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Jake: Jake here for AmericanMuscle, and today I'm taking a look at the AWE Track Edition Axle-Back Exhaust with the Quad Diamond Black Tips, for the 2016 and newer Camaro SS with the NPP Dual-Mode Exhaust. If you wanna make some serious noise with a high-quality axle-back that won't ruin your budget, then look no further than this Track Edition setup from AWE. This is a slick, high-quality axle-back package that will wake up your Camaro's exhaust, and give you a lot more sound, at a price that undercuts some of the other options in the category without sacrificing on quality.AWE has been making high-quality exhausts for decades, and this system certainly does that reputation justice. They've also been known to bring the volume, which this system certainly does too. No getting around it, this one is loud. We're gonna give it a 4 out of 5 on the rattle-the-windows loudness meter, and let's just say your neighbors are definitely gonna know that something is up. Surprisingly, it's not quite as intrusive inside the cabin as you might expect, but it still is gonna have quite a bit of volume, but man, does it sound good. Even for an axle-back, it's got a great sound to it. It's deep, it's burbly, and it's aggressive, just like you heard in those clips at the beginning of the video.Sounds like a true muscle car inside and out, and it really brings out a lot more character in the Camaro. Now, since this is an axle-back system, this is not gonna be eliminating your stock catalytic converters, resonators, or mid-pipes. This is only gonna swap in place of the mufflers in the rear of the car, so it will make a big difference in sound. And since this is the Track Edition, as you can see, there are no resonators like you get with some other axle-backs. This one, well, it just goes straight through.And like I mentioned already, and as you can probably tell, this is a super high-quality system. The whole thing is made from 3-inch T304 mandrel-bent tubing, and that T304 stainless steel means that it's gonna provide excellent corrosion and rust resistance, in addition to excellent exhaust flow. The whole thing is CNC laser-cut, to provide precise fitment, and all the welds are really nice, too. It's even made in the U.S., which is always a cool added bonus. And of course, you do get some cool-looking exhaust tips to finish the whole thing up. Set up to mimic the stock dual-exit exhausts on the Camaro are these diamond black exhaust tips. These are 4 inches in diameter, and that high-gloss finish here really adds a layer of stealth and subtlety to what otherwise is not a subtle exhaust. I think these really set the rear of the car off, and they are the perfect finish to this killer setup. They're a dual-wall T304 stainless steel, and they have that aggressive type of slash cut. And when they sit in that staggered format, they're gonna look pretty much like your stock setup. They're gonna sit pretty flush with the bumper.Now, pricing for this system is gonna come in around $1,025, which is not exactly a drop in the bucket, but it does far undercut some of the other axle-back systems out there on the market. However, you are not sacrificing quality here, or the sound, and those are the most important things. Unfortunately, part of that cost savings does come from the loss of the dual-mode exhaust, so you're not gonna get those switchable valves like you do from the factory, but I don't know if that's too great of a loss, judging by the sound. Now, you could, of course, go with a less expensive option, but then you're gonna run into lower quality materials, and if that's not really your thing, then this is gonna be an excellent option for you.Install will come in at a 2 outta 3 on our difficulty meter, and it should take you about two hours to complete. Now, there is some cutting required to remove those stock mufflers from the car, but the cuts are easy to make, and you get instructions on how to measure it out included. You're also gonna have to remove the actuators for those exhaust valves on your stock setup, but that's a simple bolt-on job. Once those two things are done, you're just gonna get these new pipes installed, with the included hardware, and they're gonna use your stock exhaust hanger locations. But, enough talking about it. Let's hop over to the install bay now, and we'll show you exactly how to get this done.Man: Tools required for this install include an impact gun, an electric ratchet, a hand ratchet, an exhaust hanger remover tool, a wire wheel, a 5/16 ratcheting wrench, a 3/8 to 1/4-inch adapter, an extension, 7, 11, 13, 15, and 16-millimeter sockets, a pair of safety glasses, a marker, a tape measure, a couple zip ties, and a Sawzall.What's up, guys? Today we're gonna be installing an exhaust on our Camaro, so let's get started. So, our first step to removing our exhaust is gonna be to disconnect our valves. Now, these are gonna be found on the outside of each side tip. So, we'll get the harness, press the tab, and disconnect them.So, now