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- How to Install Borla Axle-Back Exhaust on Your 2011-2012 V6 Mustang
Borla's ATAK we're working with today is going to be a great option for the '11 through '14 3.7L Mustang owner that's after arguably one of the best and aggressive-sounding axle-back systems on the market today. Now, the ATAK requires no cutting, and for that it's an easy one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here, about an hour's worth of labor, and I will go over this a little bit more with you later. Now, what you just heard, guys, is easy going to warrant a four out of five on the loud or the Wake the Dead or Neighbors scale here, and it's really easy to understand why. The ATAK changes out your heavy factory cans for a pair that's going to make that much more noise. But more importantly though, the overall volume and tone won't be distorted or raspy, like some of the cheaper systems out there. Now, this is going to be due to the use of Borla's ATAK muffler design, and that means Acoustically-Tuned Applied Kinetics, which essentially means that when the volume goes up, it's going to be crisp and clean. But for comparison's sake, this will be a touch louder, higher, and clearer in tone than their S-Type system. This system is pretty damn loud, but it won't be the loudest system out there since it's still a four out of five. If you're looking to wake the dead, you can do so with an off-road X-pipe. The benefit here versus just picking up a five out of five system is that you're going to be getting the maximum amount of volume, while still enjoying a relatively tuned sound that's not going to sound sloppy or drone at all. On top of getting one of the best muffler designs available, you're going to be getting some of the best steel. That's 304 stainless, to be exact. That's going to be throughout the entire system, and it will have great welds. Now, this system will hold up the best in winter, at the beach, or rain. So it's going to be great for a daily driver. Now, this features two and a quarter-inch ultra-smooth, mandrel-bent piping that's going to bolt right up to your factory piping. All the hangers are tacked on and ready to go, and the mufflers end in some great-looking four and a half-inch, polished, slash-cut tips, which gives a pretty nice balance of classic meets modern. Last, but not least here, they will have Borla's logos embossed on each tip, so everyone around you is going to know where that sound is coming from. Put simply, guys, the ATAK is one of the best systems around, and because of that it comes with a higher price tag. With that in mind, all the 304 stainless, and that Borla name, expect to be spending around $800. While I know it sounds a little bit on the steep side, there's a couple other options from Corsa that will net you that same type of build quality. But from personal experience, it's just not going to have the overall sound and presence that the ATAK produces. Installation-wise, axle-backs go on with little to no effort, which makes them a great contender in my opinion. You should expect a straightforward hour's worth of labor, which will warrant an easy one out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter here. So once your rear end is off the ground or on stands, it's merely going to be unclamping and unbolting your factory axle-back piping, pulling the system out from the over-axle pipes, and then pull everything from your hangers. You'll then replace your factory system with your new system, retaining your factory hangers and hardware. Again, a very easy one out of three wrenches on our difficulty scale here, and an hour's worth of labor. So that's going to wrap up my detailed review of Borla's ATAK axle-back, fitting the '11 through '14 V6, that can be found right here at americanmuscle.com.
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October 24, 2019
I've read nothing but positive reviews for the Borla ATAK axle backs, and I'm adding on to that list! Installing these ATAKs on my 2012 V6 has completely transformed the character of the car. She sounds so much more respectable now! They're not much louder at idle than the stock exhaust was, but when you get on the throttle, they really wake up, especially above 2500 RPM or so. Take it slow and nobody will be bothered by the sound, but get on it, and everybody will know you're there! They DO pop and bubble a lot as the revs come down. I know some folks don't like that, but I actually love it. Installation was a piece of cake, but (they're always a "but", right?), there was a quality-control issue with mine right out of the box. After I installed them, I noticed that the passenger-side tip hung about an inch lower than the driver's-side tip (the previous factory exhaust that I removed hung perfectly). In fact, the entire passenger-side ATAK was hanging lower than the entire driver's-side ATAK. Without having the tools necessary to fix the issue, and because the last thing I wanted to do was remove them and ship them back for a replacement, I ended up taking the car to a muffler shop, who had to "un-weld" the hangers, shorten them, then weld them back on. Cost me $80 to have that done, but now they're perfect. I have to say I was a little disappointed having an issue like this on a set of $870 mufflers (hence only 3 stars for "Fit and Finish"), but I'm over it now. These things are fantastic!Helpful (0)
October 10, 2019
Worth the money
Best aftermarket exhaust I have ever had on a car! Sounds great accelerating, but no drone at all on the highway at cruising speeds. At first I thought the price was a little high, but after living with it for 8 months or so, I really enjoy the Borla Atak. I'd do it again in a second!Helpful (0)
October 03, 2019
Just put these on my 2011 Mustang 3.7 V6. It went from no sound to where it now sounds like a 5.0! The cracks and pops it makes are awesome. Couldn't be happier with the choice I made.Helpful (0)
August 14, 2019
Best Exhaust for V6 by far
I researched for several months about which exhaust to get for my 2011 V6. I finally made the decision to go with the more expensive option, and I was not disappointed. The Borla Atak offers a mean and aggressive sound without compromising drone in the cab. You can make it loud when you want, and quite when you want. Best of both worlds. Highly recommend.Helpful (0)
July 28, 2019
They sound amazing!
