How Custom Exhaust Fabrication Enhances Your Vehicle

Have you been thinking about outfitting your car with a custom exhaust system

Aesthetics alone are sometimes enough to motivate someone to invest in their vehicle (we can all agree it looks cool), but let’s talk about all the other advantages of a custom exhaust system fabricated for your specific needs, make and model of car.

What Is the Job of the Exhaust System? 

The exhaust system is made up of a family of parts that work together to dampen the noise coming out of the engine, remove harmful substances from the gases exiting the engine, and direct the gases away from the vehicle occupants. 

These parts include:

  • Exhaust manifold. A collection tank for the exhaust gases exiting the engine. 
  • Catalytic converter. Coated in precious metals, the catalytic converter filters and purifies the harmful byproducts of engine exhaust.
  • Oxygen sensors. Measure the air-to-fuel ratio.
  • Exhaust pipes. Connect the exhaust system together.
  • Muffler. Made of steel and coated with aluminum, it dampens engine noise and emissions.  
  • Tailpipe. Directs the exhaust gases out the back of the vehicle, away from the occupants.

The parts that came factory standard definitely do the job, but consider an upgraded exhaust system if you want:

  • Better gas mileage
  • Increased engine efficiency
  • Improved horsepower 
  • Customized sound and looks

Aesthetics and Performance: A Winning Combination

Custom choices such as paint jobs and seat covers deliver on aesthetics only. With a custom exhaust system manufactured to your specifications, you’re not only adding to the visual appeal of your car but also getting very real performance benefits. How many paint jobs can say that?

Here’s what a custom exhaust system can do for you

Higher quality parts. Vehicle manufacturers are not really concerned with maximizing fuel or engine efficiency, so the parts that are bolted on in the factory are of lesser quality. They get the job done, but these lower-quality parts typically need replacing at some point in the lifespan of the vehicle.

When you decide to upgrade your exhaust, this also means that the parts you choose (with the help of your mechanic) can be of higher quality and can last much longer — often for the life of the vehicle. 

Increased airflow. With the increased quality of parts comes the increased customization of the parts themselves. One major benefit here is the pipe fabrication technique. The pipes that come factory standard are manufactured with a crushed bend, which reduces airflow. A custom exhaust uses pipes manufactured with a mandrel bend technique, which opens up the pipes a bit better and allows for improved airflow. 

Increased engine efficiency. All that improved airflow from the higher-quality pipes means increased engine output and power. You’ll get more from your engine with less work and reduced back pressure. 

Increased fuel efficiency. You might be worried that increasing the horsepower of your engine will also increase your fuel consumption. However, the opposite is true in most cases. The higher airflow pipes allow spent exhaust gases to exit the engine more quickly. This  upgrade to engine efficiency results in getting more miles out of your gallons. 

It’s critical to use a shop experienced in custom exhaust system installation because there is a delicate balance between increased horsepower and better gas mileage. You can easily tip the scale too far in favor of increased power, which will have a negative effect on your gas mileage. 

An auto shop experienced in custom exhaust systems will not only be able to expertly determine where that balance is, but they can machine the parts to your specifications in-house, saving you money and time in the process. 

Strictly Aesthetically Speaking

All right, you’re sold on the better gas mileage — who isn’t looking to squeeze a few more miles out of their gas tank these days? Luckily, increased gas mileage comes with good looks. 

Custom sound. Not only can you get the throaty growl or sporty rumble commonly associated with a custom exhaust system, but you can also dial the sound way down for a whisper-quiet ride if that’s what you choose. 

Custom looks. Customizing exhaust tips, fabrication and materials are all ways you can enhance the look of your vehicle. If you drive an older or foreign car, you might find it difficult to find off-the-shelf options to replace broken parts. A custom exhaust means tailpipes can be fitted to any car, giving a cleaner look and peace of mind, knowing these parts are made just for your vehicle.

For the Best Custom Exhaust System, Trust the Experts

With years of experience specializing in custom exhaust work, the experts at Boyce Auto can answer your questions, help you decide on how to get the most out of your vehicle, and get you back on the road and enjoying your investment for years to come.

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