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It's Joe from AmericanTrucks. In this video, we're going over the MBRP 3-inch XP Series Single Exhaust System with a side exit, fitting all '09 and '18 5.7 Hemi-powered Ram 1500s. This kit is gonna be perfect for any Ram owner out there looking for a budget-friendly single exit 409 stainless steel exhaust that's going to pack moderate volume with a nice aggressive throaty tone. So, as you guys just heard, this kit is all gonna be about the tone. You get that nice aggressive tone. However, this isn't going to kill you on volume. I'm gonna give it a 3 out of 5 on our wake-the-neighbor scale, definitely enough to know that this is gonna be an upgraded exhaust. However, you're not gonna be waking up your whole neighborhood when you start your truck in the morning. This thing also comes with no drone whatsoever. It's all about the tone, baby, and this one is definitely packing a punch.So, let's dive into what is making that exhaust note, where that extra volume is coming from. We're gonna start with some construction. Now, this kit is made out of 3-inch diameter mandrel-bent 409-grade stainless steel tubing. Mandrel bends, all that means is throughout the length of any bends on this kit, the walls of the tubing, they're gonna be nice and smooth. That's going to allow your exhaust gases to escape as cleanly and as quickly as possible. That's exactly what you want in an exhaust system. 409-grade stainless steel, that's gonna be a nice middle ground. You might see a little bit of surface rust over the years. This is definitely still good stuff, though. None of that rust will ever eat through that 409-grade stainless steel, or at least it will certainly take a very, very long time. Out the back here, as far as the tip goes, this part that you see, this is that higher-quality 304-grade stainless steel, so you can expect this to stay exactly how it looks right here for a really long time. This tip is 4 inches in diameter. It's slash-cut. You got a rolled edge there. You got the embossed MBRP logo on the side, and it comes with a nice chrome polished finish. In the middle of this kit, we have MBRP's straight-through muffler. That is where a lot of our volume is gonna be coming from. Other than that, this is really simple. It's a single exit exhaust right behind that rear passenger tire. There's really not much going on here. Just some good stuff, good stainless steel, and a solid muffler in the middle.Now, if you like what you're hearing, you like the XP Series, you're looking for a couple of different options, MBRP definitely does have you covered. You have the factory exit location, which is the dual rear exit straight out the back, and you have dual opposite side exits if that's more your style. However, both of those options, just because there's more material used, are gonna come at a higher price tag than the single exhaust system, which you see right here.Now, as far as where this sits in MBRP's lineup, this is gonna be right in the middle, so this is gonna be between their Installer Series and the Pro Series. Their Installers Series, that's going to be a little bit more budget-friendly than this one. You do not get stainless. That kit is just purely aluminized steel, and you're gonna save a little bit of money because of that. If you wanted to take it up a notch, you can go with the Pro Series. That's gonna be that really high grade 304 stainless steel throughout. However, do expect to shell out a couple more dollars to get that one. Now, pricing on the XP, again, this is a middle ground system. You do save a little bit because this is not a dual exit. It's gonna be right around 475 bucks. With all things considered, with that 409 stainless steel here, I think that's a deal. It makes it one of the most budget-friendly exhaust systems we have on the site, and it even comes with a three-year limited warranty.Now, before we move onto the install, one thing I do need to make a quick note about as far as fitment goes, I mentioned this is only gonna work with the '09 to '18 5.7 powered Ram 1500s. That's not exactly true. This is gonna work with all fourth-gen trucks, so that is going to be specifically here the 2019 Classic and the 2020 Classic, those are still this same generation of truck, and this will mate up just fine. All right, so the install. This is gonna be relatively easy. Again, we're not dealing with the dual exhaust here. There's really not too many moving parts. However, you do need to trim this to size based on your wheelbase. Out of the box, this is gonna be for the longest wheelbase truck. Anything else will require trimming. For that, I'm going to give it a two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Should take at most two hours if you come with the right tools. So, without any further ado, let me show you what tools you will need and how it's done.Tools I use for this install will include an impact, ratchets, a pry bar, small extension, 13, 15, 16-millimeter sockets, an 8-millimeter Allen key. If you have anything other than the longest wheelbase, you will need to make a cut, and for that, you'll need safety goggles, a sharpie, a tape measure, and exhaust hanger removal tool will help you out a ton with this job. Last but not least, some rust penetrant like PB B'laster just to be used as a lubricant. And not pictured in this shot will be the saw we use to make our cut.So, we're gonna start our uninstall here by grabbing the 13-millimeter socket on the impact gun. I like to remove the two exhaust