Exhaust Upgrade for a more Powerful Ford Ranger

Buying and owning a car is an investment whose purpose is to serve you for years and help you in every aspect of your life. As such, it’s essential to make a good choice that will provide you with value for years and will not break down or falter. One of the most popular vehicles in Australia is the Ford Ranger. It’s a powerful and efficient dual cab ute that’s widely popular and spread in Australia due to its many uses. In fact, many people consider it the best such ute car in Australia.

That said, many decisive factors determine the specifications of a car. These factors are the engine, transmission, braking system, and the focus of this article, the exhaust system. If you wanted to buy a Ford Ranger or improve yours, you’re in luck because I’ll go into great detail into the aftermarket exhausts for Ford Ranger. Specifically, I’ll explain its roles and parts, how to find the right one for you, and what are its benefits. And as a final note, before going into the main content, never forget to inspect and take care of your vehicle.

Ford Ranger exhaust upgrade

Parts and Roles

In my personal opinion, you can’t buy anything without knowing what it does and what’s its value. As such, you should understand the exhaust system and its parts, simply because each and every one of them is vital to buying a quality Ford Ranger exhaust upgrade.

Manifold, Oxygen Sensor and Catalytic Converter

If you want to learn how these parts work, you first need to know that the engine produces toxic exhaust gases that are a result of the combustion process. The manifold/headers then collect these gases by having multiple pipes that connect to each cylinder of the engine. Once it collects them, it sends them through the singular piping that houses the oxygen sensor and the catalytic converter.

The oxygen sensors test the air to fuel ratio. If it is off, it will alert you. Meanwhile, the converters act as a filter that cleans the gases from any harmful emissions, like nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. I write sensors and converters because a car can have multiple to maximise efficiency.


Resonator, Muffler and Tip

Once the gases go through the catalytic converter, they pass through two parts whose task is to change the exhaust sound. An engine and its working is extremely loud, so the exhaust system isn’t any different. The resonator’s goal is to change the noise while the muffler completely silences it. The muffler does this by completely absorbing all the noise, or at least as much as possible. Finally, the exhaust gases are released through the exhaust tip.

How to Look

There are three things to look out for when buying a Ford Ranger exhaust – the quality of tubing, material, and the type of exhaust.


As previously explained, the system is made up of many linked parts. If you want to ensure that all of these will always work together fluently, you need to see if the parts have some wrinkles or restrictions to them. Wrinkles are easy to notice – they look the same as if they would on a human face. You want to make sure everything is smooth and spotless for the best airflow.


Factory exhausts are made from mild steel, while aftermarket exhausts are made of aluminised or stainless steel. Both types are much stronger than mild steel and will probably even outlast your vehicle. Furthermore, both are corrosion-resistant and can perform optimally in all climates. Yet, there are some differences between the two. Aluminium exhausts are lightweight and allow for better performance and mileage but are less durable. Contrary to this, stainless is much more durable but heavier.

cat-back vs axle-back exhaust


There are three types of aftermarket Ford Ranger exhaust upgrade. These three types are universal as they apply to all cars and they vary based on the number of parts they replace. Depending on your budget and needs, you need to decide between header-back, cat-back, and axle-back exhaust kits.

Header-back exhausts consist of all the stock exhaust parts plus many accessories that will boost your performance and mileage. If you want to do the whole upgrade and completely change your Ranger’s performance and mileage, this one is for you. However, it is the most expensive and difficult to install.

On the other hand, cat-back exhausts only replace the exhaust parts and accessories from the catalytic converter to the muffler. They’re easy to install and can provide great power gains if they fit in with the rest of your stock exhaust system.

Lastly, axle-back exhausts don’t affect performance whatsoever. They only change the sound and look of your car. They’re affordable and are simple to install.

Furthermore, there are two subtypes of exhaust systems – single and dual exit exhausts. The single exit exhaust is the most common and only has one single set of all components. Double exit exhaust systems, however, have two exhaust tips exiting from the muffler. This has no impact on the performance and can even cause imbalances, but it looks amazing and powerful.


While they might seem like an expensive investment, there are many advantages to getting a new exhaust system for your Ford Ranger. Aside from the aesthetic of sound and visual, an exhaust system can provide quite the performance boost. You’ll have a better throttle response, mileage, and gas flow. In turn, these changes can lead to a more optimal use of your fuel, so you save up on money on gas. Moreover, as the parts are new and more resistant, as previously mentioned, you can save money by not having to repair them as often.