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- How to Install Borla Axle-Back Exhaust on Your 2011-2012 V6 Mustang
The S-Type from Borla should appeal to the '11 to '14 V6 owners out there looking for a solid bump in volume over the factory system, but really don't want to be the loudest car on the block. Now, the S-Type will really hang onto that nice deep 3.7 tone, while adding a little bit of pop and backfire in between shifts and coming down off the revs, which some owners might like, others might not. Prospective buyers can look forward to premium build quality and materials here, including 304-grade stainless throughout for the high $700 price tag. Installation is going to get a very simple one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter from me when it does come time to break that down later in the video. Now, for as long as I can remember, Borla has been one of the favorites with Mustang owners in the aftermarket exhaust category for a number of different reasons. But it mainly just boils down to grabbing a high-quality, premium system, some unique tone, and a wide variety of options depending on your gen. For the S197 V6, you're looking at the Touring on the more mild side of things. The S-Type is going to land right in the middle, in regards to overall aggressiveness. Then, last but not least, you have the ATAK, which is definitely the company's loudest offering. But since this video is about the S-Type, after all, let's focus in on the sound you can expect when bolting this thing up. Honestly, guys, you heard the sound clips. I'll tell you, for being Borla's middle of the road offering, you are still getting plenty of volume from this thing. So going to my tried and true Wake the Neighbors scale, I have this system coming in at a very strong three out of five on my one to five, or one to Wake the Neighbors scale. Inside the car, on the other hand, things are relatively quiet and Borla admittedly is one of the best at reducing drone, and the same can be said here for the S-Type axle-back. But one of the things I enjoy the most about the S-Type system here from Borla is that it maintains that nice deep tone and the overall kind of character of the 3.7. Listen. I've heard a lot of crappy V6 engines in my day, and I'm happy to say the 3.7 is certainly not one of them. In fact, I really enjoy the tone from that particular powerplant. I think the S-Type just gives it a little bit more of a voice, without adding any rasp or any unwanted characteristics. Now, the cat-back version of this system is going to give it just a little bit more volume, but really not all that much, while just giving it a little bit more of a higher pitched tone overall. The axle-back here, on the other hand, is just going to maintain that deeper tone overall, while keeping the volume just a little bit more in check compared to the cat-back. Well, let's talk about how the S-Type gets its aggressive tone. Really, it's no secret. Any aftermarket exhaust system, it all starts with the muffler and as is the case here, you're getting Borla's S-Type or Stinger mufflers. They are straight-through by design. It does take a turn inside of the muffler itself, but it's very minor. No baffling or anything to get in the way, kind of keeping up that volume and keeping up that flow over the factory cans you will be replacing. After all, this is Borla. Right? So you're getting very high-quality stuff, 304-grade stainless steel throughout, guys, including a small amount of mandrel-bent tubing, the S-Type mufflers, and then finally the four and a half-inch polished tips embossed with that Borla logo. But for those who are familiar with Borla, you know that quality doesn't always come cheap. That certainly is the case here with the S-Type axle-back, as you will be dropping just south of $800 to get this thing on your V6. Interestingly enough though, guys, this is the most affordable system in Borla's lineup for your S197 V6. The ATAK we just talked about, which was a little bit louder than this system, is going to cost you just north of $800, and the Touring system which is the milder of the three options is going to be just north of the $900 mark. Well, let's shift gears and talk about the installation with the S-Type. As I pointed out at the very top of this video, axle-backs on the S197 are a complete walk in the park. So again, one out of three wrenches on the difficulty is what you can expect here. Anywhere from an hour or two from start to finish, depending on your skillset and your setup is what you can basically expect. The tool list for this install, very simple, again. Just a basic socket set is really all you need to get these guys in place. I always like to recommend a little spray lubricant, including PB Blast, WD-40, or whatever, just to help you with some rusty bolts and those rubber exhaust hangers. Last but not least, guys, obviously, this is done underneath the car. So just make sure you have a lift, jack and jack stands, or race ramps ready to go. Getting started, you'll need to remove those factory mufflers first. So go ahead and remove that factory clamp closest to the muffler, in addition to removing some of the bolts at the hanger, allowing you to drop the entire muffler assembly down in one piece. Once those stalkers are out of the way, transfer the hangers over to the new S-Type mufflers, and then lift the mufflers into place, securing them with a few bolts at the hanger to the chassis. With the mufflers loosely hanging in place, go ahead and reinstall that clamp nearest the muffler, and snug it up. But don't overtighten it right now, as you will need to make some small adjustments with those tips. Have a buddy position the tip exactly where you want it in the rear bumper. At this point, you can hammer home that rear clamp, tighten up the rest of your bolts, and your installation is complete. If you want a premium axle-back for that S197 V6 that will deliver just the right amount of volume with no drone, you'll have to check out the Borla S-Type axle-back, right here at americanmuscle.com.
