Flowmaster Mufflers

Flowmaster Mufflers

Looking to get an aggressive muscle car sound from your car or truck? Look no further than the king of loud, Flowmaster mufflers! Flowmaster mufflers got their start in the racing scene and have been around for  over 30 years.
  
Flowmaster mufflers are a chambered muffler and can range from mild to wild for whichever application you may need! The most popular is the 40 series muffler which is a dual chambered muffler that provides an aggressive sound. Our shops only stock the 409 stainless steel Flowmasters as opposed to the aluminized steel Flowmasters that almost all other shops use. The technology designed by the exhaust scientists at Flowmaster is called the “power chamber” which is a chamber that creates a negative pressure that is used to increase horsepower, torque, and fuel mileage. These mufflers also use baffles to separate and recombine sound and pressure waves for an aggressive exhaust note. 

Flowmaster, by many, is considered to be the original performance muffler and is often used by owners of classic cars, hot rods, firebirds and mustangs to name a few. What if you don’t have a muscle car or a hot road and you have a truck? Good news! Flowmaster also makes mufflers for applications on trucks! The very popular 40 series muffler that produces an aggressive tone and the somewhat quieter 50 series are available in a single inlet and single outlet design to be used with your factory exhaust or for most truck owners that want that dual exhaust they offer single inlet dual outlet design. Using the dual outlet version of either muffler allows us the ability to build you your dual exhaust system however you want it. But what if the 40 series isn't loud enough for you? Well you've got good news again! For those who want their vehicle loud and proud and to set off car alarms the offer a single chamber 10 series!
 
If you like that classic muscle car sound or an aggressive exhaust note Flowmaster is for you and available for installation at Lou’s Muffler and Brake of Hyannis, Plymouth, Quincy, and Westport!

Hyannis 508-771-2500
Plymouth 508-746-3500
Quincy 617-773-6500
Westport 508-646-1500


Is Your Car Ready To Go Back To School?

How Can I Be Sure My Car, or My Child's Car is Ready For the School Year?


School season is back! Its time to start thinking about if your car, or your child's car, is ready for the school year before they go! But how do you know if your car is ready? Easy, bring it to us at Lou’s for a free inspection and readiness check! 
 
What is involved? 
 
With every vehicle there are numerous things to keep in mind when inspecting, such as your exhaust, brakes, battery, tires, cooling system, and oil. With that in mind, here's some advice on what to think about when you're getting your car ready for another season of cold. 
 
Brakes 
 
A VERY important item for any season and any car. If your brakes are wearing out parts of your ABS (anti-lock braking) system may not be working properly. This can cause dangerous conditions in the snow. We do free brake estimates at Lou's so we are the best place to come to find out if you need work or not. Our repair prices are highly competetive on braking systems 
 
Exhaust 
 
I know some of you are reading this and saying "What does my exhaust have to do with being safe going back to school?" Normally the exhaust isn't an issue.  However, if for some reason you get stranded out in the cold and the snow with only your car to keep you warm an exhaust leak will all of a sudden become very noticeable. You don't want to be in a bad situation and not be able to run your car for heat due to an exhaust leak so come on in to any Lou's location for a free exhaust inspection. 
 
Tires 
 
As the only part of your car that actually touches the road, making sure that your tires are good is probably the first and most important thing to take into account when inspecting your vehicle. While making sure that your tires are rotated and aligned is important, checking the tread on your tires is probably the first thing that should be checked on your new and used cars. 
 
If getting your car to your local Lou's isn't a viable option, then an easy way to check the tread on your tires is to take a penny and insert it into the most worn section of your tired tread. If you are able to see Mr. Lincoln's head, then it's time to get your tires replaced, preferably before there's snow on the ground. Depending on the region you live in, then checking the tread on your tires might not be enough, and you may need snow tires to make it through the winter. Figure out which option will best suit your needs and make sure that you have everything taken care of before the first flakes of snow fall. 
 
At Lou's we can check your tread, check your tire pressures, rotate your tires, and check your braking system too. We have local shops whom install tires if we find you should do so! 
 
Cooling System 
 
We know that with winter on its way it seems counter-productive to be thinking of your cooling system, but your cooling system is also what houses your anti-freeze, which is very important to making it through this winter. While you should change out the anti-freeze in your car every two years, it's always a good idea to have it checked before the start of every winter. Swinging by any Lou's Custom Exhaust location is a quick way to have your anti-freeze levels checked and make sure that you won't have to worry about your car freezing up. 
 
