Performance Exhaust Vs. Straight Pipe

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 4 months ago

    If you are looking to update your vehicle, you’re probably debating the benefits of a straight pipe as compared to a performance exhaust system. Here are some of the main considerations to keep in mind as you browse options and research the best exhaust systems.  

    Noise Considerations

    Performance exhaust systems keep the sound of your engine muffled, so these are the best choice for those who want to avoid being accompanied by a noisy engine. Straight pipes allow the sound to pass through easily, so they loudly announce your presence. The lack of back pressure increases the sound. Some people like the drama and presence of having a noisy ride, but make sure to check up on the noise regulations on cars in your area. 

    Style and Personality

    Just like how you express your personality and preferences through your car’s color, headlights and more, your exhaust system can show a preference for a flashier style or a classic, simple look. Straight pipes stick out straight from under your car and are typically left unadorned. It is possible to buy extension pieces for straight pipes, to add a flared pipe or make them longer. Performance exhaust systems are known for having a wider range of options to make your car stand out. Take a look at the best exhaust bends and pipes for a variety of shapes and types of pipes. 

    Back Pressure

    Back pressure refers to the pressure drop that occurs inside exhaust pipes. Because the pressure drops, the engine must produce extra power to push the exhaust out. Some people prefer straight pipes because of the common belief that they reduce back pressure and make engines more efficient. A straight pipe requires a lot of fine tuning, however, and the costs of adjustments can add up. 

    The choice between performance exhaust systems versus straight pipes comes down to personal preference. Straight pipes come with their own set of unique challenges, however, so be sure to read up on emissions and noise laws before you choose them. 


    Performance Exhaust Vs. Straight Pipe

    Latest Articles

    See All
    • 2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Sport: Return of the Ranger
      2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Sport: Return of the Range...

      July 18, 2019 - Is Ford’s new Ranger a return of the compact pickup? Let’s find out.

    • Get Going With a Great Car
      Get Going With a Great Car

      July 18, 2019 - The question is who are you going to buy from? Private has its advantages but a dealership can give you more deals and something more in the way of guarantees should your new vehicle go wrong after you drive it off the forecourt.

    • Fox Body Mustang Gets Coyote Swapped for Make - A - Wish® Recipient
      Fox Body Mustang Gets Coyote Swapped for Make - A ...

      July 16, 2019 - Initially, Matthew’s request for AM was a simple one, requesting for a little body work and some fresh paint on the 35-year-old sheet metal however, the team at T5/AM have a hard time of taking cosmetic builds seriously—especially for someone like Ma

    • Got A Car That You Can't Afford?
      Got A Car That You Can't Afford?

      July 16, 2019 - From there it only gets more expensive, and some of you might end up with a car that you can barely even keep on the road. It is, after all, a lot more expensive than people tend to realise! So we're going to give you a few tips, and show you how you

    •  An Introduction To Car Performance Tweaks
      An Introduction To Car Performance Tweaks

      July 5, 2019 - If you want to improve the performance of your car, you may have started doing some research about car performance parts and fitting them yourself. Below, we reveal everything you need to know.

    • Top Silverado Camping Parts | The Haul
      Top Silverado Camping Parts | The Haul

      July 2, 2019 - Whether you are camping, tailgating, or just trying to have some fun during an off-road excursion, this video offers a few excellent suggestions to make your time with your truck away from home an enjoyable one.

    • Car Restoration Made Simple
      Car Restoration Made Simple

      July 1, 2019 - You might worry that it's going to take a lot of time and that you haven't got that kind of time spare at the moment. In truth, it will take time. It will probably take over a thousand hours of work to get your car to the quality you want.

    • BMW M2 Competition: No Competition
      BMW M2 Competition: No Competition

      June 26, 2019 - It's easy to think BMW has gone soft, releasing cars like the X2 Crossover. But then the mad scientists at BMW M go and create something like this – the BMW M2 Competition...

    • Easy Ways To Turn Your Old Car Into A New Ride
      Easy Ways To Turn Your Old Car Into A New Ride

      June 26, 2019 - Everyone has, at some point in their life, taken a look at their car and felt a certain degree of despair. Whether your car is old, unloved, or simply in need of a bit of sprucing up, here are some ideas that will help you feel a lot happier when you

    • 8 Common Causes of Car Accidents
      8 Common Causes of Car Accidents

      June 24, 2019 - Car accidents happen every day. In the United States alone, an estimated 6 million car accidents happen every year, translating to more than 40,000 fatalities. But it should also be noted that the number of car crashes has actually been declining in

    Share This!