(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey guys. Today we're gonna be looking and installing the Borla ATAK Cat-Back Exhaust with Black Chrome Tips for 2015 to 2017 GT Mustangs. Now you're gonna wanna want be checking out this cat-back if you're looking for a high quality cat-back with their free flowing X-Pipe that's very loud and you don't mind paying a little bit extra for these qualities. This system is Borla's loudest system in series of three. I'm gonna call it a five out of five on the loudness meter with one being a quiet upgrade and five being a very loud upgrade. System's made from 304 stainless steel. It costs about $1,300 and it's very easy to install. Call it a one out of three wrenches in the difficulty meter and I'll show you how to get it on the car now. For this install, you will need a couple different extensions, a long extension, a medium sized extension, a 15 millimeter socket, a 13 millimeter socket, a ratchet if you don't happen to have this type of gun and a three eighths impact gun [SP]. So you're gonna start your uninstall of your cat-back right here at a resonator. These are 15 millimeter bolts. You don't have to completely undo these, just loosen them enough to get the clamps loose. Next, you're gonna want to unbolt the hangers from the car. You'll need a 30 millimeter socket for that. And I will say, you're gonna want to leave the hangers clipped into the body. So the hangers clip into the body. Once you remove the bolts, they won't fall down as long as you leave them clipped into place and that's what you're gonna wanna do. And there's a second set of hanger bolts back here at the tips that you're gonna have to undo as well. At this point you're ready to drop your cat-back. So I'm gonna have a second set of hands helping me out here and what he's gonna do is he's going to pop the hangers out of the body back there and from there I'll be able to push back on the resonator, we'll be able to drop this down and away from the car. So, obviously sound is really important when it comes to buying exhaust but materials are also important too and it's something that you really need to consider. I already said that this system is made up of three inch 304 stainless steel. And one of the reasons why the Borla cat-back is so nice, is because they give you options. So I have this laid out here. There's your stock cat-back. Here's your Borla cat-back with some additional pieces. If you're like us and you're gonna be connecting your cat-back up to a stock setup, you're going to need to run your adapters. Now these adapters will allow you to connect up to a three inch cat-back system. They adapt the system from two and a half inches which is what your stock system is to three inches. So we're going to be using these today when we install. Now if you wanted to run a full three inch system, you just wouldn't use your adapters. The other really nice thing about Borla, like I said they give you options. You have the options of using the extension pipes here too if you have long tube headers. So that's great news for you guys that already have long tube headers or for those of you out there that are planning on doing long tube headers later down the line. You just save your extension pipes and install them later when you install your long tube headers. The other main feature of the cat-back besides the free flowing X-Pipe that you have up front are the Borla ATAK mufflers. So, Borla wanted a system that would be really loud, but also maintain that high quality sound, which means that this system isn't going to be distorted in higher RPMs. These mufflers are tuned by Borla so they don't get distorted. You don't have a lot of raspiness or popping in the higher RPMs which just makes this little bit of a nicer system. So now we're ready to install this and what you're gonna wanna do is swap your hangers over from your cat-back to your new cat-back and get your X-pipe portion ready to be installed. Gonna use a little WD-40 to help me get these on. All right, so now I have the X-Pipe with the adapters and clamps ready to be installed. And I'll tell you guys right now I am gonna be using pole jacks to help me line up this entire system. One thing I will say is make sure you leave all of your clamps loose until you're ready to line everything up and then tighten it down. If you tighten any of your clamps along the way, it could just cause fitment issues as you're trying to fit the cat-back into place. I'm just gonna leave this here for now and see what I have to do fitment-wise later. Next, we're ready for the intermediate pipe. I do have the clamp already slid over the pipe here, going to fit into the backside of the X and then hook my hanger into place on the body. Now you're ready to hang your muffler. I'm going to slide the muffler onto the intermediate pipe. Then I'm gonna rotate this hanger and get it clipped into the body. So at this point, you're almost ready to tighten down your clamps on your one side. You just have to make sure before you do so that your entire system is lined up correctly. So I'm gonna take a step back, look at how the tips lined up and see what I need to work with as far as the pipes go. Now we're gonna take the bolts for a hangers and just run them into place. Now you're gonna wanna go through and tighten down all of your clamps on this side. So I'm back to the 15 millimeter socket and I'm just gonna tighten them down. So when I go to tighten the Borla clamps I do wanna rotate them, I'm gonna make sure they're in a good position before I tighten them down. I also want to make sure that they're close to the edge of the pipes that I'm connecting, but not overlapping. All right, that's gonna do it for this side. Now you're gonna wanna move over to your other side. All right, so you're gonna hang the intermediate pipe on this side the exact same way, you're gonna slide it into the back of the X, then use your hanger to clip into the body. Now you're ready to slide your muffler into place the same way that you did on the other side. All right, so now we're gonna get our bolt started in the hangers. After you double check that you have everything lined up and your hangers are tight, you can just go through and tighten your clamps on this side. So at this point I will say that I did go over all the clamps one more time with a half inch impact instead of three-eighths. You wanna make sure that your clamps are fully seated but you also don't want to overtighten them because you run the risk of snapping them. I did make sure that everything stayed straight and lined up. You're going to wanna double check that yourself as well. And one other thing that I'll tell you right now, guys, after you run the exhaust for a little while, get some heat through the pipes, let it cool down, you're gonna wanna go back over all your clamps once and tighten them down or else you might run the risk of having leaks. That's gonna wrap up in this review and install. Make sure you guys keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.
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Aggressive Deeper Sound. Unleash the beast in your GT Fastback with the Borla ATAK Cat Back Exhaust. This exhaust delivers precisely what you are looking for, a deep aggressive exhaust note. Compared to the stock system, it provides more efficient exhaust flow -- resulting in higher torque and rear horsepower, as well as a deep aggressive sound that adds muscle to your Fastback.
Improved Power and Performance. Featuring a high-flow X pipe and a straight through, free-flowing design, the Borla ATAK Cat Back Exhaust sets itself apart from other aftermarket exhaust upgrades. Using Borla’s newest technology, Acoustically Tuned Applied Kinetics (ATAK), you will achieve higher decibels while retaining sound clarity.
Quality Stainless Construction. The Borla ATAK Cat Back Exhaust is made from extremely smooth 3.0” diameter mandrel bent T-304 stainless steel to boost exhaust flow. It comes with an X pipe and black-coated stainless steel tips to deliver a smooth and clear, yet deep sound. It’s also embossed with the distinctive Borla Logo for an appealing look.
Installation. This exhaust provides an easy direct bolt-on installation that can be completed with minimal mechanical skills. No modifications required.
Warranty. Borla ATAK covers this exhaust with a million-mile warranty for 50 years (20,000 miles per year) against material and craftsmanship flaws.
Application. The Borla ATAK Cat Back Exhaust is compatible with all 2015 to 2017 Mustang GT Fastback models.
Fitment: 2015 2016 2017 Details
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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