The Nissan Patrol is a pretty good car all around both in terms of looks and performance, there are however improvements that can always be made to both. But, while the looks of the car is something that’s entirely subjective and up to the owner, there are a few changes you can make that can undeniably change any vehicle’s performance, and fitting a different exhaust pipe is one of them.
There are many different Nissan Patrol exhaust systems that you can pick from, but do you know the difference between them? Going into a purchase such as this blind can result in you making your car worse if you don’t have at least basic knowledge of the different types of exhaust systems and what they have to offer.
The first real choice you are faced with when choosing an exhaust system is whether you should get a stainless steel or an aluminized steel type. Aluminized steel is basically regular grade steel coated with aluminium, which gives it certain advantages and disadvantages over the stainless steel. Aluminized steel is for example much cheaper than stainless steel, and the money you save on the difference can be used to upgrade your car in other ways. On the other hand, stainless steel is much less prone to corrosion, especially in the wintery climate if salt is used on the roads. In terms of density and durability however, it’s honestly anyone’s game. Stainless steel is usually denser, but aluminized steel exhausts typically have thicker tubing. Durability wise, it can be said that stainless steel is sturdier, but that differs depending on a number of factors, and even if aluminized steel isn’t as strong, it is cheaper, which means you can afford to change it if it gets damaged.
The second thing you need to keep an eye out for when choosing a Nissan patrol exhaust system is the different bends that you can get. As mentioned before, the standard exhaust system that is fitted to these cars is quite adequate in every way, but there are certain advantages to the different pipe bends you can get as well. Most notably, they can help your vehicle produce more power, but less waste, meaning that you will be able to get more out of your engine, if you ever felt you had some horse power hidden away that you couldn’t access before. The most popular exhaust pipe bends would probably be the ones that come from the mandrel bending method, which uses a mandrel that’s placed inside the pipe in order to support the inner walls and result in a final product free of kinks and creases.
And finally, you also have a choice in terms of whether or not you want a simple pipe exhaust without any attachments, or one with the works. One pretty common, yet not that necessary change that people make is related to the muffler. They are also known as silencers, and as that name suggests, their function is to reduce the noise that comes from the fuel combustion process and direct the fumes out of the exhaust system. The thing that makes them expendable is that they don’t serve that vital of a function, as well as the fact that if they are damaged in any way, it can result in them making more noise that the car would have normally, meaning that whether or not you attach one to your exhaust is entirely up to your personal preference.