(approx) 2 Hours
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- How to Install Roush Cat-Back Exhaust - Single Side Exit on your F-150
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Hey, everybody, I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com, and this is gonna be my detailed review and install of the Roush Cat-Back exhaust system, available for your 2015 and newer 5.0-liter powered F-150. This review's gonna cover the big three topics you all wanna hear about when shopping for an aftermarket system for your ride. We're gonna talk about the sound profile you can expect when bolting up the Roush. We're even gonna cover the materials and construction, and finally, we'll give you a quick little walkthrough of the install itself. And because the Roush is designed to fit all cab and bed size F-150s, there is some slight modification needed, depending on your wheelbase, but I will have a little bit more detail on that later on. Either way, figure a strong one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. So the Roush systems are usually one of the most popular in the category for both the Mustang and F-150 alike, and the Roush system that we have here is gonna be no different and should appeal to the truck owners out there looking for a nice increase in sound with that Coyote Powerplant, in addition to a little bit more increase in sound as well inside the cab. And finally, this is gonna appeal to the truck owners out there who are looking for a top-notch quality build and fitment. And since this is an exhaust video after all, let's cut right to the chase and talk about what kind of sound you can expect when bolting this thing up to your rig. And honestly, as I just pointed out, this is gonna be a very aggressive system, probably one of the most aggressive I've heard for the 5.0-liter powered trucks. Not quite as loud as the Borla ATAK or the Flowmaster Outlaw, but it is certainly gonna get you noticed. So I'm gonna go strong four out of five here, on my one to five, or one to wake the neighbors scale. You do pick up a little bit of interior noise, as I pointed out earlier, but it's nothing that's gonna be overpowering or obnoxious. And while we're talking about tone and sound, and all that good stuff, I do want to point out that, in my opinion, I think the Roush has very good street manners. And what I mean by that here guys, is that yes, this thing's gonna be loud when you're stomping on it. But at the same time, when you're just cruising around town or on the highway, you can barely even tell it's on there, and that's something that's not always easy to get out of the more aggressive systems, and it's something that Roush does very well with this cat-back. Another area this exhaust excels in is the build and the fitment, of course, but that's really not too shocking here. This is Roush after all, and they usually excel in this department. I've toured the facilities, I've seen how they do business, and the level of detail in production and quality is just on a completely different level, altogether. And that really does come through with their final products here, including this cat-back. You're looking at a premium 304 grade stainless steel construction throughout, including the three-inch mandrel-bent tubing here, straight through by-design muffler from Roush, the included Y-pipe. And then finally, you've got the two four-inch tips here, slash-cut, rolled edge, also 304 grade stainless steel, and they have also been embossed with that Roush logo. Now, these things have actually been chrome-flashed. This is a process that Roush claims increases the durability, the longevity of that finish over the years, and I really like how these things look when installed. Basically, this staggered tip design here is gonna exit in the stock location, right behind that passenger side rear tire, but it does help give the truck a more modified look. And before we get into the install, I do want to quickly mention price, and in my opinion, I think the Roush system is gonna be one of the better values on the site when it comes to grabbing an aftermarket system that will deliver top quality materials, but for south of the thousand-dollar price point. Now, this puts it right in line with some of the stainless works options here, on the site, but still, a good amount less than some of the heavy hitters in the category, such as Corsa or Borla, for instance. And let's get into the install, as promised earlier in the video. And, as I mentioned in this video earlier on, there may be some slight modification necessary to this system, basically the lead pipe here, depending on your cab and bed size. This really isn't a hard modification as long as you take your time, follow Roush's very detailed instructions, measure twice and cut once using a nice tool. I prefer a Sawzall and a fresh metal blade, and you really should be good to go. So I'm saying one out of three wrenches here on the difficulty meter, despite the small amount of cutting needed because again, it is very simple. Anyone should be able to do it in a garage or driveway, and maybe an hour or two from start to finish to get this thing in place. As far as tools, well, besides that cutting tool we just talked about, you're really only looking at a basic socket set here to help you get this thing in place, along with a hanger removal tool. If you don't have one of those, don't worry, a basic flathead or a prybar will help you out just fine there, as well. Now, in addition to that, I always like to use just a little WD-40 or PV Blast on those exhaust hangers, basically the rubber grommet part. It just makes removal much easier. When it comes time to actually start turning some wrenches, guys, you'll simply just need to get that factory system out of the way first, before you can get to work installing the Roush system. Fair warning, that factory cat-back can be a little big and a little bulky, so if you have an extra set of hands, now would be a great time to use them. Once that is out of the way, you can get to work installing the Roush here. I recommend starting from front to back, get the entire system hung first before your final tighten up, and you should be good to go. Personally, I've always enjoyed the Roush systems on a number of different platforms, and that certainly doesn't change here, with their Coyote offering for the newer F-150. So if you're a fan of the more aggressive systems, you're looking for plenty of bark out of that 5.0-liter truck, I really think you're gonna enjoy the Roush cat-back, and you can get one right here at americanmuscle.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Forceful Sound. Aggressive, dynamic, and commanding, the sound here never falters or sways with the increased fuel efficiency. It's a boisterous system, to say the least.
