. Now, this guy here is gonna be one of the better quality materials in the category and it's got one of the best, in my opinion, tones in the category as well. The Stinger S-type is the middle of the road option from the Borla series. There's the Touring which is mellow, the Stinger which is this guy and then, of course, the ATAK which is their all out loudest of the loud. So, if you're looking for something that's great for the daily driver, looking to make a little bit of noise on the way to work without it being overwhelming, this is a great way to go. It's got little to absolutely no drone inside the cabin to make it a really enjoyable ride even at highway speeds.This guy here has a very different exhaust exit than the factory option, splitting out and dumping out on both sides behind both rear tires. Now, your factory exhaust just dumps out on the passenger side. So, if you're looking to spice things up and add some shine to it, this chrome split side exit is the way to go. Now, if you're not really interested in the chrome, they have other options like their black chrome and there's even carbon fiber ones out there to really spice things up but it's all depending on personal preference. And if you're not feeling the split side exit, they have split rear, they have single side, they have a lot of different options out there to fit any of your personal preference.Now, this exhaust because it is using some of the highest quality materials and because Borla has one of the more premium brand names and reputations in the exhaust community, this guy's coming in right around the thousand dollar mark. Now, there are some of the more affordable options out there that won't have 304 stainless steel like this one, one of the more durable materials, but it all comes down to what you're looking to spend. If you're located in wintry weather areas, seeing a lot of road salt, 304 stainless like this guy here is gonna be your best bet in the category. It's gonna make sure it's the most corrosion and rust-resistant, which is great when it comes to road salt which can really take a toll on the underbody of your vehicle, including the exhaust.Now the install is gonna get two out of three wrenches on are difficult to meter. There's no cutting, there's no drilling, no modification. It's a direct bolt-on and I'm gonna show you every step of the process. It will take you about two hours from start to finish. What do you say we get started? Tools used in this install include an impact gun or ratchet, extension 13, 15, and 17-millimeter deep sockets, 17-millimeter wrench, recommended would be a hanger removal tool and WD-40 or something similar.First up of the uninstall here, of course, get your truck up in the air and properly supported either on jack stands or on a lift like we have it here. I have pole jack supporting it at the end and the middle of the exhaust, so when we start on bolting it, we have some support. Grab your 13-millimeter socket, we're gonna loosen up this bolt holding the clamp next to our catalytic converter.All right, next step, we're gonna grab our hanger removal tool and we're gonna pop out our hangers from our isolators. Now, it's a good idea to grab WD-40 or PB B'laster or something similar to lubricate both sides of this to make life easier. There's a couple of these we'll have to remove along the exhaust. A hanger removal tool is definitely going to come in handy here. Now, on the side of our muffler closest to the rear of the vehicle, we have two hangers and you can see I have my pole jack here because once these two come off, this is gonna start to drop down a little bit and we want that support there. I'm gonna grab my hanger tool and pop these guys off. Last hanger before the entire exhaust is free in one piece is right above our tailpipe. There you have it. Now, we can grab a helping hand or if you can do this yourself, you can pull the whole exhaust off in one piece.All right, so we got our factory exhaust off of our '16 Silverado, it's on the ground here next to our Borla Stinger S-Type. I wanna take you through some similarities and differences between the two kits and I wanna start up front here. Now, as you can see, you're seeing the flex pipe on the factory exhaust, not really existent here on the extension pipe, not gonna make a difference to any performance whatsoever, but it's worth noting here. Now, the entire exhaust is 304 stainless steel, mandrel-bent to reduce any kinks or airflow restrictions, and that 304 is gonna be one of the higher quality materials in the category.Moving on, you can see a huge difference in our muffler. We're going from the heavy baffling and the factory muffler that's gonna minimize some of that aggression that you'd want out of your 5.3. The Borla Stinger S-Type is that middle of the road option in the Borla series, they have their Touring which is a lot more mellow, the Stinger S-Type which you see here and what you heard from our sound clip earlier, and their ATAK which is they're all out loudest of the loud. Exiting from that 3-inch exhaust it's gonna split down to a dual 2 and a half inch exhaust, still 304 stainless, and you can see a complete change in the exit strategy here. Your factory exhaust splits out into a single exhaust dumping out behind the rear passenger side tire. This guy is gonna do something similar except it's also gonna dump out on your driver side as well, so you get that split dual exhaust. Coming out the tips you'll see dual slash-cut double-walled polished stainless steel tips, 4-inch. Those things look super good, your factory exhaust essentially doesn't have a tip at all so this is a huge upgrade in that department. Now, as far as fitment it's going to be all OEM quality. We are gonna have to add a hanger over on the driver side but I want to start on the install up at the front.First up here grab your extension pipe out of the Borla kit. We're gonna throw this guy over the subframe and connect it to the hanger on the side. So, the isolator is gonna slide right in there, and we can connect it using our factory flange. Grab your 13 socket and tighten this guy down. Now, we're not gonna tighten down our clamps all the way, we wanna leave a little bit of room for adjustment and we'll come back later and make sure they're all the way tightened.Grab your muffler assembly and one of the 3-inch clamps here, we're gonna start feeding this a little bit over our rear axle, slide it into the pipe that we just installed and then pop these into the hangers above your rear axle. WD-40 does go a long way for this, we've got ours lubricated, just like that. So, now we're gonna take our passenger side tailpipe, the one that doesn't need any modification, it's gonna pop right into that factory location. So, we're gonna slide this guy up onto the pipe coming out of our muffler on the passenger side. And then we're gonna connect that to the factory isolator, just like that. Now, you can take your driver side pipe with a clamp on it and slide it onto the driver side outlet on the muffler, just like that.So, next up, we have to install our hanger assembly to our frame on the driver side, that'll connect our new tailpipe. Now we're gonna take this bolt and slide it through this small hole next to the larger hole on our frame here. And when we put that through, we can take our hanger assembly along with a flat and split washer and put this guy into place. Hold that there, grab your nut and thread it on the bottom of that stud. All right, so now we can grab our 17 socket and wrench and tighten it down.All right, so now we can take this tailpipe, slide it on to our pipe over the axle, all the way into position and then hang it up. Now, we can go back and tighten down our clamps.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Borla Stinger S-Type Dual Split Side Exit Cat-Back in the Chrome Tip option available for the '14 to '18 5.3 Silverado 1500. Pick yours up right here at americantrucks.com.
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