Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, Joe from ExtremeTerrain, and today I'm gonna be reviewing and installing the MBRP XP Series single exhaust system with a turn down, fitting all '16 a newer 3.5 liter Tacomas. Now, this kit is going to be perfect for the Tacoma owner who's looking to get the most amount of clearance out of their truck with one of the louder exhaust kits that we sell, all for a budget-friendly price.
As far as volume goes, I'm going to give this a soft four out of five on our wake the neighbor scale. Now, compared to the regular XP Series, I would give that a three out of five. Now, there's a couple of things that make this a little bit louder than the regular XP Series. For one, rather than exiting all the way behind our rear tire, we're exiting right before the rear axle tube. Now, that is going to make it louder from the driver seat as the exhaust gases are coming out closer to the cab in general. Secondly, this is going to aim the exhaust gases at the ground. So some of those sound waves are going to bounce back of at the cab, which also contributes to the volume.
This kit is manufactured out of 3-inch diameter mandrel bent 409 stainless steel, and features the perforated tube P Series muffler in the middle, which has a straight through design. Now, that 409 stainless is going to make sure this kit stands the test of time and continues to make noise for years to come. Looking at this turn down in comparison to some of MBRP's other offerings, the XP Series is going to be your middle ground. If you wanted to save a couple bucks, you can get the same setup in the Installer Series, which is going to feature aluminized steel rather than stainless. If you're looking to step it up a little bit, the Pro Series is where you wanna be, that's gonna feature that higher grade 304 stainless.
One thing I really like about this turn down design is just how much of an improvement in clearance you're gonna be getting. I highly suspect this kit is going to be popular with the off-road crew. Now, when you're crawling over a rock, usually what happens is the rock comes down off your tire, and lands somewhere around here, and your exhaust tailpipe is one of the first pieces to go. By completely eliminating that and going with the turn down design right before the rear axle, you're effectively increasing your departure angle.
Pricing for this kit is going to come in at around 300 bucks. Now for a stainless exhaust, that is a bargain, especially when compared to some of those full length cat-backs out there. Now, the main reason for the savings is there's just not that much to it, so that allows you to get a higher quality stainless exhaust for a budget-friendly price. Also included in that price is going to be a limited lifetime warranty from MBRP.
Install for this kit is going to be pretty easy as well. Again, there's not too much to it. I'm gonna give it two out of three wrenches, should take you around a couple hours to get this installed on your truck, with nothing but some basic hand tools. There's also no welding required. One thing I did want to mention is that out of the box, this kit is going to be tuned for the longer wheelbase truck. So if you have a short wheelbase truck, like what we're working with today, you will have to make some cuts to the inlet pipe, we'll show you how to do that in just a second. So without any further ado, let me show you how to get this on your truck.
Tools that will be required for this install are going to be a pry bar, impact, exhaust hanger removal tool, U-joint, 14-millimeter socket, and a 15-millimeter socket. Now, tools that are not required but highly recommended are going to include a dead blow, all we used this for is to seat a socket on a rusty bolt. PB B'laster will help you tremendously. If you plan on working on a short wheelbase truck, you'll have to cut the inlet pipe, for that you'll need a tape measure, safety glasses, a sharpie, and not pictured in this shot is going to be the saw.
All right, guys. So for the first step of our install, we're going to hit everything with a nice healthy dose of a rust penetrant, I'm gonna use PB B'laster. This is gonna come in great help for this flange right here, and there's four rubber hangers down the length of the exhaust. And to be honest, this exhaust hasn't been off of our truck in around 30,000 miles, which is what the truck has on it in total. So this will be a pretty accurate representation of what you can expect after some daily driving when you crawl under your truck.
So, now we can move back to this flange, and the nut on this side is welded in place. So we're gonna use a 14-millimeter socket on this bolt to slowly back it out. Again, this is pretty rusty, so we're gonna take our time here. So, now we're gonna do the same thing for the other side. And again, this is pretty rusty over here as well, obviously, so I'm gonna use a mallet to tap that socket onto the bolt. And again, go slow, this thing will be pretty hot when it pops out as well, so just let it fall to the ground.
So now we can move on to these rubber hanger isolators. This one is on the front of the muffler, and this one will actually require complete removal. Reason being is it's backwards compared to the other hanger isolator. So I'm gonna get a pry bar up into this hole here, get some leverage, pop that off. Then the other exhaust hanger should go when we drop that flange and pull the exhaust forward, then we can get it straight out. And then that could actually stay on the upper one.
So, now our exhaust is just about ready to fall off the truck. What we're gonna do first is pull this flange apart and drop it out of the way so it will clear, then we're going to use a pry bar to, sort of, pry on the muffler to release it from those hangers, then we're gonna drop this out in one big piece. Now, if you are working on the ground, you might have to make a couple cuts to get this out from underneath the truck. But if you're on jack stands or a lift, it should be extremely easy to pull it out in one big piece.
So, with our factory exhaust off the truck, I just wanted to take a second to lay it out next to our new MBRP kit, and point out some of the key improvements we're going to be making. Now, right off the bat, the biggest difference between this two is just how much exhaust we're losing. We're completely getting rid of that tailpipe and tip, in exchange for a simple turn down, which, again, is going to improve the sound, and improve the departure angle on our truck. Now, also we're ditching this big restricted factory muffler design, in exchange for MBRP's straight through muffler, which features a polished finish. Now, with the two laid out next to each other, as you can see, our inlet pipe is a little bit too long. That's because, out of the box, this kit is tuned for the longer wheelbase trucks, our short wheelbase truck will require cutting that pipe, we'll take about thirteen and a quarter inches off of the back of that. So, let's grab our safety glasses, tape measure, and a sharpie, head over to the saw, and then we'll make our cut. And again, for our short wheelbase truck, that should take about thirteen and a quarter inches.
So, now we're back at the truck, and all we're going to do is now get that inlet pipe seated, and use that original hardware to secure it. Now, just a note, this pipe does have a bend to it that is gonna go upward towards the body. And then we're gonna use a 14-millimeter socket to secure that. Next, we're going to get this hanger clamp in place followed by our muffler, then we're gonna hand tighten that with a 15-millimeter socket. So for this clamp, I'm just gonna get it snugged up for now, that's gonna give us some much needed wiggle room to align our turn down. And lastly, we're gonna get that last clamp in place, then get our turn down aligned with the two hangers in the back of the muffler. Now we're just gonna backtrack a little bit and tighten down both of our clamps, again, with a 15-millimeter socket. All right. Now, all that's left to do is lower the truck and check for any leaks.
And that is gonna do it for my review and install of the MBRP XP Series single exhaust system with a turn down, fitting all '16 and newer 3.5 liter Tacomas. Thank you for watching, I'm Joe, for more videos like this and all things Tacoma, subscribe to ExtremeTerrain.