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Exhaust Systems For The Hobbyist

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There are exhaust systems and then there are exhaust systems.
Your vehicle’s exhaust system does everything that it needs to
do to keep your car performing properly as well as to protect
the environment safe from harmful pollutants. When it is working
properly, that is. Not every owner is satisfied with stock
exhaust systems, particularly the hobbyist or recreationalist
who uses his or her vehicle for leisurely pursuits. If you are a
hobbyist and you want a system that performs well beyond what a
stock exhaust system has to offer, then please read on for some
important information.

So, what is your sound preference? Say, what?! Yes, one of the
attributes of a high quality performance exhaust system is
finding one that brings out the sound that you want it to make.
Generally, there are three types of exhaust systems sounds you
can choose from. Gibson Exhaust, a popular manufacturer of
performance exhaust systems breaks it down as follows:

High: Produces a sound of high volume and intensity.
Expect resonance with the cab.

Moderate: “Big Block” powerful exhaust tone with minimal
resonance inside of the cab.

Low: Produces a mellow tone while it maintains a stock
sound within the cabin.

Are you not sure which type of system that you want? Then,
simply stop by the Gibson Exhaust site for sample sounds of the
exhaust system for your truck or SUV.

Beyond sound, there are several other characteristics of any
performance exhaust system that should be noted. They include:

More power. Stock mufflers can restrict engine power by
as much as one third. With a properly specified and fitted
performance muffler in place, air flow restriction can be
reduced significantly. The result will be borne out every time
you pull something or when you climb a hill as torque is freed
up to bring out additional power.

Improved fuel economy. An efficiently working engine
burns less fuel. With a performance exhaust system in place,
your engine has a friend and not a foe that works in conjunction
with the engine to achieve higher fuel mileage.

Longer lasting. What good is paying extra money for a
performance exhaust system if it doesn’t last longer? Made from
aircraft quality stainless steel, your performance exhaust
system can easily outlast the life of your vehicle. Depending on
the manufacturer you choose, warranties as long as one million
miles can assure that the exhaust system you place on your
vehicle not only avoids corrosion but is also the last one it
will ever need.

Certainly, performance exhaust systems can cost a lot more than
stock systems. For the hobbyist who enjoys the throatier sound,
stronger torque, and improved fuel economy, a performance
exhaust system makes perfect sense.


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  • Posted On May 26, 2006
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