Things to check are fluid level, condition, and mixutre of water/coolant. Too much water in the water/coolant ratio could cause freezing and internal engine damage! 
 
With having your anti-freeze checked, it's not a bad idea to pour one of many anti-freezing chemicals that are designed for your fuel lines. This can help to prevent any moisture that's in your fuel line from freezing up and preventing your car from starting or damaging the fuel lines which can add up to costly repairs. 
 
Battery 
 
Make sure that your battery's terminals are clean and tight, ensuring a good connection for your electrical systems. Getting the charge checked on your battery before going off to school is a good way to make sure that you won't have to have your care jumped at the worst time. 
 
We can clean your terminals at Lou's and get replacement batteries for you if your battery has been getting weak. 
 
Heater and Defroster 
 
Make sure that your heater and defroster work before heading off to school for the winters. Not only is this important for your own comfort inside of the car, but it's important for ensuring that you'll have good visibility through your windows. 
 
Emergency Kit 
 
If you don't already have an emergency kit in your car, now is a good time to make one or buy one. A warm blanket, jumper cables, an ice scraper, de-icer, rock salt or sand, a tire inflator, a flashlight, and a few snacks are essential parts to any snow emergency kit. If you already have one, check to make sure that everything in there is still in good shape and easily accessible. If for some reason you do have car troubles and are stranded you'll want these things to help make it until help arrives.


Getting your car ready for the school season doesn't have to take long, but not getting it done can cost you a lot of money and stress when you have to get these things repaired in the middle of the winter season. Save yourself some time, money, and protect your safety by coming to one of our locations to get your car checked out and ready for the winter season as soon as possible!

Hyannis  508-771-2500
Plymouth 508-746-3500
Quincy  617-773-6500
Westport 508-646-1500

Saving Customers Money With Custom Bent Piping

Repair chains and auto dealerships buy all their exhaust parts from other companies that make the parts for them. At Lou’s Muffler and Brake, a division of Lou's Custom Exhaust, we get all our piping in unbent, 10 foot, sticks of 14 gauge pipe (Most aftermarket companies use much thinner 18 or 16 gauge pipe). Our bending machine uses a smooth die bending shoe instead of a “crimp” style one which helps keep the exhaust flowing smoothly.  We then use our bending machine to custom fabricate the system that will fit onto your vehicle. By doing so we greatly reduce the cost of the parts and as a result the cost for the repair. 

Our hydraulic pipe benders use an electic motor that is controlled by a double acting lever allowing us to extend and retract a hydraulic cylinder that moves one of the 3 bending shoes. We have a variety of pipe bending shoes ranging from 1.5” pipe all the way up to 3” pipe. We have a matching shoe for each size diameter of pipe in between those sizes as well.

Generally the pipe fits inside the curved crescent shape of the bending shoe. This ensures that when the pipe is being bent it will not slip from the metal shoe. Various pegs are arranged in such a way that as the cylinder extends the pipe shoe, the pipe is forced against the metal pegs as a hold stop on either side of the bending center of the pipe. In other words, as the hydraulic bending cylinder pushes the pipe that is supported by the shoe, the hold pegs stop the pipe from moving so the pipe can be bent in the center of the cured shoe form. Our pipe benders use a dial that we can set to determine the angle of the bend. 
 
So if you’re looking for a high quality, inexpensive, smooth flowing custom or replacement system remember Lou's of Hyannis, Plymouth, Quincy and Westport are the place to go.

Hyannis 508-771-2500
Plymouth 508-746-3500
Quincy 617-773-6500
Westport 508-646-1500

Why Use Borla Exhaust?

 

Why Is A Borla Exhaust A Good Option?

 
Borla uses aircraft quality T-304 stainless steel on all of there products so you will never need another replacement! 304 stainless steel is the not commonly used for automotive exhausts and it is a high quality stainless steel, is non magnetic, does not get surface rusting like 409 stainless, and can also resist corrosion much better than regular steel. This type of stainless also has a low electrical conductivity rating and a low thermal conductivity rating. Below you can see the difference in materials between a Borla muffler and a stock replacement type muffler that is not made of stainless steel.

