Review & Install Video
In this video I'm gonna breakdown what kinda sound you can expect when using the four-inch system from MBRP on your EcoBoost-powered F-150, what are you gonna be looking at as far as basic materials and construction, and then finally a quick little walkthrough of the install itself. And speaking of the install here, guys, depending on your cabin bed size, there will be a small cutting needed, so just make sure you have the necessary tools on hand before getting started. We're gonna call it one outta three wrenches on the difficulty meter, and I will have a bit of more details coming up later on.
The four-inch Black Series cat-back from the MBRP is a very unique system that should appeal to EcoBoost owners for a couple of different reasons. First and foremost that larger diameter four-inch system will be a great choice for turbo applications when maximizing your performance is a top priority. In addition to that, the second appeal is pretty obvious at first glance, and that is the all black powder coating from tip to tip, making for a unique look but also increasing durability in the process.
Now before I go any further into this actual exhaust here and talk about sound, materials, all that good stuff, I do just wanna take this time and say how much I enjoy what MBRP does when it comes to the exhaust aftermarket. They have a ton of different options out there, including some of the most affordable exhaust in the category, all the way to some premium systems and everything in between. Now rather than just offer one or two systems and hope people dig 'em, they offer a bunch of stuff and basically give owners the ability to customize their system through different materials and configurations. So with all that said, what is unique with the Black Series here? Well, the Black Series actually starts out life as MBRP's Installer Series, which is their entry level four-inch single side exit cat-back, and then is basically powder-coated from tip to tip in a heat resistant black powder coating, and obviously, that's how the system gets its name. And we're not just talking mufflers or piping either here, guys, everything, and I mean everything including the tip, the clamps, the bolts, everything gets that black powder coating, making for a unique stealthy look that all of us are after, but also significantly upping the durability in the process.
Now I do wanna stick with that durability topic here just for another quick second, guys, because again, underneath this black powder coat you will find that aluminized steel for the material. Now aluminized steel as a whole isn't a bad material. It's something you see a lotta times in the entry level systems, and for the most part it's gonna perform as advertised. And it is a durable material for the most part. The one big problem with aluminized steel though, however, is that it's not exactly as durable as some of those other materials out there, and therefore you might see a little bit of corrosion, surface rust, whatever, on this system, especially if you live in a snowier climate and see a lotta road salt during the winter months. Now that black powder coat is gonna act as an additional barrier over that aluminized steel to help prevent any of the corrosion that you might otherwise see on the system if it wasn't powder-coated at all. Now obviously all these extra benefits do come at a price, as we'll discuss a little bit more in a minute.
All right, so we know we're getting that powder-coated aluminized steel construction and we do know on the surface you're getting a four-inch diameter system with a small step down here at the factory connection. But what else can you expect when checking out this system? Well, that four-inch pipping is all mandrel-bent, which is nice because it will, of course, help your flow, along with the straight through by design MBRP bullet-style muffler that is included with this kit.
Finally guys, everything's gonna exit out of this rather large five-inch tip embossed with the MBRP logo. I like to call it the grapefruit shooter. It is absolutely massive here in person. Now, guys, all of this stuff does exit out the factory location which is right behind the passenger side rear tire, much like factory exhaust would.
But after all, guys, this is an exhaust, so let's breakdown some of the sound you can expect when checking out this system. And as you heard with your own two ears at the very top of this video, the four-inch system from MBRP certainly delivers a nice increase in tone and volume overall over the factory system, but with a boatload of turbo noise, which I actually think is really cool. You can really hear those twin turbos spool up nicely with this system. Now, overall with all this big of diameter and this straight through of a muffler, you'd expect something extremely loud, but that's really wasn't the case here with the four-inch system. In fact, I'm going strong three outta five on my one to five or one to wake the neighbors scale. As far as interior noise, well, when you're hammering on the truck, of course you're gonna hear this thing from the inside of the cabin, but I'm also happy to report that in sixth gear while cruising on a highway, this thing was pretty quiet overall.
On the topic of price, guys, you're gonna find the MBRP black four-inch system here to be currently the most expensive four-inch option on the site, even more so than the Pro Series also from MBRP, which by the way, does give you that premium 304-grade stainless steel construction. So you can see that black powder coat really does tuck on to the final price tag. Now to get more specific, you're gonna be looking at right in the mid $700 price point for the Black Series 4-inch, which does pack 1 year warranty on the finish itself and an additional 3 years for the actual system. So, again, just for your consideration, that Pro Series 4-inch system also from MBRP does give you premium 304-grade stainless steel, it does give you also a lifetime warranty, that's actually gonna cost you 50 bucks less than the Black Series here. Granted, you're not getting that very cool black appearance.
On the topic of installation here, guys, I think for the most part, aftermarket cat-backs are pretty straightforward to get installed onto the newer F-150s. But keep in mind there is a small amount of cutting necessary here with the MBRP four-inch system. Now with that said, I'm still sticking with a one outta three wrenches on my overall scale of difficulty because the cut is very simple and straightforward thanks to MBRP's very detailed instructions. But with that in mind, guys, just make sure you have your Sawzall on hand or your other favorite cutting tool. Fresh metal blade will definitely be your friend here. Only the basic socket set to basically help you get this thing in place. But overall, removing your factory system, getting the new MBRP system in place is something anybody should be able to tackle in the garage or driveway in a about an hour or two from start to finish.
As for my final thoughts on the MBRP Black Series here, four-inch cat-back, it's a great system, it's a very cool system, it does deliver a good amount of noise, a lotta turbo noise, and a very unique stealthy appearance, thanks to that black powder coat. Now the price might be a little high in the minds of a few out there, given the materials of course, but you have to keep in mind that black powder coat does offer some additional benefits that a lot of other systems on the market simply do not offer. So that's my review on the MBRP four-inch Black Series cat-back, which you can find here at amerianmuscle.com