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Comparing Mazda Exhausts – Turbo Back Vs. Cat Back

Every Mazda owner wants to make their vehicle perform at its best but since there are quite a few ways to do that, you need to know what exactly you need. Among the best ways to boost your vehicle’s performance is definitely installing turbo-back and cat-back exhausts. Chances are you’ve heard these terms, but do you really know what they mean and what are their specific features? In case you don’t, here is a short comparison between turbo-back and cat-back Mazda exhausts.

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Although a turbo back system is meant to allow for extreme modifications, it actually requires you to have a turbocharged engine. If this isn’t the case, you will need to spend extra on the engine. Turbo-back Mazda exhausts are the ultimate performance upgrade as they replace almost the entire stock system, with the exception of the header. But if you want to have a complete overhaul of your OEM exhaust system you can go ahead and change the header (manifold) too, which also adds to the cost.

Not only will you increase horsepower, but your vehicle will also have faster acceleration even when it’s standing in place. Obviously, you need to make sure you get a system made form higher grade materials so everything runs smoothly. For those of you want to have the ultimate improvement in performance, I highly suggest you go with a turbo-back as long as your vehicle is compatible. But if you want to have a more toned-down upgrade then check out the following system.

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This type of system is a common upgrade for people who want to see a reasonable improvement in their vehicle without having to spend a lot of money. Of course, a cat-back system doesn’t even come close to a turbo back upgrade but it is a solid improvement over your stock exhaust. With cat-back Mazda exhausts, you won’t be getting an extreme makeover but you will change all the parts that come after the catalytic converter, which is a very good upgrade if you are asking me.

You will definitely improve your vehicle’s fuel economy while also increasing its horsepower and torque. As I said, you won’t get a top of the line upgrade but the changes will be noticeable, with airflow being at the forefront of all of them. You can also make some modifications to make your vehicle sound better but the options for that are quite limited. A cat-back upgrade consists of a resonator, muffler, and tailpipe.