View Full Version : DIY Borla Exhaust Install ( PICS ADDED )


BFDBOX
05-21-2008, 04:53 AM
Ok guys i recently purchased a dual borla exhaust kit for my xb and decided to do my own DYI. I figured why not, there is different ways to do this install and it is not hard at all. So lets get started.



Here is what it looks like completed:
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Heres pretty much what comes in the box.
Pipe assembly
2 bolts, 2 nuts
Hanger assembly-
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First step is to remove stock exhaust. Start by removing two bolts and nuts i believe they are a 14mm and 15mm. I found it best to not completely take the nut of the bolt so it could support the exhaust while i removed the hanger. Also used a stand to support it.
Heres what it should look like:

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Next remove the exhaust from the rubber hanger. They make a special tool for this but for us " Get er Done's " channel locks will work fine. DO NOT! use a screw driver or anything other than a specialty tool/channel locks. You will only frustrate yourself and damage the rubber isolator. Wd-40 or penetrating spray will help ease of removal.
Place the one end of the tool between the flange and rubber isolator. The other at the nose of the hanger. Like so:

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Once the stock muffler is removed the next step is to install the new one. This will be done in two sections. Attach new assembly to the existing piping. Once this is done it needs to be torqued to manufacture spec's about 18-24 ft. lbs with a torque wrench. Im sure if you do not have one you can rent one from your local auto zone. Also attach it to the existing hanger, its a lot easier to put back than remove for the first timers. BTW i saw the problem with the spring in this pic already and have fixed it.

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Next you should remove the rear tow hook, instructions say to install the other hanger followed by the second piece of piping. I found it a easier to install rubber isolator and hanger to the second piece of piping and then finish assembly. But i will show you pics of where they go so you get the idea.

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Last step, Is to fit piping together and torque the clamp. It needs to be torqued to about 32-35 ft. lbs. Do not tighten the clamp until piping is fitted together and everything is correctly aligned.

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So far i am very happy with my purchase. Exhaust has a nice low/ deep sound up to 3,000 rpms. It does not sounds RICE! at all. If your are looking for something loud, this exhaust is not for you. At higher rpms or on the highway you hardly notice it at all. Cab noise is very minimal and does not ring your ears out. So if your looking for anything of this sort than borla is for you. Other than that to each his own, every body has there likes and dis-likes. Thanks all who took time to read this, if you would like to add anything please do.[/img]

xseveredveganx
05-21-2008, 04:57 AM
Niiiice!!! I want this so bad!!!

It sucks that the tips are welded on. Bummer. Oh well. I'll cut them off and use my own!!!

coryjames
05-21-2008, 04:59 AM
lol vegan you think thats sexy just wait to see mine just wait lol

xseveredveganx
05-21-2008, 05:01 AM
lol vegan you think thats sexy just wait to see mine just wait lol

I'm not a fan of fart cans... :rofl:

BFDBOX
05-21-2008, 05:09 AM
lol vegan you think thats sexy just wait to see mine just wait lol

I'm not a fan of fart cans... :rofl:

me neither, neither does the cops. Like i said to each his own we all have likes and dis-likes. O btw on sparks website they say that the exhaust is carb approved. But i want to contact borla and ask them if they have a carb number for this exhaust. That way if you were to get pulled over you would get a ticket for modified exhaust.

xseveredveganx
05-21-2008, 05:15 AM
How much was shipping to the CA, just to get a rough estimate to Pootah.

DAILYXB-TYPE-R
05-21-2008, 06:18 AM
since this don't have a muffler, wouldn't it be illegal coz from what i know you need a can in the back otherwise you'll get a ticket. is this true

DAILYXB-TYPE-R
05-21-2008, 06:19 AM
oh forgot to mention this i a real good DIY write up. mad props and it looks great

coryjames
05-21-2008, 01:18 PM
this is a good diy

and fart setups
its 3 inch similar to this set up with a long resonator for the mid pipe

Revrent
05-21-2008, 04:31 PM
How was the fit? My dealer is telling me that the fit is not good, but your pictures do not show any of that to me (this looks like a tight fit with no leaks)

God bless
John

BFDBOX
05-21-2008, 08:04 PM
Ty for all your comments

coryjames- get some pics going when you get it on. Sounds like its going to turn out well.

