(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Merideth: If you're looking for an affordable way to get some deeper exhaust notes and some better clearance for your 2016 or newer 3.5 liter Toyota Tacoma, this AFE Rock Basher Single Rear Exit Exhaust System will be a great option to take a look into. Now, this will be a great addition if you don't really care for the looks of your exhaust and want better clearance when it comes to off-road, in addition to some better sound.Now, getting into that sound, this will be three out of five on the loudness meter with one being completely stock and five being wake the neighbor's loud. Now, this will add some aggressive tones to the exhaust without adding too much volume, which will be perfect if you enjoy hearing the exhaust a bit when you get on it. But want a quiet and comfortable cab environment with little to no drone.Now, this will feature a turned down style design that will keep the exhaust minimal and out of the way, which will better your ground clearance and free up your departure angles when you're going off-road. Not to mention this will relieve a lot of restriction compared to the factory, which will help when it comes to some small power and efficiency gains thanks to the better airflow.Now, this will be made of a two-and-a-half-inch mandrel bent 409 stainless steel material and offer more efficient airflow compared to the factory while boasting really good rust resistance. This will also be a shorter system, which will eliminate that over the axle pipe, again, giving you the clearance that you need off-road and keeping it minimal with a straightforward and no-fuss design. This will also come with factory-style hangers for a seamless spin, all of the hardware that you need for a straightforward install.And like I mentioned, this will be an affordable exhaust system in the category coming in at roughly $500 for the kit. Now, compared to other systems, this will keep it on the affordable side for a couple different reasons, like being more of a minimal system just reaching to the back of the axle and not all the way to the back of the bed there. And it is going to be built with a 409 stainless steel, which is going to offer good rust resistance, but just keep it on the affordable side.Now with that, this is also going to offer ample clearance for the off-roader. So I think if you don't need all the extra bells and whistles, you just need a system that's going to provide you good clearance and good sound that you need out of your Tacoma, then this is gonna be a great pick.Now, install will be a lighter two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, taking you about two hours to get the job done with some pretty basic hand tools. At this point, we can head over to the shop and check out a detailed breakdown of the install, what it looks like step by step. So that's gonna wrap it up for me. Let's go ahead and jump into it.Man: The tools you'll need for this project are a half-inch impact gun or a half-inch drive ratchet, a 14-millimeter socket, a 15-millimeter socket, an exhaust hanger removal tool, and some spray lube. Hi everyone, today we're installing the exhaust on our Tacoma. So let's get started with the uninstall of the stock system first.Well, the first thing you're gonna wanna do after you get the vehicle supported properly is remove these two bolts here at this flange connector that's right about in the middle of the truck, right in line with the drive shaft center support bearing. So we're gonna take these two bolts out here using our 14-millimeter socket. Now, you wanna keep these bolts because we'll be reusing them on the new system.All right, next we can disconnect our exhaust from the front hangar here in front of the muffler. I recommend using a little bit of spray lube on the hangar just to make it easier for removal. Now, we can use our exhaust hanger removal tool and just pop that right off. Now, if you've got an extra pair of hands, it really doesn't matter what sequence you take these hangers off in, but since I'm doing this by myself, we're gonna take off the rear hangar first and then we'll take off the two in the middle.Now, before we remove this last hangar, if you got an extra pair of hands, now is the time to get them so they can support the front of the exhaust so that it doesn't drop. If not, just loosely install one of the front bolts. That way, it will hold the front of the exhaust system up while we remove this hangar. So we'll just get our hangar removal tool and we'll pop this out while we support the back of the exhaust system and we lower it down while we remove this front bolt. Then we can go ahead and lift our exhaust over the axle. Now, it's fully removed.All right, with our old system out of the way, now's the perfect time to inspect this gasket up here around this inlet pipe. If it's broken or damaged in any way, now is the time to replace it. Now, ours is in pretty good condition, so we can go ahead and install our front pipe. Now, when you install this, you wanna make sure that the angle is towards the outside of the truck, and we're going to reuse our original hardware to hook it up. Now at this point, we're gonna leave it pretty loose just until we get everything installed.All right, now we're ready to install our muffler. With our old system out of the way, now's the perfect time to inspect this gasket around the inlet pipe here just to make sure it's not damaged or broken in any way. Ours is pretty good shape, so we'll go ahead and install our front pipe now. And when you install this, you wanna make sure that the angle of this pipe goes towards the inside of the truck. You don't want it on the outside, you want it to come to the inside. So we'll go ahead and slide that on and reuse the original hardware. Just hold it in place.Now for right now, we're just gonna leave it pretty loose till we get the entire system installed. Now, with that being said, before we install the muffler, there's an extension pipe that goes along with this. This is for the 141-inch wheelbase trucks. Ours is 128 inch wheelbase, so we won't need this extension pipe, but if you have the 141, you will need to use this with a clamp on this front pipe and then you'll install the muffler. Since we don't need it, let's get to the muffler install.All right. At this point, I highly recommend using a spray lube on the isolators of themselves so when we slide the hangers into them, they move smoothly. And we're just gonna spray the inside of the hole of the isolator just to get it lubed. And we'll do the same thing with these two right above the axle.Now, we'll go ahead and slide our two-and-a-half-inch clamp over the front inlet of the muffler, and then we're going to slide the hangar and the pipe at about the same time because of the fact that this hangar is so long. So we've got our pipe started and there we go. Now, we can go ahead and slide the rear hangers into the isolators.All right, with everything in place, now we can go ahead and tighten up our clamp using our 15-millimeter socket. Now, when you tighten that clamp up, you wanna make sure that it's at the edge of the muffler inlet itself. That'll give you the best clamping power. Now, we can go ahead and install our tip and make sure everything is lined up the way we want it.All right, now we can go ahead and slide our clamp over the tip and then slide the tip onto the outlet side of our muffler. Now, and go ahead and make sure that your angle is correct and then we'll tighten that down with a 13-millimeter socket. And again, just like the other clamp that we had, you wanna put this as close to the end of the tip as possible. And there we have it.Now, we can go ahead and tighten up all of our bolts, making sure everything is aligned and there's no interference with anything at all. So starting from our front two bolts, we'll use our 14-millimeter socket and tighten those up. Now we'll use our 15-millimeter on the clamp for the hangar. And we're good to go.Merideth: So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and the install of this AFE Rock Basher Single Rear Side Exit Exhaust System fitting all 2016 and newer, 3.5 liter Toyota Tacomas, and you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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|Exhaust System Type||Cat-Back System|
|Exhaust Tip Finish||Chrome, Polished|
|Exhaust Tubing Diameter||2.50 Inch|
|Exhaust Material||Stainless Steel|
|Exhaust Tip Outlet Style||Dual|
|Exhaust Exit Location||Rear - Single|
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(approx) 2 Hours
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