Truck and SUV Exhaust Systems - Different
by: Cleveland Mike
Lets assume that you have decided to purchase a performance
exhaust system. Lets also assume that you already know
the benefits of putting a high-performance exhaust system on
your truck or SUV: better gas mileage, more horsepower and torque,
and a louder, high-performance sound. These high-performance
exhaust systems give you all of those benefits by providing
less restriction and making it easier for your motor to send
its exhaust gases through the exhaust system.
And just a side note, the following phrases all mean the same
thing: cat-back exhaust, high-performance exhaust, high-flow
exhaust system, performance exhaust, free-flowing exhaust, aftermarket
exhaust, and custom exhaust.
So, now that you already know the benefits of a high-flowing
exhaust system, lets talk about the different styles or
the different configurations for cat-back exhaust systems.
Single Side Exit
This type of aftermarket exhaust system uses one pipe to vent
the exhaust gases from your motor and away from your truck or
SUV. Typically, these have an exit location (where the end of
the pipe is) just behind the rear, passenger-side wheel. These
also generally cost less than a system with two exhaust pipes.
Surprisingly, these single pipe systems tend to produce more
power than most dual systems.
Dual Side Exit
This style of custom exhaust system is quite similar to the
Single Side Exit, but uses two pipes to exit the exhaust gases
from your truck or SUV instead of one. This means that your
engine has less restriction and generally has quicker throttle
response. It also lends itself to producing a louder, more aggressive
Dual Rear Exit
This configuration of high-flow exhaust system uses two pipes
to vent the exhaust gases from your motor. This unique design
differs from the previous two because the pipes exit out the
rear of the vehicle, just under the bumper or roll pan. This
free-flowing style of exhaust system has all of the benefits
of the Dual Side Exit exhaust but can be perceived as louder
because the sound is directed out the rear of your vehicle,
directly at the traffic behind you. Depending on how aggressive
your driving habits are, this can either be a good thing, or
a bad thing. One side note: you may not be interested in this
exhaust system if you are towing any kind of trailer because
the exhaust gases can leave soot on whatever youre towing.
Extreme Dual Exit or Opposite Side Dual
This style of cat-back exhaust uses two pipes to exit the exhaust
gases from your motor but differs from the Dual Rear Exit. The
Extreme Dual Exit has one pipe exiting behind each rear tire.
This free-flowing exhaust system has all of the same benefits
of the other dual systems, but unlike the Dual Rear Exit, it
wont leave soot on your trailer.
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About The Author
Cleveland Mike is an automotive junkie who lives in Cleveland,
Ohio. He likes racing autocross and tinkering with trucks and
cars. He currently writes online content and articles for TruckAccessory.com,
a leading blog about truck accessories, SUV accessories, seat
covers, floor mats and many other aftermarket truck and SUV