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Old 28th July 2007, 22:58   #1
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Default Chrome exhaust - Is it for looks alone?

Just wondering what are the advantages & disadvantages of chrome exhaust pipe? Is it only for looks OR is it going to help in better performance of car?

On the negative side, do you feel, it might get hit if we are travelling on bad stretches of road (e.g. some nasty road hump etc)?

How good is to get an after-market fit of chrome exhaust? Is it worth?
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Old 29th July 2007, 02:12   #2
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If you are referring to the chrome exhaust trim thats an add-on to the existing tail pipe, then it is primarily for cosmetic reasons as it enhances the looks of a car from behind. I got the chrome exhaust trim of the Ford Ikon fitted on my Esteem more than a year back, with some minor modifications. Surprisingly, a Ford Authorised dealer agreed to carry out the fitment in his workshop. The total cost of the exercise set me back by Rs.1000/-. It has definitely added to the looks of the car and till date has not posed a problem while travelling on bad roads.

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Old 29th July 2007, 08:18   #3
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Default Tailpipe Chrome treatment

The chrome end piece on a tailpipe is about aesthetics.

Even five decades ago, careful car designers considered the aesthetics presented by the car's tail pipe.



The 1957 Ford Thunderbird had a 5,113 cc V8 that put out 270 bhp.
The exhaust manifolds of each of the two banks of the V8 engine, had its own muffler and pipe all the way to the rear of the car

The 1957 Ford Thunderbird's designer Frank Hershey, tastefully designed the rear bumper to unobtrusively accomodate the twin exhaust pipes.

He had them exit through shaped ports embedded in the rear bumper.

What a look!



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Are you talking about this (Stainless steel muffler)....



or this (Chrome exhaust tip)...

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Old 29th July 2007, 10:50   #5
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How much would the chrome exhaust tip cost?
Does it fit a swift and what make is it?
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Old 29th July 2007, 10:52   #6
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babhishek it depends what quality tips you want... asian ones are normally costing between rs.500 to rs.2000, depending upon the quality... branded american/european tips are in the rs.3000 to rs.5000 range.
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Hello Autopsyche,

I was just referrring to the stainless muffler you had mentioned in the post not the chrome exhaust tip. What is the difference between these two & any specific advantage with any of them?

rr_zen, are you also talking about this kind of muffler fitted to your esteem?
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While the chrome tip is a cosmetic add-on, does the stainless stell muffler have any utility apart from the looks? Is it better in terms of heat dissipation and longevity vis-a-vis the corrosive exhaust gases?

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Are you talking about this (Stainless steel muffler)....



or this (Chrome exhaust tip)...

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Old 29th July 2007, 11:13   #9
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When you're talking about chrome exhaust accessories, you're usually talking about just muffler tips. I don't think anyone makes chrome plated mufflers or exhaust tubing. Those are usually mild or stainless steel. In the old days, people used to chrome plate their mild steel exhaust headers but now everyone either uses stainless steel tubing or has their headers/manifolds coated with a high temp aluminum/ceramic coating.

If you are going to upgrade the muffler, then stainless steel is worth it only if you plan on keeping the car for a long time. Otherwise, a mild steel muffler will do the job. The main consideration when it comes to selecting a performance muffler is its flow characteristics, in other words how much better does it flow compared to the stock unit. The less backpressure in the exhaust system, the better the engine can breathe.
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Here is a very cheap looking Exhaust pipe. Should be in the weird and wacky mod jobs actually . Anyways, notice that it is gold plated at the tip .




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^^^Hmmmm.... I have a feeling I know whose car that is
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^^^Hmmmm.... I have a feeling I know whose car that is

Hmmm, i have the same feeling too. And i appreciate the owner too.
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I have the same on my Ikon, and its purely for cosmetic purposes. Cost was Rs. 950/- for the same. This is the same one which rr_zen was talking about.

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It is purely cosmetic!
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Thanks guys for clarifying. Just have one more question. Civic has twin exhaust, is it the Chrome tip, as posted in the picture by autopsyche? Can someone give more details on exhaust tip used in Civic?
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