Installation Time: Afternoon
April 16, 2018
Amazing exhaust note. Disappointed until….
I wanted to wait a few weeks before writing my review so that I could list pros and cons.
This took longer than my Flowmaster American Thunders to install. Follow the instructions…more things have to be disconnected than with the Flowmasters. It took about 3 hours with help.
When I took my first cruise with these, I was both elated and disappointed. The constant drone of the Flowmasters was gone and that was such a huge relief. At WOT it sounded beautiful! Something like a Harley at times and a Nascar at other times (depeding on the gear/rpms maybe). Just incredible. Going under a bridge at WOT made me so happy! However, I felt that the system was pretty close to stock unless I was at WOT. Even sitting at a light with the top down, the exhaust was so quiet. I paid good money for these and…maybe this is just me…I want people to know this is no stock Mustang. I missed the rumble the Flowmasters provided when passing people.
I debated what to do for several days. I thought about purchasing the complete catback. Maybe THAT would be louder and make me happy. After all, most of the videos I watched were of the complete catback. Wifey could not comprehend why I was not satisfied with a $700 exhaust. She said I would never be happy with the sound and I insisted that at some point I would be. Deleting the catalytic converters (it is already tuned) was another option and would save a lot of money over purchasing the x pipe from Corsa. I worried that I would seriously regret removing the cats and that my wife would hate the car. It gave me so much anxiety. It's a convertible and I’m not in my twenties after all. Am I going to walk into work smelling like exhaust fumes? I also wanted to run the ghost cam on the weekends and removing the cats is a must if you want to be able to hear...really hear...the cam sound. I figured I could always go back. I finally found a shop that would do the work for $150 and pulled the trigger.
I could not be more content. Removing the cats made this exhaust a beast. Best of all, I can still control the volume. When my wife drives the car like a grandma, the exhaust is barely noticeable. Seriously. She did not even notice when she drove it. When I am in the mood (almost always) to hold the gear, let the RPMs run up, and downshift, the car sounds like it eats children! The pops and crackles are great music. I absolutely love it! The ghost cam sounds amazing. When I punch it on the interstate, the sound is unreal. I smile every time. I can switch gears and make it more or less aggressive. If I get a phone call, I can quite it down completely. The cons of this setup are an unbelievably loud cold start for the first ten seconds and an occasional short not-so-refined raspy note that happens maybe once every couple of hours (perhaps when I am in the wrong gear). On the cold start, if you live in an apartment complex and leave in the early morning, you might want to think twice. The houses are pretty close together here and I am waiting to hear from the neighbors LOL. Still, it's less than ten seconds and it calms down.
If you are on the fence, buy this exhaust! Corsa knows what’s up! If you are not completely happy, pull those cats off. I wish I would have deleted them day one.