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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com, and today we're taking a closer look at, listening to, and installing the Dual Exhaust System with Black Tips and a Side Exit, available for the '09 to '13, 5.3-liter Silverado 1500. Now, as you just heard from our sound clips, this guy, I'm gonna give three out of five on our loudness meter. It's a perfect daily driver option to give you a deeper, more aggressive tone with a little bit more volume without being overbearing or overwhelming inside the cabin. Now, this is something that'll give you a nice, cold start, something deep and rumbly. It might even give you a couple of backfires on deceleration, which is always nice. A lot of guys really like that, including myself. And then as you get to wide-open throttle, it's definitely gonna have a mean bark. Now, at highway speeds, you'll get very little drone inside the cabin. I'm not saying it's non-existent, but it isn't so bad. You can definitely listen to music or have a conversation easily in the car or in the truck without having it blow your ears out, which is definitely a plus. Great for daily drivers. So if you're doing a lot of highway driving for your daily commute, this is gonna be something that'll give you a nice aftermarket sound you're looking for out of your 5.3 without being overbearing.Going red light to red light once things start to warm up, you hear a little bit at the lower end. It's definitely got some volume to it and some aggression, but it's, again, not gonna be too bad. Now, when it comes to the entire system here, we're talking about 409 stainless steel mandrel-bent tubing. It's got a 3-inch diameter inlet going down to a duel two-and-a-half-inch outlet for all of the pipes you're going back to the tailpipes. Now, these tailpipes obviously have a side exit. It's the dual side exit. Traditionally, your factory exhaust being a single side exit dumps out right here behind the passenger side of your tire, but with this dual exit, it's gonna do the same thing on the driver's side as well. So we are gonna have to install a separate hanger in order to make that work. But honestly, that is extremely easy to do, and I'll show you later on in the video.Now, this also has black tips. Now, these black tips are 4-inch, slash-cut, double-walled, and the black tips here are powder-coated with a smooth matte black finish. Now, the powder coating is gonna help with corrosion and rust resistance so your tips here keep that finish over time, they're not gonna corrode out or lose that look. Your muffler is also gonna be 304 stainless, the highest quality materials in the category, so that's gonna have a lot of corrosion and rust resistance too. With the entire exhaust being 409, the middle of the road material, you get to save money on the exhaust system while still getting a better quality than aluminized steel, for example. As far as price is concerned, it's gonna come in right around 600 bucks, making it one of the more affordable kits in the category, especially for a dual exhaust. Typically for a dual exhaust, you're paying a little bit more, but because you're going with a 409 stainless instead of the premium 304, it helps to keep that cost down.Now, when it comes to install, I'm gonna give it two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. There's no cutting, no welding, none of that nonsense. It is a direct bolt-on. There are some extension pipes included in the kit, depending on your cab size and bed length, you may be using them or omitting them. We're gonna be omitting them. We don't need them for our truck that we're using today. Speaking of the install, the entire uninstall process of the factory exhaust and the install process for this particular exhaust will fit on both the 5.3-liter and the 4.8-liter V8s in the '09 to '13 range. I'm gonna be showing you the uninstall process and the install process on our 2013 Silverado as opposed to the '09 we have here, but know, guys, that it is the exact same process across the board. Now, with that said, it'll take you about two hours from start to finish. What do you say we get started?Tools used in this install include an impact gun, a ratchet, extension, 10, and 15-millimeter wrenches, 10, 13, and 15-millimeter deep sockets. Recommended would be a 13-millimeter swivel socket. I also recommend a hanger removal tool and PB Blaster or WD-40. All right. So before we get started again, it's worth noting that, remember this whole uninstall process of the factory cat-back we're doing on our 5.3 Silverado applies also to the 4.8-liter V8, so it's gonna be the exact same case. So we're doing it on our 5.3. I'm gonna walk you through that process. It's gonna start with this 13-millimeter clamp holding our factory cat-back to the cat pipe right here. Grab your 13 socket and loosen that guy up.All right. We don't really need the sockets anymore. We're just gonna switch over to a hanger removal tool, which I definitely recommend. Pry bar works as well. This is just a little bit easier. We have a bunch of hangers we need to pop out of some isolators. So grab your hanger tool or something similar, and you're gonna basically pry these guys out. Lubricating the hangers definitely goes a long way to make things easier. For that, you can use WD-40 or PB blaster or something similar just to help it slide out easy. All right. So now we can move down the line and get the next two.All right. For this next step, I have a pole jack underneath of our muffler supporting it. We're gonna pop off the hanger right above the muffler, really right over the axle too. Grab your hanger tool and pop that guy off. Having that pole jack or floor Jack definitely helped give it some stability there. All right. For this next one, you wanna be careful because this is the last piece holding this guy up. So it's gonna get pretty loose and wobbly. Once you pop this out, you can take the entire exhaust off all in one piece. All right. So this may be easier with a helping hand if you have a friend on deck to give you a hand doing this, but it can be done by yourself. Just make sure you're being careful because it is still all one piece.All right. So we got our factory exhaust off of our 5.3, but remember this also works for the 4.8. So this is gonna be our 5.3 and our 4.8 exhaust. And it's on the ground here next to our dual exhaust from Rough Country. And I wanna take you through some similarities and differences between the two kits here, starting at the front of our truck. Your factory one has a little bit more kinks than your new option here, just leading into the muffler itself, but overall, extremely similar. Your new kit does come in two pieces, three, depending on your cab length and bed size combination, but you're gonna have an adaptor pipe that'll connect right up to your factory cat pipe. So that's just something to note right there, depending on whether you're using the factory cat, like we are