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Ford Performance GT500 Style Axle-Back Exhaust (11-14 GT)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Loud Throaty Exhaust Note
    • Direct Bolt-On Design
    • GT500 Mufflers Included
    • 4" Polished Stainless Steel Tips
    • Fits 2011-2014 GT Mustangs

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey, what's going on, guys? Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today, I'm bringing you a detailed review and quick installation of the Ford Racing GT500 Style Axle-Back Exhaust, fitting all 2011 to 2014 Mustang GTs. So, in this video, I'll be going over the sound and expectations of the GT500 Style Axle-Back Exhaust, which, from the sound clip you just heard, gets a two out of five on our loudness meter. Then I'll talk about the materials and construction, of course. I'll top it all off with the installation, which, I'll let you know now, will get one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, something anybody can do with the right tools in the driveway at home. So let's jump right into it. With the sound clips you just heard in mind, you can already hear the slight difference between the '11 to '14 5.0 stock exhaust compared to that of which with the GT500 Style Axle-Back installed from Ford Racing. This particular axle-back from Ford Racing is the exact same muffler system that was used on the '11 to '12 Shelby GT500s, which, of course, is something that everyone wants to capture in their own S197. With that said, this isn't gonna make the world of a difference when it comes to sound on your stock 5.0, but, again, it will give you a two out of five on our loudness meter, making it something that does give you a slightly deeper growl compared to the stock exhaust, which, of course, is always a plus. And, of course, you're not breaking the bank here with something of a full cat-back, but you are still getting that slight difference over that stock muffler. There definitely are some good things about the Ford Racing GT500 Style Axle-Back, one of which is the fact that there is absolutely no drone involved with having this one installed on your vehicle, which is basically the overbearing exhaust noise you would hear inside the car. And, with this, it's just completely nonexistent. Now, a lot of people would argue that this exhaust should've come stock on all '11 to '14 5.0s, but, of course, it's never too late to upgrade. Now, with that upgrade, you're getting that slight throatier sound, and nothing too overbearing, nothing too over the top, and, of course, not the loudest option on the market, which is why I said, again, this one gets the two out of five on our loudness meter. Now, another couple of bonuses about picking up the GT500 Style Axle-Back from Ford Racing is that it actually is 50-State legal. Basically, that means if you're located in an emissions restrictive state such as California or a noise restrictive area, this one is going to comply with all local laws and regulations. Another bonus is if you're worried about voiding your vehicle warranty from the dealer, this one will not have to worry about that one, because it doesn't void any new vehicle warranty. Of course, you can always check with your dealer just to be sure. Now, as far as materials and constructions goes here, expect a very durable, long-lasting, 409 stainless steel for the mufflers and, of course, a polished 304 stainless steel tip with a four-inch-wide mouth coming outside of the rear end for your GT500 styling that will fit perfectly in your rear diffuser coming from the factory. Now, I do wanna point out that the welds here aren't the most beautiful, but, again, they will do their job correctly, coming from Ford Racing like a trusted name they have. Now, of course, when shopping around for an axle-back such as this, the price tag is always gonna be a factor, because you're gonna consider what you're getting out of it, how much you're spending, and all of that good stuff wrapped into one package. Now, with this option here, expect to be spending just about $400, which is a pretty typical price tag for a Ford Racing part like this. Although you are getting a two out of five in the loudness meter, it's not too crazy over the stock exhaust, which I would give a one out of five. This one is gonna give you that slight rumble over that stock exhaust, so if it is something you're looking for, about $400 for it. You're getting the 50-State legal emissions and noise, as well as a very simple bolt-on installation. Moving along to the installation portion of the video, like I said in the very beginning, this one is gonna be simple enough for anybody to care of with very light mechanical skills required. All you'll need is a simple ratchet and simple socket set. Now, with that said, you'll have to jack up your rear end. Of course, you wanna have a jack and jack stand on hand here. You wanna unbolt it, unclamp your factory axle-back, and, of course, pull them off from the over axle pipes, and, again, just simply swap them out with the Ford Racing GT500 Style using the hardware provided. The clamps are already even welded onto the end of the tips. With that said, once you get those bolted up, put the car back on the ground, and you're good to go. I'd say about an hour's worth of time overall, maybe a little bit more for those of you who aren't too familiar with the process, of course. Then, again, it gets one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Just to wrap things up here, guys, if you're the owner of an '11 to '14 S197 5.0 GT and you're looking for a way to swap out your factory axle-back exhaust for something that gives you a little bit more growl coming straight off of the '11 to '12 Shelby GT500s, you might wanna check out the Ford Racing GT500 Style Axle-Back Exhaust, which, of course, is available right here at americanmuscle.com.

    Aggressive Throaty Sound. Add the aggressive throaty exhaust note of the Shelby GT500 to your 2011-2014 GT Mustang with a Ford Racing Axle-Back exhaust system. This axle-back features the exact same Straight-Through mufflers found on the mighty Shelby GT500.

