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What Do Exhaust Pipes Do?

Exhaust Pipes
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When discussing what exhaust pipes do, we need to understand how exhaust pipes work. Your engine is a big air pump—air comes in, gets burned with the fuel and exits. It’s the exhaust pipes that facilitate this exit. They not only regulate the amount of exhaust coming out, they direct the gasses out and away from your car.


Magnaflow Tru-X Pipes

Magnaflow Tru-X Pipes

How Exhaust Pipes Work

Of course, the “pipe” isn’t just a straight tube from the motor to the tip. Many exhaust components, for smog regulations and actual configuration, are incorporated along the way. Starting at the exhaust headers, the exhaust flows through the y pipe (or x pipe), into the catalytic converter, through the muffler and out into the atmosphere via the exhaust tips.

MBRP Turbo Downpipe

MBRP Turbo Downpipe

The Benefits of Exhaust Pipes

Of course, like every car part, there’s a high-performance option when it comes to exhaust pipes. Brands like Flowmaster, Magnaflow, Bassani and Corsa exhaust are some of the biggest players in the business. What’s the difference, you ask. Well for instance, a Magnaflow x pipe or a Bassani x pipe is going to have a much larger diameter for better flow, and it’ll be crafted from stainless steel for a long life.

Choosing the Best Exhaust Pipe For Your Ride

Whether you go for the performance cat back exhaust option or not, topping off your exhaust with a set of polished chrome tailpipe tips can make any system look like a million bucks. Otherwise, if a high-performance rumble is not your thing, we recommend sticking with a factory replacement system. When shopping for any exhaust system, look for these key features:

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Mandrel bent tubing
  • Factory-style hangers
  • Lifetime Warranty



Product Comparison
BBK Exhaust Crossover Pipes
Bassani Y Pipe
Bassani X Pipe
Product Name
Sale Price
$129.99
$385.95 each
$45.95 each
Shipping
Customer Rating (4) (24) (23)
Price/Value
Ease of Installation
Quality
Appearance
MaterialAluminized SteelAluminized SteelAluminized Steel


Stainless SteelStainless Steel
WarrantyLifetime Warranty18-month warranty (aluminized steel)18-month warranty (aluminized steel)


Lifetime Warranty (stainless steel)Lifetime Warranty (stainless steel)





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