Mitsubishi Triton Exhaust Upgrade: Better Power and Improved Fuel Economy

A powerful and elegant looking vehicle with premium features is hard to find unless you’re a Mitsubishi fanatic. If you want an off-road-ready vehicle that doesn’t look like one, while still being equipped with features found on most luxury SUVs, then the Triton is worth considering. This 4×4 vehicle has all of the above nailed to a tee since it can go through any terrain without an issue and it comes with a touch screen infotainment system, LED headlights, cruise control, roof-mounted AC vents and much more.

But just like every 4×4 vehicle, the Triton has room for improvement in the performance department, especially the exhaust. An exhaust upgrade is the most affordable upgrade you can do that will bear significant results. For that reason, they’re some of the most sought-after vehicle improvement parts, regardless of whether for on- or off-road use. Here are the different types of exhaust upgrades, and how they differ.

Types of Triton Exhaust Upgrades

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The first thing people think of when upgrading their exhaust system is replacing it fully. You can do this on your Triton by going for a header-back upgrade since it replaces every single component. This is the most versatile Triton exhaust upgrade you can get as it lets you decide how much of a performance improvement you want. This is also the most time-consuming upgrade, in terms of its installation.


If you want a more toned down Mitsubishi Triton exhaust upgrade then consider a cat-back exhaust. With this upgrade, you replace all the parts from the catalytic converter to the exhaust tip. This involves replacing about half of the exhaust system and because of that, it takes less time to install than a header-back upgrade. Keep in mind though, that you won’t get the same performance improvements.


For those of you who are not sure what they want o get but still want a bit of a performance improvement, an axle-back upgrade is your best option. This Triton exhaust system upgrade is the least invasive one as it replaces components from the rear axle to the exhaust tip.

How Do I Choose an Exhaust System?

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There are two types of bends an exhaust system can have, either crush or mandrel bents. A crush bent Triton exhaust system is more affordable but also more restrictive when it comes to the flow of exhaust gasses. This is because of the wrinkles found on the pipes, where they curve. With mandrel-bent Triton exhausts, however, that is not the case since they are smooth and thus, provide for an uninterpreted flow of exhaust gasses.


The material an exhaust is made of will determine its durability and longevity. Mild steel exhaust systems are light but they are not as durable when it comes to withstanding when it comes to high heat levels. Stainless steel Triton exhausts, on the other hand, is much more durable and long-lasting than mild steel ones. This is because they are corrosion-resistant and can withstand higher temperatures without that having a big negative effect on their lifespan.


The style of your new Mitsubishi Triton exhaust system is personal preference but still, you should know what your options are. The most rudimentary option you have is a single exit system. If you want to get something more aesthetically satisfying then go for a dual rear exit exhaust.

This type of exhaust will make your Triton look a bit better and more efficient too. You also have dual side and opposite dual exhaust systems. An opposite exhaust has exhaust pipes wrapping around the wheel. They utilise that bend in their filtering process which makes them ideal if you use your Triton to tow heavy loads. A dual rear system will make your Triton look a lot sportier than usual.

Why? Because dual rear exhaust systems come with two exhaust pipes placed on the opposite sides of your Triton. This helps give the exhaust a deeper note, making the engine sound more powerful. You can get a high-performance exhaust too but these are made for race cars or heavily modded vehicles that sit low to the ground.


The mid-pipe is where the two pipes meet (if you have a dual-pipe exhaust). This meeting point can be in the form of the letters H, Y, or X. An H-pipe configuration is quite common noways since it provides a good balance between airflow and performance. A Y-pipe mid-pipe configuration can provide good performance but not that seamless of an airflow.

This is because at one point exhaust gasses travel through one pipe only. With an X-pipe configuration, you get the best airflow and performance. The two pipes meet together at one small portion which is small enough to not affect airflow and thus provides a streamlined path for exhaust gasses to travel through.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.