Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, Justin with AmericanMuscle.com here with my detailed review of the Ford Racing Boss Style X-pipe with side-exit Exhaust available for your 2015 and up Fastback GT. So obviously, Ford hasn't released a 2015/16 Boss 302 as of yet, but what they have done is released one of the coolest parts from the S197 Boss and now made it available for all you S550 owners out there.
And that is the Ford Racing mid-pipe equipped with the very awesome side-exit exhaust. Now, before we get any further, guys, this is definitely more of a sound modification as opposed to an appearance mod. Some of you might hear side-exit exhaust and think maybe 427 Cobra or SN95 Roush, definitely not the case here with this part.
These side pipes get tucked way underneath under the rocker there, pretty unassuming when installed. Now, the big difference, though, between the two systems, the S550 and the S197, is they went with an X-pipe here. Ford Racing decided to go X with the S550 as opposed to the H-pipe found on the S197 Boss, and traditionally, that tells us this thing is gonna have a little bit more rasp to it and it does. It's not out of hand. I heard it, of course, in person. It's a lot louder than I thought this thing was gonna be.
Honestly, I feel like it's louder than the S197 Boss System, and it offers some good bark. And as a matter of fact, guys, I actually think this thing installed with the factory can still in place, it's almost the perfect sound. I mean, you'll get a lot of bark, a lot of presence, cruising down the street. You get up next to a Jersey barrier on the highway, this thing is screaming in your ear. It is just an awesome system.
Now, for that reason alone, it's an easy three out of five. I'm even willing to give that a slight nudge up to a four out of five on our one to five "we're gonna wake the neighbor" scale, which is pretty much uncalled for for a mid-pipe only, but this thing definitely delivers.
Now, we also installed the Ford Racing by Borla Sport Axle-back in conjunction with this mid-pipe, and obviously, as you would expect, that knocked it up a few notches, and at that point, all bets are off, everybody knows you're coming.
Standard X-pipe here from Ford Racing for your S550 sells on AmericanMuscle.com for around $200 without the side-exit exhaust. Add in these pipes here on the side, and that's gonna add in another $800 onto the final price, but with that said, this is a quality system as you would expect from Ford Racing. 409 grade stainless steel throughout, mandrel bends, good welds, the tips here are 304 grade stainless steel, and of course, this thing does include all the hardware and everything else needed to get it installed.
Let's talk about installation, because you're probably wondering how this thing gets bolted up underneath your ride. Well, as for the mid-pipe guys pretty standard stuff there, right? Cut and clamp resonator to leak, so obviously you're gonna have to cut out that factory resonator, not a big deal whatsoever. Get yourself a fresh Sawzall blade, Sawzall, some eye protection, and that's gonna be a standard two out of three wrench job on my overall difficulty meter.
As for these side pipes here, guys, whether you know it or not, there's actually a few threaded holes underneath the chassis on your S550, and that's where these little holes here are going to mount to. So again, Ford Racing does include all the hardware gaskets needed for this installation. Again, a solid two out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter. It's not exactly hard, but because you have to cut, I'll knock it up to two. And maybe about an hour or two from start to finish before you're all said and done.
All right, guys, in my opinion, the Ford Racing Boss Style Mid-pipe for your S550 is just an awesome product from conception down to delivery. It's gonna give you a tone that's unmatched by any other aftermarket exhaust system out there for your ride, although it does come at a price. So be sure to check out a Ford Racing Boss Style Mid-pipe for your S550 GT right here at AmericanMuscle.com.