What Do Exhaust Tips Do?

Motorists often forget about the components of their car that aren’t clearly visible – apart from the engine, that is – and tend to focus on the ones which are. For that reason, the installation of exhaust tips might be considered a bit of a niche aftermarket upgrade. But is it worth it?

This month, the Auto Exhausts & Tyres team will examine this question in a little more detail, outlining just how aftermarket exhaust tips operate, the benefits they provide, as well as a look at some of the different types.

How do they work?

Your car’s exhaust system is composed of piping which guides reaction exhaust gases away from the engine and out into the air, allowing for the continued function of the engine itself. It’s important to note here that we’re talking about exhaust systems, not exhaust tips. An exhaust tip – the part of your exhaust system which is visible from your car’s exterior – doesn’t actually do anything to alter the performance of your exhaust system, it’s merely a cosmetic upgrade.

It is, however, a very popular one. There are numerous different types of exhaust tips, from round and square to intercooled and rolled edge varieties, all of which come in a number of different finishes and are easy to install. Most aftermarket exhaust tips can be attached to your car’s original exhaust system with screws, while some can simply be slid into the system itself.

What are the benefits?

As we’ve stated, unfortunately, an aftermarket exhaust tip won’t actually do anything to alter the performance of your car; however, it will change a couple of things. Most notably: the sound.

Installing a new set of exhaust tips will make your car produce a stronger, more powerful sound. It’s that deep, throaty roar from an engine which petrolheads often appreciate, and installing some exhaust tips will allow you to replicate this sound. Where a new exhaust system will also achieve the same effect, merely installing exhaust tips lets you do this at a much lower price point.

New exhaust tips will also upgrade your vehicle’s aesthetic, too. Since your car’s original exhaust pipe is there to perform a function – namely, removing unclean air – it’s unlikely that it looks very appealing. Aftermarket or branded exhaust tips, however, are designed to let your exhaust system achieve the same result, but look good in the process. From chrome and matte finishes to dual-forked and turndown tips, you can style the rear end of vehicle in numerous different ways which passersby can both see and hear.


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