Put them on in 90 minutes with a few jacks and only a few tools. Once you get them off they go right back on easy. Would really recommend these, no problems for 2 weeks!Helpful (0)
June 01, 2019
What a difference
My son's 2013 Mustang V6 sounds awesome. Not obnoxious in the neighborhood, but just has that fantastic sound when you put your foot in it. Looks great too.Helpful (0)
March 27, 2019
Exactly what I hoped for. Below about 2.75k rpm is barely more audible than stock during normal driving. Above 3k rpm it wakes right up. The absence of drone is fantastic, and Borla has done an amazing job of making sure the majority of the sound is heard OUTSIDE of the car. Inside with the windows up my Steeda intake is louder, lower the windows and you get to hear it. Perfect for those who want a loud exhaust but still want to be able to hold a conversation while driving. With stock midpipe the tone is very similar to Roushe and from BEHIND the car the volume is comparable, just way quieter inside.Helpful (3)
March 19, 2019
She finally sounds like a REAL mustang :)
One of the things that I have always loved about the mustang is that infamous "growl". while the stock exhaust is CUTE, I wanted that aggressive sound. This exhaust definitely delivers that! I got my mustang in November and have been researching different exhausts for the past few months. Finally decided on the Borla brand from all the good reviews and quality ratings, and went with the ATAK model for the loud but smooth sound it produces.It is loud but not obnoxious, and not raspy which I wanted to avoid. I LOVE how my girl sounds now, and I couldn't be happier with my purchase!Helpful (2)
November 01, 2018
ATAK your 6 for fun
Makes the V6 fun to the point where you'll forget about getting a V8 for a while. Deep tone and loud around 3-6000 RPMS. Loving my 6 right nowHelpful (9)
November 01, 2018
A great purchase!
That great awesome feeling when you hit the gas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Helpful (3)
2013 v6 mustang. Should I get borla axle back, or spend more for catback atak? What are the pros and cons? If i decide to get axel back, can it easily be installed to stock pipes?
The axle backs will install easier then the cat-backs will. Both exhausts will sound great however the cat-back will have a slight different exhaust tone and a slight difference in power as well for a rather larger sum of money then the axle backs. Overall it would be your personal opinion on which one would work best for you.
borla atak axle back exhaust i was wondering if you can put this exhaust on a 2013 mustang gt 5.0?
This specific exhaust will fit the V6's only, but for a Borla Atak that will fit your GT, check out this page: http://www.americanmuscle.com/borla-atak-axleback-2011gt.html
Would installing the ATAK Axel-Backs on an otherwise stock 2012 3.7l Mustang require any re-tuning of the engine? I thought I read that the engine electronics would automatically re-adjust itself after a few hundred miles, but I'm not sure if that's true.
You would not need a tune if you are installing just axle backs.
Does this exhaust require any kind of welding?
This exhaust is a direct bolt-on. Welding will not be required.
I bought the S-Type Cat backs, and was thinking about upgrading to the ATAK axle backs. Will these be compatible with the S-Type cat backs?
Yes, being as they are the same brand, fitment should work out just fine.
More than likely this exhaust will not be legal in the state of California. We recommend confirming with a shop or your state ordinances.
Yes, the headers with catted H pipe will still be using your factory over axle pipes which will be connecting to this axle back exhaust.
Yes, this axle-back exhaust will bolt up directly to the factory over-axle pipes.
The Borla ATAK Axle-Back Exhaust has welded exhaust tips that are non removable. Of our current axle back offerings, the following have removable tips: Flowmaster Force II Axle-Back ExhaustRTR Tactical Performance Street Spec Axle-Back ExhaustRoush Axle-Back Exhaust
We would recommend buying clamps for the Borla ATAK Axle-Back Exhaust that way in the future you can always take them off if need be.
The Borla ATAK Axle-Back Exhaust will have some drone to it. As far as how bad that is would be different to each person's ears. If you are looking for a loud exhaust with no drone we would recommend checking out Corsa.
Due to the Borla ATAK Axle-Back Exhaust being made for dual exhausts which the 2011-2014 mustangs have you will need to modify your 2010 to fit these. We offer dual conversion kits that you can use and then switch out the axle back for these. Here is link to a Borla conversion https://www.americanmuscle.com/borla-dual-exhaust-0510v6.html
The V6 variant of the Borla ATAK Axle-Back Exhaust utilizes a 2.25 inch steel tubing to mount up to the original exhaust on the car, whereas, the GT variant of that same exhaust utilizes a 2.75 inch steel tubing to mount up to the original exhaust.
It does go away after it gets warmed up and sounds really nice after break-in
I have a 2012 V-6 Automatic myself. I have equipped mine with the BBK Long Tube headers and the BBK Catted X-pipe along with a set of Flowmaster replacement mufflers, all parts purchased from American Muscle. Personally this is the set-up I like along with the CAI I added. The Borla Atak sounded way to tinny sounding for my taste, along with a price I was not willing to pay. I like the system on mine. Around town it's not to annoying to my neighbors and when I get on it, It performs beautifully and then it belts out a good roar. At hi-way speed it is not the least bit annoying. Like I said, I like the system I installed. Hope this helps.
(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
What's in the Box
|Piping Material:||Stainless Steel||Tip Material :||Polished Stainless Steel|
|Piping Size:||2.25"||Tip Size:||4.5"|
|Muffler Type:||Straight-Through||Fitment:||2011-2014 V6 Mustangs|