Most vehicle manufacturers leave a ton of room for improvement when it comes to torque and horsepower, and Ford cars and trucks are no different. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Ford makes poorly designed vehicles, but they’re looking to make them more affordable for the average customer, and let’s face it, there aren’t many that are looking for more than that. Those of us that are looking to get the most out of our Fords, however, have the option of getting aftermarket Ford performance exhaust systems.
You might wonder why anyone in their right mind would replace a perfectly operational exhaust system for an aftermarket one. Well, there’s a huge list of reasons, and on top of that list are improved torque and horsepower, improved mileage, more longevity, better sound and looks. Aftermarket Ford performance exhaust systems can also increase the longevity of your engine, as they allow it to burn fuel more optimally, and allow exhaust gases to escape in a quicker, more efficient manner. This is also a result of the wider diameter pipes that most aftermarket performance exhaust systems have.
There are two basic types of bends used in manufacturing exhaust systems – crush and mandrel bend. Stock exhausts are manufactured with a crush bend, which is the more affordable alternative that results in pipes that have a crinkled area that decreases the diameter of the pipes and thus, slows the exhaust gases down. The mandrel bend technique, on the other hand, keeps the pipes with a constant diameter throughout the entire bend. This means there’s less resistance, more efficiency and ultimately, better performance.
Further, aftermarket performance exhaust systems are usually made using higher-grade steel than stock exhaust systems. Stock exhaust systems are manufactured using mild steel, which is susceptible to damage, rust and heat. Aftermarket systems, on the other hand, are manufactured using aluminised and stainless steel, both of which are durable, rust-resistant, and perform well under extreme heat. Aluminised steel exhausts are lightweight and more affordable, but they aren’t as durable as stainless steel.
And lastly, aftermarket exhaust systems come with a wide range of exhaust tip finishes, which can significantly improve your vehicle’s look. You can pick between single and dual exhaust tips, which give your vehicle a sportier look. Exhaust tips can have chrome, black, stainless steel and many other types of finishes that can make your Ford more unique, allowing it to stand out from the crowd.