This product includes dual cat back exhaust kit, 11″ long muffler, exhaust pipes, J-Pipes, exhaust tips (polished or black) and all necessary hardware.
This product is louder than our Mach-XV and quieter than the Street-Race.
5.0L Mustang GT, Coupe and Convertible (2015 – Present)
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|Mustang GT Mach Thunder Cat Back Exhaust KitStandard Polished Tips|
|Mustang GT Mach Thunder Cat Back Exhaust KitBlack Tips|
All of us at Solo Performance are excited to bring our 2015 Mustang GT MACH-THUNDER Cat-Back exhaust kit to the Mustang community. This is a full 3” stainless steel mandrel bent exhaust kit that fits both the convertible and coupe. This Cat-Back kit is Louder than our MACH-XV kit and Quieter than our Street Race kit. It offers a deep, mean, 60’s muscle car sound without the drone usually associated with free flow Mustang exhaust. This is a “Sound on Demand” exhaust system that produces the sound you want when accelerating or revving but becomes much quieter at cruise speeds. Solo has replaced that annoying cruise speed cabin drone with a comfortable, non-invasive exhaust note through advanced technology and a painstaking R&D process.
Solo’s 2015 , 5.0L Mustang GT MACH-THUNDER exhaust kit comes with an 11 inch long mid X-Muffler and Solo’s rear tunable J-Pipes. These J-pipes are capped off on the end and as the sound waves enter the J-pipe, they bottom out on the end cap and bounce back. Upon the sound wave re-entering the exhaust flow, it collides with the specific Mustang GT drone frequency and cancels it out. The Solo Tailpipe section has been built with ease of installation in mind. The pivotal, telescoping tailpipe assembly gives you an easy way to center the 4.5” tip the first try. You can choose from the standard T304 polished stainless steel tips or upgrade to the black tips. Experience 60`s muscle car sound on the outside and a non-invasive exhaust note on the inside with Solo Performance MACH-THUNDER 3” mandrel bent stainless steel Mustang cat-back exhaust kit…tomorrow’s technology on today’s Mustang GT.
• Front Solo X-Design Muffler 11 inches long
• Rear J-Pipes to eliminate that annoying cabin drone.
• Rear pivotal, telescoping tailpipe assembly for ease of installation.
• Fits Coupe and Convertible (we were able to thread the 3” pipe through the bracing on the convertible for free uninterrupted flow)
• The Mustang GT is loaded with special features. Complete the look and sound with a Solo Performance’s MACH-THUNDER exhaust kit.
• Stainless steel dual cat-back exhaust kit
• 3” Mandrel bent, stainless steel exhaust pipes
• Completely BOLT-ON using only regular tools
• All hardware included
• Heavy duty reinforced hangers
• 4 ½” T304 polished stainless steel exhaust tips with inner bevel ( Your Choice T304 Polished Stainless or Black Stainless)
• Solo tunable J-Pipes to eliminate drone
• Mid X-Design muffler 11 inches long specifically designed for the Mustang GT
• This kit is free flow and uses and X-Design muffler and J-Pipes
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I will be taking a video later today (hopefully), I will do my best to include all driving situations inside and out. Now for the review
I didn’t take any pictures, you can see everything on @COYOTEV8’s review thread and on @goingsolo2 video…just search for it.
Received the package last night as it was getting dark but that didn’t stop me. I had the Ford Racing Sport Catback installed on the car, I liked it but I didn’t love it. Just sounded a little too tame for me.
When I opened the box, the packaging was great. Everything was bubble wrapped and protected where needed and there was a lot of filler in there to prevent the parts from moving around. Solo includes all stainless hardware, some little knick knacks (keychain, stickers) and a T-shirt…but that thing is hideous http://www.mustang6g.com/forums/images/smilies/tongue.gif
I removed the old exhaust, and if you’ve ever been under this car you know how simple it is considering it’s the lowest piece on the car so there’s nothing else to fight with. For the installation I recommend removing the bubble wrap from the muffler as it has an orientation sticker on it that I didn’t find until I installed it upside down. The front section mounts using the factory clamps to the manifolds/cats. Each rear section has reinforced hangers with multiple welds to ensure strength. They’re not the prettiest welds I’ve seen but it’s exhaust and not boost piping, they appear strong enough to last the life of the exhaust. The 3″ piping is nice, and the tunable “J” pipes are already clamped tight with a preset length which I didn’t touch or change.
