Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. Today, I'm bringing you a detailed overview and installation of the MBRP Black Series Single Side Exit 4-Inch Cat-Back Exhaust. This will be available for any '11 to '14 3.5-Liter EcoBoost F-150 owner. The MBRP Black Series 4-Inch Cat-Back Exhaust you see here today is available for any '11 to '14 3.5 EcoBoost owner who might be looking to pick up a single side exit cat-back exhaust design that has a decent, pretty loud and aggressive exhaust note without going too overboard. Now, the Black Series isn't too far off from the Installer Series that MBRP offers with the exception of, well, the black powder-coated finish on top of the aluminized steel. Now, it is entry-level materials, but the durability is beefed up, thanks to the black coating, which also bumps the price up to just shy of $600. Now, the installation of this is honestly not gonna be too hard, but depending on your cab length and bed size, you'll actually have to do a small slice to this here extension pipe. But we'll talk about that toward the end of the video. But I'm gonna let you know here it will still get a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter.Obviously, taking a look at an exhaust system, the first thing you wanna touch on is the sound. Now, as you just heard from our sound clips we just played for ya, the MBRP Black Series does change things up with your EcoBoost motor, and it makes it a little deeper, louder, and throatier coming out the rear end. Now, with that said, honestly, it's not too overwhelming, but you will hear a very quiet idle and a little bit of a difference once you start hoppin' on the RPM band. Now, once you get on a highway and you're going highway speeds, you will notice a little bit of drone inside the cab, but, honestly, I don't think it should be a deal breaker, because it's not too overwhelming. With that said, I am gonna give it a three out of five on our loudness meter, because it does switch things up a bit. But I do know touching on an aftermarket exhaust for EcoBoost can be a pretty touchy and controversial subject, but if you're looking for a small change, this is definitely a direction I'd push you in. The sound is always gonna be directly attributed to materials and construction. Now, taking a look at this kit, you will find a bullet-style muffler here with a four-inch cat-back tubing with aluminized steel. Now, the four inches is actually a little bit bigger than most options on the market, and because of that, the turbos do love it. In addition to that, you're also getting a bullet-style muffler and a five-inch tip coming out the rear end. And all across the board, head to toe, it has a black powder-coated finish. As I mentioned in the beginning here, the only thing really separating the Black Series from the Installer Series is gonna be simply the powder-coated finish. Both offer aluminized steel, but this is going to bump up the durability a bit, thanks to the powder-coated finish. Now, taking a look and comparing it to other MBRP options, the XP Series offers a 409 stainless steel one notch above this particular kit, and obviously, top of the line is 304 stainless you'd see in a Pro Series.Shifting gears over to the install portion of the video, as I mentioned in the very beginning, this may require a single slice to the extension pipe I have here in order to get this installed properly. That all depends on your cab size and your bed length, plus the combination of the two. But it's all laid out in the instruction manual from MBRP, and it even tells you where to cut, how much, where to measure. But if you do have to make the cut, then you obviously wanna make sure you're measuring twice and cutting once. Aside from that, it'll only require very simple hand tools. You'll obviously need that cutting tool, but a ratchet and socket set will do the trick from start to finish as well as maybe a screwdriver. Everything you need to get the job done is included in the kit otherwise as far as hardware is concerned. And also keep in mind the hardware's even black powder-coated, too, so it even adds to that durability across the board.Now, in addition to that, I would say it'll take about two hours from start to finish to get this one in, and I'd definitely give it a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. If you are tackling this one yourself, you wanna start with making that cut to the extension pipe if you need to. Now, once that's taken care of, it's just a matter of unbolting and unclamping your factory exhaust from underneath the truck. Now, you may wanna get the truck in the air with jack and jack stands. If not, you can get under there and do it yourself, especially if it's lifted. It makes it a lot easier for ya. Once you're under there, you can start unbolting it from the tip, work your way back to the mid-pipe. Once everything's dropped out of the way, you can toss the hardware aside, because all new stuff's included in the kit. From here, start with the mid-pipe and work your way back to the tip, clamping and bolting everything down along the way, slipping the hangers into their positions. Once that's taken care of, you are good to go. You can test out the sound on the road for yourself.That just about does it for me. If you're the owner of an '11 to '14 3.5 EcoBoost F-150, check out the MBRP Black Series 4-Inch Cat-Back Exhaust with the Single Side Exit design, and you can find it right here at americantrucks.com.