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Exhaust System and Performance Exhaust Parts

The exhaust system is a crucial part of your vehicle, helping to improve your car’s overall performance, increase fuel efficiency, keep exhaust fumes away from you and your passengers, and control the amount of noise coming from your car. If you are having trouble with your exhaust system and are in need of replacement performance exhaust parts, Vivid Racing has everything you need. Below you can find our full selection of car exhaust parts to help you replace or upgrade your exhaust system.

Why Replace or Upgrade Your Exhaust System?

If you have a failing or outdated exhaust system, it is essential to replace any faulty performance exhaust parts as soon as possible. Exhaust gas is a byproduct of combustion, and it needs to be routed away from the cabin of the car. Without a fully-functioning exhaust system, exhaust gases would likely enter the cabin. That means that you and your passengers are in danger of inhaling excessive monoxide, which can permanently damage your health or result in death.

On top of that, a broken exhaust system could result in an insane amount of exhaust noise that would prove to be very obnoxious. Therefore, it’s pretty important that you have a fully operational exhaust system that successfully routes exhaust gases away from the cabin of your vehicle.

How Do I Know if My Exhaust Components are Failing?

If your car’s exhaust components are failing, you’ll likely see a decrease in fuel mileage and your car might not pass vehicle emissions tests. Exhaust components such as the catalytic converter play a crucial role in decreasing the emissions output of your vehicle, and shouldn’t be removed for any vehicle which is used on the road. A car that does not have a catalytic converter is unlikely to pass a vehicle emissions test.

The Importance of Exhaust Gas Flow

Another important job of the exhaust system is to regulate exhaust gas flow. With less exhaust gas flow, the piston has to work extra hard to push exhaust gases out of the cylinder, which ultimately leads to reduced power output for your car.

Unfortunately, many OEM exhaust systems use very small diameter piping, which usually results in poor exhaust gas flow. If your car has poor exhaust gas flow, you might want to consider adding aftermarket performance exhaust parts. The purpose of an aftermarket exhaust system is to eliminate exhaust gas restriction and improve power.

The Exhaust System is Crucial for Turbocharged Vehicles

In case you didn’t know, heat is energy. Therefore, as exhaust gas cools, the velocity of the gas decreases. Harnessing this energy isn’t extremely important for a naturally aspirated vehicle, but it’s essential for turbocharged vehicles.

With hot, high-velocity exhaust gases entering the turbocharger, the turbine can be spun faster. This results in better spool times, more power, and ultimately much better thermal efficiency. To harness even more energy, you can use an exhaust wrap. An exhaust wrap is designed to keep the heat inside the header instead of it dissipating to the air under your hood.

What Are the Different Exhaust Components?

An exhaust system typically features a few different components.

  • For naturally aspirated vehicles, the exhaust system typically features a header, mid-pipe, and rear-pipe.
  • For turbocharged vehicles, the exhaust system usually features a turbo header, downpipe, mid-pipe, and rear-pipe. Each application is different and some applications use different names for these exhaust components.

Make Sure Your Exhaust System is Street Legal

It’s important to note that all road-going applications must abide by local and federal law with regards to emissions components such as the catalytic converter. These components can only be removed on dedicated track cars (where legal), and should never be removed if you use your vehicle for the street. Always check with state and federal laws before replacing your catalytic converter.

What is the Best Way to Upgrade My Exhaust System?

Typically, most enthusiasts install a catback exhaust system, which replaces everything from the catalytic converter to the exhaust tip. A catback exhaust system is typically the best bang-for-buck option if you want to upgrade your exhaust system, while also dramatically changing how your car sounds.

Performance Exhaust Components and Parts From Vivid Racing

If you are interested in replacing or upgrading your exhaust system, Vivid Racing offers everything from exhaust brackets, catbacks, downpipes, exhaust gaskets, exhaust tips, headers, heat shields, midpipes, mufflers, Y-pipes, and much more. To learn more, contact us today by calling (480) 966-3040.