Modifying a Honda Civic Exhaust System
There a a number of reasons that you might want to modify your Honda Civic exhaust system. Some people do it because they like the sound, some are looking for an increase in both horsepower and torque whereas other just like the look of it. Whichever category you fall into there is a compelling argument to upgrade your exhaust system.
Factory exhausts systems are typically extremely restrictive. This is because car manufacturers have to meet strict noise and emissions guidelines in order to be able to sell their vehicles. The good thing about this is that there is a large amount of power which can be gained by getting rid of this restriction. To get rid of this restriction you need a larger size (in terms of diameter) exhaust piping. There are a number of different places that you can obtain this. Many people buy a prefabricated Civic exhaust from a well known brand, either through a parts store or via the internet. Other people choose to have a custom system made up at their local exhaust shop. This is often cheaper and more effective but quality varies depending on where you go.
The look of the exhausts is generally defined by two things: the kind of material used and the type of muffler installed. Generally exhausts systems are made from either mild or stainless steel, the later being the more expensive. This is due to the fact that it is resistant to rust and more visual appealing. Muffler type will depend on your own individual style.
There are the basics of why you might want to upgrade your Honda Civic exhaust system, but remember in the automotive world there is always more to learn.