Review & Install Video
Hi everybody, I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com, and this is my detailed review and install of the Gibson three-inch single exit full stainless steel cat-back exhaust system available for your 2015 and newer 3.5 liter EcoBoost-powered SuperCrew F-150, equipped with a five and a half foot bed. In this review, I'm gonna break down a few things you guys wanna hear about when shopping for an aftermarket exhaust system. We're gonna talk about the sound profile here with the Gibson three-inch single system. We're gonna break down the materials and construction, and finally, we'll give you a quick little walk through of the install. And for all SuperCrewners [SP] out there with a five and a half foot bed, we're looking at a simple bolt-on modification here, no cutting, no permanent modification needed, so we'll call it one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter with a little bit more detail coming up later on.
So the Gibson that we have in this video is going to appeal to the EcoBoost owners out there looking for a very affordable, full stainless steel system, that will provide a modest increase in tone over your factory exhaust, but more importantly it's gonna be for the owners out there looking to keep the price point right around that $500 mark, which at the time of this video, is gonna put it right in line with the system from pipes and also the XP Series from MBRP. Now, maybe some of you guys are familiar with Gibson, maybe some of you aren't, but if not here's what you need to know. They're typically gonna be one of the more affordable options in the world of aftermarket exhaust systems for both your Mustang and F-150 alike. And in my experience, your stuff is built very well despite the low price, sounds pretty good, and still has some pretty solid materials overall.
But let's jump right into the sound here because this is an exhaust video after all, and you guys heard the sound clips but in my opinion this thing produced a very enjoyable tone overall. A nice deep tone and certainly that wasn't over the top. Listen. A lot of most EcoBoost owners out there, we really don't wanna advertise that Turbo V6 tone and for good reason and the Gibson that we have here will certainly help you do that. So breaking out my wake the neighbor scale, with one essentially being a factory exhaust system, this thing's coming in at a strong two out of five on my one to five I want to wake the neighbor scale. Again, yes, you can tell it isn't stock, but at the same time, it's certainly not gonna get on your nerves. Interior noise is minimal at best.
But let's talk about how this system kinda takes its shape or gets its sound, and it all comes courtesy of the Superflow SFT muffler here from Gibson, something that they use with a lot of their systems. This thing features a combination of both baffles and chambers, so it's gonna help keep that tone in check like we just talked about, but at the same time, it's also gonna help increase your volume efficiency, which basically keeps the exhaust moving through the muffler and through the system. More important to point out here guys, this thing doesn't utilize any internal packing, which can sometimes burn out changing the tone over the years.
But with a sound cover, let's switch our focus over to the construction and materials here at the Gibson system. And again guys, this is gonna be a very affordable full stainless system which does have its perks. Now, it is 409-grade stainless to be exact which isn't the best material out there granted, but it's gonna be far better than aluminized steel when it comes to keeping that corrosion at bay over the years. Everything here is made in the U.S. as are all Gibson systems, and because of that stainless build, it is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
But taking the construction a step further, this system is gonna be very simple overall. You're looking at three-inch mandrel-bent tubing throughout all exiting out the rather large four-inch polished tip in the factory location. And that's a big thing to point out here, guys. This essentially is going to be a very similar look to your factory exhaust system. Definitely a plus for those of you out there who prefer the more stock or OE look as opposed to the more modified dual split exit systems or things like that.
However, with that said, if you did want a more modified look or maybe a more aggressive-looking system, Gibson does offer a dual exit system on the site in both aluminized steel and full stainless here. They're pretty much gonna sound identical to the system we have in this video because they're both gonna incorporate that same SFT Superflow series muffler. However, more material usually means more dough, and that certainly is the case if you're checking out that dual exit system.
Let's quickly talk about the install here, guys, and as promised at the very top of this video, if you have a SuperCrew F-150 with a five and a half foot bed, you're looking at a very straightforward install. So, one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, maybe an hour or two before you're making some noise in the garage or driveway. Obviously known to drop that factory system out of the way first before getting started using your socket set, maybe an extra set of hands wouldn't be a bad idea here as that factory cat-back can be a little big, can be a little bulky and tough to move around by yourself. Once that is out of the way, simply get to work installing the Gibson in reverse order. I always recommend starting from front to back, get the entire system on the truck, [inaudible 00:05:21] final tighten up to the very end, and you should be good to go.
Well guys, if you're looking for a $500 system that is gonna provide you with that full stainless steel construction, I think you're gonna enjoy the Gibson and here's why. The tone is pretty enjoyable without being over the top. The material and build quality is certainly worthy of the new F-150, and ultimately, you have that lifetime warranty on your side for a little peace of mind. That is my review of the Gibson single exit three-inch system which you can get right here at americanmuscle.com.
Sound and Power.
If you are looking for a way to change up the exhaust tone of your 3.5L EcoBoost F-150 and add more power at the same time, then look no further than the 3 in. Single Cat-Back Exhaust System from Gibson. This single side exit exhaust provides your F-Series truck an aggressive, throaty exhaust note, which will make you forget the factory sound and wish you installed this system on your truck sooner. This catback system not only changes the sound of your rig, but also provides an increase in horsepower and torque at low-end rpms (1800-3000). With an average gain of 10-15 HP and 15-20 ft-lb of torque, your acceleration will be improved when you need it for towing and passing others on the highway.SFT Superflow Muffler.
Gibson's SFT Superflow Muffler provides your F-150 an aggressive throaty sound at the tailpipe, while providing minimal interior drone. Featuring a baffled and chambered design, this muffler increases the volume efficiency to provide unrestricted flow without any internal packing. You will experience a louder exhaust sound under towing conditions.High Quality Construction.
Proudly manufactured in the USA, this Gibson Exhaust System is constructed from 3 in. stainless steel mandrel bent tubing for superior strength and corrosion resistance. This exhaust system features a single inlet/outlet SFT Superflow baffled and chambered muffler that connects to a single 4 in. polished T304 stainless slash-cut tips exiting behind your rear passenger tire.Direct Bolt-On Install.
The Gibson Performance Cat-Back Exhaust System is designed to be a direct bolt-on install using the factory hanger locations. You only need access to basic hand tools, as the system doesn't require any modifications. The kit includes all of the necessary hardware and clamps for a hassle free installation.Lifetime Warranty.
Gibson ensures quality craftsmanship of their headers with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. Some exclusions apply, please see manufacturer's warranty for complete details and exclusions.Application.
This Gibson 3 in. Single Cat-Back Exhaust System is specifically designed to fit on the 2015 to 2017 3.5L EcoBoost F-150 SuperCrews equipped with the 5.5 ft. bed. It is not compatible on Raptors.
- What's in the Box
- (1) 3" Headpipe with Hanger & Welded Flange
- (1) SuperFlow Muffler
- (1) 3" Overaxle Tailpipe with Hanger
- (1) 3.5" Rolled Stainless Tip
- (2) 3" Clamp
- (1) Bolt Kit
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 2 Hours
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- Tech Specs
Cat-Back Exhaust Specifications
||Tip Material :
||Polished T304 Stainless|
||Baffled and Chambered
||SuperCrew w/ 5.5 ft. Bed|
- Will it fit my F-150?