(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
Well guys this one is pretty easy, if you own a '14 to '18 Silverado, you got the five free motor and you are looking for the loudest possible exhaust system for your truck, you found it. Talking about the Borla ATAK dual exhaust system with the split side exit configuration here. As you heard from our sound clips, this thing gets a strong a five out of five on my loudness meter. And if you live in the suburbs it will definitely wake your neighbors in the morning. Some say this is actually louder than a straight pipe setup, that's all thanks to that ATAK muffler and that's Borla's acoustically tuned applied kinetics. That basically means that it resonates and amplifies the volume of your motor to make it as loud as possible. It also tunes the profile of your exhaust system so it doesn't sound girly or raspy, it just sounds pretty good from idle to red line. I know the price is a bit high but you are definitely getting what you pay for. Again you will not find a system that is this loud and you're not gonna find a system that is this high quality for this price point. This is actually not the most expensive system that we sell, however it is made out of the best materials, and Borla's quality control is pretty much second to none from my personal experience. The system is made out of 304 stainless from end to end. They also got these really nice and unique black chrome tips. Now if you're not a fan of the black chrome tips you can actually save some money on this system and you can get it for under the thousand dollar mark. We do offer this system with a split side and split rear exit with conventional polished chrome tips, again that will put you right underneath the thousand dollar price point. One of the things that I really like about this system is how easy it is to install. The mid pipe on this system is actually configured to match your cab and bed length. The system reuses all your factory hangers so there's no cutting required. I'd actually give the install very easy one out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter. You should be able to get this done in the driveway with basic hand tools in about two hours and that's really if you're taking your time. So if you like this system, you want that kind of crazy volume, you should stick around. I'm gonna show you guys how to get this installed 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 standard drive ratchet, a 13-millimeter socket, a 15-millimeter socket, a 21-millimeter socket and a 21-millimeter wrench. Optional but helpful tools include a cordless impact, spray lubricant and an exhaust hanger puller tool. So before we install our new cat-back we have to remove our factory exhaust system. We're gonna be working directly behind the catalytic converter. First thing's first we have to unbolt a clamp securing the factory exhaust to the truck. You need a 13-millimeter socket for this one. All right, now that we've loosen that clamp, we're gonna pull all of our exhaust hangers out of the rubber isolators. There are four in total, one right behind the cat, two behind the muffler and one at the tailpipe. It is rubber on metal so it's a good idea to spray them down with some spray lubricant and it's also helpful to have an exhaust hanger puller tool or some sort of pry tool. [00:04:05] [music] [00:04:30] So once you get to that last rubber isolator here at the tailpipe, you wanna take your time removing it. The factory system is heavy, it is one piece, however you can remove it as one piece. Once you pull it out of this last rubber isolator, go ahead and let this exhaust rest on your axle. Again be careful, got some brake lines and things back here like that. Once it's resting on the axle, go up front towards the muffler, push the entire system back towards the rear bumper, that'll allow your flex fitting to drop down past your crossmember. Once you've done that you can actually pull the entire exhaust from the vehicle. [00:05:00] [music] [00:05:27] So now that we have the factory cat-back removed, we went ahead and we set up our new ATAK system next to it, that way we can see some cool similarities and differences and we can also finally figure out how all these pipes are supposed to go together. Couple cool things to point out here, the ATAK system is an upgrade over your factory system in terms of overall quality. Your factory system is made out of 409 grade stainless steel which as you can see obviously, this does get some rust and corrosion on it. 304 stainless does a hell of a lot better job at standing up to all that stuff outside, especially if you daily your truck or you take it off-road so you don't got to worry about rain and snow and road salt and things like that with this system. Other cool thing I really like about the ATAK system is the muffler. It actually really tunes the volume and the profile of your exhaust so it sounds good from idle to red line. Now one more thing that I really like about this system is the fact that obviously we're going from a single setup to a dual setup. Borla does throw in a new hanger and you don't actually have to cut or drill into the frame. There is a pre-located hole and a pre-located bolt or stud if you will that we're gonna use to secure that hanger. I'll show you guys that later, but without further ado let's go ahead and get started with our install. So first step of our install is obviously our mid pipe. We are reusing that clamp that we loosened earlier, so you're gonna throw the mid pipe on with the flared end meeting your catalytic converter, you're also gonna throw this exhaust hanger into that first rubber isolator behind the crossmember. Once you put this mid pipe in place you do want to tighten the clamp down enough that it covers this flared end so this doesn't fall out but you wanna keep it loose enough that you can have a little bit of play in here because this system is modular, we are putting it together piece