tips. That makes removing the tailpipes a little bit easier as it gives you a little bit more clearance. So, we're gonna get those out of the way, then we can remove those tailpipes. This one is a little bit tougher to get to with the impact. I'm gonna use the electric ratchet and get that one out of there as well. Next thing we're gonna do is take a 15-millimeter socket on a small extension. We're gonna loosen up these two clamps around the tailpipes. Next thing we're gonna do is we're gonna take our exhaust hanger removal tool. If you don't own one of these, you could work this off with your hands. Just use a little bit of spray lubricant. But we're going to remove this hanger isolator at the rear of the driver side tailpipe. There's one more on this tailpipe, and then we can remove this side. So, at least for us over here on the passenger side, this hanger is really cooperating with us today, so we're gonna take the whole pipe out at once out of the back of the muffler and out of this hanger at the same time.Next thing we're gonna take care of is our muffler. There's one 16-millimeter clamp at the front and then two exhaust hangers secured in the rear. The next thing we're gonna have to remove is this really long inlet pipe right here. It's held on with two hangers, and there's a clamp up at the front. We're gonna loosen that up with 15-millimeter socket. It is in a little bit of a tough spot, but you can get it with the hand ratchet.So, now that we have the factory stuff completely removed from our Ram, I figured now it'd be the perfect time to build up our new MBRP kit, put the two side by side and draw some differences and comparisons between these two systems. First thing's first, let's start with a similarity, and that is gonna be the stainless grade used for both of these exhausts. The majority of them gonna be 409-grade stainless steel. You do have that really high-quality 304-grade stainless for the tips, and that's gonna apply to both of these. Again, you can see how that 409 is gonna hold up after a couple years. You can expect the MBRP to look just like the factory one. Like I said earlier, good stuff, gonna hold up just fine. Now, another big similarity between these two, it's gonna be the inlet pipe diameter. Both of them are gonna be 3 inches. Our real difference is they're gonna start right at the muffler. You can see over on the factory side we have this big restrictive suitcase-style muffler. Our MBRP, not that any way whatsoever. That is very trimmed down, and it's gonna be a straight-through muffler at the end of the day. That's where a lot of our sound is going to be coming from. After the muffler, we do have some differences there as well. We're going from a dual exhaust from the factory over to a single exit. The piping is going to be a little bit bigger on the single exit. That remains 3 inches, while that factory kit tapers down to 2 and a quarter for both of those tailpipes. We're completely losing both our resonators with the MBRP, and similar to the factory kit, we're gonna end in that 304-grade stainless polished tip. However, it is gonna have that MBRP logo on the side, and it's gonna exit in a different location right behind that rear passenger tire.So, now we're ready to start building up our MBRP exhaust, but before we do, you might need to make a cut to one of these inlet pipes. Now they are different. There's a longer one. That one is gonna be in the middle here. The shorter one, that's gonna be your front one. That is the one we're gonna be making our cut to. Depending on your wheelbase, the size of that pipe is gonna vary, but there's a helpful guide in the instructions telling you exactly what lengths to cut to for each wheelbase. You can refer to that there.In our case, we're the crew cab with the short box. We're gonna trim this front pipe to 23 inches. We're gonna take that inlet pipe that we just cut as well as a clamp, and that is gonna go over our Y pipe up at the front. Next thing we're gonna do is we're gonna take one of our hanger clamps, we're gonna put that on the end of that inlet pipe, and then we're gonna bring that back forward to get that started in the hanger isolator. It's looking good. After that, we can put up our next piece of straight pipe, and that is gonna get us to our muffler. Before we get our muffler started, we're gonna grab another hanger clamp, and that's gonna go around like that. Then we can take our muffler. That is gonna go up and over and into that clamp. On the back of our muffler, gonna get a clamp started, and then we can put up over axle pipe.Last but not least, we have our tailpipe, gonna get that started in the hanger first and then install another clamp and get that seated in the over axle pipe too. Then we have our tip. We're gonna tighten that down with an 8-millimeter Allen key, adjust this exhaust entirely and then tighten all the clamps. And to tighten everything down, we're gonna use a 15-millimeter socket.Guys, that is gonna do it for my review and install of the MBRP 3-inch XP Series Single Exhaust System with a side exit, fitting all '09 to '18 5.7 Hemi-powered Ram 1500s. As always, guys, thank you so much for watching. Make sure you keep it right here at AmericanTrucks for all things Ram.
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|Piping Material:||409 Stainless Steel||Tip Material :||Polished 304 Stainless Steel|
|Piping Size:||3"||Tip Size:||3.5"|
|Muffler Type:||Straight-through||Fitment:||2009-2017 5.7L RAM|
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