What do exhaust tips do, anyway? Well, since they don’t “do” anything really, it’s not as much about how exhaust tips work, as it is about how they look. You see; exhaust tips are like the cherry on top of your ice cream sundae—only added as garnishment. In the words of the immortal Bubb Rubb & Li’l Sis, “they just fo’ decoration, that’s it and that’s all!”
How Exhaust Tips Work
Since exhaust tips are so easy to install, they’re one of the most popular aftermarket upgrades out there. Which means the market is flooded with all sorts of brands, shapes and style. There are round, square, oval and even rectangular exhaust tips. There are chrome, polished, unfinished and even black exhaust tips. And frankly, there are more exhaust tip brands than you can shake a catalytic converter at.
The Benefits of Exhaust Tips
So, what exactly do exhaust tips do? They give the rear end of your ride a serious boost in style—that’s it and that’s all. And, when purchasing exhaust tips, keep these shopping “tips” in mind:
- Stick with top brand tips
- Look for 100% T409 or T304 stainless steel construction
- Get the bolt-on variety (unless you have access to a welder)
- Purchase from a reputable retailer
- Get ready for the uncomfortable stares from fixated yokels
Choosing the Best Exhaust Tip for Your Vehicle
But, if you stick the popular performance exhaust kit brands, you’re certain to get a quality tip. Corsa exhaust, famous for their pure stainless steel systems, includes tips with every kit. Flowmaster includes tips with their high-end kits, and Magnaflow, creator of the nearly obscene but ever-popular 5 inch Magnaflow exhaust tip, makes a huge array of tips styles. And not to be outdone, RBP exhaust tips are crafted specifically for off-road trucks.