Installation Time: Shop Install
Installation Cost: $100-$250
September 07, 2017
Part 2 Review
To begin with, your cold starts will have a some amount of rasp with some hints of deep rumble here and there as the revolutions begin to drop but they will be very loud and who doesn't love an extra loud cold start. Second, at idle, it is louder but it comes with the price of the gassy smell. Simply rolling up your windows will fix that for you. When rolling, you won't smell it if you have the windows down. Please be advised, if you have an O/R pipe and your car is a daily, because of the volume of the pipe, having a conversation inside won't be so pleasant. Third, as I said in my previous review, there is plenty of rasp throughout the powerband HOWEVER, you'll learn to manage it by shifting at certain points with a combination of how heavily you put your foot on the gas. For example, I learned to cruise in the city (NYC) at no more than 30 throttle and I must shift before 2,900. If I want to shift pass pass that, I need to get to a 50 throttle between 3,000-3,100RPMs (that's where it gets annoyingly raspy) and if I maintain that 50 after 2,900 it is no longer raspy but the deep rumble begins to faintly disappear. Cruising through the city managing the rasp very well will result in breaking necks and a smile on your face. Please keep in mind, this is a V6, not a V8, so there will be times where the rasp will come out and you won't be able to do anything about it. That's something that I've learned to accept and you will have to too if you get this pipe. Fourth, a personal experience of mine, when I take off normally from a green light and the following light is still red AND I maintain at 1st gear, when letting the gas go and it drops in RPMs, this beast ROARS from 3,000-2,000. This is something that I absolutely love and can't deny it. This will feed your Mustang pride and will make you feel powerful, especially around Hemis', SRTs, SSs, Ms, and AMGs. Fifth, this mid pipe REQUIRES some amount of time to break in before the raspiness begins to fade away. I had this O/R set up for 3 months and the rasp was still there HOWEVER, it has some minimal deep tone to it. The best way to break it in quicker is to drive (I recommend highways at night) at high RPMs and endure that painful rasp. Practicing your 0-60s also do the trick. Sixth, THE VOLUME IS THERE. Before, I had Roush ABs, CAI, and BBK Shorties. On a volume scale of 1-10, assuming 5 is bone stock and 7 my previous set up, adding this pipe will sit you at around a 9. If you currently have muffler and/or resonator deletes, it will be more than what you bargained for, especially for a V6. Finally, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND buying the cats offered here for 11-14 models when purchasing this pipe. Install both at the same time. THE PYPES CATS HELP ELIMINATE 85 OF RASP, PLUS DEEPENING THE TONE, ALMOST LIKE AN ARTIFICIAL 5.0 (Please refer to that product to read my review there!) As for power gains, this pipe had to be installed with a tuner, so, yes, I can definitely feel the change but that doesn't necessarily mean the car now has 300RWHP. What I can share with you guys is that my 0-60 dropped from 6.4 to 6.2 on 87OCT so that's good. Also, that the 1st and 2nd gear are a whole new thing when I step on it. The pedal is very sensitive w/ a tune especially with 93OCT. I had to keep it on 87 for NYC. The car does sound throatier but no, the tuner did not do that. That crossover design it what helps produce it. With my setup, I think I could be sitting between 275-285RWHP. I've been told by some AM staff that the BBK Throttle Body COULD possibly tone the rasp, along the Pypes cats I mentioned earlier.
In the end, I give this product and AM a solid 3 stars because if you're not a fan of rasp, you'll end up spending another $300 for a set of cats labor OR $ 4xx.xx for new axle backs or catbacks. Because it's an off-road and AM did not bother to do the effort to also add a catted version, you'll HAVE TO spend an extra $400 for a Tuner. This $475 ended up costing me almost $1,200.