The Benefits of Buying An Exhaust System
Purchasing a performance exhaust system for your car, truck, or suv provides a lot of benefits. A high performance exhaust dramatically changes the sound of your vehicle. It also improves performance. This includes increasing horsepower, acceleration, and in some cases, even fuel mileage. You can also change the look of your vehicle by adding an exhaust tip, or changing the stock exhaust to a kit with a side exit style kit. JEGS offers a wide selection of exhaust systems and components and customize your vehicle.
Buying a quality exhaust system can be overwhelming and confusing. There are many different factors to consider when shopping exhaust kits including different brands, prices, warranties, performance capabilities, and much more. Because an exhaust system is often a significant investment, it is important to do your research and get all your questions answered prior to making a final purchase. If you are trying to learn more about exhaust systems, we can help you along the way. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about aftermarket exhaust systems:
Q. How much does an exhaust system cost?
There are a lot of factors involved in determining the price of an exhaust kit which makes it difficult to pinpoint an exact amount. This includes the year, make, and model of the vehicle, the configuration of the exhaust (single or dual pipes), and the type of material used (stainless steel, titanium, or aluminized steel). Some exhausts include catalytic converters and a resonator, which can significantly increase the cost. Cost can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars depending on the above factors. When selecting an exhaust system, you will need to determine the budget and then look for the features that are important to you.
Q. How to install exhaust system?
An exhaust system replacement can be pretty straight forward with the proper tools. The first step is to get the vehicle high enough in the air that you can safely get under the vehicle to work on it. It also needs to be high enough that you can remove and install large pipe sections without the floor getting into the way. Next is the removal of the exhaust section you are replacing. Ideally you would just disconnect the exhaust by loosening bolts. However, with older vehicles, you will most likely run into rusty hardware that will not come apart without cutting. Cutting can be done with a proper saw using a good metal cutting blade. Once the old exhaust system is removed, you can then lay out the new exhaust parts and carefully piece everything together. One helpful hint is leaving everything loose so that you can rotate pipes and get the exhaust to properly tuck underneath the vehicle as well as properly orient the tail pipe(s) so they are oriented correctly towards the back of the vehicle. Once this is done you can tighten all of the connections from front to back, confirming that each joint is properly sealed. Once the exhaust is installed, you can carefully lower it back to the ground and then start the engine and check for any leaks and do a test drive. That is it!
Q. How does exhaust affect performance?
Exhaust affects performance in a few ways. Performance exhaust kits are designed to allow the engine to breathe and âexhaleâ better, to allow the exhaust gas to exit more quickly through the pipe. This allows an increase in power and in some cases increases fuel mileage. However, the trade-off is typically a louder sound as there is less restriction to absorb the noise that a stock exhaust system is designed to do in order to keep the vehicle quiet. Typically, this is a desired outcome as vehicle enthusiasts like a performance-sounding exhaust.
Q. What does a performance exhaust do?
High performance exhaust systems do two main things: alters the sound and decreases back pressure, which then increases performance. Changing the sound of your exhaust allows you to stand out from other vehicles and enjoy the rumble of your engine and its combustion while driving. Adding a free-flowing exhaust allows it to breathe better and therefore improve horsepower, acceleration, and in some cases, even fuel mileage.
Q. Is a performance exhaust worth it?
The answer to this question depends on what the goal of the exhaust upgrade. If you want to make the exhaust system louder and change the sound of it, aftermarket exhaust systems will definitely do this and would therefore be worth the investment. If the main goal is to increase horsepower and performance, you need to do careful research on prospective systems before purchasing. Asking the manufacturer for a dyno sheet, showing the increase in power after installation will help you to make an informed decision and realistic expectation of the performance results.