(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. Today, we're taking a closer look at, listening to, and of course, installing the Borla Touring Exhaust System with the Dual Rear Exit and Polished Tips, available for the '09 to 18 5.7 Hemi and the factory dual exhausts. Now, as you just heard from our sound clips, I'm gonna give this guy two out of five on our loudness meter. It's deep and it's mellow and it's not over the top. It's not some of the more super aggressive options in the category, but it's got premium quality, it's got the Borla brand name, and it looks badass coming out the rear. Now, this guy here follows the same factory exit system coming out with the dual rear exit, but it's got much larger 5-inch polished stainless steel slash cut tips. These tips are absolutely huge and they still fit perfectly in the cutout on your rear bumper.Now, if you're not looking for something that is as mellow as this, Borla has a number of other options in the category, they have a lot of options in their series. The Touring is the more mellow, the Stinger is that middle of the road option as far as volume, and the ATAK from Borla is all-out noise. So, there's something for everyone. Now, if you're not looking for polished tips, there's black tips in the category. You can even go as far as finding carbon fiber options for your truck. So, personal preference, everything is out there in the category. Now, this guy here has 304 stainless steel, top quality materials, exactly what we'd expect from Borla. It's got perfect fitment right out of the box and no modifications are necessary.Now, with all that said, the price comes in right around 1,050 bucks, which means it is a little bit higher on the pricing spectrum. Now, if you're looking to cut costs, there are some 409 stainless steel options out there, the middle of the road materials or even aluminized. You can even go with something as simple as a muffler swap if you're not looking for a full exhaust like this one here.The install, I'm gonna give two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It's not the end of the world, but it is a little bit more involved in something like a cold air intake. You need very simple hand tools. There's no cutting and no welding. I'm gonna take you through the whole process. It'll take you about two hours from start to finish. Let's get started.All right. Tools used in this install include an impact gun, a ratchet, 15 and 16-millimeter deep sockets, hanger removal tool is definitely recommended, a pry bar of various sizes, and WD-40.All right. First up here guys, because this is a full cat-back, we are gonna completely remove our tailpipes first, then our muffler. Now, the tailpipes are connected to the dual outlet on the muffler here by 15-millimeter clamps, so we're just gonna loosen those guys up and remove the pipes. Next step, we're gonna focus on our passenger's side tailpipe. Now, you can use a hanger removal tool and pop this guy out and then remove it from over the axle. I actually find it really easy to use WD-40 and just squirt this guy right up into the hanger isolator and it lubricates it enough that you can just slide it out by hand. So, now I'm just gonna hold the tip here and right behind this heat shield, slide straight back and it comes out of the muffler and we can set it aside. So, now we can basically do the same thing for the driver side. I've already lubricated these hangers. There are two hangers here. There's one directly above this heat shield and one directly above the axle. So, now you can grab your 16-millimeter socket and loosen up the clamp on the muffler inlet side. All right. So, now we can just take our muffler and slide it out of the hangers.So, we got our factory exhaust off of our '14 5.7 Ram and it's on the ground next to our Borla Touring, and I wanna take you through some similarities and differences between the two kits. And I got to say, they are similar in a lot of ways, but there are a couple of key components to point out like construction, the muffler itself, and your tips. Now, the construction here right off the bat, 304 stainless steel, which is a lot more durable than your factory exhaust and Borla is known for making some of the highest quality exhaust materials in the category. They do just have some of the nicest welds, they have the nicest construction, and usually a mint fitment.Now, this guy here, starting at the front has a 3-inch inlet just like your factory exhaust going into your muffler. Now, the Borla Touring muffler is one of the more mellow, deep, throaty sounds that you get from the Borla series. It's not gonna be very loud and aggressive like some of the other options, but it does give you a nice tone, nice crisp tone from your 5.7. Your factory muffler here has a lot more baffling on the inside to bring down some of the aggressive notes that you'd want from your 5.7 and it's gonna be a lot more restrictive than your Borla Touring here.Now, moving on, you'll see a dual outlet just like your factory option, 2.5-inch mandrel-bent tubing. This is gonna reduce some of the more kinks you'd get from your factory exhaust, which can be airflow restricting, so you can see a small power bump with a better flowing air. You're also gonna get a mimicked resonator. Now, your resonator is on your factory exhaust right behind the tips similar to your Touring option here, the Touring resonators aren't gonna be as restrictive either, but they are gonna help reduce any drone you get inside the cabin. Borla's kits are known to be very drone-free, which is gonna be the same case here for your Touring option.Your tips are a massive difference. Your factory tips are pretty dull, especially after so many thousand miles, they're also a lot smaller. Your new Touring tips, dual polished 304 stainless steel, 5-inch slash-cut double-walled tips. Now, I just said a lot of words at you. 5-inch tips are huge compared to the factory tips. They're much shinier, much more attractive. The slash-cut means they are cut at an angle and the double-walled means you have that thick brim around the edges, so it's just really aggressive all around. It looks so good. Now, if you don't really like the polished tips, there are black tips in the category and a number of other finishes out there. And there's also a number of other exits out there, but I am personally a big fan of the dual exhaust and they fit perfectly right in the notches in your factory bumper. The first thing we're gonna do with the install is start with our muffler, so let's get started.All right. First step here, we're gonna start with our muffler. Make sure you have one of the 3-inch clamps on the inlet side of the muffler. We're gonna slide this guy up into position, making sure that our hangers go in the isolators right above our axle while also simultaneously sliding onto the factory tubing. At this point, we can put our clamp in position and tighten it down with a 15 socket. I'm not gonna overtighten it just yet. Just leave a little bit of room for adjustment. Now, we're gonna start with our pipe on our driver side. This is the pipe that's gonna go from the muffler outlet, it's going to swivel around the rear diff and go right around the actual here. Let's connect that with our clamp over the inlet. All right. So, now we can tighten down that clamp.Now, we can take our driver side tailpipe and we're gonna slide a smaller clamp over that and we're gonna connect it to the pipe we just went over the axle with and slide our hanger into the isolator. All right. Make sure it's aligned right into the slot on your bumper and tighten down this clamp. All right. So, we have one less step to do on our passenger side just because there isn't another pipe between the tailpipe and the muffler, so it'll slide right in along with our hanger. Just make sure you have a clamp from the end before you start. All right. Align your tip, tighten down your clamp and you'll be good to go. So, once you have that taken care of, go back and tighten down all your clamps and you're good to go.So, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Borla Touring Exhaust with the Dual Rear Exit Polished Tips available for the '09 to '18 Ram 1500 with the 5.7 Hemi and the factory dual exhaust. 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(approx) 2 Hours
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