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Things To Consider When Installing A New Exhaust On Your Corvette

by Jesus Turner

When buying and installing a new exhaust for your car, you have to know which exhaust system fits the year of the car you own. There are some things to consider, and most vendors can help you sort out the details if necessary.

Year And Engine

Buying an exhaust system starts with knowing the year of your car and which engine is in it. In some cases, the car year can be a split or half year and may have had changes mid-year that are critical to how things fit on the vehicle. 

If the engine was the same during that time, the potential for other changes may still affect how many parts fit the car. Verifying all the information is essential before buying a new exhaust system kit or any other parts for your classic or modern car. 

The information needed is listed on the car, but if you are unsure where to find it, the dealership can show you. They can decode the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) for you, giving them all the information required when buying new parts and verifying the year of manufacture to ensure you get what you need. 

Exhaust Systems

Many different companies make aftermarket and replacement exhaust systems that you can use on your car. You should decide if you want a factory replacement or an upgraded exhaust system that may add some power and change how the vehicle sounds before ordering any parts. 

Upgrading your exhaust system for performance is easy because the options exist, but getting a kit from a proven exhaust manufacturer is crucial. You may see some inexpensive exhaust systems for sale online, and they may work, but often the bends are not smooth, the parts may or may not fit tight, and if they are not a great fit, they may not look good or rattle if they are loose on the mounts. 

Find a manufacturer with a good reputation for high-quality exhaust systems online and research them first. Once you determine which ones are the top contenders, you can make an informed decision and either install the exhaust system yourself or have your local repair shop put it on. The better the exhaust system fits, the easier the installation will be. Often a system that uses the stock hangers and mounting locations can be an indication of a good factory fit. 

This is also an excellent time to upgrade to a stainless steel system or add high-flow parts to wake up the engine in your car. Some high-flow systems can add horsepower but will often come at a premium price compared to stock replacement systems. 

Contact an auto shop for a new exhaust system, such as a Chevy Corvette exhaust system.