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A GUIDE TO EXHAUST SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS

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A GUIDE TO EXHAUST SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS

Some like them loud and rowdy, others prefer a mild volume with a deep tone, yet others just want a quiet cruiser. But we’re not talking about stereo systems and music selections, rather the sound of your hot rod exhaust systems!

Exhaust systems actually have a lot in common with audio systems, as they set a tone for your car or truck, giving off a sort of personality through sound. There’s the subtle sleeper with a low rumble covering up big power within, the smooth, quiet custom cruiser that crawls by, or the boisterous, shaking rumble of straight-through pipes echoing “Look at me!” from the street. But there’s more to exhaust systems than simply the emitting tone. You also need to consider your engine’s performance, managing the heat created under the hood and under the floor, where and how to secure the piping for a rattle-free system and the materials or coatings to use.

Mufflers and headers are almost as varied in size, shapes and forms as the different wheels you choose. If you’re looking for power, large-diameter pipes with free-flowing mufflers and long-tube headers are on the list. Should you go with long-lasting stainless steel for a system that will likely outlast your car? For open engine bays, vintage-style exhaust manifolds may be the route to go and for tight engine compartments there are different heat protecting wraps or shields to help manage temperatures.

The choices are yours and there are plenty of innovative manufacturers at your fingertips to help point you in the right direction. We gathered some of the latest exhaust components from the hot rod industry to see what was new and popular to help find the best headers, mufflers, clamps or system to fit your muscle car, classic truck or street rod.