A Resounding Performance. Expect substantial boosts in both horsepower and torque as you incorporate the power and scale of the Roush Cat-Back Exhaust with a Single Side Exit for 15-17 5.0L. The overall note of performance is savage and distinct, allowing you to feel it within moments from the shaky stock system.
A Resonant Build. Excellent through and through, the angle-cut exhaust tips represent stellar design from American manufacturers. High grade high grade 304 stainless steel is fitted with substantial 3-inch mandrel-bent tubing.
Basic Install. It's a more than manageable installation all up and down, requiring a few basic hand tools. The bolt-on fit means that as much as possible was already accounted for in engineering to make the install a two hour project at most.
Application. The Roush Single Side Exit Cat-Back Exhaust is designed to fit on all cab and bed sizes available for 2015-2020 F-150s powered by the 5.0L V8 engine.
Fitment: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
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March 27, 2020
Great Value for the money
Could not be happier. Once I cut the center pipe for my bed length the exhaust went together as if it was factory spec'd. Fit and finish is superb. Tips look awesome peeking out the back and the Roush logo adds a cool factory of 10. Sound, to me, like a modified mustang which is exactly what I was shooting for. Tools required: 14mm and 15mm socket, cutting tool (I used cutting wheel on grinder) and thats it. I used an electric impact but an ordinary ratchet would work just fine. Extremely happy with system. Installed in roughly 2 hours even with talking and hanging with friends while installing. Can not possibly be happier.Helpful (0)
March 18, 2020
2016 F150 5.0 Roush
This exhaust sounds amazing. The drone is really not that bad and the note is nice and deep. It is louder then the review video makes it out to be, cold start is pretty loud. The guy was dead on about street manors, it quiets down when your not on it. It definitely has its own sound, I love that my truck doesn't sound like everyone else. Roush did a good job with this. Everything from start, idle, cruising and playing it all sounds good with this exhaust. Install was very simple, my 10 year old helped me.Helpful (0)
February 12, 2020
Well worth the money!!
I must have spent hours and hours watching Exhaust videos, I finally decided based on various reviews to give the Roush a try and man oh man does this system sound good !!! Installation was not bad at all , and the fit and finish was top notch! The first cold start (38 degrees outside) was insane, words cannot describe the sound . It is quite a bit louder than any video I watched but it’s not annoyingly loud , there is a decent cab drone around 1700 rpm but the overall sound makes up for that . It’s been 3 weeks I’ve had this installed and I cannot count the looks and heads turned I’ve had , mostly on deceleration and down-shifts . I highly recommended this exhaust system, seriously !! I’m not one to take the time to give reviews but this one deserves it ‘Helpful (0)
April 18, 2019
Too much for a daily driver, in my humble opinion
Beautiful System... sounds like you'd expect outside the truck. Throaty, kick you in the face- is that a Mustang driving by sound. Pretty straight forward installation, I was able to accomplish in my garage without jack stands or lift. You will be forced to cut the factory system out if you aren't on a lift, at least I did for ease. By myself it took about 2.5 hours, with slight interruptions along the way from a 3yo. I listened to many sound clips and reviews before purchasing, and honestly can't blame American Trucks for my decision; but after installing, the interior sound is to much for me. The cold start, idle, and even low revs sound is not over the top. Certainly, when you punch it, you get that signature sound- which is fantastic. But the interior 'drone' is quite annoying in my opinion. I've found it to exist from the 2k-4k rev range, and with a 10 speed transmission- I live there most of the time. Sadly, it's not a livable system for me. I've read reviews about switching resonators to the stock, but I accepted my $1000 bad decision and ordered a Borla Touring.Helpful (8)
April 02, 2019
2018 F150 V8 5.0L Install
This is Roush exhaust so expect a loud deep tone in your face exhaust maybe too loud for most but the straight through low restrictive flow design will wake up the coyote 5.0L engine. I have noticed hp/torque gain but that can be noticed. The only negative was an in cab drone around 1600 to 1800 rpm range that would buzz your ears if you were pushing under load. Contacted Roush for suggestions on how to reduce it or eliminate the drone. Roush responded and suggested a Vibrant ultra quiet straight through design resonator, installed drone is gone and inside cab is a little louder than stock now, the exhaust tone is still in your face if you push it. Cold start is on loud side if you don’t want to annoy the neighbors this exhaust is not for you.Helpful (3)
February 28, 2019
Exhilarating Sounding Exhaust!
