(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys, it's Sara with americanmuscle.com. And today, we have a review and install of the SR Performance Axle-Back Exhaust, fitting your 2005 through 2010 V6 Mustang. This exhaust is perfect for the Mustang owner who's looking to wake up the sound of their V6 but doesn't want one that's too over the top. This exhaust features aluminized steel construction with three-inch piping and a four-inch slant cut polish tip. It improves your exhaust flow thanks to the straight-through muffler design. I'm giving this axle-back option a three out of five on the loudness meter. Now, you guys know no exhaust is gonna make a V6 sound like a V8 but this option definitely wakes up the sound of your Mustang. It gives it a louder and a little bit deeper tone without being overpowering.So, as far as price goes, this one comes in at around $175, making it the most budget-friendly option for axle backs for your Mustang. I'm giving this install a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It features a direct bolt-up install with no cutting required and can be done within two hours. So, with that said, let's jump into our install. For this install, you will need an impact gun or a ratchet, 15, 14 and 13-millimeter sockets, an 8-millimeter Allen key or Allen socket, and 13-millimeter wrenches. You may also want some PB B'laster to help out with the install. All right, so the first step in our uninstall is we're gonna grab a 14-millimeter socket and remove the clamp that's holding on our axle back. Now, keep in mind, depending on when you last drove your car, this exhaust might be hot, so wear gloves or wait for it to cool down.All right, so we did spray a little PB B'laster on the clamp because it does look pretty rusty and it's definitely not gonna hurt in order to get it loose. Grab a 14-millimeter socket, and you may want an extension here, and go ahead and loosen this clamp. All right, so there's two options when it comes to removing the hanger. You can either use a hanger removal tool or pry bar to remove this post from the rubber hanger itself, or we can remove these 2 13-millimeter bolts that hold the hanger on to the Mustang. So, let's grab a 13-millimeter socket. We're gonna remove these bolts. Next up, you can go for the second 13-millimeter bolts and you're probably gonna need a wrench or ratcheting wrench for this one.So, with this hanger released, there is one more hanger up top here that you can't see. Hopefully, we can pull down on the muffler, and get it off the pipe, and then out of the other hanger. So, the first thing we're gonna do is grab onto this muffler and pull down. You may need to wiggle this. All right, so this hanger is pretty bottomed out. I don't think we're gonna get the muffler off of our pipe, but the good news is we've now exposed the two bolts that are holding on this hanger. So, we're gonna remove those using a 13-millimeter ratcheting wrench.All right, so with the first bolt out, we can now remove the second and final bolt holding on this hanger with a 13-millimeter ratcheting wrench. Now, just keep in mind, this is the last thing that's holding your exhaust on. And once you get this loose, it will likely just wanna come right off so be ready. All right, so it slid off the end of our pipe, slide it out of our hanger here and take it off of the Mustang. All right, so now that we have our factory exhaust uninstalled from our Mustang, we can check it out side by side with our SR performance exhaust. Now, these are both aluminized steel, however, the SR performance exhaust is a little bit larger pipe-wise than the factory. The piping is three-inch while the factory is two and a half. And the tip comes in at four inches to the factory three. This isn't gonna make much of a difference but it definitely is worth noting. Finally, as you can see, the muffler is quite a bit smaller, which is definitely gonna get us some proof sound out of this Mustang.All right, so before we get this exhaust on the Mustang, we do wanna attach these hangers now. It will be a little bit easier than trying to do it on the car. Make sure that you're attaching them in the proper orientation. This top one should look like this. Right about there, it should sit on the frame of the car. Now, this next one is opposite. So it should go on like this. We can still rotate these to sit perfect. Just make sure they're facing the proper direction. All right, let's get this on the car. All right, at this point, you can install the clamp and just run it up the piping for now, just out of the way so it's there when the exhaust is in place.Line up the piping with your new exhaust. All right, with the piping installed, go ahead and line up the clamps with the bolt holes that you removed earlier. Go ahead and line up the second bolt hole on the same hanger. I'm just gonna install these loosely for now until we line up all the hangers. Go ahead and install the bolts in the other clamp. All right, now, you can grab your 13-millimeter wrench and tighten it down. We're gonna use an open-end wrench on this one. It's a little tougher to get to with the muffler in place but the wrench can still do the trick. All right, grab your ratcheting wrench and we're gonna tighten up these last two bolts for our hanger. And we can actually get a socket on this one. So, we're gonna grab a 13-millimeter socket and tighten it down.With the hangers bolted down, you can grab your clamp and work it over top of your pipe. We wanna rotate it so that the metal piece inside the clamp is evenly distributed on top of one of the ears. It's not, you know, in the middle just so you can get a good clampdown. And also make sure it's lined up with the edge here, nice and even. Then we're gonna grab a 15-millimeter socket and tighten this down. All right, so finally, we can install the tip. Go ahead and work it over the end of your exhaust. And there is a good amount of adjustability here. So you wanna make sure it's nice and lined up, and grab an 8-millimeter Allen key or Allen socket, and tighten down the bolt at the top of your tip.All right, so that is gonna do it for the review and install of this SR performance exhaust. Remember, for all things Mustang, keep it at americanmuscle.com.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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