Even when a vehicle is well-made by the manufacturer, there may still be room for some improvements. This is especially true when it comes to horsepower and torque. Your vehicle’s manufacturer may have done a great job creating a safe and functional vehicle, but that doesn’t necessarily mean full optimization of the exhaust system. Installing a custom exhaust systems is something that many vehicle owners end up doing.
What does an upgraded exhaust system look like, though? And what are some of the primary benefits of installing one?
Unleash the Power
An aftermarket exhaust system can unleash the full power of your engine. It can provide a quicker, more efficient route for the exhaust gases in your engine to escape, allowing the engine to “breathe” a bit easier. This means that more fuel and air can be burned within the engine and in the process, more power can be created. All in all, an aftermarket performance exhaust system can make for a system that allows the engine to perform at it’s peak.
Hear the Growl
The main reason to consider an aftermarket exhaust system is this noteworthy improvement in power and performance. Another benefit of an aftermarket performance system is the deepening of the “growl” your acceleration makes. This more aggressive exhaust note is preferred by many vehicle enthusiasts, especially those who prize their vehicle for its horsepower and want an acceleration sound that can match it.
Choosing an Aftermarket Exhaust System
As you consider customizing your vehicle’s exhaust system, there are some key decisions you will have to make. The first is the type of “bend” that is used, which is the actual shape of the system. Most factory-made systems and some aftermarket ones use a “crush bend,” which is actually crimped and can restrict rather than unleash air flow. A mandrel bend, on the other hand, can really open up the route for exhaust gases to travel.
Another decision to consider is the material of the system. Most manufacturers use a mild steel, which can deteriorate over time. Stainless steel and aluminized steel, which are more common in aftermarket systems, can offer significantly improved longevity. In fact, they can often last for the lifetime of the vehicle itself.
Aesthetics are another important consideration. Many custom exhaust systems offer oversized tips and highly polished mufflers, which some drivers will find more aesthetically appealing. Others look perfectly “normal,” but still offer the same performance gains. It’s worth looking at a few different options to determine which style you prefer.
Caring for Your Exhaust System
Whether you are using a custom exhaust system or the factory-installed one, it is important to have it inspected regularly, and get maintenance performed as needed. Make sure you add this to your routine vehicle maintenance schedule.