or something like a long tube or shorty header.Now, depending again on your cab size and bed length, you may be using this extension pipe. We have an extended cab with the six-and-a-half-foot bed. So we're not gonna be using this. That does not work for our bed size and cab length, but you can consult the manual included in the kit to see if it fits yours. Moving on to the muffler here, obviously, the factory muffler is absolutely massive compared to the Rough Country one. Now, the Rough Country one is a lot smaller, has a single inlet and a dual outlet because we're converting from a single exhaust to a dual exhaust. Because we're going from single to dual, we do have to add another hanger to our driver's side because they didn't exist there before because it was a single exhaust.Going back to that, muffler your factory one's got a lot of baffling on the inside, minimizing that V8 sound that you really wanna get out of your truck, whether it be a 5.3 or a 4.8. This Rough Country one is gonna be a little bit less baffled, more of a free-flowing muffler or a straight-through muffler to give you that increase in volume and aggression without having any of that drone you don't want inside the cabin. So it's gonna minimize that drone but give you that clear, crisp quality.Finally, we already talked about that dual exhaust. It's gonna split out dual side exit. So it's not gonna dump straight out of the rear bumper, but to the side. So you'll still have it dump out the passenger side rear tire, but have the same thing now on the driver's side as well. Tips make a huge difference in this kit. One of my favorite parts of the whole kit. Your factory tip pretty much is non-existent. It's really just a piece of metal that's just slash-cut and that's really it. Your new tips are double-walled, slash-cut, 4-inch tips with a black powder-coated matte finish on top of it. Now, the 4 inches is obviously huge. Your factory tip is two-and-a-half inches, so this is an absolute huge bump up. So this guy is gonna be a lot more aggressive. You're gonna get two of them. And the fact that it's matte black powder coating means that it's way more corrosion and rust-resistant and it's gonna help give you a nice stealthy look.Speaking of corrosion and rust-resistant, before we keep moving on here, your whole exhaust is 409 stainless steel mandrel-bent tubing, mandrel-bent reducing the kinks, 409 being the middle of the way. You're not paying as much of a premium for 304, but it's still more resistant to corrosion and rust than an aluminized. Your muffler, on the other hand, is 304 stainless because that's definitely not what you want to rust out. A rusted out muffler changes the sound drastically. You have an exhaust leak, it can be miserable. So it's gonna have a higher quality construction there.Finally, guys, let's get to the install. Again, we're gonna start with the adaptor pipe at the front, move on to the extension pipe. You're gonna use that, depending on your cab size and bed length, and we'll move on from there. All right. Now, to install our adapter pipe, we're using our factory clamp, which we still have here on our cat. So you're basically just gonna line that guy up. You wanna make sure they seat on top of each other perfectly, and then you wanna basically align that clamp so it's right in between the both of them. Grab your 13 socket, and I'm not gonna over-tighten this because you wanna leave room for adjustment to make.All right. So now you wanna put a clamp over that adapter pipe. I'm just gonna make sure that seats all the way back. Grab your extension pipe, feed that over the cross member into that pipe, and line it up also to the hanger on the frame. All right. Hang this up and then tighten down that clamp. All right. Next up, I'm putting a clamp over the single inlet side of our muffler and putting that up. I also have a pole jack supporting the weight of that pipe we just installed just so it doesn't slouch down too much. All right. Now you can grab your socket and tighten this down once you have it flat.All right. Next up, I'm gonna start on our driver's side. I'm gonna install a clamp, one of our two-and-a-half-inch clamps. Grab our driver's side pipe that goes around our spare tire carrier. I'm basically gonna slide this guy into the muffler inlet and you're gonna rotate it up so it connects to that factory hanger. All right. So now we can tighten down that clamp. All right. Now we're basically doing the same thing on the other side of the muffler. Clamp first, plug it in, and then hang it up on that hanger. Now, if your hanger is split like that, I'd recommend replacing it, but then you can move on and tighten down your clamp. All right. So now we can pop the hanger into the isolator at the end of that pipe right near our tire. We're almost on our passenger side. So we have one more curved pipe that'll go over to our tip. Make sure you have a hanger on the end of that, connect it to our tailpipe, angle it right under that bumper so the tip won't connect with it, and then tighten down your clamp.All right. Last step for our passenger side, throw that tip on. Tip uses a different clamp system. It's got one built-in there. We're just gonna grab a 10-millimeter socket and wrench and tighten that down. All right. This next step's a little bit difficult to see, but if you look at your frame on the driver's side next to the spare tire, there's an open circle hole here. Directly above that is an oblong hole on the side. Grab the extra hanger bracket included in the kit along with one of these flat bolt plates, put it through the outside just like that. Put another one of those square bolt plates on the inside, right around that stud, and then follow it up with the nut included in the kit. This is how we're gonna install our additional hanger. Since we're going from a single exhaust to a dual exhaust, we need it to hang up on this side. I'm just gonna tighten this down by hand and then follow it up with our socket and wrench. All right. So now another isolator will slide on here. All right. Grab your 15 socket and wrench and tighten this stuff down.All right. So once you have that in place, just grab the red isolator and slide it on. All right. So now you wanna grab the next tube that'll attach to that isolator, put a clamp on the end there, slide this into place, lift it up, and attach that to that isolator. All right. Tighten that down. All right. Now we can do the next pipe that'll lead right over to our tip. Again, make sure it's aligned, pointing straight under the bumper so it doesn't make contact, and then tighten on your clamp. At this point, make sure you like the alignment of everything. Make sure all your clamps are tight and you're good to go. That's gonna wrap this one up, guys. If you're looking to get the Dual Exhaust with a Side Exit and Black Tips, you can do so for the '09 to 13, 5.3 Silverado 1500 right here at americantrucks.com.
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