Borla's street mufflers use the same technology as their race mufflers offering a high flow straight through design which offers increased horsepower and torque gains from 7-10% and increased fuel economy in normal driving conditions. Because of this design these mufflers also feature less interior noise (resonance) than that of a Flowmaster that uses baffle technology. The sound created by the Borla muffler is a deep mellow tone.

 Based on the technology used to design these mufflers you don't need to use a larger diameter exhaust system to get a louder exhaust this will actually have a reverse effect when using the Borlas. If you were to install a larger pipe size with Borla mufflers you will create the interior drone that these mufflers are designed to lower by the exhaust gasses “bottling up” inside the muffler instead of flowing freely through to the tailpipe to exit quicker. So, if you're looking for the industries “Most Winning Exhaust” on your track or street car swing on by one of our shops in Hyannis, Plymouth, Quincy, and Westport and get the muffler that outlasts the competition and doesn’t need to be replaced!  

Hyannis 508-771-2500
Plymouth 508-746-3500
Quincy 617-773-6500
Westport 508-646-1500

 

Catalytic Converters

Are you noticing a sulfur type odor coming from your exhaust? It could be your catalytic converter!


The catalytic converter is a passive device installed on your exhaust system by the factory that is designed to reduce your car’s emissions levels. The converter contains platinum, palladium, and rhodium which are used to clean the exhaust gases by a chemical reaction which in turn reduces the toxic gases to less harmful ones. 

 
A damaged or clogged converter can cause your check engine light to illuminate and in some cases you may notice an odor similar to rotten eggs. There are also many different ways a converter can fail such as: converter fracture, overheating, converter meltdown(pictured below), and heavy carbon deposits.   Here is a great video that explains why a converter fails https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbDlSNYC7tM

You may want to try an easy solution to fixing a converter before replacing it and there is one product you could try which is called Cataclean.Cataclean is a product that is cleans your fuel system and can lower your emissions. If you wish to try this approach feel free and if it doesn't do the trick come down to Lou’s Muffler and Brake, a division of Custom Exhaust, in Hyannis Plymouth, Quincy, and Westport we offer free check engine light scans to help you determine if your catalytic is not functioning properly and we have to ability to replace the converter for less than the dealer if needed. Come on in and have the code scanned for free!

Hyannis@lousmuffler.com    508-771-2500
Plymouth@lousmuffler.com  508-746-3500
Quincy@lousmuffler.com      617-773-6500
Westport@lousmuffler.com   508-646-1500

Why Install a Dual Exhaust?

Dual exhausts can be applied to many vehicles that don’t come dual from the factory.  Some vehicles also come with a factory dual exhaust but many times it is too quiet due to stock, restrictive, mufflers.  Dual exhausts can be run on almost every single pickup truck and many cars and SUV’s. People pick a performance style dual exhaust for 3 reasons. 

1) A performance dual exhaust has a great sound to it. If you are a person who is into the sound of performance exhausts you know exactly what we mean. If you are curious head on over to your youtube page and check out some sound clips. 
 
2) A performance dual exhaust, when driven gently, will actually increase your overall fuel mileage. 
 
3) A performance dual exhaust, last but not least, also gives you a horsepower/torque gain from your motor. 
 
Lou’s Custom Exhaust carries only high quality material, from a line of popular stainless performance mufflers, polished stainless tips, and thick, 14 gauge aluminized and stainless steel tubing. 
 
Typically the job itself ideally requires about two hours to complete. All the pipe is bent in the shop, and fully welded and checked for leaks. The tips can be picked from a variety along the wall in each shop showroom, and a choice between three different brand mufflers as well.

Call or stop by for a free estimate and go for a Dual Exhaust today!

Hyannis@lousmuffler.com    508-771-2500
Plymouth@lousmuffler.com  508-746-3500
Quincy@lousmuffler.com      617-773-6500
Westport@lousmuffler.com   508-646-1500

Why Use a Magnaflow Muffler?

Why Use Magnaflow Mufflers on Your Vehicle?


Looking to get a little more horsepower, better flowing exhaust, and better fuel economy for your vehicle, gas or diesel? Look no further than Magnaflow.

How is a Magnaflow muffler built and work? MagnaFlow Performance mufflers are 100% stainless steel and lap-joint welded for solid construction and rugged reliability even in the most extreme conditions. They feature a free-flowing, straight-through perforated stainless steel core, stainless mesh wrap and acoustical fiber fill to deliver that smooth, deep tone. Mufflers are packed tight with this acoustical material to ensure long life and no sound degradation over time. Backed by a manufacturers lifetime warranty.

