When you’re doing your daily driving, chances are you don’t want your car to be so loud that it draws attention. On the other hand, when you’re racing, you want sound that will show off your car’s power and rattle the eardrums of everybody who’s watching. What do you do when you want a car that can do both? The answer is often to purchase and install an exhaust cutout. Doing so has both advantages and disadvantages but first, it may help to understand how one works.
How an Exhaust Cutout Works
It sounds complicated, but an exhaust cutout is simply a Y-pipe welded into a stock exhaust pipe. While one part of the Y continues on to the exhaust like a traditional one, the other can vent into the atmosphere. When one faces into the atmosphere, you have the ability to cap it off and treat it like an OEM manufacturer’s exhaust or to leave it open.
Electronic exhaust cutouts are becoming quite popular and work because an electronic solenoid controls the block-off plate. This allows you to control the exhaust flow and in turn how loud your car is at any time. These types of cutouts are created with 12v solenoids that are wired to a relay, making it easy to connect to your car’s electronics. Once wired, you’ll have access to a switch inside the car that lets you control the blocker plate.
Advantages and Disadvantages of an Electronic Cutout
There are several pros and cons to using an electronic cutout in combination with drag wheels on your racing car. Electronic cutouts provide the best flow of any currently marketed exhaust system. They also provide the highest horsepower, are one of the quietest options available, and allow you to adjust the decibels of the sound. However, they might make it hard for you to create a specific sound that you want in your car.
Advantages and Disadvantages of an Aftermarket Exhaust System
Like electronic cutout systems, aftermarket exhaust systems have their own pros and cons. These systems allow you to create a specific sound for your engine. It provides a lighter setup than stock systems do and provides more power than factory-installed systems. On the other hand, they aren’t as free-flowing and do not create as much power as electronic cutout systems. They also are not as quiet as stock systems and may “drone” once you reach a certain speed.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
There are several things to consider when choosing your exhaust cutout.
- Buildup Material – Stainless steel is the most common and is best at reducing the risk of corrosion. Aluminum is also common. Although not as durable, it’s light and provides more speed.
- Installation – Some systems are much harder to install than others, so consider your skill level when choosing one.
- Price Range – The cost of an exhaust cutout depends on its material and size. Costs are typically $200-$500.
- Size – Sizes range from 2-4 inches and determine your speed, the amount of noise cancellation, and optimal performance.
When you’re looking for exhaust cutouts, drag wheels, or Jeep parts, always work with a reputable manufacturer and seller of auto parts. This ensures you get the most out of your money and remain safe whether you’re doing daily driving or drag racing.