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C&L Race Cat-Back Exhaust with Black Tips (18-23 Mustang GT Fastback w/o Active Exhaust)

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      Video Review & Installation

      Justin: If you're looking for a very aggressive full stainless Cat-Back for well south of 1000 bucks, well then the C&L Race for the 2018 and newer GT might just be the system for you. Now, the C&L will pack 409 grade stainless steel throughout, including your 3-inch mandrel bent tubing, included X pipe here straight through perforated tube mufflers. Then finally, your black quad tips all for right around that high $700 price point. Install for this system's gonna get a middle of the road, 2 out of 3 wrenches on the difficulty meter, taking a couple of hours or so to bolt this thing up from start to finish. But as always, guys, hang with me for a little bit and we'll walk you through that job later in the video.So getting right into the sound here with the C&L Race, and honestly guys, this thing is pretty gnarly. Noticeable sound increase not only over your stock exhaust, but over C&L's other offering for the S550, which is called the C&L Street. And at full boogie, I'm picking up some pretty gnarly rasp rods out of this thing as well which I personally dig. That's a great sounding system. So, breaking out my wake the neighbor scale, I have the C&L Race coming in at a very strong 4 out of 5, again on my 1 to 5 or 1 to wake the neighbor scale.Now, the combination of the free-flowing mufflers here along with that included X pipe really do make for an aggressive combination, but one that still somehow manages to stay surprisingly quiet on the inside of the car while cruising. But let's get into these mufflers because honestly guys, that's gonna be the biggest difference between this system, the Race, and the other system from C&L the Street. Now, the Race is going to incorporate the straight-through bullet style mufflers here, perforated tube design that will certainly allow for a more aggressive sound and one that, as you guys heard, will turn more than a few heads on the street.Now, the X pipe does, of course, lend itself to maybe a little bit more rasp with this system, but it's certainly not crazy or over the top like maybe some other options for the Coyote. Now, outside of the sound, the other big story here is the full stainless-steel build at a very affordable price point. Now, the C&L is going to incorporate 409 grade stainless here to be exact for most of the Race system. You're also looking at quality welds and great fitment, as you'll see in a bit with our install. Now, the 409 can be found, again, in your 3-inch mandrel bent tubing, included X pipe here, of course, your straight-through mufflers as perforated tube design mufflers. And then finally, out of the 4-inch quad black tips.Now, one thing I do wanna point out the rest of the system, 409 grade stainless, the tips themselves are actually made from 304 grade stainless. That's great. That's the cream of the crop material when we're talking exhaust systems. And as a result, should look good for many years to come. And obviously the black coating is gonna help protect that stainless even further. Now, C&L does also offer this system with a traditional polished tip as well for those owners out there who might prefer the more polished or traditional look.Finally, guys, the C&L does include everything needed for the install, including your pair of step-down adapters here that of course, will allow this system to work with your factory manifolds or a set of aftermarket long tube headers that utilize that step-down connection. You're also looking at nice band clamps included here with the kit. And again, everything needed to get this thing bolted up. Now, speaking of which guys, again, this will be a 100% bolt-on job. There's no modification, no cutting needed. Everything should be very straightforward. But to give you a better idea of just what you're in for in the garage or driveway, feel free to check out our detailed walkthrough and tool breakdown.Man 1: The tools you'll need for this project are an impact gun with a 15-millimeter socket, a 1/4-inch drive ratchet, a 13-millimeter socket, and an exhaust hanger removal tool. Hi everyone, today we're installing an exhaust on our Mustang, but before we do that, let's watch a short video on how to uninstall the stock system first, and we'll see you right back here afterwards.Man 2: All right. First up here, we're gonna loosen up the two clamps holding our factory resonator pipe or really the entire exhaust to our factory headers. Now, in order to do that, grab a 15-millimeter deep socket and we're not gonna remove the nuts, just loosen them up a good amount so that they can move freely. All right. Next step, we're moving toward the rear of the vehicle looking at our rear subframe. There are two hangers holding the exhaust up to the subframe here. Now, instead of trying to pop these hangers out of the isolators, because doing that and then getting them back in is gonna be pretty tough. Instead of doing that, we're gonna remove these two bolts from the frame and then twist down the hangers off the frame.So grab an extension and a 13-millimeter socket. I'm gonna go right over the rear sway bar and get these two bolts off. Once you have those off, lift up and unhook it and bring it down. There's a little locking tab here that hooks right into that, so you're just gonna lift up and rotate it off. Next up, I got my buddy Jared to help me out here. This is definitely a two-person job. Have one person at the tips or the mufflers. I'm gonna be over here just tapping those clamps to the side and we'll set it aside all in one piece.Man 1: The first thing we're going to do is install our two adapters, and we're gonna be reusing the two front clamps from our stock system. So we'll put these in and tighten them down with our 15-millimeter socket. Now, we'll go ahead and slide a couple of our clamps over our adapters, making sure that the nuts are facing down and to the outside. Now, we can go ahead and install our X pipe, making sure that the support brace is towards the back and is on the bottom. Now, we go ahead and position our clamps over the end of the pipe. Now, we can go ahead and snug up our clamps using our 15-millimeter socket. You don't want to tighten them all the way yet because we want to adjust it later on when we get the full system installed.Now, we're also going to be reusing all four of our hangers for the exhaust system, so we're gonna transfer those from the old system to the new system. And to take those hangers off, you're gonna want to use a hanger removal tool. Simply clamp it on and squeeze and go ahead and pop those off. Now, we're just gonna reinstall these in the same position that they were on the old system.Now, we can slide the new clamp over our tailpipe, making sure, of course, again, that the nut is facing down and is to the outside. And we're also gonna hook our hanger back up behind the axle here and secure it with the original hardware. Now, you don't want to tighten it down just yet until we get everything installed. Then we can go ahead and make sure it's all lined up and go ahead and tighten it down then. Then we go ahead and slide a new clamp on our muffler, making sure that the bolt itself is towards the back of the car. And then we'll go ahead and hook our hanger in as well to make sure that it holds it in place.Now, we can go ahead and secure that with our original hardware just to make sure that it holds it in place. Now, you can go ahead and install your clamp onto your tip, again, making sure that the nut is facing down. Now, once you got your clamp on, you'll notice also that one tip is taller than the other. The taller one needs to go towards the inside, the shorter one goes towards the outside. Now, once you've got that one installed, you can go ahead and repeat that whole process for the other side, and then we'll go ahead and straighten everything out and tighten it all down.All right. Now that we've got everything installed, we can go ahead and start tightening everything up. First thing we wanna do is make sure that our X pipe is level with the ground, and we'll start from the front using our 15-millimeter socket and tighten those front clamps up. And that wraps up our review and install of the C&L Race Cat-Back Exhaust with black tips from the '18 to current Mustang GT Fastback without Active Exhaust. Thanks for watching and remember, for all things Mustang, keep it right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation

