Review & Install Video
Hey, everybody. I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com, and this is my detailed breakdown and install of the CGS Stainless Steel Cat-Back Exhaust System available for your 2015 and newer 3.5 Liter EcoBoost F150. This quick review is gonna cover my thoughts on the sound you can expect when bolting up the CGS to your EcoBoost-powered ride, what you're gonna be seeing as far as construction materials, and then finally, we'll event talk through the install here with the system. And right on the surface I'm gonna tell you Supercrew, Supercab F-150, this is a 100% bolt-on job, no cutting, no permanent modification needed. So let's call it one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, and I will have a little bit more detail later on.
So the full stainless CGS system that we do have in this video should appeal to the truck owners out there who really don't want to drop a huge sum of money for an aftermarket cat-back but would still like to get a noticeable bumping sound while still maintaining a great build in that full stainless steel material.
Now with that said, if that sounds like you, let's dive a little deeper into the system, and sound would be a great place to start here with the CGS system so let's dive right in. And in my opinion guys, you heard the sound clips, I think for the price the CGS produces a very decent tone overall.
Now to be completely honest here, the aluminized steel version and the stainless steel version sound identical to my ears and that's not really a bad thing in my opinion. You're looking at a middle of the road three out of five here on my one to five or one to wake the neighbor scale, it's definitely a little louder than stock but it's not gonna drive you crazy. The tone is deep, it's not raspy at all, you pick up a little bit more turbo noise over stock and that interior noise while noticeable, again, isn't gonna drive you crazy on long trips.
With the sound aside, let's talk about how this system kind of comes to life here and it all surrounds around the CGS high flow muffler. It is a chamber designed single inlet, single outlet all going through the three-inch Mandrel bent tubing exiting out the four-inch double wall slash cut tip. I will say the tip in this kit is much nicer than the one that is included with the aluminized steel version, but again, you're looking at a full stainless steel build throughout here with this particular system, and as such it is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
And we have mentioned that this is an affordable option in the land of full stainless systems and it is, it's just north of 400 bucks here for the full stainless option from CGS. Your only other options on the site currently in that price point are the pipe systems and also the XP series from MBRP.
But let's talk about the install as promised earlier in the video, and as I mentioned earlier in this video here if you have a Supercrew or Supercab F-150 you're in for a very easy day in the shop or garage. One out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, maybe an hour or two before you're making some noise. Again, this is a very simple bolt-on job, there's no cutting or permanent modification needed, so if you have a basic set of hand tools and a little bit of mechanical expertise you're gonna be able to knock this one out.
Now when it comes to time start wrenching, obviously that factory system will need to be removed first before you can install the CGS system here. So get that out of the way using your basic socket set, and an extra set of hands would definitely be helpful here as that factory system can be a little big and a little cumbersome. With that out of the way, you can start hanging the new CGS system. I would recommend starting from front to back. Get the entire system on the truck, and then save your final tighten up for the very end, and you should be good to go.
While the CGS brand or name might not be as big or recognizable as some of the other options in the category, I was very impressed with not only the sound but also the build and materials given the very affordable price. So that's my review of the CGS Full Stainless Cat-Back for your EcoBoost F-150, which you can grab right here at americanmuscle.com.
The CGS Motorsports Stainless Cat-back Exhaust brings the mild exhaust noise to your 3.5L EcoBoost F-150. The single-side exit cat-back features a high-flow muffler and polished stainless steel tip that will radically improve your F-150's truck's exhaust flow and heighten its overall power. High Quality Construction.
Proudly made right here in the USA, this CGS Motorsports Cat-Back Exhaust System is constructed from seamless mandrel bent 3 inch diameter stainless steel tubing for excellent exhaust flow and corrosion resistance. The included single inlet/outlet chambered Performance Muffler is constructed from quality 304 stainless steel that is fully welded for superior strength. The Cat-Back ends with a 4 inch diameter, slant cut, polished stainless tip that exits behind the rear passenger tire for an impressive appearance.Direct Bolt-On Installation.
The CGS Motorsports Cat-Back is designed to be a direct bolt-on install using the factory hanger locations. You only need access to basic hand tools, as the system doesn't require any modifications. The kit includes all of the necessary hardware and clamps for a hassle free installation.50 State Street Legal.
This CGS Motorsports Cat-Back Exhaust is 50 state street legal and will not affect factory warranty or emissions standards. CGS Motorsports is also confident in the quality of their exhaust by backing it with a Lifetime Warranty.Application.
This CGS Motorsports Stainless Steel Car-Back Exhaust with a Single Side Exit is specifically designed to fit 2015-2018 3.5L EcoBoost F-150s with the following cab and bed configurations.
- SuperCab with a 6.5 ft. Bed
- SuperCrew with a 5.5 ft. Bed
- SuperCrew with a 6.5 ft. Bed
- What's in the Box
- (1) Head Pipe
- Over the Axle Pipe
- (1) CGS Muffler
- Stainless Steel Tip
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 2 Hours
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- Will it fit my F-150?
- 3.5L V6 EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17, 18