    Stainless Steel Construction. The Ford Racing GT500 Style Axle-Back exhaust system is constructed from 2.75", high quality aluminized 409 Stainless Steel tubing and features 4" polished 304 stainless tips that exit in the stock locations so no modifications are required to the rear bumper cover.

    50 State Legal. The Ford Racing GT500 Style Axle-Back is 50 state drive-by noise legal.

    Application. This Ford Racing GT500 Style Axle-Back exhaust system is designed as a direct bolt on replacement for the 2011-2014 Coyote 5.0L GT Mustangs, adding great looks and great sound.

    Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details

    MPN# M-5230-MGTCA1

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

    What's in the Box
    • (1) Driver Side Muffler
    • (1) Passenger Side Muffler
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Axle-Back Exhaust Specifications
    Piping Material: 409 Stainless Steel Tip Material : Polished 304 Stainless Steel
    Piping Size: 2.75" Tip Size: 4"
    Muffler Type: Straight-Through Fitment: 2011-2014 GT Mustangs
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        5 Top Rated Questions

        I have been hearing that this exhaust will fit a 2014 v6. Is that true?

        • The Ford Performance GT500 Style Axle-Back Exhaust will not be a direct fit on the 2014 V6 Mustang due to differences in exhaust piping diameter between the V6 (2.5") and the GT (2.75")

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        Can any increase in horsepower / torque be expected with this system on an otherwise stock application?

        • Unfortunately the Ford Performance GT500 Style Axle-Back Exhaust will only increase the sound of the exhaust, and generally does not offer any performance gains.

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        Will these bot up directly to BBK's Longtube headers and x-pipe? I want to install BBK Longtube headers and the offroad X-Pipe. Will these mufflers bolt up directly to them?

        • Yes they will work.

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        Which exhaust to go with? Hello, I was wondering which would be more beneficial, a catback exhaust or this axle back and an X pipe? I am trying to decide which direction to go in since the cost would be reasonably similar. Thanks.

        • Stick with the axle back...more than sufficient for sound quality and air flow. The GTs already have decent flowing cats and mid pipe exhaust, better than the V6s. Swapping out all the other exhaust pieces will get you a voided exhaust warantee and probably a failed emissions (if applicable in your area). The cost between the 2 options isnt even close.

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        Will these fit a 3inch over axel pipes like a magnaflow pipes ?

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        10 More Questions
        In Vancouver, BC they are getting very picky about exhaust noise. I currently have Roush axle backs and really love them but they are probably above the 91 decibel at 3000 rpm max. Do you have the decibel stats on the gt 500 axle backs? 1 answer
        Would like to put these on my 2010 GT500 convertible, any reason why they wouldn't work on that car? 1 answer
        Is this axle back exhaust California legal? 1 answer
        This fit to 2014 gt Premium pakege.thank you 1 answer
        Do yall sell the GT500 axle back exhaust in Quad tips instead of single? 1 answer
        How much do these weigh ? What is the average weights savings from switching to these ? 1 answer
        Will this work on a 2007 Gt? 1 answer
        hi This is two pieces this price 1 answer
        Would these quiet down the bbk long tubes compared to the roush axle back? 1 answer
        For those of us with a 2011-2012 Shelby GT500, will these be an OEM replacement for our axle-backs or will they only fit the GTs? By the look of the hangers, they should fit? 1 answer

          Customer Reviews (100+) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.8

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Afternoon

          Installation Cost:0-$100

          • Loudness / Volume 4.164583 4.2
          • Exhaust Note 4.814583 4.8
          • Fit & Finish 4.554167 4.6
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.8375 4.8



          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 25, 2019

            Sounds good with longtubes

            Bought these to quiet my car down after headers. Did the job, but cold starts are still very loud lol. My neighbors hate me!

            RowdyCoyote

            Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            April 21, 2019

            New Exhaust

            Looks and sound great. Nice roar in low gear and quiet when shifting into high gear. Had it installed at local Ford dealer

            MichaelS

            Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: 0-$100

            April 07, 2019

            Do yourself a favor.....

            I have a 2014 GT that i wanted a step up in loudness/throatier than the stock without being annoying for the neighbors. This was THE perfect choice. Brought it to one of the local garages, charged me $50 to install in about 30 min. When it started up after the install the mechanics all gave me the thumbs up and said this is how a mustang should sound. NO DRONE at all. About 25 louder, perfect throaty tone. My friend has a stock 2013 GT and side by side mine sounds sooooooo much better!

            kingmustang

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 04, 2019

            Ford Performance GT500 Style Axle-Back Exhaust

            I would highly recommend this exhaust to anyone with a Mustang GT. Makes the car sound like a shelby now and no drone at all.