The Magnaflow dual mufflers even come with a built in X-pipe!! If you want some more power with a good tone just ask us at Lou's Muffler and Brake of Hyannis, Plymouth, Quincy, and Westport about the magnaflow options for your vehilcle!

Hyannis@lousmuffler.com    508-771-2500
Plymouth@lousmuffler.com  508-746-3500
Quincy@lousmuffler.com      617-773-6500
Westport@lousmuffler.com   508-646-1500

How Does Our Custom Exhaust Bending Save you Money?

Repair chains and auto dealerships buy all their exhaust parts from external companies which make the parts for them. At Lous Muffler and Brake of Hyannis, Plymouth, Quincy, and Westport we get all of our piping in unbent, 10 foot, sticks. We then use our bending machine to custom fabricate the system that will fit onto your vehicle. By doing so we greatly reduce the cost of the parts and as a result the cost to the customer for the repair.  We can also avoid some factory weaknesses that caused your exhaust to break in the first place. 



How does the bending machine work?


Our hydraulic pipe benders use an electric motor that is controlled by a double acting lever allowing us to extend and retract a hydraulic cylinder that moves one of the 3 bending shoes. We have a variety of pipe bending shoes ranging from 1.5” pipe all the way up to 3” pipe. We have a matching shoe for each size diameter of pipe in between those sizes as well. 

Generally the pipe fits inside the curved crescent shape of the bending shoe. This ensures that when the pipe is being bent it will not slip from the metal shoe. Various pegs are arranged in such a way that as the cylinder extends the pipe shoe, the pipe is forced against the metal pegs as a hold stop on either side of the bending center of the pipe. In other words, as the hydraulic bending cylinder pushes the pipe that is supported by the shoe, the hold pegs stop the pipe from moving so the pipe can be bent in the center of the cured shoe form. Our pipe benders use a dial that we can set to determine the angle of the bend.  Our bending machine also uses a smooth die bending shoe instead of a “crimp” style one.

So if you’re looking for a high quality, inexpensive, smooth flowing custom or replacement system remember Lou's Muffler and Brake of Hyannis, Quincy, Plymouth, and Westport are the place to go.

Hyannis
18 Rosary Lane
508-771-2500

Plymouth
13 Aldrin Rd
508-746-3500

Quincy
57 Liberty St
617-773-6500

Westport
727 State Road
508-646-1500

Why Install a Dual Exhaust?

Why Install A Dual Exhaust?


Dual exhausts can be applied to many vehicles that don’t come dual from the factory. They can be run on almost every single pickup truck and many SUV’s. People pick a performance style dual exhaust for 3 reasons.

1) A performance dual exhaust has a great sound to it. If you are a person who is into the sound of performance exhausts you know exactly what we mean. If you are curious head on over to your youtube page and check out some sound clips.

2) A performance dual exhaust, when driven gently, will actually increase your overall fuel mileage.

3) A performance dual exhaust, last but not least, also gives you a horsepower/torque gain from your motor.

Lou’s Custom Exhaust carries only high quality material, from a line of popular stainless performance mufflers, polished stainless tips, and thick, 14 gauge aluminized and stainless steel tubing.

Typically the job requires about two hours to complete. All the pipe is bent in the shop, and fully welded and checked for leaks and also comes with a 2 year warranty. The tips can be picked from a variety along the wall in each shop showroom, and a choice between three different brand mufflers as well.

Call or stop any of our 4 shops for a free estimate and go for a Dual Exhaust today!

Hyannis 508-771-2500

Plymouth 508-746-3500

Quincy 617-773-6500

Westport 508-646-1500


What is a flex pipe?

What is a flex pipe and what does it do?

A flex pipe is flexible piece of pipe that allows the exhaust system some flexibility. Flex pipes are an essential part of any front wheel drive vehicle and on most all wheel drive vehicles. On front wheel cars, since the motor is mounted transversely, when you accelerate the motor rocks and the flex pipe protects your exhaust system from breakage. Without that extra flex the rocking motion would crack the exhaust system causing a loud leak.

