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Honda Civic Exhaust Systems

The exhaust system is an important part of a vehicle. It helps funnel noxious gases that are created as a byproduct of the combustion engine. In order to select an exhaust system for your Honda Civic, it is important to know how exhaust systems work and what types of exhaust systems are available.

How do exhaust systems work?

Exhaust is collected from the cylinders of the Honda Civic by the exhaust manifold. The exhaust manifold funnels all the exhaust from the cylinders into a single tube. Once all the exhaust is in the same tube, it is moved to the catalytic converter where the noxious gases are converted into less noxious gases. From there it moves to the Civic muffler, which reduces the noise created from the exhaust. Finally, it exits the vehicle through the tailpipe.

What material is an exhaust system made from?

Exhaust systems for the Honda Civic are made from several different types of metal. Most stock items are made from carbon steel or cast iron. Aftermarket products are generally made from aluminized steel or stainless. These metals are used to reduce the chance of corrosion.

What types of aftermarket exhaust systems are available?

There are three types of aftermarket exhaust systems available for your Honda Civic.

  • Cat-back: A cat-back replaces everything in the exhaust system from the catalytic converter to the tailpipe. In most cases, a cat-back will give the mileage per hour a small boost.
  • Header-back: A header-back replaces everything in the exhaust system from the header to the tailpipe. A header-back gives you a lot of performance, power, and sound options.
  • Axle-back: An axle-back replaces everything in the exhaust system that comes after the rear axle to the tailpipe. An axle-back can give your car a performance and sound boost.
Can the Honda Civic exhaust system be replaced?

It's possible to replace the exhaust system on the Honda Civic. The amount of time, technical skill, and expense needed in replacing the exhaust system depends on which type of products you choose to purchase for your Honda Civic. Experiences will vary.

Do you need single or dual configuration?

When looking at systems you'll have to decide if you want a single or dual configuration. Both have their merits. Most Honda vehicles come equipped with a single exhaust pipe, but an aftermarket single system will give you a performance boost over a stock system. A dual system may not give as big of a boast as a single system, but it offers a sporty look and a distinct growl that many car enthusiasts enjoy.