            Jeff

            Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            March 28, 2019

            Solid Purchase

            I got this axleback because I live in California... Otherwise I would've gone with the Flowmaster Outlaw or the Roush. This axle back was a pleasant surprise. It has a really nice tone and although it's not EXTREMELY LOUD like the others, it sounds nice! Don't listen to the bad reviews here that say that it sounds EXACTLY the same as the stock one... because it does not. This exhaust sounds great when you're on the throttle and has nice crackles when rev matching/down and downshifting and letting the RPMs drop naturally. I was very pleased with this purchase. The welds DO look horrible.. which I found kind of hilarious. Installation was annoying and definitely takes longer. I'd suggest spraying the hangers and the rubber attachment with soap and water to remove, and remove the hanger attached to the car altogether so you can insert the new hangers into the rubber part with more space. Hope that helps. It'll make sense when you're down there ;)

            BenO

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            March 06, 2019

            Just enough

            It took two of us about a hour to complete the install, sounds great, a nice low growl. When you step on it, sounds fantastic. Very happy with purchase and received shipment in two days.

            DonaldF

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (0)

          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Weekend

            March 05, 2019

            A pain to install but sounds great

            The sound is just what I was looking for; something not too loud, but more aggressive and exhilarating than the stock GT exhaust. Cold starts sound amazing. That said, this was a pain to install. I'm not a car guy, and the stock were annoying to get off, but putting these on, though pretty much the same fit, was such a pain. Maybe it's my car, but next time I'll probably just take it into a shop. Also, the tips aren't the greatest thing to look at.

            Herman

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            February 18, 2019

            Perfect Sound!

            This mod is a must for GT owners!!! Let’s that 5.0 sing!! Just a tick louder then stock, but a much deeper throaty sound!!! No drown what-so-ever! If you want that muscle car sound and still would like to hear your radio and use your sync, then this is the axle back for you. Install is fairly easy for those who are mechanically inclined. Tip- don’t tighten all the bolts until tips are centered on both sides. Great sound!

            NickB

            Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (1)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            February 13, 2019

            prefect blend of usability and loudness

            Love it. had muffler deletes before and drone was insane. I did LOVE the loudness, but it was too much. these strike a great balance with an awesome sound from startup to regular driving, then a wicked sound if you really get into the throttle/RPM's. Definitely would recommend to anyone. Especially in CA with noise restrictions.

            ThomasG

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: 0-$100

            February 13, 2019

            Exhaust Uppgrade

            The GT500 axle back exhaust for my 2014 GT did exactly what I wanted. Deeper sound, no drone, and now the car sounds like a GT should on cold starts, take off, and when you really get on the throttle. Only slightly more interior sound at highway speeds which is perfect for longer drives.

            TTown

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            February 03, 2019

            GT500 Axle Back Exhaust

            After reading reviews, this looked like what I was looking for. An increase of exhaust note over stock but not overbearing. I have been extremely satisfied with the results. This is exactly what Ford should have been putting on their GTs. Excellent sound now with no interior deterioration in cruising sound levels at highway speed. Easy install of less than hour with lift and proper tools. Overall, couldn't be more satisfied.

            JW

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (3)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            January 28, 2019

            Great exhaust

            Having tried the Rousch and then the Borla S exhaust, I finally found the best exhaust for me. What I didn’t realize was that Ford Racing Cobra Jet intake manifold and off road H-pipes would increase the sound volume of any exhaust. The Rousch and Borla exhaust were too loud for me, but the Ford Performance GT500 gives me plenty of rumble when I want and quiet enough on the interstate to hear my music. Plus the price was good too, compared to the other exhausts. So if you have made some mods to improve air in and exhaust out, check these out, they sound like muscle Mustang should.

            Blackmaumba

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (2)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            January 26, 2019

            Nice!

            Great sound, easy install. Not too loud, just what I wanted. Fit perffectlly.

            Darrel

            Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            January 21, 2019

            Pwrfect sound, install tricky.

            I love the deep no-drone sound. Exactly what I wanted. Quality was as expected, and shipping was on time. I'd caution the garage mechanic about the installation tho. More difficult than the video shows. I had Muffler Masters (a muffler shop) install them, and it took 2 men only 30 minutes. But they struggled with them. Used articulated sockets, had to burnish the hangers. I'm embarrassed to say what they charged me. It was a rip off, but now I won't use them again.

            WilliamS

            Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (2)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            December 19, 2018

            As expected

            They're great. I wanted something quieter than the muffler delete. They're heavy though.

            MitchellR

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (2)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            December 18, 2018

            Ford Rading GT500 Axle-back exhaust

            Deeper exhaust note, but not overbearing. No drone at speed. Pleased with this purchase.

            MarkF

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (2)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            December 01, 2018

            Sounded great, looked a bit rough.

            Keeping it short: sound is perfect if you want more than stock, but nothing that'll make the neighbors mad. Stout at WOT, mellow at idle, no drone. Heavy as heck, rough-cut tips look worse than stock, definitely don't "feel" premium. I'd recommend to anyone on a budget.

            lateloop

            Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (2)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 29, 2018

            Awesome

            Great deep throaty sound. Can’t go wrong with these!

            Redertstang

            Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (2)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            November 25, 2018

            the sound that not too loud but has a good tune

            I hate crazily loud exhaust and this exhaust note has the best combination

            Yan

            Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (2)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 25, 2018

            Great sound, no drone.

            Nice exhaust to get some more growl without the drone. Very quiet while cruising but a nice louder tone while accelerating compared to stock.

            KevinB

            Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

            Helpful (3)

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