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March 29, 2020
Sounds amazing, not too loud or too soft. Had it for about 6 months and still excites me every time I start the car.Helpful (0)
February 01, 2020
Perfect amount of growl. No humming or droning sound at highway speeds or at low RPM. Really enjoy the attention when I stomp on the gas with a V6.Helpful (1)
January 11, 2020
BEST SOUND AND QUALITY !!!
Worth the extra money 100 Couldnt be happier. No drone inside cabin. Sounds more like a muscle car now but cruising highway it's nice and chill until you step on it. Installation was a breeze if you have minimal car know how. Helps to have a buddy to help while tightening it all in place. Had to loosen midpipe some to get perfect for but no big deal. Took me 2 hours or maybe less. Sounds awesome!!! GET THIS EXHAUST!!! BORLA BABY!!!Helpful (1)
September 17, 2019
Exactly the sound you want from your V6
Great-looking and sounding exhaust. It doesn't make your V6 sound like a 5.0, but it does add a deeper, noteworthy tone at startup and a nice midrange growl during acceleration. This is how the 3.7L deserves to sound. Polished tips look great in the back of the vehicle. Not the cheapest option, but the best long-term option for the V6 Mustang. Installation was easy, just took 1 hour in my driveway. Highly recommended.Helpful (2)
June 18, 2019
Just what I wanted
This exhaust was perfect for me. I wanted something that was noticeable but not loud and obnoxious, and I got just that. Quite at idol but mean when you hit it. Couldn’t have asked for more!Helpful (2)
May 30, 2019
I received my package promptly as estimated, something I have to commend AM for being consistent with. The packaging was professional, so I had little fear of damages during shipment. Install for me took a little over 2 hours. Most of that time went into awkwardly trying to remove the old mufflers. Once I got the first muffler removed, the process went very smoothly. Fit and finish is where I have a bit of an issue. My passenger side muffler hangs a little lower then the driver side, it's not very noticeable unless you are very detail oriented. The biggest performance I think I gained would have to be weight savings. The stock mufflers weigh a ton compared to the borlas. Then there's the sound. The videos don't really do them justice, with all the growls, pops and crackles (also have BBK shorty headers). At low rpms, you could easily fool some people into thinking it's a v8. I also noticed that going up small hills in 6th gear (automatic) are a lot easier now, probably because of the borla's straight through design (less restriction). Great product and worth the price, if not just a little bit pricey. Regardless, it's a purchase I don't think you'll regret.Helpful (1)
March 24, 2019
2014 3.7 Mustang
I was back and forth with which exhaust to go with for my 2014 3.7. I obviously wanted something louder than stock but not necessarily wake the neighbors loud. The Borla Stingers were the perfect choice. Cold start sounds great with a nice, deep rumble. Driving through town it's louder than stock but not obnoxiously loud. Open it up though and you'll get that deep, aggressive tone I was looking for. Perfect choice for anyone looking for something loud when you want it to be but a little more low key than other setups when driving through the neighborhood.Helpful (1)
January 11, 2019
We listened to all the soundtracks on several exhaust systems.We read all the reviews on several different systems. We picked the "Borla" even though it was more expensive than the others.The sound is perfect. No drone on the highway (actually fairly quiet on highway) but when you get on it ,it comes to life. Installation was fairly easy and had no problems getting it positioned . The 4 1/2 in tips look awesome. I"ll give it a 4 star bang for the buck because it is a little pricey. Buyer beware:DO NOT try to save a few bucks and order this from other vendors. I tried and never got package and had to fight to get my money back.Helpful (4)
December 27, 2018
