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Ford Ranger Exhaust Systems

Keep your Ford Ranger engine breathing freely with an emission-reducing exhaust system in place. Exhaust-system components work together to keep your motor and the environment cleaner.

What parts make up your Ford Ranger exhaust system?

Your Ford Ranger exhaust system is responsible for managing the emissions from your engine. Each part can either add to or take away from performance and durability, so it is important for you to seek compatibility between your replacements. you can get a better understanding with the description of each part below:

  • Catalytic converter: This part is often mandated by law and is responsible for removing harmful contaminants from the exhaust-stream. While various catalytic converter designs do the same basic things, some of them handle motor demands better than others.
  • Exhaust manifold: The manifold gathers exhaust gases as they exit the cylinders and then delivers them to downstream components.
  • Muffler: The purpose of your muffler is sound deadening. Mufflers also come in many varieties, giving you options relating to sound, performance, and style.
  • Sensors: To maintain optimum running conditions, your Ranger motor needs the air/fuel ratios and exhaust temperatures to stay within certain ranges. The sensor system feeds information about these values to controllers.
  • Tail pipes: The main job of tail pipes is providing an exit point for gases. They also come in handy for performance improvements.
Can performance kits improve your Ford Ranger's horsepower?

While this partly depends on factors like your Ford Ranger engine-type, you can generally gain 5–15 horsepower with well-placed replacements. For example, simply changing stock intake manifolds for headers gives you modest power gains.

What is the difference between manifolds and headers?

Engine manifolds and headers perform the same essential functions of routing waste-gases away from the cylinders. Stock engine-manifolds usually include a single chamber bolted to the motor block while headers usually use separate tubes for each cylinder. The single-chamber design of many stock manifolds sometimes creates back pressure, which can reduce performance. In contrast, headers channel exhaust gases directly out of each piston, thus avoiding back pressure and performance losses. Performance manifolds are exceptions to this trend. Like headers, they include separate connections for each cylinder, but these connections are shorter in length than header-pipes. Nevertheless, this design delivers small increases in power.

What type of dampening muffler should you get?

The various muffler-designs seek to reduce noise levels to some extent, and they accomplish this in different ways. Absorbent models chiefly use special sound-absorbing materials to kill unwanted sounds. Reflective models use cleverly designed internal plates to cancel sound waves out while hybrid designs include details from both reflective and absorbent designs.