Better Fuel Economy
The cat-back system improves airflow, which means the engine doesn’t work as hard to eliminate exhaust fumes. The reduced resistance minimizes the load on the engine, which leads to less fuel consumption.
Cat-backs generally yield increases in performance, due to the more efficient flow of exhaust through upgraded parts like larger diameter tubing and better flowing mufflers, as well as improved sound and reduced weight.
In general, expect a 2-5 percent increase in torque, horsepower, and fuel mileage. But, of course, the amount of power increase you’ll experience depends on how restrictive your stock exhaust is.
Premium Member. Even cat back don’t really provide any performance gains.
Which one should you go for, straight pipes or catback exhaust? Generally, it would be best to choose catback exhaust over the straight piping. Catback exhaust systems are legal and significantly increase horsepower and loudness – they are ideal for every day drivers or those who often run on the street.
The included SuperFlow mufflers have a straight-through design for a stronger sound and added power. Thanks to the high quality craftsmanship, Gibson exhaust systems are truly enduring and will serve you well for a long, long time. With this system, you will get the highest horsepower and torque at 1800-3000 rpm.
The best way to explain fuel efficiency is by giving an example. The math is rather straightforward. A typical exhaust improves a vehicle’s power output by 2 to 5%. Let us say your vehicle get roughly 16 miles per gallon and by adding a new exhaust system sees a gain in fuel economy of approximately 3%.
A cat-back exhaust system replaces your OEM system from the catalytic converters and back. The pipes are larger. The mufflers are also designed to facilitate a more efficient draining of the exhaust. Cat-back exhaust systems improve gas mileage and enhance engine sound as well.
What about a cat back exhaust system? Since most high quality systems, at least those systems that are 50 state legal, are installed behind the catalytic converters, there should be no warranty concerns to other components, even emissions components.
The primary advantage of equipping a straight pipe exhaust to a performance engine is that you’ll see a definite boost in your horsepower. This result occurs because the system reduces the amount of backpressure from the engine, allowing the exhaust gases to form with greater freedom.