The Toyota LandCruiser Prado has solidified itself as one of the most reliable and rugged vehicles in the mid-sized SUV lane, also known as 4×4 market. It has enough interior space to fit an entire family comfortably. With that said, it’s the perfect vehicle to take for a ride in the vast Australian outback and explore remote areas. However, even the almighty Toyota Prado has room for improvement, especially in the exhaust system department. An aftermarket Toyota Prado exhaust system is one of the most common upgrades performed on a Prado, and for all the right reasons.
But it’s not just the Prado. Every vehicle is made with an exhaust system that’s good enough to pass tests and regulations in an attempt to cut cost and appeal to the wider audience. Furthermore, stock exhaust systems are made to muffle the sound, which can oftentimes cause gas flow restrictions. An aftermarket Toyota Prado exhaust system doesn’t have those restrictions, and they’re specifically made to get the most out of your vehicle.
Furthermore, aftermarket exhaust systems are usually made using high-quality stainless and aluminised steel. Both these materials are strong and rust, heat and moisture resistant, and they’re likely to outlast any vehicle that they’re put on. There are two types of stainless steel aftermarket exhaust are usually made of – T304 and T409. T304 is military grade, thus very expensive and rarely found nowadays. T409, on the other hand, is specifically made for manufacturing exhaust systems and is quite affordable.
Additionally, aftermarket exhaust systems feature wider diameter pipes. As a result, more oxygen-rich air gets to the engine and thus, the engine burns fuel at better rates. This results in an improved fuel economy. Further, aftermarket exhaust pipes are made using special technology known as mandrel bending, which ensures there aren’t any flow restrictions in the pipe’s bends. As a result, there’s less backpressure, meaning there’s also an increase in performance. While the improvements in performance and fuel economy might not be drastic, they’re certainly noticeable.
Lastly, aftermarket exhaust systems are usually made for a specific model, make and year of vehicle, in order to ensure a proper fit. This allows for easy shopping around and finding the best deals you can. The internet is a great place to look for aftermarket exhausts from different manufacturers and compare prices and features from the comfort of your living room. If you don’t find what you’re looking for online, you can go to your local Toyota parts dealership and ask the salespeople for recommendations.