(approx) 3 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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The Carven Progressive Exhaust is a great choice for any Silverado owner looking to get one of the best quality exhausts in the category that has a single side exit, black stealthy tips, and a sound that gets louder the wider you open the throttle. For such a premium exhaust, the price isn't too crazy coming in right around the $550 mark. Now, the installation doesn't require any welding or cutting, so expect one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Let's jump headfirst right into the most important thing here, the sound. Now, Carven has a really impressive lineup that only consists of two different models, the Progressive and the Competition. Now, the Progressive option does exactly what it sounds like here, it gets progressively more aggressive as you open the throttle. The sound at idle is pretty moderate. It's definitely more noticeable than stock which is great, but it's not too overbearing for the street driving. From red light to red light, you can expect a nice rumble. Something that has a deep throaty tone to it, that gave my 2016 5.3 Silverado we installed it on the sound it deserves.Now, the best part about this is if you're really trying to make it bark, it definitely gets loud at wide-open throttle and it's absolutely no joke. But it can be tamed with minimal drone if you're trying to have a nice conversation in the cabin. Overall, I'm giving this one a harder three out of five on our loudness meter. The wide-open throttle would get a four out of five in my book but it's still not all that loud all the time. So, for me hard three is a good rating. Now, if you're looking for all-out noise the loudest to the loud, check out their Competition series which pretty much barks at any RPM. The other thing about this exhaust is that it's really performance-driven. Carven fabricates this to optimize airflow getting exhaust gases out quickly and efficiently with the least restriction possible. Because of that, this is really ideal for any modified applications. If you've got some bolt-ons like an intake, headers, power adders, even forced induction, now this is going to really help produce better power numbers.With that said it is typically intended for racing applications or it still works well with naturally aspirated street trucks as well, as you can see from my own personal daily driver we tested this on earlier. Now, this kit is made from the highest quality exhaust materials, the 304 stainless steel, fabricated and TIG welded right here in the USA. The massive 5-inch black powder-coated tip here is gonna have a stealthier appearance and it looks pretty bad-ass coming out the rear end of the truck. In my personal opinion, the single side axle design is kind of a classic truck look which is perfect in my book. The installation is one that does not require any cutting or welding like I said earlier. You'll be able to tackle this with simple hand tools like a ratchet and socket set, and should take about two maybe three hours give or take from start to finish, so I'm giving it one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. We pulled my own 2016 5.3 into the shop like I said earlier. So, let's head over there and we'll see how I got it up there.All right, guys, so we got my 2016 5.3 Silverado up in the shop here, it's on the lift. This is definitely gonna make your life easier if you have a lift and a pole jack, of course, for supporting the rear. If you're working with jack and jack stands on the ground in your own driveway, it might require a Sawzall to cut off your factory exhaust since it does drop off in one piece, and you might not have enough ground clearance. Since we are on a lift, we don't have to worry about all that, it should come off all in one piece. And the first thing you wanna do is just get right into it with a ratchet and socket set, a 13-millimeter socket will loosen up that clamp holding on the third catalytic converter here for that extension pipe. So let's break that one loose. So, once you have that bolt loose over by the catalytic converters, at this point, you can use WD-40 to kind of you know grease up and lube up the hangers and the hanger isolators just make it easier on you to slip off the hangers. So, I've done that already. And then if you have a hanger remover tool, that's definitely gonna come in handy, if not, a good old prybar will do the trick.When it comes to those hangers and popping those out of the isolators, there are four of them. So you wanna keep that in mind. There's one in front of the muffler between the muffler and the cat converter. There's two of them behind the muffler toward the tailgate. And then the final one is gonna be back here by the tailpipe. So, we got the other three out, we're gonna work on this fourth one here. And one thing to keep in mind while doing this is that once you pop all four of them out, the entire exhaust is pretty much just hung on by four hangers. So, once those are out, this will start to drop off just like that. You wanna make sure you catch it so doesn't bonk you right in the head. Once you loosen up the clamp behind the catalytic inverter, all you have to do is kind of pop that extension pipe completely out of the socket. The rest of this is gonna hang down, so you wanna have a buddy with you to make your life a little bit easier because it will be a bit heavy just for yourself. You have to feed the tailpipe out above the rear axle, so everything will drop down after that. So, let's go do that.Okay, lift that up a little bit, back a little more. All right, now that that's down, we can just feed the tailpipe over the axle. So, now that we have the factory cat-back often on the ground, it's time to put on the Carven progressive exhaust. And really, this entire setup is just one simple bolt with a band clamp, and then clamps along the other three pieces. Now, we'll start back here with the extension pipe, take our band clamp, and put it over the end. That's gonna connect to your catalytic converter. And what you wanna do is feed that over the crossmember so that that goes toward your catalytic converter and make sure that your hanger is gonna be on the side of your isolator here. And what you'll do is line those up and slide this isolator through that hanger bar which we might have to, like, bend it to the side to make that fit, but that goes right in. Now, from there you can take your 13-millimeter socket and tighten up that clamp. Now, while you're tightening that band clamp, the other end is gonna sag down a little bit for the extension pipe, so a pole jack you can use to level that out a little bit, which will make your life a lot easier in the coming steps.Next thing you pull out your 13-millimeter socket again for that band clamp, pull the extension pipe tight against the catalytic converter, and tighten things up. Now you're gonna take your muffler from the Carven setup, put a clamp on the end of this to match up with your extension pipe, and rotate these two hangers facing upwards to go into these isolators directly in the middle. Now, it's pretty loose. So, we're gonna swap out our 13-millimeter socket for a 15-millimeter socket for the middle clamp here. Now, we're not gonna torque down all these clamps just yet, just tighten them up just enough as we move along with the system, and then we'll come back to torque them up at the end. All right, one of the final pieces, before we put on the actual tip of the end is going to be the over axle tailpipe. Obviously, again, throw your clamp over the end of that, kind of wiggle that on. This you'll feed over the axle and onto that pipe back here. And then this hanger is gonna go right into the isolator coming in the opposite way facing your spare tire. So, we'll go in from the outside. And with that locked in, we got to break out our 15-millimeter socket and tying down that last clamp.So, this is the final piece of the puzzle. It's the Carven 5-inch powder-coated black tip, super cool look coming out the side exit here. I'm gonna put this on the end of the tailpipe, that slides all the way on. It's already got a welded-on nut, so this bolt is gonna be the final piece here. I'm gonna tighten this by hand, so that's all the way down by hand. At this point since we didn't torque all the clamps throughout the system, it gives you a little wiggle room to reposition if you need to. This actually looks pretty good where it is. So, I'm gonna go ahead and torque down the rest of the clamps and then finish up by torquing down this bolt. All right, guys, once you torque down all your bolts and you've finalized your tip, everything's where you want it, that's gonna wrap up the install for the Carven Progressive Series Cat-Back Exhaust, you can get yours right here at americantrucks.com.
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(approx) 3 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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