Installation Time: Afternoon
October 06, 2016
Great Sound, Easy Install
Deciding on an exhaust was a process that took way longer than it should have. Eventually, I decided to go with a cat-back system. I figured if I was going to bother spending money to alter the exhaust note, just as well get a bit of extra power out of it, to rationalize the purchase. When I realized I was comparing all my exhaust candidates to Borla, I decided to just go with Borla. How good it sounds is obviously subjective, but I believe it sets the benchmark in quality of tone (all the way to redline). Also, I like that they are made of high quality materials in the USA, and as a bonus, the company is WBENC certified. I feel that justifies the steep price tag.
I performed the install with the help of a friend in my garage using just jack stands. Compared to installing short-tube headers, this was a piece of cake. The difficult part was trying to complete it while only using two jack-stands, which might be impossible. As soon as I picked up two more jack stands, there were no issues fitting the pipes over the rear axle. I didn’t see anything in the instructions provided by Borla regarding the heat shield sleeves they give you, but you can find videos online of how and where to install those over the filler hose and vapor line, just Google ‘2014 Mustang Borla S-Type install’ (the video I watched was on a GT, but the stuff is in the same place, so it doesn’t matter).
Before I started it up, I was concerned it might be too loud with my cold air intake and short-tube headers, but it sounds absolutely fantastic. It sounds great at every RPM, and does get pretty darn loud 3,000 RPM’s and above. But if it’s late and you’re driving in your neighborhood, you shouldn’t wake or offend anyone as long as you accelerate modestly. I do kind of feel like there is more power, but that could either be due to the combination of the exhaust with the other modifications, or because the driver side stock exhaust pipe I discarded had a huge 20-inch-long pinch on it (however the heck that happened). Or, I could just think it has more power because it sounds so much better now. Either way, it puts a smile on face, so I am satisfied. My only complaint with these is that my chances of getting a speeding ticket have probably gone up with how good it sounds to accelerate.