Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) exhaust tips (sometimes referred to as tailpipe extenders) are available for some Volvo models. Most Volvo OEM tips are chrome plated, although some manufacturers use polished stainless steel. These tips are available from Volvo dealers, online retailers and auto parts stores.
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Some Volvos come with dual exhaust pipes. For models such as the XC90, a conjoined dual tip is used to finish the exhaust pipes. These tips are made of stainless steel and are usually chrome plated. To install, you simply clamp the tips onto your exhaust pipes by tightening a bolt. These tips add a sporty look to the vehicle and retail for around £97, as of 2010.
Single Bore Tips
If your Volvo has only one tailpipe, it is easier to choose a tip that will fit. Measure the width of your tailpipe at its widest point. This diameter should be the same as the inlet diameter of your selected exhaust tip. Choose an exhaust tip that compliments the style and look of the vehicle. Most tips are made from polished stainless steel, although some are chrome plated steel. Stainless steel tips are more durable and long lasting than chrome tips.
Turn Down Exhaust
Some later model Volvos have exhaust pipes that turn down toward the road. Installing an OEM exhaust tip is more difficult on these vehicles. Cut the downward curves of the tailpipe with a saw to install the tips on the straight end of the pipe. If you are uncertain of what you are doing, pay a professional to install these tips for you. You do not want to risk ruining your muffler or exhaust system by cutting the tailpipe in the incorrect place.
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