Review & Install Video
Hey everybody, I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com, and this is my detailed review and install of the MBRP Black Series 4-inch single side exit Cat-Back Exhaust system available for your 2015 and newer 3.5 liter EcoBoost-powered F-150.
In this video, I'm gonna breakdown what kind of sound you can expect when using the 4-inch system from MBRP on your EcoBoost-powered F-150. We're gonna be looking at as far as basic materials and construction, and then finally a quick little walkthrough of the install itself. And speaking of the install here, guys, depending on your cabin bed size, there will be a small amount of cutting needed, so just make sure you have a necessary tools on hand before getting started. We're gonna call it 1 out of 3 wrenches on the difficulty meter, and I will have a little bit more detail coming up later on. The 4-inch Black Series Cat-Back from MBRP is a very unique system that should appeal to EcoBoost owners for a couple of different reasons.
First and foremost, that larger diameter 4-inch system will be a great choice for turbo applications when maximizing your performance is a top priority. In addition to that, the second appeal with this system is pretty obvious at first glance, and that is the all black powdered coating from tip to tip making for a unique look but also increasing the durability in the process.
Now, before we go any further into this actual exhaust here and talk about sound, materials, all that good stuff, I do just wanna take this time and say how much I enjoy what MBRP does when it comes to the exhaust aftermarket. They have a ton of different options out there, including some of the most affordable exhaust in the category all the way to some premium systems and everything in between.
Now, rather than just offer one or two systems and hope people dig them, they offer a bunch of stuff and basically give owners the ability to customize their system through different materials and configurations. So with all that said, what is unique with the Black Series here? Well, the Black Series actually starts out life as MBRP's installer series, which is their entry level 4-inch single side exit cat-back, and then it's basically powdered coated from tip to tip in a heat-resistant black powder coating, and obviously that's how the system gets its name.
And we're not just talking mufflers or piping either here, guys. Everything, and I mean everything, including the tip, the clamps, the bolts, everything, gets that black powdered coating, making for that very unique, stealthy look that a lot of us are after, but also significantly upping the durability in the process.
And I do wanna stick with that durability topic here just for another quick second guys, because again, underneath this black powder coat you will find that aluminized steel for the material. Now, aluminized steel as a whole isn't a bad material. It's something you see a lot of times in the entry level systems. And for the most part, it's gonna perform as advertised, and it is a durable material for the most part.
The one big problem with aluminized steel though, however, is that it's not exactly as durable as some of those other materials out there, and therefore you might see a little bit of corrosion, surface rust, whatever on the system especially if you live in a snowier climate and see a lot of road salt during the winter months. Now, that black powder coat is gonna act as an additional barrier over that aluminized steel to help prevent any of the corrosion that you might otherwise see on the system if it wasn't powder coated at all.
Now, obviously, all these extra benefits do come at a price as we'll discuss a little bit more in a minute. All right, so we know we're getting that powder coated, aluminized steel construction, and we do know, on the surface, you're getting a 4-inch diameter system with a small step-down here at the Factory Connection, but what else can you expect when checking out this system? Well, that 4-inch piping is all mandrel bent, which is nice because it will of course help your flow, along with the straight-through-by-design, MRP bullet-style muffler that is included with this kit. Finally, guys, everything's gonna exit out this rather large five-inch tip embossed with the MBRP logo. I like to call it "the grapefruit shooter." It is absolutely massive here in person.
Now, guys, all of this stuff does exit out the factory location, which is right behind the passenger side rear tire, much like your factory exhaust would. But after all, guys, this is an exhaust, so let's breakdown some of the sound you can expect when checking out this system. And as you heard with your own two ears at the very top of this video, the 4-inch system from MBRP certainly delivers a nice increase in tone and volume overall over the factory system with a boatload of turbo noise, which I actually think is really cool. You can really hear this twin turbos fill up nicely with this system.
Now, overall, with this big of a diameter and the straight through of a muffler, you'd expect something extremely loud, but that really wasn't the case here with the 4-inch system. In fact, I'm going strong 3 out of 5 on my 1 to 5 for "one to wake the neighbors" scale. As far as interior noise, well, when you're hammering on the truck, of course you're gonna hear this thing from the inside of the cabin. But I'm also happy to report that in sixth gear while cruising on the highway, this thing was pretty quiet, overall.
On the topic of price, guys, you're gonna find the MBRP black 4-inch system here to be currently the most expensive 4-inch option on the site, even more so than the pro-series, also from MBRP which by the way does give you that premium 304-grade stainless steel construction. So you can see that black powder coat really does tack on to the final price tag.
Now, to get more specific, you're gonna be looking at right in the mid $700 price point for the Black Series 4-inch, which does pack a one year warranty on the finish itself and an additional three years for the actual system. So, again, just for your consideration, that pro-series 4-inch system also from MBRP does give you premium 304 grade stainless steel, it does give you also a lifetime warranty that's actually gonna cost you 50 bucks less than the Black Series here, granted you're not getting that very cool black appearance.
On the topic of installation here guys, I think, for the most part, aftermarket cat-backs are pretty straightforward to get installed onto the newer F-150s. But keep in mind, there is a small amount of cutting necessary here with the MBRP 4-inch system. Now with that said, I'm still sticking with a 1 out of 3 wrenches on my overall scale of difficulty because the cut is very simple and straightforward, thanks to MBRP's very detailed instructions.
But with that in mind, guys, just make sure you have your saws all on hand, or your other favorite cutting tool. A fresh metal blade will definitely be your friend here, along with the basic sockets that basically help you get this thing in place. But overall, removing your factory system giving the new MBRP system in place is something anybody should be able to tackle in the garage or driveway in about an hour or two, from start to finish.
That's my final thoughts on the MBRP Black Series here. A 4-inch cat-back, it's a great system, it's a very cool system, it does deliver a good amount of noise, a lot of turbo noise in a very unique, stealthy appearance, thanks to that black powder coat. Now, the price might be a little high in the minds of a few out there, given the material of course, but you have to keep in mind that black powder coat does offer some additional benefits that a lot of other systems on the market simply do not offer.
So that's my review of the MBRP 4-inch Black Series Cat-Back, which you can find right here at americanmuscle.com.