Dual Exhaust Kits

There may seem to be no significant benefits of owning a dual exhaust with your vehicle. The dual exhaust system may be visually pleasant but it does not offer much else. There are advantages and disadvantages to this type of exhaust system. As well, there are many other types of exhaust systems which have been designed to be superior in performance.

Single Exhaust vs. Dual Exhaust
If you are considering a dual exhaust system then you likely have the single exhaust system at the moment. There are quite a few things that you may want to compare when choosing between these two types of exhaust systems.

You will want to consider which exhaust system is more visually appealing. This is the one area where dual exhausts tend to be superior to most other types of exhaust systems. You will also need to look at the physical design of the exhaust system. A single exhaust will be located near the engine and there is only one pipe which is used to evacuate gases in the system. A dual exhaust will prevent any exhaust from relocating to the opposite cylinder banks within the vehicle. The dual set up is most common with 揤?engine configured vehicles.

A single exhaust is usually sufficient for evacuating gases from the system. If you are looking to provide an efficient exhaust system for your passenger vehicle or truck then the single exhaust system should suffice. The single exhaust system is light in weight, very affordable, simple to install, and has a relatively high exhaust gas velocity. The main issue with the single exhaust system is that there is a restricted amount of clearance between the system and the ground due to limitations of the size of tubing pieces.

A dual exhaust is also a decent exhaust system if used in an engine vehicle. Dual exhausts are usually purchased for their visual appeal and are often installed in street racing cars, muscle cars, and sports cars. The dual exhaust system is beneficial over the single exhaust system in one particular category which is the amount of flow allowed between the engine and tailpipe. There is an increased amount of flow allowed and there is no risk of interference with the ground clearance or clearance of the chassis. The dual exhaust system is inferior to the single exhaust system in most other categories as it is heavier in weight, more expensive, and is difficult to install.

Step 1 Preparation
You may have already done this task. Basically, you will want to purchase a dual exhaust kit and make sure that it has all the right sizes of parts for your vehicle. The best exhaust systems will consist of mandrel-bent tubing and will appear to be the same as the original manufacturer's parts for the vehicle. Another route to go would be to get an exhaust system created by an automotive shop in you area but this will likely be done with cheap parts that do not fit perfectly. For best results, purchase a high quality dual exhaust system kit that includes all the hardware necessary for the installation.

Also, you should know that you can use a steel donut gasket to prevent gaskets from blowing when you are connecting the pipe and manifold. If you use non-steel equipment then you will be increasing the risk of a gasket blowing.

Step 2 Preparing the Parts
When setting the exhaust pipes in place you will want to make sure that there is a minimum clearance of one inch for the drive shaft and floor pan. You will need to factor in the movements made by the shaft in combination with the rear axle to provide further assurance that there is at least an inch of clearance.

If you follow the positions provided for factory installation of the muffler then you could be able to install the dual exhaust system pretty easily. If the muffler is placed in a different position then it will require the pipe to bent slightly to fit appropriately. Also, if the muffler is going to be installed higher than usual, it is likely that you will need to drill in the floorplan for them to hang properly.

Step 3 Installing the Parts
You will want to mount and install the tailpipe hangers somewhere close to the frame rail. This will stop the pipes from making any rattling or significant noises. The dual exhaust kit that you purchase should include the appropriate tailpipe hangers but it would be best if you had some extra bolts lying around. Also, most vehicles are better off if the brackets in the exhaust system are facing the front of the vehicle.

Step 4 Finishing the Installation
After you have everything set in place you will want to make sure that there is a sufficient amount of clearance. When additional parts are installed there will be an increased amount of parts that are moving. Make sure that there is an inch of clearance or more before completely installing the parts. Try moving the rear axle to see if the muffler comes in close contact with the drive shaft. If so, fix it so that the two parts are further apart and make sure that there is at least an inch of clearance between the two parts.

Once everything is double checked you can tighten everything up and finish the installation. Make sure that all the parts are fixed in place properly before operating your vehicle. If you notice any large rattling noises when operating your vehicle then there is a chance that there were mistakes made during the installation. You may have to go through everything again or get a licensed mechanic to look it over and possible fix any problems with the installation.

This article has looked at a number of things such as the advantages and disadvantages of the dual exhaust system, which exhaust system is best, and how you can install a dual exhaust system. If you have decided that you want a dual exhaust system for your vehicle then you will want to invest in a dual exhaust kit. These kits are very easy to use and installing all the parts by yourself should not be an extremely difficult task. Before installing the parts though you should read up further on how to do so and possibly watch a video tutorial so you know exactly what you are doing.

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