It’s an age old question which many have asked. Will an aftermarket exhaust be worth the expense? It’s possible, but do you care more about the sound or the added performance? Manufactures like Borla, Magnaflow & Corsa offer quality cat-back systems that provide both. The average car enthusiast has become accustomed to associating the sound of a car with its exhaust. Don’t we all have that childhood memory of a car, and the sound it made!
It has been a battle of the ages to make exhaust sound like it should. Having less bends or turns will not only improve the sound but also increase performance. Mandrel bent exhaust systems have become the key to success in achieving a throaty sound. Installing a replacement performance muffler is also an improvement. Remember, if you increase your exhaust flow, then you improve the sound. However, when choosing an exhaust or a type of sound you would like, it’s best is to first check your local laws. Noise pollution has become a legal matter and in some areas heavily enforced.
Does size matter? Let’s face it, bigger is usually better. Many detailed studies have been made to show that the more exhaust flow the better. The average exhaust on a vehicle has been designed to meet the bare minimum standards set within the automotive industry. The rule of thumb is to increase the size of your pipes based on your performance modifications. As you tune your motor and add horsepower, you increase the size of the exhaust to allow for better flow.
I Want my Cat-back Meow
The most common aftermarket exhaust system is the cat-back system. This term is used to describe an exhaust system that attaches to a catalytic converter and runs to the rear of the vehicle. This style is best for those who prefer to work on their own vehicle. In most applications it includes mandrel bent piping, clamps, and a muffler. Most standard vehicles incorporate a resonator in the exhaust system. A cat-back system eliminates this part, allowing better flow, performance and sound.
Flashy Exhaust Tips
Do these help performance? Don’t we all wish they did, but unfortunately they don’t. Exhaust tips are the equivalent of wearing your Sunday church outfit every day. You will shine, you will look sharp and you will do everything possible to not dirty them. Depending on the manufacturer, some exhaust tips are welded on but most are clamped. Exhaust tips dress that ugly exhaust pipe to fit the contour of your vehicle. So dress that exhaust, don’t be caught naked!
Let's make a custom exhaust, I want fire when I shift!
Ok, so maybe you won’t shoot fire out the back but you do have the option of removing the resonators, catalytic converters and mufflers. A custom exhaust is always an option for the race inspired and spirited weekend warriors. Our manufacturers offer everything needed to build a custom exhaust to your preference. Welding and assembly is a requirement, but you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you have the best sounding car on your block. So be different, make it custom!
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