It is sometimes very easy to notice a flex pipe that is starting to break down.During the beginning stages you may just hear a slight exhaust leak during your vehicle's start up and it will go away for the most part due to it not having a major leak, but when it finally does let go you will know it! Most flex pipes will break from the inside accordion piece and it will sound as though you have no exhaust whatsoever. Other forms of a flex pipe leaking can be caused by your car bottoming out and tearing the outer protective mesh and scraping a hole into the flex tube or it could just be from deterioration. Here is an example of what a damaged flex pipe and a new one look like:

Occasionally customers will ask do i really need this piece and the answer is YES you do! Not having a flex pipe installed can cause serious damage to your exhaust system such as breaking bolts, flanges, and even the exhaust manifold itself. A typical flex pipe install can take us less than a half hour of your time so we can get you back on the road doing what you need to do!

There are a lot of exhaust shops out there that want you to replace an entire section of exhaust, most of which include a catalytic converter and can be very expensive and time consuming. At Lou’s Custom Exhaust this is not the case! We have the ability to cut out the old flex pipe and weld in the new one for a fraction of the cost of other places or the dealership. At Lou’s Custom Exhaust of Hyannis, Westport, Quincy, and Plymouth if your car is noisy come on down and we will take care of it!

Hyannis 508-771-2500
Plymouth 508-746-3500
Quincy 617-773-6500
Westport 508-646-1500

To Flow Or Not To Flow, That Is The Question


Manifolds Or Headers: To Flow, Or Not To Flow, That Is The Question…

In most production engines, the manifold is an assembly designed to collect the exhaust gas from two or more cylinders into one pipe. Manifolds are often made of cast iron in stock production cars, and may have material-saving design features such as to use the least metal, to occupy the least space necessary, or have the lowest production cost. These design restrictions often result in a design that is cost effective but that does not allow the engine to breathe efficiently. Inefficiencies generally occur due to the nature of the combustion engine and its cylinders. Since cylinders fire at different times, exhaust leaves them at different times, and pressure waves from gas emerging from one cylinder might not be completely vacated through the exhaust system when another comes. This creates a back pressure and restriction in the engine's exhaust system that can restrict the engine's true performance possibilities.

A header is a manifold specifically designed for performance. During design engineers create a manifold without weight or cost in mind, but instead for optimal flow of the exhaust. This design results in a header that flows much more efficiently than stock exhaust manifolds. Headers are generally circular steel tubing with bends engineered to make the exhaust flow from each cylinder's exhaust port to the common outlet all equal length, and joined at narrow passage ways to encourage pressure to flow through the outlet and not back towards other cylinders. In a set of tuned headers the pipe lengths are carefully calculated to enhance exhaust flow to be matched within and rpm range.

Headers are generally made by aftermarket automotive companies, but sometimes can be bought from the high-performance parts department at car dealerships. Generally, most car performance enthusiasts buy aftermarket headers made by companies solely focused on producing reliable, cost-effective well-designed headers specifically for their car. Headers can also be custom designed by a custom shop. Due to the advanced materials that some aftermarket headers are made of, this can be expensive. Luckily, an exhaust system can be custom built for any car, and generally is not specific to the car's motor or design except for needing to properly connect solidly to the engine. This is usually accomplished by correct sizing in the design stage, and selecting a proper gasket type and size for the engine.

Most instances replacing stock exhaust manifolds with aftermarket headers is not only better for your engine but better for your wallet as well. Factory replacements can easily equal out to the cost of a nice set of stainless headers. Another thing to consider is the life and longevity of the parts you are putting on, typically if your manifolds on your 07 pickup came off looking like swiss cheese with 56,000 miles on them it will happen again using the same exact parts. If you're planning on keeping the vehicle why not upgrade to a nice set of stainless headers that will in most cases out live the vehicle, Not to mention the increase in horsepower, torque, and fuel economy. Most factory replacements also carry little to no warranty as opposed to say Gibson headers which carry a lifetime limited warranty! Either way you choose to go when it comes to manifold leaks don't waste too much time, the leak can be bad for your engine and the noxious fumes are bad for you!

Call any one of our shops or swing on by for a free estimate

Plymouth 508-746-3500
Westport 508-646-1500
Quincy 617-773-6500
Hyannis 508-771-2500

Is Your Car Winter Ready?

Is your Car Ready For the Winter? 
 

 With the winter season quickly approaching the time to get your vehicle ready for the cold months will be upon us before we know it. With every vehicle there are numerous things to keep in mind when winterizing, such as your exhaust, brakes, battery, tires, cooling system, and oil. With that in mind, here's some advice on what to think about when you're getting your car ready for another season of cold. 
 