our first step's gonna be to disconnect the wiring harness to our valve controller. So, to do that, we're gonna remove these two 7-millimeter bolts to clear up some access. You're gonna have to take these out later on eventually, because we're gonna have to slide our exhaust back this way, and the valves are gonna slide under this. So, I'll get a 7-millimeter socket to get these off. Then we can push that back out of the way, and then reach in there and disconnect our wire harness. And then we'll do that same thing on the other side. So, the factory exhaust system has six hangers. We have two here, two here, and then two by our tips. So, we're gonna remove the inner four here. That way, we can still have our two hangers in the back holding our exhaust up while we disconnect our flanges up front.So, we can get the two on our passenger side first, so I'll grab an exhaust hanger remover tool, and pop off these isolators. And then on this one, the hanger on our pipe's a little longer than the one from our chassis, so we'll pop off our top isolator, and then we can pop it off at the bottom, and slide it back on the top. Now we can do the same thing on our driver's side.Now, our next step is to remove our brace here. We have five 13-millimeter bolts holding that in, so I'll get a 13-millimeter socket on an impact gun to get these off. Now, our next step's gonna be to disconnect our O2 sensors on both sides. Now, you can do this either by unscrewing the O2 sensor, or simply just unplugging the harness. We're gonna unplug the harness. So, there's a white tab that you're gonna push up, and then push in, and then it'll separate our connector. So, we'll take our white tab, push up on it, and then we can press down, and slide our connector out. Now, this side's gonna be the same thing. It's just a little deeper in there. Pull back on that tab, and then disconnect our connector.So, now we can work on our two flanges. We'll get those disconnected with a 15-millimeter socket. I've got a pole jack here to hold the exhaust in place, so it doesn't drop down once we disconnect it. And then once we have our two flanges disconnected, we'll grab a buddy to help us pull the whole exhaust out of the car. So now, on this side, we don't have much clearance, so I'm gonna get a 15-millimeter socket with a ratchet on this side, and then we can use our impact gun on this side. So, I've got some penetrating lubricant I sprayed on here, just to make it a little bit easier to get these off. Now, on this side, we can use a 15-millimeter socket on an impact gun to loosen this clamp. So, now I have a pole jack set up underneath our muffler to keep it in place, and then we're gonna be removing the two bolts on our hanger, on both sides, to release the muffler. So, now we can take a 15-millimeter socket on a ratchet to get our two nuts off. And then we'll do that same thing on the other side. So, now would be a good time to grab yourself a buddy, and you can take one end while your buddy takes the others, and then we'll just simply slide it out, and remove it from the car.So now, with the exhaust removed from our car, we can take our valves off. Now, we'll be using a 5/16-inch ratcheting wrench to remove this. And then we can repeat that same process on the other side. And now we can remove our final two hangers on our stock exhaust, using an exhaust hanger remover tool. Now, before we start installing our new exhaust, it's important to note that this kit does not allow you to retain your factory valves. AWE does make a valve actuator simulator, which is basically just a bracket that goes on here, so you can mount it and plug it in. That way, you don't get any check engine lights. You can find those on the site, but they aren't included in this kit, so what we're gonna do is just zip-tie this up out of the way, to a harness. That way, we can still plug it in, not get our check engine lights. We just have to make sure that we're not zip-tying over this silver piece, because this will still be spinning.So, we can take our zip tie, and fish it up over our wire harness here. And then we'll take our actuator. We can plug that in, and push our tab down here to lock it in place. And then we'll just pull down on our zip tie, making sure to keep it away from our silver piece, so that will still be spinning. And then we can take our heat shield, and bend that back up into position, and reinstall our two 7-millimeter screws. And then we'll take our 7-millimeter socket to tighten these down. And then we can repeat that same process on the other side.So now, with our stock exhaust removed, we're gonna come to right behind the rear muffler, where we're gonna make our cut for our new exhaust. So, now we can grab our tape measure and a marker, and we're gonna measure out 8 inches from the rear muffler back. Eight inches puts us right here, so we'll make our line, and then we'll do the same thing on the other side. Measure out our 8 inches, and mark our spot. So now, with our measurements made and our cut lines in place, you can grab yourself