Revrent- Fitment is excellent idk why your dealer is telling you such a thing. Everything went together nicely and there is absolutely no leaks. Borla makes quality stuff, its not your average Joe muffler shop job. Maybe there trying to sell you a trd exhaust or something.

lvbitwiz
05-21-2008, 08:44 PM
lol vegan you think thats sexy just wait to see mine just wait lol

there's just something wrong with this statement

:rofl:

miketf1
05-21-2008, 08:46 PM
what springs do you have? your profile says TRD springs but i thought those were red..

xseveredveganx
05-21-2008, 09:24 PM
lol vegan you think thats sexy just wait to see mine just wait lol

there's just something wrong with this statement

:rofl:

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coryjames
05-22-2008, 12:30 AM
im a show him my masive threee inch ........ pipe lol

BFDBOX
05-22-2008, 05:51 AM
what springs do you have? your profile says TRD springs but i thought those were red..

I had the trd spring but now i have sprint springs, i wanted to go lower. Its almost too low tho. I have to spend extra time putting it on any lifts and use rubber steps to get it on there without hitting or scraping.

Sparks_Scion_TRD_Parts
05-22-2008, 07:55 PM
since this don't have a muffler, wouldn't it be illegal coz from what i know you need a can in the back otherwise you'll get a ticket. is this true

This Exhaust is street legal and CARB approved.

http://www.trdsparks.com/displayparts.php?Mdl_dtl=570&Part_cat=2&parts_id=1958

Ken

Sparks_Scion_TRD_Parts
05-22-2008, 07:58 PM
These are only available in the Southeast Toyota region and we've sold dozens of them without any problems. I'm not sure where your dealer is getting his info.

How was the fit? My dealer is telling me that the fit is not good, but your pictures do not show any of that to me (this looks like a tight fit with no leaks)


God bless
John

Sparks_Scion_TRD_Parts
05-22-2008, 08:00 PM
How much was shipping to the CA, just to get a rough estimate to Pootah.

Just click on the link and drop the part in the shopping cart. Your shipping will appear as soon as you enter your zip code.

http://www.trdsparks.com/displayparts.php?Mdl_dtl=570&Part_cat=2&parts_id=1958

Ken

BFDBOX
05-22-2008, 08:25 PM
These are only available in the Southeast Toyota region and we've sold dozens of them without any problems. I'm not sure where your dealer is getting his info.

How was the fit? My dealer is telling me that the fit is not good, but your pictures do not show any of that to me (this looks like a tight fit with no leaks)


God bless
John

Yup just like i said i bought this exhaust from you guys and the fitment is beautiful. Do you guys have the carb number for it?

nyte_ryder
05-29-2008, 01:08 AM
Now Im wanting to go with this exhaust especially since it is 50 States carb legal.

BFDBOX
05-29-2008, 06:09 AM
worth every penny

CheapChic
06-28-2008, 12:54 PM
any drone noise at 65-70 cruising...

BFDBOX
06-29-2008, 04:44 AM
any drone noise at 65-70 cruising...

very minimal you would have to roll your windows down, have all music off and listen for it. Its quiet.

CheapChic
06-29-2008, 12:35 PM
any drone noise at 65-70 cruising...

very minimal you would have to roll your windows down, have all music off and listen for it. Its quiet.

thanks getting them. I think the dual looks balanced

BFDBOX
07-03-2008, 09:50 PM
any drone noise at 65-70 cruising...

very minimal you would have to roll your windows down, have all music off and listen for it. Its quiet.

thanks getting them. I think the dual looks balanced

best looking in my opinion, if u have a fart can haning out cops usually dont like it.

simplexb
07-04-2008, 10:13 AM
I ordered this exhaust system as well as lowering springs, I should install the exhaust first huh?

CIONIDE
07-04-2008, 03:09 PM
I ordered this exhaust system as well as lowering springs, I should install the exhaust first huh?
Do both of them at the same time, when it's up on the lift or jackstands.

BFDBOX
07-05-2008, 09:48 PM
I ordered this exhaust system as well as lowering springs, I should install the exhaust first huh?
Do both of them at the same time, when it's up on the lift or jackstands.


Yeah you could them both at the same time, but if ur gona do them seperate then i would do the exhaust first. If its lowered its going to be hard to reach under there.

D_Unit
01-17-2010, 06:09 AM
very minimal you would have to roll your windows down, have all music off and listen for it. Its quiet.

