Some drivers are new to the performance upgrade scene and may be learning as they're going. If you are a novice when it comes to performance parts, it's pretty likely you've come across the idea to replace your OEM exhaust system either from a friend mentioning it to you or through your own research. A very common aftermarket installation, performance exhaust systems come in different configurations and can be comprised of different materials. What we will talk about here are exhaust systems made by DC Sports. DC Sports is a manufacturer of aftermarket parts for performance cars and late model racecars. It just so happens that DC Sports exhaust systems are among the most widely used and the brand is constantly lauded by the automotive community for their innovation and quality design materials.
There are two main types of exhaust systems:
axle-back. Right off, the main difference between the two can be found in their names. A cat-back exhaust system begins at the end or
outlet of your car's catalytic converter and finds its ending point all the way back to your rear bumper. That this part of the exhaust system starts out at the catalytic converter is where the term
cat comes from, and since it reaches all the way to the back of your vehicle, the word
back is what makes up the phrase
cat-back. The role a cat-back (or an axle-back) exhaust system plays is to liberate airflow in order to improve both performance and tone. Car engines, in a way, breathe in and out just as you and I do. Cars take in air through the cold air intake and exhale it through the exhaust. When that happens, an exhaust valve opens to
breathe out the burnt gases into the exhaust pipe. This is where that distinctive exhaust sound comes from when replaced with an aftermarket exhaust.
The reason why drivers replace OEM exhaust systems is due in part to inefficiency. The overwhelming majority of stock exhausts were put in by the OEM to comply with all state laws regarding emissions and to maintain a semblance of overall health for the vehicle. But they usually do not provide the consumer with anything but the bare minimum to get the job done. The tubing method is very likely press-bent aluminum while the catalytic converter and muffler demonstrate their own restrictions. Press-bent pipes are narrow. They can be dinged and crinkled. Since they are somewhat slender to begin with, they contribute to airflow disruption in a big way. And because the vehicle has to work harder to breathe air in and out, it has less air available for fuel combustion.
DC Sports cat-back exhaust systems free the air thanks to a larger diameter pipe and the mandrel-bent tubing construction of the pipe(s). This keeps the pipe in a consistent cross-section at each bend, allowing exhaust to flow more freely than before. Thanks to the increased diameter of the exhaust pipe, air flows with ease, which reduces the back-pressure that was hindering your car's performance. You will see improvements in more than one area, also. A boost in horsepower, torque, and a jump in fuel mileage are all common symptoms of a DC Sports exhaust system.
While a cat-back exhaust system starts at the catalytic converter and extends back, an axle-back exhaust begins right where it sounds like it does - the rear axles and ending at that the rear bumper. For front-wheel drive vehicles that are without a rear axle, it would start in the vicinity of where your axles would be located, which is between your back tires. Typically, cat-back exhaust systems are louder and offer more pop than axle-backs. That is not the case with DC Sports exhaust axle-back exhaust systems. The reason is because both exhaust options feature a straight-through muffler core and both measure in at less than (or right at, depending on environmental acoustics) 95 dB for noise restrictions. You'll still get a sporty, throaty tone from either one, but you won't have to worry about breaking the law to do so!
The manufacturing process is where both DC Sports catback and axle back exhaust systems truly stand out. Both are constructed of T-304 stainless steel. As discussed above, stainless steel mandrel-bent exhaust pipes are extremely important to maintain proper airflow and reliability. Plus, it is corrosion-resistant, meaning you can rest assured your new exhaust will withstand the test of time. DC also TIG welds each system by hand, which not only ensures each bend is precise, but uncompromisingly stable, as well. To top it all off, DC Sports dyno-tunes their exhaust systems before they leave the factory to confirm their performance capability and overall quality.
As for installation, DC Sports axle back and catback exhaust systems can be a DIY project, provided you or someone you know has adequate automotive mechanical experience. It is made simple by the company because both systems use the original factory mounting points to install. You will receive all necessary hardware and step-by-step installation instructions when your exhaust system arrives. However, if you are not familiar with this kind of procedure it is recommended you seek out a shop and have them install it. They have the space, tools, and experience. UltraRev can help you find a shop in your area should you need assistance.
UltraRev carries DC Sports Exhaust Systems because we offer nothing but the very best at the best value. Every driver enjoys a kick in performance and overall efficiency. A new exhaust system delivers the jump in horsepower you want along with the custom, sporty sound you love! Click on the
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