What are the benefits of our aftermarket exhausts?
First we must clearly define what we mean by aftermarket. Some people think aftermarket means universal, it does not. Aftermarket simply refers to a non-original equipment manufacturer that builds the exhaust. Universal means exactly what it is, universal and not application specific. An example would be a traditional muffler shop would simply take a universal muffler and make it fit by cutting a welding. This is the WORST possible solution for an exhaust problem with your vehicle, the same applies for flex connectors and catalytic converters. We source mufflers and exhaust pipes that are manufactured as close to the OEM specifications as possible. From the size of the muffler bodies, to the size of the tubing itself, we do our utmost to offer a product that will meet the original specifications. Most of the exhaust pipes are our own brand, made from locally source tubing and steel, namely Canada or the USA. We do not source steel from off shore. Our flex pipes exclusively use an inner lock design, which is the most durable and strongest flex design available. Additionally, the majority of the tubing is MANDREL BENT, that is tubing that remains a constant diameter throughout the entire bend radius. MOST aftermarket exhaust , and even some OEM exhaust pipes, are not Mandrel Bent, and rather crush or wrinkle bent. These sub-standard bending processes will result in noise, power, fuel economy, and longevity issues.
Aftermarket exhaust vs. OEM exhaust
There is normally a big difference between conventional aftermarket replacement exhaust and the factory or OEM exhaust. Generally, the aftermarket will use universal type flanges, much smaller flex connectors and resonators, crushed or wrinkled tubing , thin wall tubing, thin support hangers. We do none of these. We strive to provide a product as close to OEM whenever possible.
Is there a cost savings in using aftermarket exhausts?
Yes, there can be a dramatic savings when compared to the OEM exhaust systems. In fact many new car dealerships will use aftermarket product themselves as an alternative line simply because the original parts can be so expensive.
What is the difference between a muffler and the exhaust - are they the same?
This is a source of a lot of confusion, and people always make the mistake when either trying to find a part or calling in for a quote. A muffler is the muffler unit alone, while the exhaust refers to the entire exhaust system other than the catalytic converter. It came make life a lot easier when you know exactly what to look for.
What are the signs of a bad muffler and exhaust system?
Generally the first signs of a bad exhaust system is noise. Excess noise can be the result of a broken flex pipe, broken exhaust pipe , rusted pipe or muffler, and broken or rusted exhaust support hangers.
Why should I choose an aftermarket exhaust or muffler over the OEM unit?
That is a personal preference. Some customers have a limited budget or do not want to invest a lot of money in a vehicle they are going to get rid of. Having said that, there is no reason why you cannot find a quality aftermarket replacement exhaust at a decent price. There are some who will only use original parts on their vehicles, for the rest we do our best to have you covered with our extensive inventory of exhaust systems, mufflers, flex pipes , and catalytic converters.