An aftermarket exhaust system is a great way to improve performance and enhance your car’s sound. Installing the exhaust yourself can save on labor costs. It shouldn’t take too long as long as you follow a few simple pointers.
This blog will investigate what it takes to install an exhaust system and answer whether it’s worth leaving to the professionals or tackling yourself.
Doing It Yourself
Equipped with the correct tools, you can definitely install an exhaust system yourself. When considering a DIY exhaust system installation keep in mind that:
- Having the correct tools is essential
- You can save a lot on labor costs
- It shouldn’t take much longer than 6 hours
- You need to be careful not to damage any vehicle components
Thermal Research and Development has been manufacturing drone-free performance exhausts for decades. We can ship to just about anywhere in the US, and also offer next-day delivery.
To do the job on your own, you'll need to have the following tools on hand:
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Ratchet and socket set
- Rubber mallet
- Penetrating fluid – to help loosen rusty bolts and nuts
- Safety glasses and gloves
As you will be working underneath the car, the higher it is off the ground, the better. A car lift is best, but a set of four safety stands will also work.
The exhaust gets very hot so make sure that the car hasn’t been driven for a few hours. An exhaust system is held on with nuts, bolts and rubber hangers. Years of exposure to the elements can rust some of these components. So, you may need penetrating fluid.
Be sure to unclip any sensors and any other harnesses holding the exhaust in place. Your Thermal R&D replacement exhaust will come with all the necessary nuts, bolts, and gaskets. Be sure to fit everything correctly or the exhaust may get damaged. A typical exhaust replacement should take you around 6 hours to complete.
Professional installers have all the required equipment and the expertise to fit replacement exhausts to most vehicles. If you're deciding between professional install and DIY, consider the following:
- Labour charge will increase the overall cost of the job
- It may take less time to complete
- Installation work is guaranteed
Depending on the professional service you choose, it may take them only a couple of hours to do the job. But, it may take longer if they are busy. You'll also have to leave the car at their shop, which can be a hassle.
They will also charge you for labor. But, if you don’t have the tools or space to do the job yourself, it’s still a good option. Most installers also offer a guarantee on the work they do.
Buying The Right System
Once you’ve decided on the installation method, it’s time to get the perfect exhaust system for your car. Thermal R&D has been using “True Helmholtz Technology” for decades. That makes our exhaust drone-free. Without compromising on performance or sound quality.
We have a range of exhausts for popular models. And we build custom exhausts for niche vehicles. All Thermal R&D exhausts are made in the USA out of top-quality materials. This is why we offer a lifetime warranty. Get in touch with us today to make sure you don’t waste your time and money on an inferior product.