(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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So, MBRP's two-and-a-half-inch Installer Series dual exhaust cat-back will be the most affordable dual exit configuration cat-back available for your '09 to '18 Hemi equipped Ram. Even though it is the most affordable cat-back with a dual exit configuration, I'm happy to say that it sounds pretty damn good, keeps the 5.7 Hemi nice and deep, gives it a good rumble, kind of lopey [SP] which I actually like. And as you go through the rev range, keeps things nice and throaty, none of those back pressure pops, none of those raspy notes to speak of. There's also very little drone inside the cab, it's surprisingly quiet. That's partially thanks to the split rear exit configuration. Nonetheless, I'm going to give this thing a healthy three out of five on my loudness meter, right in the middle of the road there, not too loud, not too quiet, in my personal opinion. Now you might be wondering why the Installer Series sounds good, and why it's so affordable, and that's really easy, it's made out of aluminized steel, it's not made out of stainless. Aluminized will show signs of rust and corrosion a bit sooner than stainless steel, especially if you live on the East Coast, West Coast or you daily or you daily your truck and you see a lot of snow and rain. However, I'm happy to say if you do daily your truck, just keep it clean underneath there, shouldn't be too much of an issue. If you did want to step it up a bit and go with a stainless steel option, I would check out MBRP's XP Series instead, it's going to run you a little bit more money but it is made out of stainless. And last but not least, the Installer Series is aptly named and installs quite easily. It's a bolt-on system, keeps all your factory hanger locations. You might have to make one simple cut to the provided extension pipe, but you can do that at home with basic hand tools. So nonetheless, I'm going to give the install a very easy one out of three wrenches on my patented difficulty meter, shouldn't take us more than two hours. So, if you like the way the Installer Series sounds, you like the price, I'm a personal fan myself, stick around, I'm going to show you guys the install step by step, no pun intended. So, without further ado, let's go ahead and get started. To install your new cat-back, you will need the following tools: a drive ratchet, a 14-millimeter socket, a 14-millimeter deep socket, a 15-millimeter deep socket, and a five-sixteenth Allen key. Optional, but helpful tools include some swivel sockets, a cordless impact, an air ratchet, spray lubricant and a death blow mallet, and you might need a cutting tool and safety glasses depending on your cab and bed length. So, before we install our new cat-back, we have to remove our factory exhaust. We're going to start with our two tailpipes. There's two rubber isolators holding both tailpipes up as well as two clamps on the outlet on the muffler. You're going to loosen the clamps for both tailpipes on the muffler using a 15-millimeter socket. Once you've loosen those clamps, were gonna to remove our rubber isolators and we're going to pull both tailpipes from the truck. So, with both of our tailpipes removed, we can now remove our muffler from our mid pipe. There is one clamp securing the muffler to the mid pipe, you'll want to loosen that. Once you've done so, hold both rubber isolators securing the muffler to the vehicle and you can drop the muffler down and remove it. Now that our muffler is removed, the last step of our uninstall is removing our factory mid pipe. There's one more clamp you have to get to above the transmission crossmember, it's a bit of a tight fit, so you want to use a socket. Once you've pulled that clamp loose, you're going remove the two rubber isolators on the mid pipe and then you can pull the mid pipe from the vehicle. So, once you have your factory cat-back removed, it's a good idea to mock up your new system. All the pipes are kind of bent weird ways and you can't really tell how they're supposed to install. Once we have our system mocked up here, a few things to point out, our inlet pipe is the factory size as the original. However, the exit pipes, our tailpipes, all the way to our tips are a little bit larger. We are also ditching the resonators here. These are two-and-a-quarter-inch, whereas you have two-and-a-half-inch on the new system. So, that's primarily going to be responsible for giving you that nice, deeper tone. Coming back to the middle here, you can see the new Installer Series muffler is a hell of a lot smaller than the factory muffler, that's got a basic straight through design, so that's going to give you all that volume that you're looking for. Other than that, we do reuse our factory hanger location, so there's no hardware you need to install on the truck besides the cat-back itself, there's no custom modification required. So, without further ado, let's go ahead and throw our new Installer Series on, shall we? So, depending on your cab and bed combo, you might have to make one cut to your front extension pipe. In the case of our truck, we're working with 140 and a half-inch wheel base, so we need to cut this new pipe down to 23 inches and go ahead and use our chop saw here. When you cut this pipe, make sure you're safe, cover those eyes up. All right. We just finished making the cut to our front extension pipe, so now we can install it. To install it, you are going to grab one of the three-inch U-bolt clamps provided in the kit, fix it to the flared end of the pipe and then throw it on your Y-pipe. So, with our front extension pipe in place, we can install our mid pipe. To do that, you're going to grab another three-inch U-bolt clamp with the provided hanger, throw it on the factory rubber isolator up here and then fit the flared end over the other end of the front extension pipe. So, with your front extension pipe and your mid pipe in place, it's time for you to throw your muffler on. You're going to grab the other three-inch clamp in the kit with the hanger facing towards the front of the truck and throw the inlet of the muffler onto your mid pipe and the rubber isolator. All right. Now that our muffler is hung up, we can start installing our tailpipes. We're gonna start with our passenger side over-axle pipe, this has one of the larger hangers that's going to go above where the factory muffler was hanging. Before you install this however, you're going to grab two of your two-and-a-half-inch U-bolt clamps, going to throw these on the outlet of the muffler itself. All right. With our passenger side over-axle pipe in place, we're going to start passenger side tailpipe. Going to grab another one of the two-and-a-half-inch U-bolt clamps, slide it over the flared end like so, then slide this onto the outlet of the over-axle pipe, make sure you put this hanger in that factory rubber isolator up top. All right. Now that our passenger side is all hooked up, we're going to do the same thing to our driver side. Again, we're going to install our over-axle pipe and we're going to use the remaining two-and-a-half-inch U-bolt clamps to install tailpipe. Once we got the tailpipe installed on the driver side, we're going install both of our tips, line everything up, and then we'll tighten down all our clamps. So, our cat-back is technically installed and in place with everything loose. That way, we can play around with fitment and get the tips lined up. To install your tips, you're going to need a five-sixteenths Allen key to tighten down the bolt on here. All right. Now that we have both of our exhaust tips lined up and tightened down with that Allen key, we're going to tighten down all the clamps that we installed earlier. I'm going to use a 14-millimeter socket to tighten those down. So, once you've tighten down all those U-bolt clamps, go ahead, check the alignment on your exhaust tips, make sure everything is still lined up, do any minor adjustment as needed. Other than that, that wraps up my review of MBRP's two-and-a-half-inch Installer Series dual exit cat-back fitting your '09 to '18 Hemi equipped Ram. I'm Travis. Thanks for watching. For all things Ram, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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|Piping Material:||409 Stainless Steel||Tip Material :||Polished Stainless Steel|
|Piping Size:||2.5"||Tip Size:||N/A|
|Muffler Type:||Straight-through||Fitment:||2009-2017 5.7L Dodge RAM w/ Factory Exhaust|
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