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Ford Mustang Exhaust Systems

Get more out of your Ford Mustang with competent exhaust systems to help your motor breathe. The individual parts of this network work together to purify waste gases, tame loud sounds, and promote motor function. Made for 4-, 6-, and 8-cylinder GT Mustang trims, Ford exhaust system components work to make your journey easier.

What parts make up exhaust systems?

Ford Mustang exhaust systems consist of a number of parts that must work together to process exhaust network gases, regulate noise, and manage performance. These major components should be on your preventative maintenance inspection list, as replacing them before they fail is crucial. Mustang exhaust systems' parts includes:

  • Catalytic converter - Ford Mustang catalytic converters process waste gases from motor operations. In doing so, they help to reduce potentially dangerous emissions.
  • Mufflers - Mufflers protect you from the effects of the Mustang's high-decibel motor noise. Composed of baffles and reflective surfaces, these components lessen vehicle noises.
  • Tailpipes - Tailpipes form the last link in the system chain. While their main function is to provide an escape hatch for waste gases, they also function as decorations, sound manipulators, and performance boosters.
  • Cat-back - This is the section that extends back from the Mustang's catalytic converter. Many states outlaw modifications to converters, so performance designers create performance kits designed to mount downstream from converters instead.
  • Exhaust manifold - The manifold forms the beginning of the network. This component captures hot gases as they leave the combustion chambers. It then channels them away from the Mustang's motor into a single pipe.
  • O2 Sensors - The air leaving the Mustang motor needs to be analyzed for oxygen content by the vehicle's electronic control module or ECM. This logic controller uses this information to make adjustments to fuel injectors.
  • How do active exhaust systems work?

    Active exhaust systems allow you to control the volume of the motor noises coming from the exhaust. Ford designs include several different noise-damping levels, including Quiet-Exhaust mode.

    What is the difference between mufflers and resonators?

    While mufflers work to dampen a broad range of motor noises, resonating-deadeners are tuned to dampen specific frequencies. When both are used, they can silence loud Mustang motors.

    What is true dual-exhaust?

    Some cars that have two tailpipes may seem to have dual-exhaust, but really have mufflers that split into two pipes. True dual-exhaust vehicles like the Mustang have two completely separate networks that run from the engine block to the tail tip. Thus, genuine dual-exhaust motors enjoy better aspiration and better exhalation, both of which are key to enhanced power production.

    Is tuning necessary after changing Mustang exhaust components?

    This depends on the Mustang components that you switch and the condition of your motor. For example, if you make changes to your cat-back network, tuning is usually not necessary. If you make changes to parts closer to the engine block, the need for precautionary tuning becomes more likely.