Original Style Beetle Exhausts
The standard Beetle exhaust system is relatively simple. It consists of an inlet manifold (the pipes that connect the silencer to the engine), the silencer itself, and the tailpipes. However, the exact design of the silencer and manifold changed slightly over the years, so it is important to check which type of VW exhaust system your car requires... FIRSTLY, check your engine size and whether it is single port or twin port version.
If you are unsure which engine size you have, you should check the code on your engine crankcase and consult the chart below:
|| 8/65 - 7/70
|| 8/70 - 7/73
|| 8/73 - 7/75
|| 8/65 - 7/70
||8/66 - 7/70
||8/68 - 8/70
||8/70 - 7/73
||8/70 - 12/72
||8/70 - 9/92
||8/71 - 7/74
||8/74 - 1/80
||8/72 - 7/74
||8/73 - 1/80
IMPORTANT: Please check your engine code before ordering, many Beetles do not have their original engines, so using your car's production year or log book as a guide is not advisable.
Aftermarket Exhaust Information
There are two main types of Aftermarket VW Beetle Exhaust Silencer. We stock a huge range to choose from, if in doubt please call!
Beetle Glass Pack Silencers
A high flow silencer, composed of a heavy gauge steel casing containing a perforated central steel core tightly wrapped in high density fibre glass. This creates virtually no back pressure, therefore you lose less power but they are very noisy.
An oval shaped silencer containing perforated tubes. Quiet packs offer very good sound absorption with low back pressure. A Turbo/Mondo muffler is a larger version of a Quiet pack.
The black paint finish on exhaust is designed only to protect the exhaust during transportation to the customer. This is not high temperature paint. Due to the extreme conditions exhaust parts operate under, we are unable to guarantee the finish of chrome plated parts.
Metallic Ceramic Coating has recently been introduced and is a space age, high gloss silver finish that offers high impact protection. It is heat fused at 650 degrees F creating a virtually impenetrable barrier against external corrosion and damage. This coating also lowers the temperature of components, which in turn increases power.
All exhausts are supplied with fibre gaskets. It is worthwhile purchasing a pair of tailpipe fitting kits (£2.95 each - 111-298-051) when you buy any exhaust/header as these contain the clamps and hardware to complete the job. If you are using your heat exchangers and replacing a standard silencer with an aftermarket exhaust, please ask your sales person for advice on re-connecting the air pipes.
If you own a 1974 onwards 1300cc Beetle with the engine number beginning "AR" you can only fit an original style exhaust, unless you change your twin hotspot inlet manifold to the more common single hotspot inlet manifold.
Headers are 4 into 1 manifolds which offer a power increase when compared to standard or all in one exhaust systems. Merged headers are designed for racing purposes and have larger pipe work and a longer collector (the point where the 4 tubes merge) for increased power.
Headers are manufactured from cold rolled steel tubing with mandrel formed bends for maximum gas speed. All normaly headers include carburettor pre-heat pipe connections for single carbs, merged headers do not. Tip: Check that the pre-heat pipes are drilled out properly before fitting an aftermarket header/exhaust. You may need to drill these yourself.
We supply EMPI exhausts as both Combo systems and some individual parts. Bugpack exhaust system are supplied as individual parts only.
EMPI & Kadron Head Systems
These header systems are not interchangable with any other brands, so you will only be able to fit a matching silencer to the correct header.
Small Flange Headers
These use 1 3/8" diameter pipe work and a triangular flange.
Large Flange Headers
These use 1 1/2" pipe and a flange with curved sides. These offer slightly more power.
These are available with 1 1/2", 1 5/8", and 1 3/4" piping and use small triangular flanges.
Aftermarket Beetle Exhausts
SSP offer a huge range of aftermarket VW exhaust systems to suit any style of VW - from buggies and trikes to cal lookers and street cars. However, there are a large number of variables to consider when ordering a non-standard VW exhaust, including: ground and bodywork clearance, size, style, noise rating and coatings. In addition you will need to decide upon an appropriate 'header' - the pipework that connects your silencer to the exhaustt manifold. With so many options to consider we normally advise discussing your needs with the sales team before placing your order. You can email us, click on the ‘live chat’ button or call our sales team on 01273 444 000 at any time during UK business hours.