One of the most common modifications people do to their vehicle is to replace parts of the exhaust system to improve performance or change the amount of noise the vehicle makes. The engine is limited by how fast the exhaust escapes the vehicles, so increasing exhaust flow does actually have a noticeable effect on how much power the vehicle produces and how much fuel it consumes.
If you are like most people, you may not feel comfortable making modifications to your vehicle. However, this job in its simplest form is actually simple enough for anyone to tackle. It would be beneficial to research some fundamental tips for working on cars, as well as an in-depth guide for how to replace the exhaust part you want to. For example, if you want to install the loudest muffler you can find on a Dodge Challenger, it would be helpful to know the exact steps for how to remove your current muffler and put on a new one.
This guide will go over the basics of doing this work on a Chevy Camaro so you can decide whether you want to commit.
The first kind of exhaust job you can do is called axle-back. This means you only replace the parts from the rear axle to the back of the vehicle. This only includes:
- The muffler
- The tips
- Some pipes
Doing an axle-back exhaust replacement job is a lot simpler than you might expect. All of the parts involved in it are designed to be replaced. The exact year your Camaro was made will affect exactly how the parts are attached, which will affect how you need to remove them. In all likelihood, they will be screwed on, attached with bolts, or attached with metal bands. You will likely need a special tool to remove it, no matter how it is attached. Many people opt to only replace the muffler, since it is both the easiest to replace and has the biggest impact on performance.
If you are hoping to improve the power of your Camaro, you should go with a straight-through muffler.
The cat-back exhaust replacement job includes everything from the catalytic converter and back. This is much closer to a full exhaust system replacement than the axle-back project. The most significant addition, however, is the catalytic converter itself. This part is highly regulated by the state, so you need to research the laws in your area before you touch it. This is also the reason why it was never designed to be removed.
If you want to replace your catalytic converter, you will likely need to cut it off with a special motorized saw. However, a performance catalytic converter can make a huge change in Chevy Camaro exhaust systems if you are willing to put in the time and effort. You will also need to use special tools to attach the new part. Most people opt for metal bands, but you have several options. It should go without saying that you should have some know-how before you attempt a cat-back exhaust job.