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Single Exhaust VS. Dual Exhaust

If you are considering a new exhaust for your vehicle there are a number of things to consider. One of the main things you’ll need to decide is if you want to go with a single or dual exhaust system. There are pros and cons of both systems, so read on to see which system is right for you!

Single Exhaust Systems

A single exhaust system uses a single pipe to route the exhaust gases out of the vehicle. Single exit exhausts come factory-equipped with most vehicles. There are a number of benefits to a new single exhaust, such as:

  • it’s lightweight
  • lower cost when it comes to replacing or modifying
  • increased gas velocity (the speed at which gas travels along a car exhaust pipe)
  • easier to replace — because these systems are more readily available

Depending on the single exhaust system that you choose, you can also benefit from:

  • improved sound
  • increased horsepower
  • increased fuel economy

The main con of a single exhaust system is that you just aren’t going to see the same power/fuel economy benefits as you would with a dual exhaust system because it only has one exit pipe. Anything a single exhaust system can do, a dual exhaust system can do two times better because of that extra pipe.

Dual Exhaust Systems

The main difference between a single and dual exhaust system is that the dual exhaust system has two exit points instead of one. Therefore, it is able to push out twice as much exhaust more quickly because it’s not limited to a single pipe. This is the main benefit of a dual exhaust system because the more exhaust you can push out, the more air your engine can take in, increasing your vehicle’s horsepower. Other benefits of a dual exhaust system are:

  • increased style – there are a number of different options when it comes to dual exhaust systems, whether its a dual real exit or cat back exhaust, the style options are endless.
  • increased fuel economy
  • enhanced sound
  • helps to keep your engine cool

Dual exhaust systems also have some cons, such as:

  • Expense — dual exhaust systems are more expensive to purchase, install and replace.
  • Shorter lifespan — because the pipes in a dual exhaust system don’t get as warm, it’s common to see moisture form and cause rust.

Which Exhaust System Should I Get?

What system you choose will depend on your vehicle and what your goals are for it. Vehicles with a turbocharged engine, or a V-6 or larger engine will see the most power benefit from a dual exhaust system. Smaller, non turbocharged engines will really only benefit from a dual exhausts appearance, so a single exhaust might make more sense.

If you are wondering what the best exhaust system is for you, contact the expert team at Park Muffler. They will be able to help you get the best system for your needs, and offer professional installation with no appointment required!


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