      Features & Specs

      • Aggressive Performance Sound
      • Improves Exhaust Flow for Better Performance
      • Bullet Style, Straight-through Perforated Mufflers
      • Cross-Over X-Pipe Included
      • Mandrel-Bent 3-inch Diameter 409 Stainless Steel Tubing
      • Black Coated, Quad 4-inch 304 Stainless Steel Exhaust Tips
      • Simple Bolt-on Installation
      • Fits 2018-2023 Ford Mustang GT Fastback without Active Exhaust


      Aggressive Race Sound. Add an exciting exhaust note to the sound of your GT Mustang's exhaust with a C&L Race Cat-Back Exhaust System. This C&L Race Cat-Back Exhaust features a pair of bullet style, straight-through perforated mufflers that will produce an aggressive performance sound under acceleration, but a mellow tone at idle. Besides an increase in sound, this Cat-Back, with its full mandrel bent piping, will reduce restrictions giving your Mustang a more free-flowing exhaust for gains in both power and performance.

      Quality Construction. C&L proudly manufactures their Cat-Back Exhaust systems from mandrel-bent, 3-inch diameter, premium grade, 409 stainless steel tubing for excellent exhaust flow and enduring corrosion resistance. Besides the high-flow, crossover X-pipe, this system features a pair of bullet style, straight-through perforated mufflers that end with a set of quad 4-inch, black coated, 304 stainless steel exhaust tips.

      Bolt-On Installation. C&L engineered their Cat-Back Exhaust to be a direct bolt-on upgrade replacement. This Exhaust System will easily bolt straight up to the factory piping for an easy straight forward installation. Clamps and instructions are provided.

      Application. This C&L Race Cat-Back Exhaust with Black Tips is designed to fit 2018-2023 Ford Mustang GT Fastback models without Active Exhaust.



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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Driver Side Muffler
      • (1) Passenger Side Muffler
      • (1) Driver Side Mid-Pipe
      • (1) Passenger Side Mid-Pipe
      • (1) X-Pipe
      • (4) 3-inch Exhaust Clamps

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        Will It Fit My Mustang

        • GT - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23