Review & Install Video
So the Installer Series I've got here today should appeal to the EcoBoost owners out there that are looking to retain their factory style exit or configuration, but that wants to get away with something that's not only gonna look that much more aggressive, but sound that much louder too, along with being an incredibly budget-friendly option. So right off the bat, guys, this system easily gets a three outta five on the loud meter here, making it great for daily driving, and a quiet cabin, and is in fact one of the least expensive options on the site currently.
One of the great things about cat-back systems for this platform is that they're not gonna require that much to get them on. And for that I will be giving them an easy one outta three wrenches on our difficulty meter here, about an hour's worth of labor, and I will show you how coming up soon. So in terms of the sound here, guys, what you just heard is definitely gonna be a little bit more on the mild side in comparison to the Ford racing Borla setup, or a Flowmaster, just a little bit more on the raw side and despite the three inch diameter piping, I'll be honest, it's really nice just how livable the system is in the cabin.
On cold start, you're gonna be getting a ton of noise in a good way, lots of feedback, snap, crackle, and popping, and turbo noise. But once you're up the temperature, and at idle, it's honestly tough to actually notice it's there. So on the road this is really great because the decibel level in the cabin is there, but it's really gonna come down to how far you're sticking your foot through the firewall. Again, livable would be the best way to describe this system, as you can honestly go from mild to wild in just a slight modulation in your right foot, and it's really a great mix of tonality.
So having a system that's fairly similar to this in configuration on my own EcoBoost, I could definitely attest to just how aggressive the sound is, but also how manageable it is. So if you're doing long hauls, or if your significant other or kids are sensitive to sound, this isn't something that's gonna make you hate driving your truck, and it's definitely livable. Again, depending how far your foot's planted on the gas, because you can modulate the sound either from mild to wild.
And the Installer Series looks and feels great right here in my hands, and we're gonna see that they are gonna be using a 16-gauge heavy-duty aluminized steel, and this is why this kit's gonna come down so low on the terms of price. Now I definitely don't want people to confuse that with this not being a great system, because that's just not the case here. Now the cost is in direct relation to the materials, and for reference here, their XP Series is gonna be made up of a 409 stainless, which will cost more, and if you run this up to a 304 stainless steel system, that price is gonna climb that much higher. And what this all essentially means is that if you're near the coast, or if you're seeing snow a lot throughout the course of the year, you might see some light corrosion or surface rust, but it's honestly not something to be too concerned about considering it is gonna be under the truck.
All right, guys, so looking at the pricing here, just like I had said a couple different times before, this is gonna be one of the more affordable options out there. And again, I definitely don't want this to be confused with inferior materials or sound quality. As you just heard it, it sounds good. But either way, you should expect to be spending only about 340 bucks for this system. So when you're shopping for other systems out there, you're gonna see that the prices are gonna fluctuate based on not only the brand and how it's gonna exit, be it an OE style like this, or a dual, or a split, but also the materials. On the flip side, in the same price range, or neighborhood, for a little bit more, you'll see there's a couple options from Pipes, Gibson, AFE, and even a dual-system from MBRP that's right around the same price, and your main differences here are gonna be the muffler types used.
All right, guys, so switching gears to the installation portion of the video. Just like I had said up top, you're looking at a very straightforward one outta three wrenches on our difficulty meter here, about one to two hours to get this onto you're truck before you're making some noise. I do wanna throw it out there that depending on your bed and cab size, there may be a little bit of cutting involved. MBRP is gonna have you covered with some very solid installation info, and aside from a basic socket set, a little bit of patience, I'd just make sure to have a fresh sawzall and blade handy if you do have to cut.
So getting started, you're gonna wanna hit all your hangers and isolators with some with some WD-40, loosen the clamps in front of the muffler and the factory extension pipe flange bolts, and pull the system off your truck with some help. Now getting your Installer Series on, you're gonna want to begin by sliding the flange onto the front pipe, and then loosely installing your hardware. You'll then install the hanger clamp into the second factory isolator and then place the front pipe into the hanger clamp. Now once you're done there, grab a three inch clamp, place that over the muffler outlet, insert your over axle pipe in the muffler, and then a factory isolator. Once you're done there, take another three inch clamp and tail pipe, and then work them into your over axle, and then tighten it down with another three inch clamp. After that, guys, you're damn near done, it's more or less just gonna be throwing your tip in place, give your work a good once over, tighten everything down, and then you're good to go.
That's gonna wrap up things up with my quick review and breakdown of MBRP's three inch Installer Series Cat-Back Exhaust, offered in the Single Side Exit configuration, fitting your 2015 through current three and a half liter EcoBoost, that can be found right here at americantrucks.com.