If You Are Wondering How To Begin Upgrading Your Ford Powerstroke, Start With The Exhaust System

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  • Author Clay Note
  • Published October 21, 2011
  • Word count 584

If you want to get more from your Ford Powerstroke then you've got to give a little. . . in the way of cool, clean air that is. An exhaust system is one of the first upgrades I recommend for your Ford diesel truck. An upgraded diesel exhaust system provides improved performance and lower exhaust gas temperatures unlike factory systems which may remove noise, but create back pressure and raise exhaust temperatures.

Minimizing back pressure is the secret to getting more out of your diesel engine. The only way that you can get fresh, cool air in is to get the hot air out. A diesel performance system gets exhaust out quickly through the spiral louvered high flow muffler to the fully mandrel bent tubing and minimal bend degree angles. You can drop exhaust gas temperatures in your Powerstroke by up to 200ºF setting the stage for overall increased performance. A performance system is definitely the starting point to getting the most out of your cold air intake, programmers, modules and downloaders.

We all want better performance out of our Powerstrokes and performance is critical, but as a Ford enthusiast, I believe that appearance and sound are equally important. Performance diesel exhaust systems are specifically tuned to get the optimal sound out of your truck paired with hot visual styling. If you're going to have your Ford Powerstroke kick ass then you need to look and sound the part too.

The Best Systems Start With the Best Materials. 
Performance exhaust systems come in heavy duty aluminized steel or stainless steel. Aluminized systems can offer a value price without compromised quality. In some stock systems, seams are a major point of rust through, but fully sealed tubing can add years to your system.

Built to Perform. 
Most of the time when someone tells you that pipe size doesn't matter it's a lie. When it comes to performance exhaust systems bigger does not necessarily mean better. Stock systems often use piping that is too small, which causes restrictions and back pressure causing you to lose horsepower. However using pipes that are too large for your engine makes it so that the exhaust will not be able to scavenge properly causing you to lose power and efficiency. Performance exhaust systems are sized for your exact year, make and model, so you get piping that is sized just right.

For the The 7.3L diesel Powerstroke owner, you will find that your truck responds extremely well to a full turbo back exhaust system. This type of system consists of a 4" downpipe, 4" intermediate pipes, a high flow diesel muffler with a 4" tailpipe. You can finish off the system with a mirror polished, show quality 5" diameter exhaust tip for extra style points. With this system high flow is the key to putting the "power" in Powerstroke. This system is a must for trucks that are, or intend to run an upgraded air intake system and chip.

If you really want to give your truck more pulling power then you can count on an exhaust system upgrade to give you the power to tow all of your gear effortlessly. You will see horsepower and torque gains, better fuel economy as well as a drop in EGT (exhaust gas temperature). You can expect to see up to 18 HP more horsepower and 28 ft/lb more torque. Many diesel performance exhaust systems are an easy 1 to 2 hour install using bolt-on, no weld designs that make installation hassle-free while providing much improved operating performance out of your truck.

Clay Note is the owner operator of Riffraff Diesel Performance Parts, one of the internets premier diesel performance parts websites. Clay specializes in Ford 7.3 Powerstroke and Diesel Performance parts for Ford Diesel Trucks.

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