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This product includes direct fit 200 cell ultra high flow catalytic converters, flex pipes, O2 bungs, and all necessary hardware..
V6 Mustang, Coupe, Convertible, Automatic, Manual ( 2015 – Present )
All of us at Solo Performance are proud to announce that we have our 2015-Present V6 Mustang Ultra High Flow Converters tested and ready for sale. These are a full stainless steel converter/flex-pipe assembly that have all stainless welds, O2 bungs, flanges, etc. It has been a long testing process to get these cats right in both sound quality and the elimination of engine lights. We currently have 3 test cars out there that all have over 1000 miles on them with no engine light issues. Solo used their 200 cell ultra high flow converters for this application and they are rated to 6.2L of cleaning ability per side.
One of the great benefits of the Solo 200 cell High Flow Catalytic Converters is not just the added flow (stock Ford Mustang converters are 600 cell) but the deepening and enhancement of the exhaust note. When used with the Solo Mach-XJ cat-back exhaust kit the Solo High Flow Converters increase the exhaust note volume by approximately 35 percent. The increase in volume is all good, it doesn’t bring in any drone or bad rpm ranges into the equation. The cats slightly deepen and richen the exhaust note along with increasing the volume.
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This is with reference to the recently released Solo Performance 2015+ Mustang V6 exhaust system, see also links for the relevant official Solo announcements below:
Solo Performance Mach-XJ catback for 2015-Present V6 Mustangs:
Solo Performance High Flow Cats for 2015-Present V6 Mustangs:
Some of you may notice that I have already put a review on this site for the Solo Performance 2015-Present GT exhausts (Mach-XV, Mach Thunder and Street Race): Solo Performance GT exhaust systems review – updated with photos/videos http://www.mustang6g.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34818
As I have explained there, my Mustang GT was used as a mule during the development for the GT exhausts during 2015. That topic got tremendous support from this community and the actual users received the Solo GT exhausts very very well… For me, that was a fun period. I sincerely enjoyed peeking into this industry to see how such products were developed from the first prototypes to the final products. But as usual, fun didn’t last forever, the product was released, the marketing videos were done and my Mustang-life went back to normal… until one day Jeff (CEO of Solo Performance) texted me about a new product being developed for the 2015+ V6 Mustangs…
Did I mention that my wife drives a 2016 V6 Mustang?
So we were back to the test-mule phase, she got the Mach-XJ system for her Mustang first, then Solo added the high flow cats too, the setup she is driving as I’m typing these lines…
With all of this preface, I would like to share my experience with the Mach-XJ exhausts and the Solo Performance High Flow Cats for the 2015+ Mustang V6s. Just as in the GT topic, let me put first: I’m not affiliated to SoloPerformance in any way. I have no financial interest on their sales. My wife’s Mustang V6 participated in their R&D program during the last 4-5 months, in return she could keep the exhausts, that was the deal and nothing more. Also, I’m biased. Take my review with the note that I’m a big fan of Solo Performance.
This review doesn’t provide all details, instructions, specifications, etc… – those are available on the official Solo topics linked above. I just would like to give some personal feedback about what I liked and what are the features making the Solo Mach-XJ unique on the market.
So briefly, who is Solo Performance: 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 SoloPerformance brand 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). They started with Pontiac G8 and Solstice, F150, etc.. then moved up with their Challenger and Camaro product lines. They released their first Mustang products for the 2013-14 (S197) Mustang back in January 2015 and started the 2015+ Mustang GT and ecoBoost development shortly after. Both the GT and the ecoBoost systems were received very well, should someone interested please check all the feedback on the linked GT review topic above. So in 2016 they decided to turn to the 2015-Present V6 Mustangs…
Mach-XJ and High Flow Cats: While the GT has three different systems (Mach-XV, Mach-Thunder and Street Race), for the V6 there is one system, the Mach-XJ, which can be further enhanced with their fully bolt on High Flow Cats… The Mach-XJ is basically the same design as the GT catbacks, but uses 2,5 inch pipes instead of the GT’s 3 inch ones. The setup with the J-pipes, center muffler is basically identical with the GT products. While on the GT the center muffler can be selected from the three different flavors (XV, Thunder, Street Race), Solo released only one central muffler for the V6, the Mach XJ. All of these mufflers are basically encased, heavily louvered X-pipes ensuring high flow and deep rumbling sound. The optional High Flow Cats further increase the volume of the system, if someone looking for a louder setup.
J-Pipes: They are basically U shaped pipes on the tailpipe near the end, capped on one end, and their function is to eliminate any drone. Sound waves enter the U, bounces back from the cap and cancel out certain frequencies upon returning to the tailpipe (well, actually the science behind it is a bit more complex – google Helmholtz resonator, there is an excellent Wikipedia page explaining it) .
This exhaust is tuned for the Mustang V6 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.
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.
4.5” Tips: What else to say. 4.5 inch, double walled tips!!! Black or Chrome!!! These are the same tips come with the GT kits, huge, mean looking ones.
How does it sound?:Does it sound like the GT systems?: Well, they are sort of different (as one could assume). They do sound great, deep rumbling, no drone, but with a tiny little bit less rumbling that the GT-s, having a little more racecar-ish sound (if you ever heard a Porsche, etc.. you may know what I mean here). Loudness wise the Mach-XJ itself is an excellent daily driver setup, I would say it’s a little less loud than the GT’s Mach XV setup. Adding the High Flow Cats and it would be a little louder than the Mach-XV, closer to the GT’s Mach-Thunder setup. If someone likes loud cars, I definitely recommend getting the high flow cats, too.
I will upload photos I took during the installation of both the Mach-XJ and the High Flow Cats, also I have included below the picture of the system from Solo, I think it explains it very well. The Solo videos are available on the Solo topics (linked at the top of this post), and yes, the pink striped grey Mustang belongs to my significant other :-)
So that is all for the moment, again, please note that above is my personal, subjective opinion, and I’m by no means an expert of the subject. With that caveat, I do recommend this setup for anyone would like to enhance it’s V6 Mustang experience with a big ear-to-ear non-erasable smile at anytime she or he tromps on the gas pedal…
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