Chrome exhaust pipes have become quite popular in recent years. They help to give your car or light truck a more classy or sporty look and an enhanced sound as well. Installing them correctly can be a bit more involved than installing other types of exhaust pipes, however. Even if you have twin exhaust pipes, knowing a few tips before you attempt an installation can help you to avoid some common problems.
To begin, it is important to get the right pipes for your car or light-truck. Chrome-tip dealers may be able to help if you take the make, model, and year of your vehicle with you. However, it is essential to determine the diameter of your existing exhaust pipes. This is to ensure that the new tips will fit and also to see if they will fit through a cutout in your rear bumper. If the cutout is too small, you should have a professional make the enlargement.
The length of the pipes is also a factor. Installing pipes that are too long can protrude past the end of your car or truck. This not only looks unappealing, but can also cause potential burns when people accidentally touch the hot exhaust pipes. To prevent this, make sure that the pipes are the correct length before installing.
When installing the pipes, bear in mind that heated exhaust pipes will be harder to fit. This is because they are likely to expand and make it more difficult to slide the new tip over them. It may be necessary to use some light lubrication, such as machine oil, or a rubber mallet to get the new tip to fit tightly.
If your existing pipe is rusted or corroded, it can make it even harder to install. In this case, you need to remove the corrosion by using sandpaper, steel wool, or a metal brush before attempting to slide the new tip over it.
Finally, to ensure that you have a professional-looking installation job, it is important to seek the help of a professional if necessary. This is particularly true if it is necessary to weld the pipes onto your car or if you are unable to buy a pipe that fits your car’s bumper cutout.
By adhering to these chrome exhaust pipe installation tips, you are more likely to end up with a properly installed and great-looking chrome exhaust pipe on your car or light truck. It will also help avoid improper venting of exhaust gasses and other unpleasant or dangerous problems.