Brakes:
 
A VERY important item for the winter. If your brakes are wearing out parts of your ABS (anti-lock braking) system may not be working properly. This can cause dangerous conditions in the snow. We do free brake estimates at Lou's so we are the best place to come to find out if you need work or not. Our repair prices are highly competetive on braking systems 
 
Exhaust:
 
I know some of you are reading this and saying "What does my exhaust have to do with driving in the winter?" Normally the exhaust isn't an issue but if for some reason you get stranded out in the cold and the snow with only your car to keep you warm an exhaust leak will all of a sudden become very noticeable. You don't want to be in a bad situation and not be able to run your car for heat due to an exhaust leak so come on in to any Lou's location for a free exhaust inspection. 
 
Tires: 
 
As the only part of your car that actually touches the road, making sure that your tires are ready for the winter season is probably the first and most important thing to take into account when winterizing your vehicle. While making sure that your tires are rotated and aligned is important, checking the tread on your tires is probably the first thing that should be checked on your new and used cars. 
 
If getting your car to your local car dealership isn't a viable option, then an easy way to check the tread on your tires is to take a penny and insert it into the most worn section of your tired tread. If you are able to see Mr. Lincoln's head, then it's time to get your tires replaced, preferably before there's snow on the ground. Depending on the region you live in, then checking the tread on your tires might not be enough, and you may need snow tires to make it through the winter. Figure out which option will best suit your needs and make sure that you have everything taken care of before the first flakes of snow fall. 
 
Getting your tires checked out is easily the simplest and most important thing you can do to make sure that your care is ready for the winter season...but it's not the only thing.

At Lou's we can check your tread, check your tire pressures, rotate your tires, and check your braking system too. 
 
Cooling System: 
 
Ok, with winter on its way it seems counter-productive to be thinking of your cooling system, but your cooling system is also what houses your anti-freeze, which is very important to making it through this winter. While you should change out the anti-freeze in your car every two years, it's always a good idea to have it checked before the start of every winter. Swinging by any Lou's Custom Exhaust location is a quick way to have your anti-freeze levels checked and make sure that you won't have to worry about your car freezing up. 
 
With having your anti-freeze checked, it's not a bad idea to pour one of many anti-freezing chemicals that are designed for your fuel lines. This can help to prevent any moisture that's in your fuel line from freezing up and preventing your car from starting or damaging the fuel lines which can add up to costly repairs. 
 
Battery:
 
Make sure that your battery's terminals are clean and tight, ensuring a good connection for your electrical systems. Getting the charge checked on your battery before the bad weather hits is a good way to make sure that you won't have to have your care jumped in three feet of snow. 
 
We can clean your terminals at Lou's and get replacement batteries for you if your battery has been getting weak. 
 
Heater and Defroster:
 
Make sure that your heater and defroster work before the winter hits. Not only is this important for your own comfort inside of the car, but it's important for ensuring that you'll have good visibility through your windows. 
 
Emergency Kit:
 
If you don't already have an emergency bad weather kit in your car, now is a good time to make one. A warm blanket, jumper cables, an ice scraper, de-icer, rock salt or sand, a tire inflator, a flashlight, and a few snacks are essential parts to any snow emergency kit. If you already have one, check to make sure that everything in there is still in good shape and easily accessible. If for some reason you do have car troubles and are stranded you'll want these things to help make it until help arrives. 
 
Getting your car ready for the winter season doesn't have to take long, but not getting it done can cost you a lot of money when you have to get these things repaired in the middle of the winter season or when you're forced to buy a new car after your current vehicle is damaged beyond repair. Save yourself some time, money, and protect your safety by getting your car checked out for free at Lou’s and ready for the winter season as soon as possible. 

Hyannis    508-771-2500

Plymouth  508-746-3500

Quincy      617-773-6500

Westport   508-646-1500

Why Use A Performance Exhaust System?

Why Use A Performance Exhaust System?

 
There are several reasons to go with a performance exhaust system.
 
1) A performance exhaust can have a great sound to it. If you are a person who is into the sound of performance exhausts you know exactly what we mean. If you are curious head on over to your youtube page and check out some sound clips.  We also have ways to increase performance with minimal sound increases.
 
2) A performance exhaust, when driven gently, will actually increase your overall fuel mileage. 
 
3) A performance exhaust, last but not least, also gives you a horsepower/torque gain from your motor. 
  

