Installation Time: Shop Install
Installation Cost: 0-$100
December 20, 2013
Love it, great sound, great price.
I had this kit installed on my 2005 V6.
I originally needed a new y-pipe and cats. The OEM Ford parts would have cost $1,400. On top of that, my original passenger side exhaust pipe had been cut and modified by the previous owner, so I chose to redo my entire exhaust system from my headers to my exhaust tips instead.
I paired this kit with:
BBK Ceramic Tuned Length Shorty Headers (05-10 V6) Item #56100
Pypes Mid-Muffler Catback Exhaust Kit (05-10 GT) Item #20019
GT500/CS Rear Bumper Cover w/ Diffuser - Unpainted (05-09 All) Item #53674.
Don't forget to buy the SR Performance Stainless Steel Exhaust Hanger Kit (05-10 All) Item #20021 for the driver side exhaust. You're V6 does NOT have these hangers.
I didn't use the exhaust pipe from this kit because I installed the Pypes catback kit, but the pipe would have been a perfect fit.
NOTE: This kit is designed for an axleback exhaust kit. I went with a catback exhaust kit for two reasons.
1) I needed a second exhaust pipe to replace the old, modified passenger side exhaust pipe. This kit comes with ONLY one exhaust pipe for the driver side. It is designed to reuse the original passenger side exhaust pipe. The OEM Ford pipe was priced at roughly $120. This made purchasing a catback exhaust kit about the same price as an axleback kit.
2) I specifically wanted the Pypes M-80 Bullet mid-mufflers. They are one of the only aftermarket mufflers for a V6 that, in my opinion, sound good at all times. They do not have a loud drone on the interstate that is sometimes heard from other kits like the Flowmaster American Thunder mufflers. These mufflers have a deeper tone and they are much throatier sounding. At the same time, they are louder, but not too loud. And, they are significantly cheaper than most other kits, but they yield great results and are of excellent quality.
Overall, the shop only asked for $300 to test fit, paint, and install the new rear bumper, and they asked for $500 to install my new headers, cats, x-pipe, exhaust hangers, and catback exhaust. Had I only installed this kit, the shop had priced it at a maximum of $100. The $500 was for only installing the headers, but they said they would just install everything for that price as a packaged deal.
The shop said all of the parts fit perfectly and installed easily.
American Muscle had everything delivered to me quickly, and all of the packaging was superb. There was no doubt that all items would be undamaged and in perfect shape due to the generous amount of packaging material used inside of the shipping boxes.
The new cats are great. They are high flow and allow much more exhaust flow compared to the original cats. This paired with all of the other mentioned parts has really opened up the sound of my V6.
People have already been complimenting my new sound, and I often see people look at my car as soon as the exhaust revs up. There have been several times when people have asked if I have a GT.
If you buy this kit and pair it with the right parts, you will not be disappointed. Take your time, research all of your parts, listen to V6 audio clips, and make sure to ask lots of questions.
Once you make your decision and get your parts installed, you will have a huge smile on your face every time you fire up your Mustang.