I had a b***h of a time tightening down the strap clamps that connect the rear sections to the mid-pipe as the location for the connection is pretty tight up top and the clamps use bolts versus studs like the factory ones. Outside of this everything went good, I installed from front to back and tightened everything in that order as well. The ball-socket joint that they have setup for the tips makes this possible without constant tweaking because you can adjust the tips however you want. I opted for the black tips, and to my delight there’s no writing or etching on them (I despise having brand names exposed)
The sound. OMG the sound. So as I stated earlier I used to run the FRPP Sport, it is pretty loud if you get on it but not loud inside the car at all. My issue with the FRPP is that it seems too high pitched, but opinions are subjective and I’ve been told numerous times how awesome my car sound(ed). The volume of the mach-thunder exhaust compared to the FRPP is a bit louder, but I really won’t know until I get someone else to drive my car and I take some videos. The mach-thunder is deeper and louder for sure, but it also pops and burbles on downshifts and deceleration which I love. It’s not obnoxious like backfire bangs or anything like that, just a good dose of activity to make it more lively. I took it to work this morning and down the highway last night and I am pleased to report that so far no drone, my highway range is 60-70mph and pretty flat.
I’ll have the videos up this weekend for sure, but hopefully later today after work.
For anyone wondering what exhaust they should get, and if you’re pondering anything in the Borla S, FRPP Sport, Corsa Sport loudness range then you should get this one. At half the cost of the FRPP and Corsa, and a few hundred less than the Borla you can’t go wrong. Zero drone, great sound, 409SS 3″ piping and massive 304SS tips, and a much better price point. The frpp is 2.5″ 409, and I’m pretty sure the Borla is the same (they’re basically the same exhaust). Corsa is a great product and quality construction, but that price is hard to swallow for a lot of us. You can get something just as good IMO in your price range with the SOLO Mach-Thunder kit.
So that is all. Note that all above are my personal opinion and liking, others may have different opinions. I don’t
This is with reference to the recently announced Solo Performance catback exhaust systems, see also here:
I’m one of the guys were lucky enough to be part of the R&D of this product. I saw the whole process from the design, the first hand-welded prototypes, all the changes during the development, the fine tuning and the manufacturing process of the final product. I drove around with all the prototypes and the final products for weeks (months for some of them), provided my feedback to the Solo guys and I’m now a proud owner of a Solo Mach Catback system.
Since all of these experiences, I would like to give my review on the products and Solo Performance in general. Let me put it first: I’m not affiliated to Solo Performance in any way. I have no financial interest on their sales. I was participated in their S550 R&D program during the last 6 months, in return I could keep one of their exhaust system of my liking, that was the deal and nothing more. BUT: I’m biased. Take my review with the note that during the last 6 months I become a fan of Solo Performance. I met there great guys, professionalism and passion and I have developed a great appreciation for Solo Performance.
This is not supposed to be a sales pitch, I am just trying to answer some questions and concerns I used to have – as a Mustang enthusiast – when I first heard about Solo.
Who is Solo? I have never heard about them…
Solo Performance is a product line by Zoro Mufflers, a company established since 1968. They have designed the first performance exhaust products in 2002 and brought the Solo Performance product line to the market in 2005. They currently have 4 manufacturing/service locations in the New York/Ontario region. I have personally visited their manufacturing facilities in Hamilton and Toronto (Mississauga) (both are services locations, too) and was quiet impressed (frankly once in the lifetime every car-enthusiast should see a warehouse full with hundreds of performance exhaust systems, packed, ready for shipping :-D )
I met many of their employees, their CEO (Jeff), their design engineers and the folks actually manufacturing the products. I was always impressed by their professionalism and passion.
I learned that they like to follow the slowly-but-surely process in developing their products, do not rush to the market with half-baked solutions. They started with other models in 2002, Pontiac G8 and Solstice, F150, etc.. then moved up with their Challenger and Camaro product lines. Finally they have released their first S197 Mustang product back in January this year. As Jeff once explained to me, they didn’t want to rush anything, they knew the Mustang is the most delicate market segment where only the best could survive. They started the S550 Mustang development in January this year. I recall getting the first prototype back in March for my 2015 GT PP.
Although they don’t have many Mustang references (since the product line is new), they do have tons of feedback for their Challenger and Camaro product lines. They have shipped several thousands of these exhausts so far. I have included here a search from a Camaro forum (search: “Solo” in titles only). The search is limited to the first 500 topics, 17 pages… ;-). Just in case, if someone would like to research about real life feedback, discussion, etc…
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/search…rchid=30247809 Note: apparently this search link expires after some time, so if interested, just go to this forum, search “Solo” in topic title only…
Why Solo? What differentiates their system from all the other exhaust products?