The performance brands we carry are Borla, Flowmaster, and Magnaflow and we stock mufflers to fit almost every vehicle.   


A performance exhaust can be installed on just about any vehicle. At Lou’s Custom Exhaust in Hyannis, Quincy, Westport, and Plymouth.  We will let you choose from a variety of mufflers that are on hand as well as a variety of stainless steel tips. We carry aluminized piping as well as stainless steel. Everything is welded together, double checked for leaks, and come with a full 2 year parts/labor warranty. 
 

Hyannis  508-771-2500

Plymouth 508-746-3500

Quincy  617-773-6500

Westport 508-646-1500


 

How Are Exhaust Tips Made?

Ever want to spruce up the look of your car with an exhaust tip? Ever wonder just how they are made to shine and how to keep them that way? Well look no further all your answers are here! 

How is the metal polished?

 The process of polishing the metal is called buffing. Buffing allows you to smooth a dull metal surface to a bright, shiny, mirror-like finish. The buffing process consists of wearing down the metal with progressively finer grades of grit paper, then polishing it to a high shine with a series of buffing compounds. The process can be completed by hand, but is faster and easier to use power tools, such as a buffer, drill with a mandrel and sanding and polishing disks. 

How are tips chromed?
 
Some Tips are chromed. Chrome or chroming is basically the process of adding a layer of chromium, or chrome plating, to the tip with electricity. Chrome plating a tip includes these stages: 
 
•Degreasing the metal to remove heavy soiling 
•Manual cleaning to remove any left over dirt and surface impurities 
•Pretreatments to help the electroplating process on the steel 
•Placement into the chrome plating vat, where it is allowed to warm to solution temperature 
•Application of electric plating current for the required time to attain the desired thickness of chrome 

Keeping Your Tips Clean 

 Once you get those nice tips you also will want to keep them clean. Cleaning procedures vary depending on your specific exhaust tips but the following procedure will give you an idea of what it takes to clean your chrome or stainless steel exhaust tip. 
 
•Wipe down the inside of the tips using a microfiber towel. This will remove initial carbon deposit and soot. 
•Use a gentle cleaner inside and outside of the tips. This will help break down the carbon deposit and hard water spots on the tips. 
•Use OOOO steel or finer (not an sos pad) to further break down carbon deposit and hard water spots. 
• Dry tips by gently wiping with microfiber towel removing any water spots 

With over 50 tips to choose from your car/truck should never go tipless. Sick of looking at that rusty pipe have Lou’s install a polished stainless steel tip on your ride. It wont affect the sound of your car/truck at all but give it that finished look. Even if you have factory tips on your vehicle now we can easily cut them off and install ones of your choice. All of the tips are welded on. Our tips are $75.00, including welding.

Hyannis 508-771-2500

Plymouth 508-746-3500

Quincy  617-773-6500

Westport 508-646-1500

Need More Power Out of Your Turbo?

Bolt on exhaust modifications are a great way to get more horsepower out of your turbocharged vehicle. Turbo charged cars and trucks benefit from that extra exhaust flow that a turbo back exhaust system provides. Turbo back exhausts accomplish this increased flow by widening the pipe size and removing restrictive factory bends. With this type of modification you will immediately notice an HP gain. The increased flow with wider diameter pipe will also allow the turbo to spool up a lot faster. Finish it off with a custom tune and nice performance muffler and the difference will be like night and day. 
 
We know that most people, when going full turbo back exhaust, will want to do so without the catalytic converters installed. Unfortunately this is illegal in our state of Massachussettes so we can not install parts without the emissions devices (catalytic converters) on them. This is why we provide the high flow converter option, so you can still get that power increase but remain street legal at the same time! The high flow converter will allow your turbo to generate more boost than a factory flowing converter as it will allow more exhaust to be scavanged from the engine. 
 
To get the full benefits out of your turbo back exhaust it is reccomended you have the car custom tuned for the modification after. The increased flow will allow a tuner to drastically increase the level of boost in your turbo which will create a lot more tourque and horespower. 
 
Here is a dyno graph (cobbtuning.com) example of what a turbo back exhaust can do for a car like a Subaru WRX. The stage 1 numbers are a tune only, the stage 2 is the turbo back. 



