After choosing the proper Headers to install in your Mustang, now which Pipes you will use to link the Headers to the Exhaust?
There are two types of Pipes, an H-Pipe and an X-Pipe, to replace the stock pipe which is the Y-Pipes. Also these type of pipes has different sizes Short-pipes and Long-pipes and are manufactored with special spicefications like Off-Road pipes and Catted pipes.
Firstly: Let’s start with explaining the differences between an (H) & (X) Pipes:
- H-Pipe: Great sounding, moderate gains! An “H-pipe” will give you some low end torque and will be freer flowing than the stock Y-pipe, which increases your Mustang’s HP! It will also help create a deep, lower toned growl which is similar to the sound of old muscle cars.
- X-Pipe: Great sounding with greater performance gains! “X-pipes” are good for high end horsepower and torque, which is why many performance vehicles utilize the “X” design over the “H” design. The “x” allows the exhaust to flow more smoothly to the rear of the car. An “X-pipe” will have a louder, raspier sound than an H-pipe. It’s a great fit if you are looking for all out performance.
Secondly: we have to consider the size of the pipe, short-pipe or long-pipe and the difference is easy:
- Short-Pipe: we use this pipe when we install Long-Headers, because it has a long tube so we need a short-pipe to link the exhaust.
- Long-Pipe: w install this pipe on Short-Headers because it has short tubes and its strightly installed to the engine so we need long-pipes to reach the engine headers and exhaust.
Thirdly: You might also want to consider which performance pipes, Off-Road or Catted pips. Both Pipes (X) or (H) are manufactored either for Off-Road use or Catted use
- Off-Road Pipes: is used for tracks and racing rather than on regular streets
- Catted-Pipes: its consist of a Catalytic Converter which is a device used to reduce the array of emissions produced by the engine. It is basically a filter located between the headers and a-pipes to transform harmful gasses produced by the engine such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides into less harmful gases before reaching the exhaust.
The bellow picture illustrates the difference between an off-raod and a catted pipe: