Exhaust Flexible Pipe is flexible metal pipe sections that are used either in areas where an exhaust pipe needs to be flexible, or to repair a damaged exhaust system. While they are all-metal, it is common for one to fail and require replacement.
Automotive exhaust pipes get extremely hot from the exhaust gas passing through the system and out the tailpipe. Due to this, when an exhaust system needs to bend, shift or be flexible, the manufacturer cannot use traditional materials like rubber. The Standard Flexible Pipe is made of metal strips woven into a lattice, and thus can withstand exhaust gas heat. Higher quality flex pipes will be made of stainless steel.
Automotive engines move slightly during operation, whereas most exhaust systems are fixed from the mid-section back. Flex pipes allow the engine to move and not crack or rupture what would otherwise be an inflexible metal exhaust pipe. Flex pipes are typically found where the exhaust manifold meets the downpipe or mid-section of an exhaust, which is closer to the engine than to the exit tailpipe.
Braided Exhaust Pipe sections are widely available at automotive stores in a variety of lengths and diameters.
When do-it-yourselfers are looking at replacing part of an exhaust system on a vehicle, they may be wondering about flexible exhaust pipe and how this kind of product can help make renovation of an engine system easier. There are a number of good points to using flexible exhaust pipe for exhaust systems. Knowing about all of the various options for materials and installations will assist when it comes to rigging up an improved diesel or regular gas engine, whether it’s a car or truck, or a boat or other specialty vehicle or a piece of industrial equipment.
1. Various Grades
Exhaust Flex Pipe and tubing comes in a variety of different “grades” of materials that can make a difference in how the final result will stand up to corrosive elements. Builders can get galvanized or aluminum options, or a higher-grade stainless steel pipe that offers flexibility combined with strength and durability.