What's up guys? Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com, and this is my review of the Ford Racing by Borla Touring Catback exhaust fitting your 2015 and up EcoBoost Mustang. This catback in Ford Racing is going to be for the S550 EcoBoost owners out there that are looking for a high-quality catback that offers a low growl.
This is a perfect option for the guys that are not looking for anything too loud and just want something mild that's going to open up some exhaust flow and give you a little bit better sound than the factory exhaust. This catback is going to eliminate the factory resonator and replace it with just a Y plate that leads down to the touring mufflers.
So Ford Racing has a few options for the EcoBoost Mustang. We have the option of the Touring Catback which is this one right here or the Sport Catback and the difference is going to be in the sound. The Touring Catback is quieter than the Sport Catback, and I'm going to go ahead and say that the Touring Catback is quieter and more mild than a lot of the other options on the site, just to give you a little overview here.
Like I mentioned and just like with the Sport Catback, this catback is going to eliminate the factory resonator and replace it with the standard Y pipe. Removing this resonator is going to have a punch of performance benefits. We're looking at sound and power improvements and even some weight benefits.
This catback is 30 pounds lighter than the factory catback is and that's just the nice little bonus that you get from swapping over to the system. Unlike some of the other EcoBoost Catback options out there, this system actually pumps up the size of the piping to be going from two and a quarter inch system, the two and a half inch system, and you're also looking at a full stainless steel mandrel bent catback.
This system right here has four-inch chrome stainless steel tips, but Ford Racing also has a version of this same catback that's in titanium black stainless steel tips. Both options will have the Ford Racing logo embossed from the tips so you won't be losing anything one way or the other. But just a heads up, the black tip version is going to cost a little bit more than the polished version one. And it's usual stainless steel is always a great option for the cars that see all different types of road conditions since it's going to offer corrosion resistance.
So I've been saying this that the main component of the catback is going to be the mufflers. And in this case, we're looking at a set of camber touring mufflers. So the Y pipe is going to open up exhaust flow for the touring mufflers which are known for a mild growl which you heard earlier in the sound clips. The combination of the Y pipe and the touring mufflers creates more of a raw tone than the stock exhaust does, and the sound isn't too loud and also doesn't have any drone at highway speeds.
I know you can hear that this catback is deeper than the factory exhaust, but once you start climbing the RPMs, I think the deepness of the tone goes away. Now, this isn't a [inaudible 00:03:52] tone like the Sport Catback has, but more of a tone down sound instead. I'd still say though that the touring mufflers give more of a raw sound like the sport mufflers do when you compare it to other options that focus more on the tune sound.
This catback is going to be one of the quietest options available for the EcoBoost, so there isn't going to be a lot of raspiness or volume or popping with the system. What you do end up with however, is more of a turbo four-cylinder sound except in a more reserved way. One thing I did notice about this catback is that you don't get as much of the turbo noise as I have hearing with other options that are out there. You can hear some spoiling in there in the lower RPMs, but that's it.
So if the turbo noise is something that you're really after, then there are some other options on the site that really open up a lot of that noise. Now with all of that being said, you have to keep in mind that this is a four-cylinder turbo car. It's not going to sound like a V8. So if you're looking for something that make your EcoBoost sound like V8, you're going to be looking for a while.
There are other options that will get more of that clean, deep, pipe sound that's relatable to the type of sound that you can get from the V8. So if that's what you're looking for, then there are some other options that might suit you better. With this being a quieter catback for those guys that are looking for a little bit more than the stock sound but that really just want to open up the exhaust flow, that leads to another nice thing about this catback, and that's the fact that there's no interior drone, not even at cruising speed.
A quieter catback like this one here doesn't usually have a lot of drone and that's definitely not something they have to worry about here with this catback.
Overall, if you're looking for loud, this system is not for you. This is a quiet and tamed system that does give a powerful sound but it does it through a deep growl instead of a loud roar. This is one of the quietest aftermarket options if not the quietest. And so I'm going to give it a two out of five on the loudness scale.
