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Should You Buy A Tuner If You Buy A New Exhaust?

Modifying your vehicle's exhaust system can significantly impact its performance, sound, and aesthetics. However, the question often arises – Do you need to install an aftermarket tuner when you modify your exhaust?

While it's not an absolute necessity, there are compelling reasons why it's not a bad idea. In this blog post, we'll explore the relationship between exhaust modifications and aftermarket tuners and why opting for a tuner can enhance your overall modification experience.

The Basics of Exhaust Modifications

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Modifying your vehicle's exhaust system, whether installing a cat-back exhaust, headers, or a complete system, alters how gases flow through the engine. This can lead to changes in air-to-fuel ratios, backpressure, and overall engine performance. While exhaust modifications can offer benefits like improved horsepower and a more aggressive sound, they can also lead to unintended consequences if not properly addressed.

The Role of Aftermarket Tuners

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An aftermarket tuner, also known as a performance tuner, ECU tuner, or programmer, is a device that allows you to modify and optimize your vehicle's engine control unit (ECU) parameters. These parameters include fuel delivery, ignition timing, and other settings influencing your engine's performance. When you modify your exhaust, your vehicle's ECU may not automatically adjust to the changes, potentially leading to decreased performance.

Reasons To Consider a Tuner

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While you can modify your exhaust without installing an aftermarket tuner, doing so could leave untapped potential on the table. An aftermarket tuner allows you to recalibrate your ECU to work with your modified exhaust, maximizing performance gains including:

  • Smooth and consistent power delivery
  • Better throttle response
  • Increased horsepower
  • Improved fuel efficiency

Some aftermarket tuners offer settings tailored for custom exhaust systems. These settings are designed to optimize your engine's performance based on the modifications you've made. For instance, a tuner might provide options to adjust air-to-fuel ratios to compensate for increased exhaust flow. Utilizing these custom settings can help you achieve the best possible results from your exhaust modifications.

Potential Drawbacks To Using A Tuner

While installing an aftermarket tuner has benefits, it's important to consider potential drawbacks. Tuning your vehicle requires technical knowledge, and improper tuning could lead to engine damage or voided warranties. Additionally, tuners can be a significant investment, both in terms of cost and time. If you're uncomfortable tuning yourself, seeking professional assistance is recommended.

Thermal R&D: True Helmholtz Technology For Drone Free Exhaust Sound

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Whether you're looking for more power or a better-sounding exhaust system, Thermal R&D has you covered. Our systems are developed with True Helmholtz Technology - creating a drone-free sound without compromising performance.

All of our products come with a lifetime warranty and are made from durable, premium-quality materials like T304 stainless steel. Our team of talented fabricators and finishers build exhaust systems in the USA to fit a wide variety of cars and trucks, including popular enthusiast models like the Honda Accord and Acura Integra  and smaller niche vehicles other companies won't touch.

Check out our videos for more information. If you have questions, contact us online or call us at (661)591-4142.

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