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Best Jeep Exhausts

Written By: XT Staff

Table of Contents
  1. What to Look for in Replacement Jeep Exhausts
  2. High Clearance Exhaust Systems and Jeep Muffler Relocation

2015 Wrangler with Axleback Exhaust System

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What to Look for in Replacement Jeep Exhausts

You don’t necessarily have to upgrade your Jeep’s exhaust when replacing it. Complete stock kits are available to repair existing rusty pipes as well as replacement catalytic converters should yours have burnt out. Direct fit replacement kits are the only option for an easy install and seamless integration into the exhaust pieces you have left. Universal piping can work, but why bother fabricating when you don’t have to? Stock replacement parts tend to be exposed steel, but aftermarket systems are either painted or stainless. Stainless steel resists corrosion and rust even better than painted steel, especially after getting battered along the trail. More often than not, only the muffler and the exhaust tips are painted. If you want to protect the rest of an aftermarket system, be sure to get the proper heat resistant paint.

High Clearance Exhaust Systems and Jeep Muffler Relocation

For off-road minded rigs, the best Jeep Wrangler exhaust system is the high clearance variety. While out on the trail, having a low slung muffler is a detriment for a number of reasons. A muffler getting caught on a rock and tearing your exhaust asunder is one risk. Denting it to the point of choking your engine is another. High clearance systems move the muffler further up the piping instead of its stock location at the rear exhaust. Some systems even provide a thinner muffler for even more clearance. Aftermarket exhausts feature Mandrel bent tubing for the best in exhaust flow, but not all of them are stainless steel. If you’re proud of the trail mud (and who wouldn’t be), stainless steel is a worthwhile investment for a long lasting exhaust.