a Sawzall, or your cutting apparatus of choice, and a pair of safety glasses, and we can make our cuts. And now that we have our exhaust flipped over to the other side, to make it a little bit easier to cut, we can make our cut on our other pipe. So now, with our cuts made, we're gonna take a wire wheel to clean up our edges a little. So now, with our exhaust cut, and our edges cleaned up, now's a good time to grab yourself a buddy to help you line up the secondary cats in the front while you get the hangers into the isolators.Now we'll reinstall our two 15-millimeter nuts on our passenger-side secondary cat. Now we'll take a 15-millimeter socket, going back and forth, tightening these down, to put even pressure on our flange. And then we'll take a 15-millimeter socket to tighten down the clamp on our driver's side. And now we can reconnect our O2 sensor harness. So, we're gonna slide that up out of the way, so that doesn't hang on anything hot or moving. And then we'll just click it in like that. And now we can reinstall our brace, with our five 13-millimeter bolts. And then we'll just make sure all of our holes are centered, and then take our 13-millimeter socket to tighten these bolts down.Now, before we start to install our tailpipes, it's important to note that we have an adapter with this kit. The stock exhaust is 2.75-inch diameter, and our new tailpipe is 3-inch diameter. So, we're gonna slide this over our stock pipe, and then we can slide our tailpipe over that. So, we can take one of our 3-inch clamps, and slide that over our stock exhaust pipe. And then we can take our adapter, and slide that over. You might have to pull it apart a little bit to get it to slide. Now we can install our tailpipe. So, we're gonna put our hanger into this isolator first, and then meet our pipe up to our stock exhaust. And now we can grab our clamp, and slide that into place. And then we'll be taking a 16-millimeter socket to tighten this clamp down. Now we can reinstall our hanger bracket. So, we're gonna slide this over our hanger first, and then we can line it up with our studs, press that back into place, and then we'll grab our two 15-millimeter nuts to put onto our studs. And then we'll take a 15-millimeter socket to tighten those nuts down.So, now we can install our tips. So, we have a bolt here that's gonna slot into our square hole. And then on the backside, we'll take our nut. And then we can slide our tip right over our tailpipe. And we'll take an 11-millimeter socket to tighten our hardware down. And then we'll just do the same thing for the other tip. And then once we're done with this side, we can repeat the same process on the other side.So, that'll wrap up this review and install of the AWE Track Edition Axle-Back Exhaust with Quad Diamond Black Tips, for your 2016 and newer 6.2-liter Camaro with NPP Dual-Mode Exhaust. Thank you for watching, and for all things Camaro, keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
|Exhaust System Type||Axle-Back System|
|Exhaust System Material||Stainless Steel|
|Exhaust System Tip Finish||Black, Black Chrome|
|Exhaust System Tubing Diameter||3.00 Inch|
Powerful and Unruly. Elevate your Chevrolet Camaro’s inherently powerful presence by letting out a fearless exhaust sound from this AWE Track Edition Axle-Back Exhaust with Quad Diamond Black Tips. This exhaust system features dual, mandrel-bent, muffler delete pipes that produce a dynamic, race-inspired sound. Moreover, the noticeable improvement in sound and performance befits your Camaro’s muscular stance.
Maximum Power Boost. This Track Edition Axle-Back Exhaust will improve your exhaust performance with notable gains in horsepower and torque. This advanced performance is attributed to the efficient exhaust flow, thanks to the smooth mandrel-bent curves, 3-inch tubing diameter, and CAD-matched fit pipes. In addition, the improvement in horsepower and torque gives a significant advantage to the high-powered Camaro’s engine.
Reliable Toughness. Engineered with a T304L stainless steel tube, this Axle-Back Exhaust with Quad Diamond Black Tips is built to handle your muscle car’s dynamic lifestyle. It can withstand the corrosive attacks coming from exhaust chemicals and the extreme temperatures from the catalytic activities. Additionally, this exhaust system comes with 4.50-inch, double-walled, diamond black, quad exhaust tips for a distinctively aggressive appeal.
Direct, No-Weld, No-Drill Installation. AWE engineered this Track Edition Axle-Back Exhaust for a bolt-on installation that reuses your vehicle’s factory exhaust hangers and mounting locations, there is some cutting required. The no-weld installation process completes using basic hand tools and requires moderate mechanical skills.
Application. This AWE Track Edition Axle-Back Exhaust with Quad Diamond Black Tips is specifically designed to be used on all 2016 to 2023 6.2L Chevrolet Camaro with NPP Dual Mode Exhaust models.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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