Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
May 04, 2012
After recently upgrading to a 2012 Mustang from my '08, I decided it was finally time to add the upgrades I never got around to in the first place. Always wanted the tone to my car, but I just never got around to it.
So, research began. I looked at all of the "standards;" Borla, Magna, Flowmaster, Rousch and just couldn't find anything I liked. Until I came across some Bassani clips on YouTube. I was immediately hooked and the sound was just was I was looking for (we'll get to that later).
Installation was a breeze, sort of. Other reviewers mentioned they've done this without lifting the car and having only spent an hour to an hour and a half on the install. Not the case with my install. While it took just over 2 1/2 hours (a short day for many), I found it pretty tough to break the bracket that held the stock mufflers to the pipes. A little bit of elbow grease took care of that, but once removed I had a tough time actually sliding the stock mufflers off said pipe (Ford REALLY made sure mine were on tight). A little WD40 and what was left of my elbow grease took care of that little issue. Once those two items were addressed, actually installing the Bassani axleback's was a breeze.
Now, on to the sound: Awesome.. Just AWESOME! Deep bass tones upon ignition and absolutely NO RASP when getting into higher RPM's (this was a huge deal when I was considering exhaust.. last thing I wanted was to sound like some souped up Honda or Nissan). I considered the Roush axleback setup before I found Bassani, but there was too much rasp in the high RPM's.. something I didn't want. The Bassani's produce an exotic, deep, unique sound for your 'Stang. I've gotten quite a few compliments since installation and it's sure to turn heads.
Drone? Virtually none. Drive with the windows down and you're going to hear it, however with the windows up during some highway driving around 70-75mph it's just a little bit louder than stock. Accelerating through the gears sounds phenominal, but the car does quiet down quite a bit when cruising.
Honestly, get the Bassani's. They're unique and not really something you've heard on Mustangs before, but don't lose sight of the classic, nostalgic Mustang low end rumble and throatiness. Absolutely NO complaints and nothing but love for the new add-ons. Those polished tips sure make the backend of my car look beautiful, as well!