Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today I'm bringing you a detailed review and installation of the MBRP Installer Series three-inch single side exit cat-back exhaust, which will be available for 2011 to 2014 3.5-liter EcoBoost F-150s. So in this video, of course, I'll be going over the sound you can expect from the Installer Series three-inch cat-back, which I'll let you know upfront gets a very solid three out of five on our loudness meter. And I'll finish off the video with the installation. There may or may not be a very, very small amount of cutting required for your specific setup, depending on your cab and bed length. Now when it comes to the cutting, it will be made to this extension pipe here. And it's one single slice that's completely detailed out for you head to toe in the installation manual included in the kit for you. Because of that I am still gonna give this a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. The MBRP Installer Series three-inch cat-back exhaust will be for any '11 to '14 3.5-liter EcoBoost owner looking to pick up one of the more budget-friendly kits available with a single side exit design. This will give you a slightly more aggressive exhaust note for your 3.5, which is what a lot of people are looking for since it doesn't really produce the greatest sound from the factory. Now on top of that, this is all gonna come around to materials and construction because MBRP has a ton of different options available for your exact model. This one, in particular, the Installer Series, comes with aluminized steel, not the highest quality material in the market. So it's more for the guys who are not seeing a lot of salt and wintery weather areas just to make it last a little bit longer. But, of course, if you're going for the highest quality you want to aim toward the Pro Series. Now on that note, because it is the lower materials of the three or more entry level kit, it's gonna come in around the $400 mark. If you don't like this particular exit style or you're looking for a higher quality, MBRP does offer a ton of options for a bunch of different preferences.So the first thing we want to touch on when talking about an exhaust is definitely gonna be the sound. Now, as you just heard from our sound clips, this particular Installer Series from MBRP does give you a slightly more aggressive rumble at idle, does wake up a little bit more when you hop on the throttle. And at highway speeds, you really shouldn't expect much drone at all, if any. Now I do want to touch on the elephant in the room, 3.5-liter EcoBoosts do not produce a very favorable sound from the factory, they're not very muscular sounding. And a lot of times with aftermarket exhausts, it can even sound a little bit worse.In my personal opinion, and obviously, this is gonna be up for debate and controversy, the MBRP exhaust systems, the Installer, the XP, and the Pro Series do all offer some of the better sounding aftermarket sounds. I don't think it's the greatest sound in the world. You can't expect a five-liter V8 sound out of the 3.5 EcoBoost. But what you can expect is a little bit more of an upgrade and sound and loudness, volume is definitely turned up. You should expect a little bit of rasp with this, nothing crazy at idle, nothing crazy at highway speeds. But it is gonna open more, you know, cruising around the streets, it's good for a daily driver. Because of that I am gonna give it a solid softer three out of five on our loudness meter.Now, obviously, sound is attributed to the materials and construction. Now this one is manufactured right here in the U.S. out of all three-inch diameter aluminized steel tubing from head to toe. Again, not the highest quality material but I'll touch on that again in just a sec. On top of that, you can expect a bullet style muffler with the MBRP name, gives you that sound we just heard on those sound clips. Finishing it off is a polished stainless steel which gives you that mirror-like shine and a three and a half-inch tip. Now this one is gonna give it a more stylish and attractive appearance with the single side exit and the MBRP name is on top of that as well.The only difference between all of the MBRP options available on the site is definitely gonna come down to materials and construction. Sound is all the same across the board, for Installer, XP Series, Pro Series, and the Black Series. Now those four options all differ based on materials. Now the Installer Series we have here is kind of the entry level kit, around $400 in the price range and it comes with aluminized steel. Not the greatest option for guys out there in wintry weather seeing a lot of salt like we do on the East Coast. Now because of that, it might degrade the materials just a little bit faster, kind of shortening its lifetime.Now, if you're looking to beef it up just a little bit more, you can go to the 409 stainless steel in the XP Series, which is available for about 550. One step up above that is the Pro Series coming in with a 304 stainless steel, highest quality materials available, for about 700 bucks. Obviously, it all depends on your price range the materials you're looking for for your application. Now the last but not least is the Black Series. Now that one, exact same as the one we have here today. Same aluminized steel. Only difference is it's got a black power-coated finish. Because of that, it bumps it from 400 to about 600 bucks. Keep that in mind, it's just a stealthier appearance. But it does add to the durability of aluminized steel, which can really use the help in some cases.Shifting gears over to the install portion of the video. Like I said in the very beginning, a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. However, it may or may not require a very, very small amount of cutting. And by small amount, I mean one single slice. Now that's gonna go right into the extension pipe you see here with me today. Now that's gonna be detailed in the instruction manual. It's a single cut depending on your cab and bed length. Now because of that, they'll measure out exactly where you need to cut and detail that for you in that instruction manual and you definitely want to have a cutting tool of your choice. Either way, it's still gonna get the one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. And aside from that cutting tool, just have a ratchet and socket set on deck. It shouldn't take you longer than an hour to complete from start to finish.Taking down the factory system is extremely straightforward, a very big, no-brainer. Now because of that, it's just kind of unbolting the flanges from the mid-pipe, unclamping all of the clamps down to the tailpipe and tip. Now that's honestly gonna take probably about 30 minutes from start to finish. You want to have a jack and jack stand on deck or a lift if you have access to one. Once you have that factory system down and out of the way, you can set all the hardware aside because new hardware is provided for you in the kit. From there it's just a matter of bolting up the MBRP kit in the exact reverse order, starting from the flanges at the mid-pipe, bolting that down, torqueing it down to spec, working your way down with the clamps to the tail pipe tip. This is a three and a half-inch polished stainless steel tip that comes out of the rear. It's a single side exit design, dumping right behind the rear passenger tire for a very attractive finish. Once you have that clamped down, you're good to go. Overall, about an hour or two, start to finish. One out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter.All right, guys, just to wrap things up. If you're the owner of an '11 to '14 3.5-liter EcoBoost F-150, you might be looking to pick up one of the more budget-friendly single side exit design cat-backs on the market while still getting a louder, more aggressive tone without going over the top like a Borla ATAK. Now, if that sounds like something you're looking for, you're trying to keep it on the $400 price range with an aluminized steel construction, check out the MBRP Installer Series three-inch cat-back, available right here at americanmuscle.com.