Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. I'm Justin with AmericanMuscle.com, and this is my detailed review of the Gibson 3-Inch Single Exit Cat-Back Exhaust System, available for all 5.0L 2015 and up SuperCrew F-150s, equipped with a 5.5-foot bed. In this video, I'm gonna talk to you about a few things you can expect when checking out a Gibson system for your F-150. I'm gonna talk about what kind of sound you can expect when using this thing, what you're looking at as far as materials and construction, and then finally a quick little walk-through on the install itself. And honestly, guys, the install, don't expect anything crazy here, one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. No cutting, no permanent modification needed, and we'll have a little bit more detail on that coming up later on.
Plain and simple, guys, you should be checking out the Gibson Single Exit Cat-Back here if you wanna make a little bit more noise, but you wanna spend the least amount of money in the process. That's because, at the time of this video, the single exit systems from Gibson are going to be your most affordable option here on the site for your 5.0L powered F-150, and they do also happen to carry a lifetime warranty. Now, this is very nice because typically these entry level or value systems aren't gonna utilize the most durable materials when it comes to corrosion resistance. So to have a lifetime warranty at your back or on your back is definitely nice to point out.
So with that said, let's get a little further into this system. Now, maybe some of you guys are familiar with Gibson. Maybe some of you aren't. But if not, here is the deal. They're definitely gonna be one of the more affordable systems out there when it comes to aftermarket exhaust options, no matter what your application. Whether it be truck or Mustang-related, they're all gonna be built pretty well, they're all gonna fit great, and again, they do have that lifetime warranty backing, like we just talked about.
Let's talk about the sound you can expect when checking out the Single Exit System here from Gibson. And honestly, guys, it sounds pretty good overall for being a budget or value system. Now, it's not gonna totally blow your socks off, and it's certainly not gonna be the loudest system out there. So middle of the road, 3 out of 5 on my 1 to 5 I-want-to-wake-the-neighbors scale. Again, you're gonna hear it on the outside, you will hear this system on the inside of your truck a little bit, and the drone is gonna be minimal at best.
Now, your 5.0L sound is going to be shaped by Gibson's SFT Superflow Series Muffler here, which features a baffled and chambered combination. So you've got a lot going on in this muffler, but overall it will increase your volume, like we talked about a little bit earlier. But overall, again, the combination is gonna help keep things in check, so again, don't expect the loudest system out there. If you're looking for something that's really gonna wake up the neighbors, you might wanna shop for a different system.
Now, this Superflow SFT muffler is going to increase your volume efficiency, which, in turn, is not gonna hurt your exhaust flow. And this thing does not use any internal packing, which can sometimes burn out or change over time, changing your exhaust sound. Not the case here with the Gibson. No internal packing means you're gonna have a very consistent exhaust tone over the years.
Now, let's switch our focus away from the sound a little bit. Let's talk about the construction and materials here with the Gibson, guys, because like I said earlier, this is a budget Cat-Back. So don't expect the premium materials and premium welds that you would find with the $1,000-plus systems. However, with that said, the Gibson is still built very well. It's made here in the States and not built overseas. Material-wise, guys, you're looking at a durable aluminized steel for the overall construction here.
Not a bad material, per se, when it comes to performance and just overall construction, in general. However, it's not gonna be as good at reducing surface corrosion, as some of your more premium materials out there, whether it be the 409 or 304 grade stainless steel. Keep in mind, though, they are throwing that limited lifetime warranty at you here, so that's something you really don't see a lot when you're talking about aluminized steel systems. So to be getting that here with this system definitely gets a big thumbs up from me. Ultimately, guys, at the end of the day, if you prefer to grab a stainless steel system, Gibson does offer nearly identical system to the one I have here, but with that 409 grade stainless instead. But as you can imagine, that does increase the price a little bit.
Piping is gonna be 3-inch mandrel-bent from tip to tip. And speaking of tips, guys, Gibson does include this rather large 4-inch tip here, which is actually made from 304 grade stainless steel. And this is the material you like to see when checking out exhaust systems because you can essentially rely on this guy looking good and staying rust-free for years to come. Now, this is Gibson's Single Exit System here, guys, so expect to look very similar to stock with the tip dumping right behind the passenger side rear tire.
Now, if you prefer or maybe desire a slightly more modified or aggressive-looking system, Gibson does also offer dual exit systems as well, in both aluminized steel and in stainless steel construction. And the sound is gonna be pretty similar to the Single Exit System here because all of their systems essentially utilize the same muffler, this SFT Superflow Muffler. However, more material typically means a little bit more dough for you, and that is the case when checking out the dual systems.
Now, I have talked about price quite a bit already in this video, but I will say it again. This is gonna be one of your most affordable options on this site when it comes to aftermarket exhaust options for that new F-150. In fact, you're gonna be looking at right around the $400 price point for the Single Exit Gibson, which is a great deal if you're looking just to increase the volume, again, without forking out top dollar for a more premium system.
On the topic of install, guys, well, again, this one really isn't gonna test you here, so expect one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. Maybe an hour or two to get everything in place. Now, this is a direct replacement for all SuperCrew 5.5-foot bed owners out there. So with that said, don't expect to bust out the saws, all because there's no cutting. There's no permanent modification needed here. Instead, a basic socket set is really all you need to get this guy in place.
My final takeaway from the Gibson Exhaust here, guys, is that, again, if you wanna increase the volume in your new F-150, but you're trying to stick to a very tight budget, the Single Exit Gibson Systems might just be one of the best options for you out there. And if you like what you heard, you can check one out right here at AmericanMuscle.com.