Different Ways to Upgrade Your Exhaust System

When it comes to altering a car's pieces, upgrading the exhaust system is one of the most common and effective ways to boost performance and customize your ride. For example, you can change your muffler to get that sought-after, aggressive rumble. There are several different ways to upgrade an exhaust system, each with its pros and cons. Here are some of the most prevalent exhaust upgrades that vehicle owners invest in:

Cat-Back Exhaust System

A cat-back exhaust system replaces the exhaust system from the catalytic converter back to the tailpipe. This upgrade is a top choice because it is relatively easy to install, affordable, and offers noticeable improvements in horsepower and torque. 

Axle-Back Exhaust System

An axle-back exhaust system only replaces the mufflers and pipes behind the rear axle. While it doesn't offer as much power boost as a cat-back system, it is a more affordable and straightforward option. Additionally, an axle-back system can still provide a deeper exhaust tone.

Header System

A header system replaces the factory exhaust manifold with an aftermarket header. This change can enhance the exhaust flow and increase horsepower and torque. Headers come in different styles, including long-tube, short-tube, and tri-Y. Each type has its own pros and cons, so it's important to consult with a professional before getting it.

High-Flow Catalytic Converter

A high-flow catalytic converter is designed to allow more exhaust gas flow through the converter, improving performance. Additionally, high-flow cats are often less restrictive than factory cats. However, it's worth noting that high-flow catalytic converters are not always street-legal, so please check local and state laws.

Straight Pipe Exhaust System

A straight-pipe exhaust system removes all of the mufflers and resonators in a vehicle, resulting in a more aggressive exhaust note. While this may sound appealing to some drivers, it's important to note that straight pipes are often illegal and can be incredibly disruptive. Additionally, the lack of mufflers can lead to a loss of low-end torque.

If you are interested in upgrading your exhaust system, bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop so we can help you find the right upgrade. Tri Star Automotive is the go-to auto service shop for exhaust service and repair!