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Is A Cat-Back Exhaust System Worth It?

Getting an upgraded cat-back exhaust system for your car can enhance your performance and produce a great sound. But only if you get a high-quality system. Many car enthusiasts are worried about excessive noise. Then there’s poor fitment and the dreaded drone that all too often accompanies aftermarket exhausts.

At Thermal R&D Performance, we have been perfecting aftermarket exhausts for decades. We develop solutions to common issues that still trip up our competitors. Installing one of our cat-back exhaust systems is one of the best upgrades you can do. And in this article, we will explain just why that is.

Stock Exhaust Vs. Cat-Back Systems

Catback Bronco exhaust

Auto manufacturers design stock exhaust systems to must meet a broad range of requirements, including production costs. Additionally, they need to appeal to a wide range of car buyers, many
of whom are not concerned with performance or sound.. This restricts their efficiency and limits the vehicle’s full potential.

Stock Exhausts

  • Must be quiet to suit a broad range of operating conditions
  • Pipe diameter is limited by costs and marketing requirements
  • Material quality is dictated by pricing

The term ‘cat-back’ refers to the exhaust section from the catalytic converters all the way back to and including the rear muffler. Cat-back systems are designed to release the full potential of a vehicle. OEM technical and mechanical requirements do not limit them. And they can be customized to work with a specific car, instead of just being a generic design.

Aftermarket Cat-Back Exhausts

  • Can be designed more efficiently than the stock exhaust – allowing for more airflow and
    improved exhaust sound
  • Diameter of pipes can vary depending on requirements
  • Material and build quality can be better than OEM
  • Can be lighter than OEM systems
  • Can be optimized to work with specific vehicles

Benefits Of A Cat-Back Exhaust

Cat back exhaust

The freedom to deviate from restrictive OEM requirements allows a cat-back exhaust system to be more efficient. But only if it is designed properly with top-quality materials. Aftermarket cat-back exhaust benefits can include:

  • Improved exhaust sound
  • Increased performance
  • Better gas mileage
  • Longer exhaust lifespan

BUT...not all aftermarket cat-back exhausts are built the same. A badly designed system may not fit correctly, causing damage to the chassis. Some exhausts are just too loud, and many drone when all you want to do is cruise. Picking the right system is crucial.

The Thermal R&D Performance Difference

At Thermal R&D Performance, we have been developing quality aftermarket exhaust systems for decades. The materials we use are generally an upgrade from OE metals, and we incorporate
our True Helmholtz Technology to eliminate cabin drone. This eliminates unwanted sound
without restricting airflow need for improved performance. 

Competitors often rely on generic silencers or gimmicks that claim to cut out drone without any
real knowledge or development involved. Most end up reducing performance and adding weight,
or worse yet – adding cost and doing nothing at all. Find out more about this topic by reading our blog on Why Exhaust Drone Silencers Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up To Be.

Choose A Thermal R&D Performance Cat-Back Exhaust

Thermal RD

Our True Helmholtz Technology is the best way to get sound and performance in a cat-back exhaust system. We’ve had decades of experience perfecting this technology. And have developed bespoke exhaust systems considered too ‘niche’ by competitors.

It’s not just superior technology that sets us apart. All Thermal R&D exhausts are built right here in the USA out of the highest quality materials. We use T304 stainless steel and mandrel bent tubing. We back all of this engineering with our lifetime warranty.

Don’t deny yourself the perfect blend of sound and performance any longer. Give our team a call today for a cat-back exhaust system that will unleash the potential of your car.

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