by piece so we want to have a little bit of looseness so that we can make sure everything fits. Now that our mid pipe is in place we can install our muffler. You're gonna grab the largest clamp in the kit and throw it over the end of the mid pipe. Once you do that you're gonna slide the flared end of the muffler under the mid pipe. While you hold the muffler you wanna get both of these hangers into the original rubber isolators that we pulled off of our factory muffler earlier. [00:07:31] [music] [00:07:48] With our muffler in place we can tackle our passenger side tailpipe and exhaust tip. This one's pretty easy, it reuses the factory rubber isolator up here that you pulled off of the factory tailpipe. But before you throw this on you wanna make sure you grab one of the smaller clamps in the kit, throw that on the right side outlet of the muffler. [00:08:04] [music] [00:08:20] So now that our passenger side is in place, again we left everything loose because we wanna make sure everything lines up well, we can tackle our driver side. The driver side is two pieces. So you're gonna grab the first piece, the over axle pipe, and another one of those small clamps. Throw the clamp on the left side of the outlet of the muffler and then thread the flared end of the over axle pipe in place. So we can finally install our driver side tailpipe, but before we do that, we have to install this hanger that Borla provides in the kit that I talked about earlier. This hanger actually secures using one of the bolts that holds on the tow hitch bracket. You need a 21-millimeter socket and a 21-millimeter wrench to get the bolt and nut off of the frame. [00:09:04] [music] [00:09:34] Now that we have that hanger and the rubber isolator in place we can finally install our tailpipe. Gonna grab the last clamp in the kit and throw it on the tailpipe itself that way it doesn't fall off you're over axle pipe. Once you got that on there go ahead and do the same process, throw the flared end of the tailpipe on the over axle pipe, put your hanger in your rubber isolator. For all the Borla clamps, you'll need a 15-millimeter socket, but keep in mind we do still have to tighten down the clamp behind the Y-pipe and that again is gonna be a 13-millimeter socket, so keep that one handy too. [00:10:07] [music] [00:10:31] So once you got all those clamps tightened down, that actually wraps up our install. That also wraps up my review of the Borla ATAK dual exhaust system with the split side exit configuration 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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March 29, 2020
Borla ATAK "best sounding exhaust"
I was a little nervous about how loud the atak system would be on my 2016 5.3L Silverado. But I went for it anyway and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. The install took about two hours, fit and finish is perfect and the sound is amazing. Cold starts are a little loud but when my truck warms up it just has a great deep rumble I was looking for. Its that healthy muscle car sound that turns heads whenever I start my truck in a parking lot. As far as highway driving its almost silent, you can hear it a little but if you have the radio on you don't even notice it unless you step on it. The system is a little pricey but I've seen friends of mine spend just as much if not more on a custom system and not achieve the sound that this system provides. So if you like your exhaust a little on the loud side and your neighbors don't mind the sound of a tiger growl in the morning, than this exhaust it a great choice.Helpful (0)
September 24, 2019
You want a loud and not annoying sound this is the one folks u can’t even hear it in the cabin but your neighbors will definitely notice the sound it’s well worth the money so what are you waiting for click the buy it now you won’t regret it!!Helpful (2)
September 10, 2019
Worth every penny
At first, I was kinda worried how the system would sound. I didn’t really care for how it sounded on the comparison video on this site but figured I’d still give it a shot. The hardest part of the assembly/disassembly was getting the bolt loose behind the cat. Everything else was smooth. Great product. Love the sound, power, and the ease of installment. Also, very thankful they have the installation video. Definitely helps alot when trying to figure out what tools I need. Only takes one trip to the toolbox and not multiple lol.Helpful (3)
April 09, 2019
Love the deep growl
First upgrade i made, and i believe it will be the best. Totally changed the tone of the truck. Not overly obnoxious but just the right tone for any style drivingHelpful (2)
November 24, 2018
Worth the Upgrade
great sound but get an exhaust hanger puller tool after OEM exhaust is out of the way simple installHelpful (9)
October 21, 2018
2016 Silverado 5.3 z71
This exhaust sounds great not too loud in the cab and no signs of drone definitely worth the money it also has noticeable power gains paired with a kandn intake and a Range afm deleteHelpful (8)
September 02, 2018
It sounds amazing it’s not quiet but not so loud that you’re going to get pulled over.Helpful (10)
March 02, 2018
Easy install, removed old exhaust and installed the new one all in my drive way. Very easy. took maybe a bit more than an hour or so. Excellent sound and lookHelpful (18)
Will a 35" mud tire interfere with this side exit system?
The Borla ATAK Dual Exhaust System should work with 35" tires with the correct wheel offset and appropriate lift size.
Is this legal in all 50 states? There is another one on the website "Borla ATAK Dual Exhaust System - Side Exit" that states its legal in all 50 states.. whats the main different aside from that this has the black tips?
This will be 50 state legal and the only difference would be the black tips between the two.
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
What's in the Box
Designed for the Double Cab with the Standard Box and the Crew Cab with the Short Box.