Not many people give much thought to mufflers. That is not unexpected as, for most cars, a muffler is a muffler. However, you may seek higher performance, or perhaps you customized your engine in such a way that it now needs a new exhaust system that fits it. Here are the types of mufflers available at your muffler shop in Williston, ND if you are looking to deviate from the standard:
- Bullet mufflers: These are small—barely wider than the exhaust pipe. The smaller size is a benefit for vehicles with low clearance, like lowered pickup trucks. However, they do little to reduce noise. You can find them in chambered, louvered and perforated models.
- Perforated bullet mufflers: With a perforated section added, exhaust flows through it, which reduces sound. There is more sound reduction than with standard bullet mufflers, which might be considerate if you live in a crowded apartment complex or drive through residential areas frequently. It will not reduce sound as much as a standard muffler and it still works if your custom vehicle has low clearance.
- Louvered bullet mufflers: The louvers protrude from the muffler as another means to reduce sound. There is less flow than with perforated models, which may make these less efficient, too. The main benefit is reduced sound which, again, may be a better option if you live in a densely populated area where people prefer quiet.
- Chambered bullet muffler: This model traps sound in chambers or crimps. The design produces a deep tone to your exhaust and reduces flow more than other models of mufflers. About the same size as your exhaust piping, you will also find this to be a good option if you have low clearance.
- Full case muffler: You may have a custom car with performance qualities, but every time you start up, you risk noise violations. If you need better performance over standard mufflers, but you still require their sound control, the full case muffler is the answer. You will have the performance you need in your exhaust system, but your neighbors will be much happier.
- Cherry bomb: Also known as a glass pack, this is another high-performance option. The design includes a straight steel pipe with perforations, so there is less back pressure with this model. However, it lives up to its name: it is also designed to give a loud vintage hot rod sound. If you just restored a classic performance vehicle, adding a cherry bomb muffler will preserve that nostalgia.
- Multiple baffle mufflers: These types allow exhaust gas to flow through holes punched throughout the tube. An option that is much quieter than the cherry bomb, it is better at restricting exhaust than other performance models.
- Turbo muffler: Around since the 1960s, this model is distinguished by an S-shaped path inside. It does not restrict exhaust flow, but rather lets it enter the muffler and forces it through to the other end. The restriction reduces its appeal, but the design allows the muffler to be larger on the inside than the outside, which works if you want a less noticeable muffler.
To work with a mechanic knowledgeable about mufflers, contact Chaney Total Auto & Exhaust Repair, your trusted muffler shop in Williston, ND. Call us for an appointment if it is time to replace or repair your exhaust system.