How To Get Your Toyota Exhaust Replaced Or Upgraded

Do you need to replace or upgrade your Toyota's exhaust system? If so, there are two good ways to get the job done:

  1. Buy and install a cat back exhaust system yourself
  2. Have a muffler shop fabricate a new exhaust system for your Toyota

Let's talk about each option in more detail.

1. Buying And Installing A Cat Back Exhaust System

TRD catback exhaust

Most cat back exhaust systems are complete bolt-on systems. In fact, you only need basic tools to get the job done. If you're concerned about quality, you can't go wrong with a TRD cat back exhaust system. These systems are higher quality than aftermarket cat back exhaust systems. They're also better than stock in terms of performance.

You don't have to get any other parts, except maybe a few exhaust pipe nuts. Most likely the nuts on your current exhaust system are rusted. New exhaust pipe nuts will make installation much easier. They'll also secure your new exhaust system better.

The Pros Of Doing This

Buying and installing a cat back exhaust system yourself comes with a lot of benefits. For example:

  • An OEM TRD cat back system will fit perfectly.
  • You'll gain experience by doing it yourself. OEM cat back exhaust systems come with comprehensive, easy-to-follow instructions.
  • You don't need to do any welding to install most cat back exhaust systems (including OEM ones). Most exhaust systems are bolt-on.
  • You'll save a lot of money on labor costs.
  • You'll save a lot of money on a replacement cat back exhaust system. You can get a perfect-fitting OEM TRD cat back exhaust system for a very reasonable price. This is especially true if you shop from us. We offer wholesale pricing for genuine OEM Toyota parts, including TRD cat back exhaust systems.

The Cons Of Doing This

We can think of only one drawback of installing a cat back exhaust system yourself. It's the fact that the job can take a couple of hours, especially if you don't have a lift. But when you factor in the pros - especially the amount of money you'll save on labor - this shouldn't be too much of an issue.

2. Having A Muffler Shop Make A New Exhaust System For Your Toyota

Weld muffler

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You can take your vehicle to a local muffler shop and have them custom fabricate and weld a new exhaust system. A good muffler shop has all the materials, tools, and equipment to fabricate a custom exhaust system for your car.

The Pros Of Doing This

Having a muffler shop fabricate a new exhaust system comes with a couple of pros:

  • You don't have to do any work.
  • A good muffler shop will build a quality, good fitting exhaust system. In this case, you won't run into any fitment or performance issues.

The Cons Of Doing This

It also comes with a few drawbacks:

  • It's an expensive job. You would have to pay for materials and hours of labor.
  • The exhaust system might not fit perfectly. It will depend on the technician welding it up, and how good they are.
  • So many things could go wrong, especially if the shop doesn't know what they're doing. For example, the welds could be bad. Such problems could lead to fitment, performance, or emissions issues.

Which Option Is Better?

TRD Exhaust

The cheaper and safer option would be to install a TRD exhaust system yourself. It's because so many things could go wrong with a muffler shop fabrication. There's no guarantee that you'll end up with a quality exhaust system.

If you order a genuine OEM TRD exhaust system (especially from us), you'll:

  • Save a lot of money
  • Have the peace of mind that it'll fit perfectly, not just pretty well
  • Enjoy quality workmanship

Is An Exhaust Pipe The Same As An Exhaust Valve?

A lot of people believe that an exhaust pipe and an exhaust valve are the same part. They're actually two very different parts.

An exhaust pipe is part of the exhaust system underneath your car. It provides a path for the exhaust fumes move from the engine to the rear of the car.

An exhaust valve is actually not a part of the exhaust system. Rather, it's part of the engine. Most engines have one exhaust valve per cylinder. (Some high performance engines have two.) For example, if you have a V6 engine, it has 6 exhaust valves. The exhaust valve releases burned gases from the combustion chamber.

When you replace or upgrade your exhaust system, make sure you're getting the right parts. We can help with that! Call us, email us, or fill out this contact form.

Written by Jason Lancaster