Exhaust System Buyer’s Guide
The rush you get when you get thrown back against your seat as you stomp on the gas is probably one of the best feelings ever. Add in the anticipation when you feel the rumbling and roaring of your exhaust. The adrenaline is part of the appeal of performance exhaust systems. If you’re looking for a performance exhaust system that feels and sounds great but won’t break your wallet, you’ve come to the right place. Our wide selection of OE, off-road, and performance exhaust replacements gives you the freedom to choose according to your preferences and your budget.
Some of the exhaust systems we offer include H-pipes or X-pipes, which are proven to unleash more power than the average exhaust pipes. How does it do that? When two close-firing cylinders are using one cylinder bank for exhausting, there’s nothing going on in the other bank. Connecting both pipes makes the exhaust system larger and allows the exhaust pulses to exit through both sides of the system. Basically, exhaust flow increases when both cylinder banks use both sides of the exhaust system, and more exhaust flow means more power.
Reducing restrictions and improving exhaust flow also help increase power, that’s why our products go through rigorous dyno testing. Mandrel bending can also help increase power and benefit the flow of exhaust. Mandrel-bent tubes ensure smooth bends and consistent size and shape throughout the entire length of the tube.
Sound is also an important factor you need to consider when purchasing a performance exhaust system. Our products have been tested to get the right exhaust note so you can enjoy your experience behind the wheel. Just like performance and sound, the strength and durability of materials are also important factors to consider in car exhaust systems. We have products made from stainless steel, but we also have ones made of 304 and 409 stainless steel, as well as aluminized steel for long-lasting durability.
Most of our products are cat-back systems. Cat-back means all components of your exhaust system that come after the factory catalytic converter. A cat-back upgrade replaces your exhaust system’s intermediate pipe, muffler, and tailpipe. This means that your emissions systems will not be affected by the upgrade and your vehicle will be able to pass a smog check. But in case you’re looking to replace your catalytic converter as well, we have a lot of high-quality products to choose from as well. We also have other exhaust system types including axle-back, DPF-back, turbo-back, header-back, and crossmember-back, to name a few
If you’re looking to reduce exhaust restriction and gain more power, we also have an extensive catalog of headers. Headers are aftermarket replacements for factory exhaust manifolds. Each exhaust header has individual tubes for each exhaust port. This allows the exhaust pulse to flow freely from the cylinder head. These tubes then meet in a larger tube known as the collector. Header tubes typically have larger diameters than the runners on the exhaust manifold. The tubes on exhaust headers are also mandrel-bent to reduce restriction and increase exhaust flow. Raise your vehicle’s full potential by amping up its power and sound with performance exhaust systems from CarParts.com. Browse our catalog for mufflers, pipes, headers, complete exhaust systems, and more to get the best deals today!
For additional information, you may read our article, "Exhaust System Parts 101: The Basics (Diagram Included)".