Is your original tail pipe now busted? Well, that isn't surprising as it's most likely made of steel. And as you know, steel is prone to corrosion. Couple that with the fact that the tail pipe is in a position that's highly vulnerable to the elements and it's definitely not surprising why your tail pipe has gone bad. Of course, you'd have to replace it right away because not doing so will severely affect your exhaust system.
And since you're getting a new one, why not go for an upgrade? It's better to get either a chrome or a stainless steel tail pipe in place of your old steel tail pipe. Which one you get is up to you, but we can help you come up with that decision.
Looks or practicality?
For some people, automobiles are extensions of themselves. For them, automobiles aren't merely modes of transportation. If you're an avid DIYer, there's a good chance that you put your car in the same regard. You perhaps go beyond the regular maintenance and put extra effort in customizing and personalizing your ride. A new paint job, a sleek grille, and a set of chrome wheels may be your recipe for an awesome ride. If that's the case, then a chrome tail pipe would nicely complement the look you have in mind. It'll add an extra shine that would definitely make your car a head-turner.
On the other hand, there are people who go for practicality. For them, looks aren't the priority. Protecting the vehicle and ensuring that it's able to carry out its function properly at all times are the primary objectives. If you're the practical type, you'll want a stainless steel tail pipe on your car's rear. Naturally, it lasts longer than a run-of-the-mill tail pipe. A stainless steel tail pipe isn't necessarily unattractive, but it may not exactly complement your vehicle's aesthetic.
Other thing to consider
Aside from the material of the tail pipe, there are other factors you should look into before you make a purchase. Obviously, the size of the tail pipe is a major aspect-it'd have to fit into your exhaust system after all. There's also the style of the tail pipe. It's perhaps another thing to decide on especially if you're looking to enhance your ride's appearance. Below are some popular tail pipe styles:
- Round - A more traditional-looking tail pipe
- Oval - A tail pipe that's both classic and contemporary in design
- Dual - For a sporty and performance-car type of look
- Square/Triangular - Either of these is perfect if you want something that looks unconventional or unorthodox. Some variants of these even look very futuristic.
Since tail pipes greatly vary, their prices differ considerably as well. Generally though, stainless steel tail pipes are more expensive than their chrome counterparts. How much you're willing to spend will probably be another factor for you on top of tail pipe material, size, and style.