An exhaust cutout is a piece of metal that can be added to the exhaust system, in order for the exhaust to bypass components, such as the muffler. Making it easier for the engine to remove exhaust will reduce its work load which will therefore increase horsepower and torque output. Since the factory exhaust has many environmental friendly features such as the muffler and catalytic converter, the power output is greatly affected. Using an exhaust cutout allows you to use your factory exhaust while doing everyday driving, and then divert exhaust to the cutout when looking for some added performance. Because of this easy switch that doesn’t involve changing up the whole exhaust, a cutout has become extremely popular with people who like to take their car to the track and also legally drive it to work during the week.
Once installed, there will be a small section of pipe sticking out that is covered to that exhaust can’t escape. When looking for added performance, the valve is opened and the exhaust will take the exit of least resistance which is the new cutout. Te valve or complexity of the cutout will vary from part to part. Some cutouts require the driver to gut under the car and open the valve, while others will feature a switch in the car which will open it when flipped. The cutout is installed by cutting out a piece of the old exhaust and welding or clamping the new cutout in its place. It is important to install the new cutout properly because a gap between the two pieces can cause noisy exhaust leaks which are annoying and can reduce power output. The best place to install a cutout in right in front of the muffler. Installing this component closer to the engine can actually reduce power output or cause damage to the engine itself.
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