(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey guys, it's Sara with extremeterrain.com. And today, we have a review and install of the Flowmaster FlowFX Dual Exhaust System with Black Tips in a Side Exit Configuration, fitting your '05 to '15 4.0-Liter Toyota Tacoma. This is perfect for the Tacoma owner who wants a budget-friendly, full cat-back exhaust with a dual side exit configuration. This exhaust system features Flowmaster's FlowFX muffler for a more aggressive sound, and it features 2.5-inch mandrel-bent 409 stainless construction for a more affordable exhaust system. This exhaust, as I said before, is a dual side exit configuration with 4.5-inch black ceramic tips for an appearance upgrade over the factory single exit exhaust. Now, this is a cat-back system, so you do retain your factory catalytic converter. However, this exhaust replaces that large factory muffler with the FlowFX muffler, so you get a more aggressive sound at idle and a deeper tone under acceleration.Speaking of sound, I'm giving this exhaust a three out of five on the loudness meter. It definitely wakes up the sound of your Tacoma and gets you some more rumble. However, because it is not a straight pipe system, it's not gonna be overpoweringly loud. So, as far as price goes, this system comes in at around $500, which is middle of the road price-wise when compared to other options. And for your money, you are getting a full cat-back exhaust with a dual exit configuration and dual 4.5-inch black tips, which is a nice upgrade that many other options do not offer. And as far as the install goes, I'm giving this one a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It does feature a direct bolt-up installation with no modification required, and can be done within two hours.So with that said, let's check out that install. For this install, we used an impact gun, but a regular ratchet will work just fine. You'll also need a 14-millimeter wrench, 14, 15, and 17-millimeter sockets. And you may also want an exhaust hanger removal tool. All right. So we have our Tacoma in the air and the first step in the uninstall is to remove both of the bolts at the front flange of the exhaust. Grab a 14-millimeter socket, and let's get these removed. Now we have a little bit of PB B'laster on these just because they are a bit rusty, so we sprayed them down. Now we can remove them with a 14-millimeter socket.Now that we have our exhaust disconnected, we can disconnect all of the hangers as well. We have an exhaust hanger removal tool here. And we're gonna slowly work it off of each of the hangers. You can add a little bit of lubricant here to help the rubber isolator, move past the hanger. And you might just have to work it off of the end a little bit. And now that that's off, we can move on to the rest. Now, you can repeat that with the rest of your hangers. Just be ready as once all of your hangers are removed, there's nothing else holding the exhaust to the vehicle. Once the hangers are removed, go ahead and remove it off of your truck. All right. Now that we have our factory exhaust uninstalled from our truck, we can check it out side-by-side with our new exhaust here.Now, as you can see, the biggest difference is this new exhaust features a dual exit, which is a nice upgrade from the single exit of your factory. In addition, it also features the fluff X straight-through muffler, which is gonna get you some improved sound over the large restrictive factory muffler. It features mandrel-bent 2.5-inch 409 stainless steel construction and a dual 4.5-inch black ceramic tips. So, with that said, let's finish up our install. Now, at this point, we can start to install our new exhaust. We're gonna line up the flange with the factory flange and make sure the back of the pipe is facing upwards. And I have a pole jack here to support it while we get it bolted up. But you can also use a friend for this step. Now to get these bolted back together, we have these included bolts. We're gonna use a washer, the metal sleeve, the spring that we removed from a previous step. And then what you will do is line this up and thread it into the capture nut on the backside. Now our exhaust has already had these replaced, so we have a regular nut for the backside. Either way, go ahead and thread in that bolts, and repeat that for the other side.This next section is optional based on your truck. If you do have a long-bed Tacoma like we do, there is an extension section here. We'll be installing that now. And if you don't, go ahead and skip this section and pick up at the muffler. Now that we have the pipe in place, we are gonna wait to tighten these all down until the end. Next up, you're gonna want to install this hanger clamp combo. It's gonna go right in the hanger to the left of your exhaust. Go ahead and push it far forward so we can get the muffler in place.Then you can slide the muffler over that section of pipe so it's fully seated. Next up, grab two more clamps and slide them over top of the muffler section. Next up, install the over axle pipe section. Make sure you have the proper side since there are two. Go ahead and wiggle it in place, and start to line it up with the hangers. Now, for this back one, it may be a little bit easier to take it off and install it over the exhaust first. And then line it up to the hangers on your frame. And install these smaller over axle pipe directly next to the one that you just installed. Get it lined up in the muffler section, as well as the hanger.Now we can install the final pipe section. Don't forget to slide a clamp over there, we're going to slide over the bottom portion because it is pretty vertical. Go ahead and work that into your pipe. Then we'll get our hanger installed on the other side. Now we're going to install the hanger into the frame of the truck on the driver side. We're also going to install the rubber isolator over both the exhaust hanger and this hanger bracket. Now you can do this the other way around, I just believe this will be a little bit easier. So go ahead and grab your hardware. You have a hex bolt and a washer, lock washer, and nut. Lift your exhaust up, line it up to the hole in the frame, and then go ahead and install that hardware on top. Again, you can do this in the other way around, I just feel this is a little bit easier than trying to line up your exhaust hanger. Now, using a 14-millimeter wrench and a 14-millimeter socket, we're gonna tighten this bolt down. Now, with a 17-millimeter socket, we are using a 14-millimeter to hold the nut at the back, you will not need this if you still have your factory exhaust, go ahead and tighten it down.Now you can line up your clamps on the exhaust. You wanna orientate them in a way that the opening down here is about 90 degrees out of the two slots on the side. Then with a 15-millimeter socket, go ahead and tighten it down. Next up, check to make sure this clamp hanger is still in line properly with the muffler, and then tighten this one down as well. Then continue on tightening each clamp and ensuring that your exhaust is lined up properly. Next up, you can install the tips over the ends of your pipe. Go ahead and adjust them to where you like them, and then we can tighten them down. Then once you have your tip adjusted properly, grab a 14-millimeter wrench and a 14-millimeter socket and tighten it down. And repeat that on the other side to install your other tip.All right. So, that is going to do it for the review and install of this exhaust. And remember, for all things Tacoma, keep it at extremeterrain.com.
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Powerful Aggressive Growl. Prepare to hear your Tacoma's aggressive growls with this FlowFX Dual Side Exit Exhaust System with Black Tips by Flowmaster. This cat-back exhaust kit produces a distinctively deep exhaust sound that reinforces your truck’s engine power and mighty appearance. This bold sound is attributed to the straight-through, free-flowing muffler that absorbs the high-pitched tones.
Performance Boost. The high-flow, straight-through FlowFX muffler and mandrel-bent pipes of this cat-back exhaust system facilitate continuous exhaust flow that effectively boosts your Tacoma’s engine power and torque. Moreover, this uninterrupted flow maximizes gas mileage, even with full performance.
Long-Lasting Functionality. Flowmaster constructed its FlowFX Dual Exhaust System using high-grade stainless steel with long-lasting durability. This material is also highly corrosion-resistant, can withstand the chemical attacks from the exhaust gases, and survives other road dirt and debris. Additionally, the tough exterior is reinforced with a pair of 4.50-inch stainless steel exhaust tips with a black, ceramic-coated finish for an aggressive style.
Seamless Compatibility. This Dual Exhaust System is designed for a bolt-on installation. It is seamlessly compatible with your truck’s factory hangers and can be installed using basic hand tools with light to moderate mechanical skills.
Application. The Flowmaster FlowFX Dual Side Exit Exhaust System with Black Tips is intended for use on all 2005-2015 4.0L Toyota Tacoma models.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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