S650 Mustang Resonator Delete Install

S650 Mustang Resonator Delete Install

Last Updated April 16, 2024 | Bill Tumas

The 2024 Ford Mustang GT delivers an assertive exhaust note right from the factory, but many owners will look for ways to enhance the sound even further. One method is deleting the restrictive factory resonator for a deeper idle and snarling acceleration.

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How to Delete the Resonator on Your 2024 Mustang

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of removing the stock resonator on the S650 Mustang and replacing it with a MBRP resonator delete X-pipe. We're performing this install on a 2024 Mustang GT with active exhaust, but the process is largely the same if you have one without active exhaust. With a few basic tools and a reciprocating saw you can delete the resonator on your 2024 Mustang for a customized exhaust tone.

Check out the video below for more information on the installation.

Tools Needed

  • 3/8" Ratchet
  • 7MM Socket
  • 13MM Socket
  • 15MM Socket
  • Reciprocating Saw
  • Marker
  • Safety Glasses
  • Flat-head Screwdriver
  • Tape Measure
  • Metal File

Step 1: Remove the Rear Belly Pan

The S650 Mustang has new, extended belly pans on the underside of the chassis that make it hard to access some areas. Remove the rear belly pan underneath the cat-back to get proper access to your exhaust.

Mechanic removing the belly pan on a 2024 Ford Mustang GT

Step 2: Disconnect the Factory Wiring Harness (Optional)

If you have a factory active exhaust model, disconnect the wiring harness on the factory actuator. If you don't have active exhaust, skip this step.

Mechanic disconnecting the factory wiring harness on the active exhaust system

Step 3: Disconnect Push Pins (Optional)

Then, disconnect the factory push pins holding the wiring harness to the assembly. This can be skipped if you don't have active exhaust.

Mechanic disconnecting the factory push pins holding the wiring harness in place

Step 4: Remove Hanger Brackets

Remove the exhaust hanger brackets by loosening the bolts holding them into place and popping the brackets out of place.

Mechanic removing the bolts holding the exhaust hanger brackets in place

Step 5: Pop the Tabs

Then, move to the front of the car where the resonator is located. Pop the tabs on the resonator clamps with a flat-head screwdriver.

Mechanic using a screwdriver to pop the tabs on the exhaust clamps

Step 6: Loosen Resonator Nuts

Loosen the four nuts on the resonator clamps.

Mechanic using an impact wrench to loosen the nuts on the resonator clamps

Step 7: Remove the Exhaust

This can be done by one person, but it's much easier with an extra pair of hands to help. Slide the whole of the exhaust towards the rear of the vehicle. Then, gently lower it until it's complete detached and able to be dropped.

Three mechanics lowering the exhaust from the underside of the Mustang

Step 8: Mark Your Cuts

Line up the resonator-delete X-pipe with the front of your stock exhaust. Ensure that the angled section of the X-pipe is aligned with the angled section of the stock exhaust, then make a small mark where the two ends meet.

Mechanic marking the place where he will cut with a marker

Then, following the directions provided with your X-pipe, measure two inches towards the front of the stock exhaust and mark it. This will be where you cut the exhaust pipe.

Mechanic measuring where he will put his second cut

Step 9: Make Your Cuts

Using your reciprocating saw, make two cuts where you placed your marks earlier.

Mechanic cutting the exhaust pipe with a reciprocating saw

Step 10: Deburr Your Exhaust Pipe

Gently file down the sharp edges of your exhaust pipes to remove and rough or sharp edges.

Mechanic filing down the rough edges of the exhaust pipe with a file

Step 11: Connect the X-pipe to the Exhaust

Now, slide the included exhaust clamps into place on your resonator-delete X-pipe. Then, connect the exhaust piping to the X-pipe and snug the clamps into place.

Mechanic connecting the x-pipe to the original exhaust pipe

The X-pipe should line up with the other set of marks you made before cutting the exhaust.

Step 12: Install Factory Clamps

Reinstall the factory clamps onto the front of your resonator-delete X-pipe.

Mechanic sliding the factory catalytic converter clamps into place

Step 13: Lift the Cat-Back Exhaust into Place

Gently lift the entire exhaust system back into place on the car.

Three mechanics lifting the newly fitted exhaust into place

Step 14: Reinstall the Hanger Brackets

Slide the exhaust hanger brackets back into place and loosely install the bolts. These will be fully tightened-down at the end.

Mechanic reattaching the exhaust hanger brackets

Step 15: Reattach Wiring Harness (Optional)

Now, reattach the wiring harness for the active exhaust. If you don't have active exhaust, skip this step.

Mechanic reattaching the active exhaust wiring harness

Step 16: Align the Exhaust

Align the exhaust so it properly fits into place. Then, fully tighten all of your bolts once you're happy with the fitment.

Three mechanics aligning the exhaust and checking for fitment on the car

Step 17: Reinstall the Belly Pan

Reinstall the stock belly pan you removed at the beginning of the install.

Mechanic reinstalling the rear belly pan to protect the underside of the car

Congratulations, you're all done!

A Cost-Effective Option For Home Mechanics

Many S650 Mustang owners will want to swap out the exhaust for something that sounds better than the stock setup. By deleting your resonator, you save a bit of money by not buying a new cat-back or axle-back exhaust system while still improving the sound of your ride. If this sounds like something you're interested in, check out our selection of resonator-delete pipes.


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