Man what a difference this exhaust makes to my truck! Nice deep aggressive sound especially at low idle. Will say between 1500 and 2000 rpm there is some drone cruising, so it probably wouldn't hurt to leave the stock resonator on to help with that, but I personally went with the full conversion and love it! Would recommend having a friend/family member to help with the install, did it in about an hour and half. Definitely makes it feel like a different truck!Helpful (1)
February 20, 2019
Loud, but good
Almost like the borla atak, but more throaty less pop, videos do not do it justice. Sounds great. Had shop install for use of liftHelpful (2)
January 14, 2019
Very good sounding exhaust but drone at 1800 to 2000 RPM .Helpful (3)
December 08, 2018
The Roush exhaust is definitely an upgrade for the 5.0 power plant. It has a throaty sound when starting the F 150. With a 10 speed transmission there is some in cab droning while reaching highway speed. Overall it sounds great.Helpful (3)
December 01, 2018
What a deep rumble!
Installed the Roush exhaust on my 2018 5.0 and wow did the Coyote come to life! Excellent fit and finish. When you get on it, it sounds awesome. At cruising, it is barely noticeable. As mine is the 10 speed, when it shifts through several of the low end gears, there is some droning inside the cab as it gets up to cruising speed. To be honest, if I was in the truck all day or for hours at a time, the droning as it gets up to speed might get a little annoying, but I don't drive an excessive amount so it doesn't really bother me. Overall, very happy. And I also installed the Roush CAI the same day. see my review under Roush 18-19 Cold Air intake.Helpful (4)
Hello, Would I be able to re-install the spare tire after completing the installation? Thank you,
You will be able to reinstall the spare tire after completing the installation.
I Have a 2016 F150 XLT Supercab Will This Be An Exact Fit Or Will I Have to use a saws all for length 6.5' Bed
Depending on the wheelbase size that you have, your supercab may require some cutting to install this exhaust. If you have a 163.7 wheel base, then you would not need to do any cutting for this exhaust.
Does this exhaust system require any alteration or modification of the F150's computer systems ?
No, this exhaust would not require you to make any changes to the F150s computer system and will work with the stock tune.
Will this exhaust system work if you have the 36 gallon fuel tank? I'm concerned about fitment. Thank you!
The Roush Single Exhaust System will work with your truck with no issues yes.
what is the part number
Our part number is T528340D, Roush's is 421985.
This exhaust does not state that it is CARB legal. We recommend checking with your state ordinances to confirm if it will pass emissions or not.
While this is one that has an aggressive and sporty sound, we would advise listening to sound clips to help you decide the sound you like.
As long as the truck is an F-150 this should fit as long as it is a 5.0
This exhaust does not state that it is CARB legal. With exhausts, we generally recommend checking with your state ordinances to confirm if it will pass emissions or not.
Yes, this exhaust will be a direct fit replacement for your F150 and will be compatible with the 6.5" bed.
The Roush Single Exhaust System will delete your resonator. Custom modification would be required to retain your OEM resonator.
(approx) 2 Hours
Simple installation for anyone.
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