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Justin: The Proven Ground Catback that we have here today will be one of your most affordable full stainless dual options on the site for your 2015 through 2020 5-liter truck while also giving you the flexibility with how you want the system to look. Now, interested V8 owners can look forward to a 409-grade stainless build throughout, including your hollow chamber muffler, which will allow for a pretty aggressive tone overall.Now, price point is gonna live in that mid to high $500 range. And the install, at least according to the site, gonna get a middle-of-the-road two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, take about three hours or so to complete from start to finish. But as is tradition with exhaust videos, let's just jump headfirst into the sound you can expect here with the Proven Ground Catback installed.And as I just described, this is an aggressive system, but it's not ridiculous, and it's certainly not over the top. And that's probably one of the best things I enjoy about this system overall besides its low price point. Listen, if you wanna be the loudest truck on the block, that's great. There are certainly gonna be more aggressive systems in the category. But on the other hand, if you're looking to make just enough rumble without driving the neighbors crazy or the wife, well, then this one might just be for you.So, breaking out my patented wake-the-neighbor scale, I have the Proven Ground coming in at a strong three out of five on my one-to-five or one to wake-the-neighbor scale. Inside the truck, sure, you're gonna hear things a little bit, but it's certainly not what I would refer to as excessive drone or anything that would drive you crazy on long trips.But moving away from the sound, let's get into the quality and construction. And as I mentioned at the very top of this video, guys, again, this is one of your most affordable full stainless catbacks available for the 2015 through 2020 5-litre truck. Now, you can look forward to that 409-grade stainless to be exact, which is gonna be your mid-level material, kind of living between 304-grade stainless on the high end and that alumina steel on the low end.Now, 409 is a very solid material, especially, again, at this price point, that will offer very great corrosion resistance, which is, I would say, necessary for those snowy or salty areas. But aside from that 409-grade stainless, you're also going to find a combination of both 3-inch and 2.5-inch mandrel bent tubing, which is going to lead into and out of that hollow chamber muffler before exiting out your 3.5-inch polish tips, which actually, these guys have been made from that 304 stainless we just talked about. And ultimately, that's the important part. That's the part you're gonna be seeing day in and day out. And that 304 is the best at reducing or resisting corrosion.But maybe my favorite part about the Proven Ground Catbacks, besides the low price point and that tone is the fact that you're getting separate pipes that will allow you to run this system either as a dual-side exit or a dual rear exit system, which is completely awesome and something that not every exhaust manufacturer offers, especially at this low price point. Now, the best part is if you did wanna change your exhaust layout, it's extremely easy, can be done in a matter of minutes with nothing more than a basic socket set.Last but not least, guys, here, the Proven Ground does include all of your necessary clamps and hardware needed to get everything in place. Speaking of getting everything bolted up, let's move into the install here, guys. And, again, site's gonna go middle of the road two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, a few hours to get in place from start to finish. You might encounter some small trimming here necessary for your main pipe or lead pipe, but the instructions are gonna lay that out very clearly for you. But to give you a better idea of just how this install might go down on your truck at home, feel free to check out our detailed walkthrough and tool breakdown now.Man 1: The tools you'll need for this project is some spray lube, a soft cloth, a universal joint, a 10-millimeter, a 13-millimeter, a 14-millimeter, 16-millimeter, 17-millimeter socket, an impact gun, a 16-millimeter wrench, hanger removal tool, and a pry bar. Hi, everyone. Today we're installing an exhaust on our 2018 F-150. But before we do that, let's watch a short video on how to uninstall the stock system, and we'll see you right back here when you're done.Man 2: So first step here for our install, we're gonna grab a 13-millimeter socket on the U-joint. We're gonna loosen up the flange up near our catalytic converters, and that will basically let our exhaust sit in the exhaust hanger isolator. So, at that point, all we're gonna do is lubricate them, slide the whole thing back, and since we're on a lift, we'll be able to pull the whole exhaust out in one piece. Now, if you are working on the ground, you won't have as much room as I do. You might have to make a couple of cuts to get this out, but it's just as simple as that.So, this one is a little bit tough to get to, but it should come right out. And same thing goes with this one. The U-joint here is almost a must if you wanna use the impact. If you're using a ratchet, it should clear, no problem. So, now, our exhaust is loose at the front, we just need to lubricate these rubber hanger isolators so we can slide our exhaust back and out. For that, I'm gonna use PB B'laster here. You can use white lithium grease, as you could see this one has had on it before. So, we're just gonna give this a shot here on both sides. So, now, we can take our exhaust hanger removal tool, and we're just gonna work that out.So, now, we have two more hangers supporting our exhaust and all we're gonna do for this one right above our muffler is grease that up for now. You can see it doesn't have that barb at the end, so we're gonna leave this in just as support our exhaust. We're gonna grease up the other one and then we could slide this whole thing back. So, this last one here, right on our tailpipe, again, we're just gonna hit it with some PB B'laster. And, again, this doesn't have the barb on it either. So, now we should be good to push this whole exhaust back and pull it off of our truck.Man 1: Now we can go ahead and install our front pipe using the flange and the two 3/8ths-inch bolts with flat washers, lock washers, and nuts.Now we'll go ahead and slide our clamp onto our pipe and then slip the muffler inside. And I would recommend snugging up the clamp with your 16-millimeter socket at this point to keep it from falling off.Now, because we're using a lift, we're also using a pole jack to support our exhaust system until we get it all hooked up. Now, you may find it easier to remove this rear exhaust hanger using your 10-millimeter socket and then attach it to the over-axle pipe first before you install it.And we're gonna put a little spray lube on the inside of the hanger just to make it slide on easier. Now we can go ahead and reattach our exhaust hanger using our 10-millimeter socket. So, now we'll go ahead and slide our 2.5-inch clamp over our pipe and slip it on. Now, one thing to remember at this point is everything is still very loose because we're gonna have to align everything once we get everything installed.Now we can go ahead and slide our tip on and snug that down using our 17-millimeter socket. Now we can go ahead and install our driver-side rear hanger using the supplied hardware so that we can hang our next pipe.Now we can go ahead and install our driver side over the axle pipe, installing it into the stock hanger.Now we'll go ahead and slide our isolator onto our tailpipe and then install that on the hanger that we've already installed on the vehicle and then connect the pipe itself to the rest of the exhaust.Now we can go ahead and install our driver side turnout and snug it up using our 17-millimeter socket.Now we're gonna install our driver side tip and snug it down using our 17-millimeter socket.Now that we've got everything adjusted and installed where we want it, we can go ahead and tighten everything up. First thing we're gonna do is tighten up this front flange using our 14-millimeter socket and our 16-millimeter wrench.Now, we can tighten up our front muffler clamp using our 16-millimeter socket and tighten up the rear muffler clamps with our 17-millimeter socket. And tighten our over-the-axle clamp.Now, I recommend tightening up the clamp for the tip first and then you can readjust the angle and tighten up the turnout clamp.Tighten up the tip for the driver side, adjust our angle, and tighten up the turnout.And that wraps up our review and install of our Proven Ground CNL Series Dual Exhaust System with Polished Tips with Side and Rear Exit options for our '15 to '20 F-150 with the 5.0. Thanks for watching, and remember, for all things F-150, 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|
Proven Ground T556094
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(approx) 3 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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