These are by far the best sounding mufflers you can buy for a v6 mustang. Sounds aggressive and mean and just the right amount of roar when you hit the pedal to the metal.Helpful (3)
November 06, 2018
A different kind of sound
I was choosing between the magnaflow race series and the borla s types for a while. I ended up choosing to go with the borla just because I didn’t want something crazy loud or too high of pitched in tone. Though borla is the more expensive option, it did give me the exact sound I wanted for my car. The exhaust is deep and it has a very smooth tone moving up the rpm band. The tips are the perfect size for the cutouts in the bumper and Perfect the look matched with my boss 302 diffuser. Would definitely recommend to those on the fence of ordering. It is pricey but you can’t replicate the sounds these mufflers make with any other brand exhaust. Borla is simply in a league of its own.Helpful (4)
I'm undecided on the Borla Stinger S-Type axle-back exhaust versus the Borla Stinger S-Type Cat-Back exhaust. What's the benefit of the cat-back versus axle-back. Thank you, Joel
The biggest difference that companies advertise catbacks for is that they will add more power and axle backs don't add any power. But in reality from personal tests catback doesn't do anything on my V6. So go with the axle backs and save a little money. If you really want to get new over axle pipes get a shop to custom fabricate some. It'll be a lot cheaper.
Convertible? First off, I'm new here. What a great site to buy upgrades for my new 'Stang. On my second Mustang. Never did any mods to my old 1994 V6. What a shame. This is such a great community of both end-customers and an outstanding aftermarket parts supplier. Glad to have found the site. Has anyone tried the S-Type on a Mustang Convertible V6? I'm definitely ok with the noise when I punch it. But, I'm curious if its too loud for an everyday commute and bluetooth usage. Perhaps another way to ask the question might this: Is the noise level too much with the windows down during a commute? Thanks guys/gals! David
I have a 2013 v6 with performance package. I have the Borla S-Type and they sound perfect. Not to quiet and not to loud and no popping. It was my first mod and sounds great! Also looks great with the huge cans in the back! I don't have a convertible, but its not loud while cruising and doesn't bother me when windows are down. It does scream when you punch it and has a louder hum when cruising on the freeway, but does not interfere with Sync.
is this alot quieter than the Ataks? I have a 2013 V6 mustang with Borla headers, X-pipe and Borla Atak Mufflers. The problem now is its way to loud ( cops harasing me about it) so i need to quieten it down. Basiclly i wanna bring the sound level down but still want that borla sound. Will the s-type or Touring keep that aggressive tone but with less raw sound?
Yes on the S-Type, no on the touring. I purchased the s-type so I would not have that problem. Sounds great and screams when you step on it, but not to loud when cruising. The Ataks are really loud and when add the headers and x pipe probably makes it really loud.
Are the dimensions different from stock exhaust? I’d like to add a hitch.
The dimensions are not the same as the factory exhaust.
Will these pass the new California exhaust volume law? 90 db I believe.
Unfortunately, we do not have a listed decibel spec available at this point in time for this setup.
As these retain the factory cats they would not affect the vehicle's emissions.
You would need to get a conversion to be able to run dual exhaust on your car. Below is a link a link to an X-pipe that will allow you to run any GT cat-back you would like on your car. https://www.americanmuscle.com/pypes-0509-v6-xpipe.html
The Borla Stinger S-Type Axle-Back Exhaust will be a direct bolt on to the factory exhaust.
There is nothing that needs to be done. Just take off the old exhaust and throw these on and your good to go
(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:||2.5"||Tip Size:||4.5"|
|Muffler Type:||Straight-through||Fitment:||2011-2014+ V6 Mustang|