Review & Install Video
Ford Performance's Bullit Axle-Back that I've got here today is gonna be a good option for any of my 4.6 or 5.4 owners out there looking to improve their exhaust note ever so slightly, not getting too loud, not picking up any drone, last but not least, for someone that's after Ford Performance's legendary build quality and attention to detail. Now any axle-back for this generation of Mustang simply bolts on, and for that you're gonna be looking at a very easy one outta three wrenches on our difficulty meter here, about an hour job, and I'll show you how coming up soon.Okay, so right outta the box what you just heard is definitely gonna be on the quieter side of the spectrum here, and this is easily gonna be catching a soft two outta five in the wake the neighbor scale here, and it's really easy to understand why. Now this quieter axle-back is still a decent improvement over the factory mufflers. Those stoppers really just don't do the three valve too much justice. And let's face facts here, guys, it pretty much just makes it sound like any other V8 on the road. So if you're the owner that likes that relative volume of your stock system, you like the cabins pretty quiet and livable but you wanna make the motor actually sound like it's supposed to, these are gonna be perfect for you. Now they're gonna give you a marginal decibel level increase while not creating any drone and that's thanks to our customers' feedback, and will still be able to have a conversation in the car and enjoy long drives.But from the sounds to the system here, guys, Ford Performance makes quality kits, and these are no exception. This kit's primarily made out of a two and a half inch 409 stainless steel tubing which is considered an optimal metal for exhaust because it's gonna resist corrosion better than aluminized steel. Now it's worth pointing out that if you're on the coast somewhere where you're gonna be seeing snow or rain more often than not, or if you're just in a wet part of the country, 409 may show a bit of surface rust. It's gonna be inherent that any exhaust system's gonna discolor and rust up a little bit with any material. This is something that's likely gonna turn a little bit faster than others. But with that said, guys, it's not gonna be visible as it's gonna be under the car. It's not really something that would keep me up in the middle of the night. But where it counts, you're gonna be getting a very nice three and a half inch polished 304 stainless tips. Those are always gonna look great, they're not gonna rust or corrode. They're always gonna polish up nicely. On the flip side here, guys, if you're overly concerned about that finish under the car and you're after the same decibel level, there are a couple other options out there like MBRP's stainless Pro Series, or LTHs, or a pypes violator that's fully polished, but expect the prices to fluctuate based on the materials. And while we're on topic of pricing, this isn't something that's necessarily gonna burn a hole in your pocket, and being a Ford Performance system, I think it's pretty aggressively priced coming in only at around 380 bucks, and I'd say wouldn't hesitate to bite the bullet here, so to speak. So for the money, if you're looking for a slight bump in volume and tone, it's a great option all things considered. Now if you wanna stay with Ford Performance, you're looking for something slightly louder. Make sure to check out the FR500S back on the website just for comparison. It is gonna be a little bit more throaty. Now and install wise, like I said a little bit earlier, axle-backs are a piece of cake, they install in under an hour with basic hand tools. For that, it's gonna warrant a very easy one outta three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Now looking ahead, guys, this isn't gonna call for the entire tool box, you're looking at just the basics: sockets set, jack and jack stands, and a little bit of WD-40 to hit your existing hangers to get your factory system off. Now, you're gonna you wanna get started getting that car's rear end up off the ground, you're gonna wanna hit those clamps out back with a ton of WD-40 or PB Blaster. Let that soak in a little bit because they're gonna be in there pretty good. So after you let that sit for a couple of minutes, you're gonna start on either side, doesn't really matter which, and you're gonna work on breaking lose the clamps on the over axle pipe. So once that's free, guys, we'll need to do a little bit of a dance and wiggle just to get that out, but it's really nothing crazy here. Once you're done with one side, simply repeat the process on the other side, get your bolts into place, reinstall 'em in the opposite order and you're ready to rock. All right, so that's gonna wrap things up here with me and Ford Performance's Bullit Axle-Back, fitting the '05 through '09 GT and GT500, that can be found right here at americamuscle.com.