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Justin: The C&L Cat-Back that we're talking about here today will hands down be one of the most affordable, full stainless cat-backs on the site for your '09 to '10 5.4 F150 while at the same time, giving you a little flexibility with how you want the system to look once installed. Now, interested buyers can look forward to that 409-grade stainless steel build throughout, including your chambered muffler here, which is gonna give you an aggressive yet modest tone overall. Price point's gonna hover in that low to mid $500 range. And the install, according to the site, it's gonna get a middle-of-the-road two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. Take a couple of hours or so to complete from start to finish. But as always, hang with me for a bit and we'll walk you through that job later in the video.But as is tradition with exhaust videos, let's just jump right into the sound here with the C&L system. And as I described at the top of this video, it's noticeable without being ridiculous. And I think that's probably one of the best things I enjoy about this very budget-friendly system. Listen, if you wanna be the loudest truck on the block, this will not be the system for you there certainly will be more aggressive systems out there. But if you're looking to make enough rumble to turn a few heads without driving the wife crazy, this is certainly gonna be a solid option. So, breaking out my patented wake the neighbor scale, I have the C&L chambered system coming in at a middle of the road soft three out of five on my one to five or one to wake the neighbor scale. Now, inside the truck, on the other hand, things do remain relatively quiet with only a little bit of noise noticeable at your cruising speeds.But now you know what to expect when it comes to sound, let's move into quality and construction. And as I mentioned at the start of this video, easily one of the most affordable, full stainless systems for this particular generation F150. Now, you can't expect that 409-grade stainless to be exact. It's gonna be a mid-level material coming in behind the 304-grade stainless on the top end, and then, of course, you have the aluminized steel on the bottom end or low end, which is gonna be more of your entry-level or budget material. Now the 409 solid material that will certainly offer the corrosion resistance necessary for even fairly snowy and salty areas. But aside from that full stainless build, you're looking at a combination of 3-inch and 2.5-inch mandrel-bent tubing leading into and out of that chambered muffler before exiting out of your twin 3.5-inch polished tips here, which by the way, these guys have actually been made from that high end 304-grade stainless we just talked about.But maybe my favorite part about the C&L system here besides that very attractive price point and stainless build is the fact that C&L kicks in these two separate pipes here, which will allow you to run this system either as a dual side exit behind those rear tires, or a dual rear exit coming out from underneath that rear bumper. Now, this is awesome, right? Something that not a lot of exhaust companies offer, especially when we're talking at this price point. Best thing is changing out this layout is extremely easy and can be done in a matter of minutes with a basic socket. Last but not least, guys, C&L does, of course, toss in all of the necessary clamps hardware instructions needed to get everything bolted up. Speaking of which, this is a perfect time to segue into that installation. And the site does claim there might be a little trimming necessary for your primary pipe here depending on your cab and bed length. But the included instructions lay everything out for you very clearly and where to trim depending on your wheelbase. So, without further ado, check out our detailed walkthrough, guys, along with that quick tool breakdown right now.Man: Tools for this install, an impact, a 17-millimeter socket, 16-millimeter socket, 15-millimeter socket, 14-millimeter socket, 13-millimeter socket, a 14-millimeter wrench, 10-millimeter wrench, an electric ratchet or ratchet, and an exhaust hanger removal tool. Start first by grabbing your 13-millimeter socket and unbolting the flange right after your cats. Next, take your 15-millimeter socket and undo the clamp after the flange. Now with your clamp loosened up, you can remove your front pipe.Next, take your exhaust hanger removal tool and undo the bottom of the muffler that's on the isolator. Now we can push our exhaust towards the back of the tailgate out of the hangers, and fish it over our axle. Now with the hardware provided in the kit, place your front pipe onto your flange. And loosely hand-tighten that hardware. Now take your muffler and support it with a pole jack or a jack stand, depending on if you're working on the ground, and take the clamp with the exhaust hanger attached, and place that onto your muffler, into your hanger, and onto your front pipe. Take one of your kit-provided clamps, put that on one of the two outlets. We are working with our passenger side.Now take your over axle pipe, put that over your axle and into your muffler, and place the stem through the rear hanger. Take another kit-provided clamp, place that onto your tailpipe. Now take your exhaust tip and place that onto your tailpipe. Taking another kit-provided clamp, place that onto your driver side of the muffler. And your over axle pipe for your driver side, place that into the muffler as well as the hanger above it. Now, before we get the rest of our driver-side exhaust placed on, we do need to hang an exhaust hanger. So using the clip nut provided in the clip, place that into your frame. Our frame is a little rusty, so we do need some persuasion. I grabbed a flat-head to push that clip nut into the frame.Now taking the hanger and the hardware provided in the kit, hand-thread your bolt through the clip nut, and we won't tighten it down just yet, we'll tighten it at the end just in case we need some adjustability. Now, place your isolator on the hanger that we just put up. Taking another kit-provided clamp, place that onto your driver over axle pipe, and place the rest of your exhaust onto that. And then hang it into your isolator. Now take your tailpipe and another kit-provided clamp and place that over your exhaust. Now take your exhaust tip and place that onto your tailpipe. And now we can tighten down all our clamps. This is gonna call for your 16-millimeter socket. And the remaining clamps on your exhaust are all 16-millimeter as well.Taking your 10-millimeter wrench, tighten up your hanger. Now for your clamp with the exhaust hanger in front of your muffler, it is going to be a 17-millimeter socket. And for your flange, it's going to be a 14-millimeter socket, as well as a 14-millimeter wrench. Now with the Proven Ground C&L exhaust, you do have the option of a side exit, which we showed you. Now we're gonna show you how to do the rear exit. The majority of the install is gonna be the same up until you get to the tailpipe section, which is gonna be straight back versus going out the side. Again, taking one of your kit-provided clamps, grab the straight pipe section and place that onto your over axle pipes. And take your exhaust tip and place that onto your straight tailpipe. Now repeat those steps on the passenger side.Taking your 16-millimeter socket, you can now tighten all of your clamps. And tighten the remaining clamps on your passenger side. Taking your 10-millimeter wrench, tighten your exhaust hanger that we placed on the frame. Now for your clamp, with the exhaust hanger in front of your muffler, it is going to be a 17-millimeter socket. And for your flange, it's going to be a 14-millimeter socket, as well as a 14-millimeter wrench.And that's gonna wrap it up for our review and install of the Proven Ground C&L Series Dual Exhaust with Polished Tips, also having a Side and Rear Exit, fitting your '09 and '10 5.4 F150. For all F150, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
|Exhaust System Type||Cat-Back System|
|Exhaust Tip Finish||Chrome, Polished|
|Exhaust Tubing Diameter||2.50 Inch|
|Exhaust Material||Stainless Steel|
|Exhaust Tip Outlet Style||Dual|
|Exhaust Exit Location||Both Sides or Rear - After Tire|
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(approx) 2 Hours
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