Below I just noted down some points – I think – differentiate a Solo exhaust from everything else out there. I didn’t put here the general description of the products, I’m sure Solo would put those in their website anyway.
Easy upgrade path
The Solo system is a very unique design. Most exhausts have dual mufflers at the tailpipes, so once one purchases a given system, the deal is done. With Solo, the tailpipe section is the same for all of their cat back systems, basically 3” straight pipe with the anti-drone J-pipes. (it’s probably the same for the axle back, too. I’m not sure about this as the axle back needs a coupler to convert the 3” Solo system to the 2.5” factory resonator). The only difference between the 3 Solo catbacks is the center section, it’s either an X-pipe (Street Race), or one of the two Mach mufflers – encased, louvered X-pipe based mufflers – Mach or Mach-Thunder (Thunder being the louder one of course).
So basically once one buys a Solo catback and wants to change it, the only replacement needed is the one piece center muffler (which costs a fraction of the total system).
You got the Street Race, but want to get something more neighbour friendly? Just get a Mach muffler, lift the car, release the clamps, swap the x-pipe with the Mach muffler, tighten the clamps back – done. It takes 15 minutes if the car is lifted (I know it from personal experience, Solo did it many times on my car ). It works the other way, too – you got a Mach and want something meaner, all you need to order is the X-Pipe…
I have never seen this technology anywhere else. It is basically a U shaped pipe on the tailpipe near the end, capped on the other end. Sound waves enter the U, bounces back from the cap and cancel out certain frequencies upon returning to the tailpipe in a different phase (well, I googled about it based on one of the comments below, and actually the science behind this technology is a bit more complex – google Helmholtz resonator, there is an excellent Wikipedia page explaining it) .
The exhaust is tuned for the Coyote engine, also adjustable if needed. The adjustment seems simple enough, release the clamp, adjust the length of the U section, drive around and listen, fine tune, done. Frankly I have never ever tried to adjust it, worked as came from Solo. They explained to me that usually 24 out of 25 cars do not need any adjustment, but if there is that one which may need it, it’s easy to done even at home.
3” all the way
What else to say, 3” quality stainless steel pipes all the way. Yeah baby!
Pivotal ball and socket joints at the end of the tail pipes for easy tip alignment
This is another unique feature I have never seen before. There is a pivotal joint section at the tail-pipe, so the tips can be finely adjusted to best alignment. Since the huge tips fill up the cut out on the rear valence, it could be handy. Again, I have never used these, Solo folks installed my systems and the final production ones did fit perfectly as provided.
Again, what else to say. 4.5 inch tips!!! Black or Chrome!!! These are huge, mean looking tips. I have the black ones, I love how they look….
Which Solo system (for a GT)? How does it sound?
Street Race XV
This one is a catback with an x-pipe. Basically a straight pipe with the J-pipes to eliminate drone. This is loud. I mean cars-clear-the lane-half a mile-ahead of you-loud. It is nice, no drone, deep and rumbling, but when you get on it, anyone will know about it in a four blocks radius (literally). Buy it if you want to be the meanest, loudest one around…
Same as Street Race, but instead of the X-Pipe, there is a Mach muffler (encased, louvered, X-Pipe based muffler). Compare it loudness wise to the Borla Attak or similar systems (but different, deep, rumbling tone). It is loud, but liveable. My friend Yanki (“Toplessfun” here) described it as “it gives you a presence on the road”.
Mach XV (this was my choice)
Same as before, but with a longer Mach muffler which subdues the sound better. I think it is somehow a Sport/Touring system. Nice deep rumbling sound, still loud when you get on the pedal, but absolutely livable as a daily driver. If you want to enjoy the rumble of the engine inside the car while you are driving, but don’t want anything too invasive, this is the one for you.
The same 3” tailpipe with the J-pipes, but coupled to the 2.5” factory resonator. Loudness wise it is similar to the Mach, but the Mach has a more full tone. I really liked the axle back too, so if budget is a concern and no plan to upgrade the engine (which may require an end-to-end 3” system), one would be perfectly happy with it. Also very much suitable as a daily driver.
So that is all. Note that all above are my personal opinion and liking, others may have different opinions. I don’t try to sell or persuade anyone, just wanted to bring some attention to an – in my opinion – excellent and innovative product for our beloved Mustangs.
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