Review & Install Video
What's up, everybody? I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com. And this is my detailed review and install of the CGS stainless steel cat-back exhaust system available for your 2015 and newer 2.7-liter EcoBoost-powered F-150. 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 and materials, and then, finally, we'll even talk through the install here with this 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 wanna drop a huge sum of money for an aftermarket cat-back but would still like to get a noticeable bump in 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 "I wanna wake the neighbors" 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 picked 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 hearing it all surrounds around the CGS high flow muffler. It is a chamber design 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 time to 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 to 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.
Sound and Power.
An energizing jolt of new power and a great new sound go hand-in-hand when you install the CGS Motorsports Single Side Exit Stainless Steel Cat-Back Exhaust on your 2015-2017 2.7L EcoBoost F-150. High diameter stainless tubing with mandrel bends that don’t choke up the flow of exhaust, plus a 100% welded stainless steel motor with tough internal baffles, combine to produce a thrilling growl in your pickup’s external exhaust tone while keeping the cabin quiet.
Big Power Gains.
More than just an improved exhaust note, this CGS Cat-Back also cranks out gains in torque and a possible +28 horsepower increase over the factory exhaust, making your truck drive faster and work harder.
CGS Motorsports manufactures this Single Side Exit Cat-Back with 304 stainless steel throughout, a chromium- and nickel-rich grade that keeps its strength and stays intact even in hot, corrosive environments like exhaust systems. The all-welded muffler build and seamless piping make the system even more resilient. The muffler shell features an embossed CGS logo, while the 4” exhaust tip is brightly polished T304 stainless steel and looks great on your vehicle.
The CGS Motorsports Single Side Exit Cat-Back’s benefits are easy to gain, with quick installation possible thanks to a bolt-on design that needs no cutting or welding. All hardware required for a complete install is packed with the Cat-Back for your convenience.
The CGS Motorsports Stainless Single Side Exit Cat-Back Exhaust is made for use with 2015-2017 2.7L EcoBoost F-150s with the following cab and bed sizes.
- SuperCab with a 6.5 ft. Bed
- SuperCrew with a 5.5 ft. Bed
- What's in the Box
- (1) Head Pipe
- (1) Over-the-Axle Pipe
- (1) CGS Muffler
- (1) Stainless Steel Tip
- Mounting Hardware
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 2 Hours
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- Will it fit my F-150?
- 2.7L V6 EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17, 18