How's the Borla holding up? Is it still quiet on the freeway? Honestly. Thanks.

strtrcril87
01-17-2010, 06:11 PM
Xb2 exhaust is quiet as long as the scuba, cat, and stock exhaust manifold are still there.

elwaylite
01-18-2010, 10:47 PM
Nice. I went with the single Borla and love it. Sounds good, but does not annoying like some of the ____ed off bumble bees running around. The tips are far from coffee cans too.

BFDBOX
01-19-2010, 08:53 AM
How's the Borla holding up? Is it still quiet on the freeway? Honestly. Thanks.
I sold it to pay for a ticket i got a while back. I miss that exhaust a lot, im going to buy another one with my tax return.

BFDBOX
01-19-2010, 08:57 AM
Nice. I went with the single Borla and love it. Sounds good, but does not annoying like some of the ____ed off bumble bees running around. The tips are far from coffee cans too.

Yeah best part is its 50 state carb legal. No carb e.o number needed. Its after the catalyst which is the last emission controlled device. Therefore it is not considered a modified emission. It is also under 93db so they wouldnt be able to give you a ticket for noise.

D_Unit
01-19-2010, 09:45 PM
Thanks for the info guys...

Is TRDSparks the cheapest place to buy the borla?

etsnet
02-02-2010, 02:41 AM
These don't have a muffler or what? They look like just pipes...yes?

elwaylite
02-02-2010, 02:52 AM
Straight pipe; sound good :biggrin:

CIONIDE
02-02-2010, 02:52 AM
These don't have a muffler or what? They look like just pipes...yes?
Yes, pipes & tips, no muffler or resonator. The scuba tank resonator/cat is so restrictive that you don't need an axle-back muffler to quiet down the exhaust sound unless you remove the tank.

etsnet
02-02-2010, 03:08 AM
That's what I thought. I'm gonna have a local shop make one with the tips I want. Thanks.

elwaylite
02-02-2010, 03:08 AM
Did a lot of reading on the scuba recently, and I just wonder how much power you gain by removing it, then running a highflow cat and resonator to keep it from being annoyingly loud.

CIONIDE
02-02-2010, 05:18 AM
Did a lot of reading on the scuba recently, and I just wonder how much power you gain by removing it, then running a highflow cat and resonator to keep it from being annoyingly loud.
I'm guessing 3-4hp minimum, maybe even more, because that POS tank is sooo restrictive. If you've got a Borla axle-back with no muffler, then you might need to change to an axle-back muffler to keep it quiet enough... just depends on how much exhaust noise you're willing to tolerate.

Zsanz
02-02-2010, 05:41 AM
borla axle back no muffler.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bhb4jcLxeg

no vids with new muffler
threw a flowmaster 44 on there
sounds good nice and deep and little throaty with the cai but still kinda loud massive droneeeeee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfxV-kj6ar4&feature=related

CIONIDE
02-02-2010, 05:51 AM
That exhaust sound would definitely get you pulled over & ticketed in Cali, and maybe an impound fee on top of it all. :tap:

elwaylite
02-02-2010, 03:54 PM
Oh yeah, thats waaaaaay too much noise for the HP. Will stick with what I got :D

Zsanz
02-02-2010, 08:40 PM
Oh yeah, thats waaaaaay too much noise for the HP. Will stick with what I got :D

if accomponied by an insane bov then it would be acceptable
the set up lasted well 1 day
borla on test pipe in then muffler in. need a new vid thanx for not flaming :cool:

Charock
02-09-2010, 09:58 PM
I have the borla dual setup, does it sound very loud under normal excel? When I hit it, you know, but I don't think its loud...

BFDBOX
02-10-2010, 09:22 PM
There seems to be a lot of topics going on at once here. The borla dual exhaust removes the stock muffler. However is still 50 state emissions legal because it does not modify emissions. The CAT is the last emissions device on the car. All it does is remove the stock muffler and adds a y to dual exhaust. Even without the muffler the noise level is still under 93db. I live in Southern California where cops have a hard on for anything import. I did not once get pulled over for having this exhaust. Even if i did there is nothing they can do. You need to know what to tell the officer without being a punk, he should respect your knowledge. As far as restriction goes our cars and many newer cars arent that bad. Compared to the old days yes! cat and other emission devices robbed horse power. Now days things are better enginered. There may be some performance gain from dicking around with the exhaust. Is it worth spending all the money to get x # of tiny horse power/torque. Now days the only reason really i would modify a exhaust on a newer vehicle is for sound. The other excemption would be making real power and increasing CFM. Simple as that...stay out of trouble, peace!