With catbacks, it really all depends on what you're looking for, and luckily, there are quite a few options out there. Like I just said, there are a handful of different options when it comes to catbacks with the S550 EcoBoost at this point in time, and this means different types of sound as well as different price ranges. You've got your choice of high-end offering as well as choice for those that do not want to spend that much, and Ford Racing is going to be one of the high-end offering. Ford Racing is legendary for its quality, so if that's something you're concerned with, you're shopping in the right place.
We did talk about two catbacks, one was black tips and one was polished tips, and they're going to have a slight price difference but we're only talking by $50. The chrome tip option is going to be on the less expensive side but the black tip option is going to be more expensive which is typical. Either way, you're looking at spending between $1,330 and 1,380 depending on which version of this catback you choose to go with which is the same price range as a Sport Catback. So Ford Racing is giving you the option to pick your preferred sound gear.
When it comes to the install, you're going to be looking at an easy one out of three wrenches on the scale when we look at difficulty. This is considered a direct bolt-on item, so you won't need to cut anything or modify anything to get it installed. All they really are going to need is a socket set and a lift would certainly make things easier but the job can be done on stance as well.
You're going to be removing the exhaust from the resonator back and an extra set of hands can make things easier for you here. You'll be moving over your hang-ins [SP] to the new catback so I'd recommend taking them off with the factory exhaust when you drop that. It'll only make the swap a little easier. The only other thing that we're going to use is the front clamp off of the resonator for the front of the new catback.
The whole catback can be dropped as one big piece, which is why an extra set of hands can really help here. And when you go to install your new setup, it'll probably be easiest to start from the front and move back, so install the Y and mid pipe area first, then [inaudible 00:07:18] to get pipes in the muffler assemblies, and that leave everything loosen to have it all lined up and then tighten it down.
The catback does come with four new clamp, so you don't have to worry about picking those up and you can figure on spending about an hour or two, from start to finish to get all of this done. Overall, the Ford Racing by Borla Touring Catback is going to replace the factory resonator with the Y pipe and will ultimately drop some weight and open up both exhaust flow and power.
The catback features chambered touring mufflers that are on the quieter side and also do not have any interior drone. This catback is also a step-up to a two and a half inch catbacks that comes complete and is a direct bolt-on install that requires no cutting. You can check this catback out online some more for yourself, and for all things Mustang, keep it right here on AmericanMuscle.com.
Add a powerful exhaust tone to your turbocharged powered 2015-2017 EcoBoost Mustang with a Touring Cat-Back exhaust system that features a pair of Ford Racing straight-through touring mufflers and 4" embossed black exhaust tips. This catback not only sounds great, but also improves exhaust flow with the included Y-pipe for an increase in horsepower and torque.Stainless Steel Construction.
This Touring Cat-Back exhaust system is manufactured especially for Ford Racing by Borla from high quality mandrel bent 2.25" stainless steel tubing and features straight-through touring mufflers with 4.0" black stainless tips embossed with the Ford Racing logo. The tips exit in the stock locations so no modifications are required to the rear bumper cover.Lightweight.
This Ford Racing Touring Cat-Back exhaust system is 20 lbs. lighter than the factory Ford catback system making it perfect for track and drag racers looking to shed unwanted weight in the pursuit of quicker times.Legendary Ford Racing Quality.
When you're adding new parts to your Pony, you can't go wrong by installing parts from the folks that know it best. Ford Racing's legendary quality ensures a perfect fit and years of hassle-free use.Application.
This Ford Racing by Borla Touring Cat-Back Exhaust System is designed as a direct bolt on replacement for the 2.3L EcoBoost powered 2015-2017 Mustang for both great looks and great sound.Technical Note.
Convertible models may need to temporally remove the bracing underneath the vehicle in order to install the Cat-Back Exhaust System properly.Please Note.
The Ford Racing Touring Cat-Back is 50 state drive-by noise legal.
- What's in the Box
- (1) Right muffler assembly
- (1) Left muffler assembly
- (1) Y pipe assembly
- (1) Right intermediate pipe
- (1) Left intermediate pipe
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 2 Hours
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- Tech Specs
Cat-Back Exhaust Specifications
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||Black Stainless Steel |
- Will it fit my Mustang?