Whether you’re a long-time truck owner, or you just realized how great a pick-up can be, there comes a time in every enthusiasts’ life when exhaust upgrades become a serious decision. Your exhaust does a lot for the life of your vehicle. It funnels gas fumes away from your engine, allowing it to stay cool, and run more efficiently. It can help increase horsepower, and keep your truck from overheating on the road.


There are different styles of exhaust systems to choose from, with single exhaust being the most common type seen on new truck models. For a look at other exhaust systems, and how they work, read on below.

Single Exhaust



A single exhaust uses one pipe to draw the fumes away from the engine through a muffler and tail pipe. With less materials than other exhaust system, and a simplistic setup, single exhausts are cheaper than other systems, but provide the same essential service to your engine. This is the model seen most commonly on trucks. It generally requires less repairs than setups with more components because there’s less to damage or fall apart.


Individuals who drive with a single exhaust will notice a smooth sound, overall superior performance on the road, and a simple install when it comes time to upgrade or replace. It is also known to provide better fuel consumption rates than some other models.



Duel Exhaust



This is the exhaust system you hear about turbo charged systems that rev up and race hard. Just as the name implies, this exhaust system has two of everything, including tail pipes and mufflers. The setup is a little bulkier than its standard single brethren, but it has its benefits if you’ve got the space to spare beneath your vehicle. For one thing, it’s aesthetically pleasing to behold, because it has that aftermarket look to it that will make your truck appear superior to others. The additional pipe allows for more gas to be sucked away from the engine, increasing performance, and lowering fuel consumption significantly.


While this engine has plenty of pros, there are some cons associated with the dual exhaust. Because there are more working parts, it can be a complicated install and more expensive than a standard single exhaust model. It also has more surface space to take damage during rough rides when flying debris can bounce off the road and ding your exhaust pipes. While the tough construction of the pipes can withstand quite a beating, it’s costly to repair two of everything.



Cat-Back Exhaust



If you own a truck, and you’re into modifications and upgrades then you’ve probably heard of a cat-back exhaust before. The name brings to mind images of small furry pets, but the cat-back exhaust is anything if not a road warrior. This is a great first upgrade to those seeking an easy rebuild or modification without wanting to take things too far. The build is unique because it has a midpipe which isn’t seen on other exhaust models. Those who ride with this style of exhaust system claim that there is more horsepower and torque than with single or double exhausts alone.



Axle-back Exhaust



Finally, the axle-back exhaust is closest to the cat-back exhaust. It is set up to begin at the rear axle, and has a unique stylized setup of a tail pipe and muffler, as well as exhaust tips and specialized piping over the axle. The result of these changes is an effective performance booster which offers change from an original single exhaust, without too many extra components. If you don’t want to spend too much money on an exhaust upgrade, an axle-back is the way to go.


For more information on exhaust upgrades, aftermarket parts, engine rebuild kits, and performance tyres, contact us at Diesel Performance System. Our goal is to help our clients become experts on your vehicles, and give you the right part to improve performance and make your truck aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Check out our other blogs for more information on rebuild tips and news.

Understanding Your Exhaust: Is it Time to Upgrade?
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