The Toyota Land Cruiser 105 is known as the vehicle that can go virtually anywhere – the Arctic, the outback, and anywhere in between. It’s considered classless, and owning one makes a statement that you don’t care about showing off, but you have something that’s reliable, sturdy and powerful at the same time. If you’re looking to take your Land Cruiser off the beaten trail, then you’ll likely have no problem doing so. The only thing that you may want to consider however, is getting an aftermarket exhaust system.
The exhaust system on the Land Cruiser isn’t faulty by any means, but aftermarket exhaust systems are typically a better fit for off-road driving for numerous reasons. An aftermarket LandCruiser 105 exhaust for instance, will typically be made of aluminised or stainless steel, while the stock exhaust is usually mild steel. Mild steel is perfectly fine for the average commuter and on-road driver, but off-road conditions are slightly different, and they require more out of the exhaust.
For instance, aluminised and stainless steel exhaust systems are rust and corrosion resistant, significantly more durable and would have no problem withstanding extremely hot weather. They perform great in all climates, and will typically outlast the LandCruiser itself. However, that’s not all there is to aftermarket LandCruiser 105 exhaust systems. There are more benefits to replacing your current one with an aftermarket model.
Improved Fuel Economy
Due to the fact that manufacturers aim to build exhausts to be quiet and inexpensive, most stock exhausts are quite restrictive. Aftermarket exhausts, on the other hand, allow for a better exhaust flow, which improves the fuel economy by providing more clean oxygen to your engine, and allowing the exhaust gases to pass quicker through the exhaust tip.
More Power and Torque
Typically, the quicker your turbo spools up, the more torque and power your engine will produce. Due to the restriction in stock exhausts, the turbo spools up slower. That being said, aftermarket exhausts have a wider diameter, allowing your engine to produce more boost in the rev range. However, the pipe diameter shouldn’t be too wide either, as it may tremble if it’s not a proper fit.
Cooler Engine and Exhaust
Aftermarket exhausts are much better at controlling the temperature, and they can withstand the hot gases that are released from the engine much better than the stock exhausts can. This is, of course, due to the materials they’re made of, and the fact that aftermarket exhausts have features such as mandrel bends, which are basically special curves bent in a specific way that prevent the pipe from crushing in.