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Thermal R&D Performance Adds New Ford Explorer ST Exhaust System To The Lineup

At  Thermal R&D Performance we've been hand-crafting exhaust systems, mufflers, resonators, and tips since the 1980's. We're proud to add yet another high-quality product to our lineup: The Ford Explorer ST 3" Cat-back Exhaust system.

This complete Ford Explorer ST 3-inch, cat-back exhaust system is available with polished or black ceramic-coated exhaust tips. It's an aggressively performing system that doesn’t require cutting or welding - it simply mounts to the OEM catalytic converter and downpipes.

Chuck Asher, Partner and Design Engineer at Thermal R&D explains:

We have had success with the ST version of the Explorer, and wanted to offer a more aggressive option. We started building exhaust systems for 4-cylinder, turbocharged cars before it was popular, and continue to deliver the best combination of upgraded sound and performance, while maintaining the ability to use as a daily driver.

Like all Thermal R&D Performance products, the new Ford Explorer ST exhaust system is built using T304 steel, mandrel tube bending, and the precision of Thermal’s True Helmholtz Technology. The result is a higher flowing exhaust that releases a throaty, aggressive sound while greatly reducing cabin drone. Additional features of the Ford Explorer ST exhaust system include:

  • Mill finish tubing and front muffler
  • Brushed finish rear Helmholtz Chambers
  • Does not alter OE emissions
  • Made in the USA
  • Lifetime warranty

We should do well with the 3” versus some of our competitors that claim they are cancelling drone or engineering sound,” Asher says. “It’s now popular for exhaust manufacturers to say you’re cancelling drone or engineering the sound, but when you get into larger diameter exhaust systems you can’t fake it.”

The new cat-back exhaust system for the Ford Explorer ST complements the vehicle’s V6 engine and offers a clean sound. Check out the stock exhaust sound here:

When compared to the sound of the new 3" cat-back Thermal R&D Ford Explorer ST exhaust system, the difference is remarkable:

The Thermal R&D team focuses on high quality materials and manufacturing techniques to deliver great sound and peak performance, but the system’s good looks are also a stand-out.

The OEM valance of the Ford Explorer ST complements the 3.5-in tips. Whether the tips are polished or black-ceramic coated, they highlight one of the SUV’s exterior features – the slant-cut, dual exit.

Why Thermal R&D Performance

At Thermal R&D Exhaust Performance our team of talented fabricators and research and development specialists build truly drone-free cat back exhaust systems and automotive accessories. We were the first manufacturer to offer 3-inch exhaust systems for turbocharged four-cylinder vehicles and we also offer turndown options for off-roading and low-clearance vehicles. No matter your vehicle, Thermal R&D Performance deliver the highest level of performance products for the life of your ride.


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