Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today I'm bringing you a detailed review and installation of the MBRP Black Series Single Side Exit 3-inch Cat-Back Exhaust, which will be available for all '11 to '14 5.0 Liter F150s. I will let you know upfront, it will get a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, but it might require one single slice or a cut right into the extension pipe we have here, depending on your cab and bed length combination.The MBRP Black Series 3-inch Cat-Back Exhaust will be for any '11 to '14 5.0 F150 owner who might be looking to pick up a more budget friendly, yet decently loud and aggressive exhaust note from a Single Side Exit design Cat-Back, and it's exactly the same as the Installer option that MBRP offers. The only difference is it's covered from tip to tip in a black powder-coated finish. If you're not interested in black, the Installer Series, again, the exact same, produces the same sound. That might be for you, with the polished finish.Now, you just heard from our sound clips, this thing does give you a louder, much more aggressive exhaust note out the rear end, and it does liven up that Coyote motor a little bit, giving it the sound it deserves, in my opinion. Now, the Black Series sound is exactly what I'd be looking for in an exhaust system. Not too overbearing, just a very slight amount of drone on the highway. Not a make it or break it, it's just letting you know it's there. But, three out of five on our loudness meter. This is geared for the guys who aren't looking to go overbearing, don't really want to wake the neighbors in the morning, but still want to let people know they're there when you start opening up that throttle. Now, what we just heard is attributed to a bullet-style muffler with the MBRP name engraved in it. Three-inch tubing all the way, tip to tip, all completed in that black powder-coated finish to beef up the materials, give it a longer lasting lifetime, and a stealthy appearance at the same time. Now, with the Single Side Exit design, you get a three and a half-inch polished stainless steel tip, which also has been covered in that black powder-coated finish. The bolts are even covered in the black, the clamps also are black as well. It is in aluminized steel which, of course, isn't the highest quality materials out there, but if you're looking to keep the price down, that's definitely the route you want to go, and the black helps on top of that.If you're looking to go a little bit higher quality, there's the XP Series from MBRP, which offers a 409 stainless, and then there's the Pro Series that offers the 304 stainless, which is the highest quality option. Since it is in aluminized steel, the price does stay down a little bit more, so it's going to come in right around the $600 mark. If you don't care about the black finish, the Installer Series is the exact same, and you can knock about 200 bucks off the price tag. Shifting gears over to the install portion of the video, like I mentioned in the very beginning, the installation instructions included for you in the kit will detail every single step of the way, start to finish, including the single slice or single cut you may or may not need to make. Now, what I mean by "may or may not," it's basically depending on your cab size and your bed length combination, depending on how the exhaust system will fit for that particular setup. Either way, whether you cut or not, it's gonna get a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Shouldn't take you longer than about two hours in the driveway at home.Aside from the cutting tool of your choice, if you need that, a ratchet and socket set, you will definitely want to have on deck, as well as a jack or jack stands or a lift, if you have access to one. Getting that factory system off is really going to be a no-brainer. You want to use that ratchet and socket set you've got, those simple hand tools. Unbolt the flange from the mid-pipe, of course, disconnect that. Then, you're going to work your way down, of course, unclamping all the hardware, unbolting where you need to unbolt, all the way back to the tailpipe tip, and then remove all that, set it aside. Once you get that factory system off, it's really just a matter of swapping everything back in, in the reverse order. You're going to bolt up the new flanges, bolt all that up to the mid-pipe, work your way down to the muffler, and back to the tip.Now, depending on the cutting, obviously that comes into play before you get started, so if you need to make the slicing, do it before you start just to make sure you have that done correctly, and then you can move on to the installation portion here. Once you get everything wrapped up, start to finish, an hour or two, at the absolute maximum. One out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Just to wrap things up here, if you're the owner of an '11 to '14 5.0 Liter F150, you might be looking to stay on a budget with a Single Side Exit design Cat-Back Exhaust with a black powder-coated finish for stealth and added durability, on top of the aluminized steel. Now, if that's something you're looking for and you want a loud and aggressive exhaust note without going too overboard, check out the MBRP Black Series 3-inch Cat-Back Exhaust with the Single Side Exit design. It's available right here at americanmuscle.com.