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.