 
Although these mods can be done in your driveway it is always better to have a professional install the parts then get a proper tune from a local tuner to compensate for the increase in flow. The tune will make these upgraded parts work how they were designed and most important make it safe for the car. With these simple upgrades your turbocharged vehicle will appreciate the HP gain.

Home For Spring Break? Get That Car Looked At!!

Check That Car Over Spring Break!!!

Everyone is home from college for spring break! Its time to start thinking about if your car, or your student's car, is ready for the rest of the school year before they go back! But how do you know if your car is ready? Easy, bring it to us at Lou’s for a free inspection and readiness check! 
 
What is involved? 
 
With every vehicle there are numerous things to keep in mind when inspecting, such as your exhaust, brakes, battery, tires, cooling system, and oil. With that in mind, here's some advice on what to think about when you're getting your car ready for another season of cold. 
 
Brakes 
 
A VERY important item for any season and any car. If your brakes are wearing out parts of your ABS (anti-lock braking) system may not be working properly. This can cause dangerous conditions in the snow. We do free brake estimates at Lou's so we are the best place to come to find out if you need work or not. Our repair prices are highly competetive on braking systems 
 
Exhaust 
 
I know some of you are reading this and saying "What does my exhaust have to do with being safe going back to school?" Normally the exhaust isn't an issue.  However, if for some reason you get stranded out in the cold and the snow with only your car to keep you warm an exhaust leak will all of a sudden become very noticeable. You don't want to be in a bad situation and not be able to run your car for heat due to an exhaust leak so come on in to any Lou's location for a free exhaust inspection. 
 
Tires 
 
As the only part of your car that actually touches the road, making sure that your tires are good is probably the first and most important thing to take into account when inspecting your vehicle. While making sure that your tires are rotated and aligned is important, checking the tread on your tires is probably the first thing that should be checked on your new and used cars. 
 
If getting your car to your local Lou's isn't a viable option, then an easy way to check the tread on your tires is to take a penny and insert it into the most worn section of your tired tread. If you are able to see Mr. Lincoln's head, then it's time to get your tires replaced, preferably before there's snow on the ground. Depending on the region you live in, then checking the tread on your tires might not be enough, and you may need snow tires to make it through the winter. Figure out which option will best suit your needs and make sure that you have everything taken care of before the first flakes of snow fall. 
 
At Lou's we can check your tread, check your tire pressures, rotate your tires, and check your braking system too. We have local shops whom install tires if we find you should do so! 
 
Cooling System 
 
We know that with winter on its way it seems counter-productive to be thinking of your cooling system, but your cooling system is also what houses your anti-freeze, which is very important to making it through this winter. While you should change out the anti-freeze in your car every two years, it's always a good idea to have it checked before the start of every winter. Swinging by any Lou's Custom Exhaust location is a quick way to have your anti-freeze levels checked and make sure that you won't have to worry about your car freezing up. 
 
Things to check are fluid level, condition, and mixutre of water/coolant. Too much water in the water/coolant ratio could cause freezing and internal engine damage! 
 
With having your anti-freeze checked, it's not a bad idea to pour one of many anti-freezing chemicals that are designed for your fuel lines. This can help to prevent any moisture that's in your fuel line from freezing up and preventing your car from starting or damaging the fuel lines which can add up to costly repairs. 
 
Battery 
 
Make sure that your battery's terminals are clean and tight, ensuring a good connection for your electrical systems. Getting the charge checked on your battery before going off to school is a good way to make sure that you won't have to have your care jumped at the worst time. 
 
We can clean your terminals at Lou's and get replacement batteries for you if your battery has been getting weak. 
 
Heater and Defroster 
 
Make sure that your heater and defroster work before heading off to school for the winters. Not only is this important for your own comfort inside of the car, but it's important for ensuring that you'll have good visibility through your windows. 
 
Emergency Kit 
 
If you don't already have an emergency kit in your car, now is a good time to make one or buy one. A warm blanket, jumper cables, an ice scraper, de-icer, rock salt or sand, a tire inflator, a flashlight, and a few snacks are essential parts to any snow emergency kit. If you already have one, check to make sure that everything in there is still in good shape and easily accessible. If for some reason you do have car troubles and are stranded you'll want these things to help make it until help arrives.


Getting your car ready for the school season doesn't have to take long, but not getting it done can cost you a lot of money and stress when you have to get these things repaired in the middle of the winter season. Save yourself some time, money, and protect your safety by coming to one of our locations to get your car checked out and ready for the winter season as soon as possible!