Many people add stacks to their trucks. An efficient exhaust system provides a channel to release fumes of fuel combustion.
Are Stacks Bad For Your Truck? Stacks are not bad for your truck; instead, they improve the engine’s efficiency by releasing exhaust gases efficiently. Furthermore, it allows faster uphill driving, better off-road trailing on uneven roads, and high-speed drive on highways. You can install stacks in a truck by marking a suitable area, then drill holes around the marked area and cut the truck bed surface. Finally, connect the vertical pipe with the engine by removing an old exhaust system then, clamp the vertical channel of stacks on the surface and tighten it.
Vehicles need a stack system to remove smoke to the environment quickly.
Furthermore, it can affect the environment and is responsible for warming the air by releasing high-temperature gases.
What are stacks on a truck?
Stacks are the vertical channels present in trucks to remove exhaust gases.
You can add more than 1 or more stacks on the bed or over the top like a hood. The height of a stack ranges between 7 to 9 inches.
Moreover, this helps remove gases produced by burning fuel like gasoline and natural gas.
The gases like nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, smoke, and harmful pollutants come out from this device.
These contain electrostatic precipitators that capture fumes and precipitate them. You can mount these vertical pipes on the truck bed, the front of the cab, and the sides.
Furthermore, modern pickups and many automobiles contain stacks to improve the engine’s efficiency.
Why are stacks bad for your truck?
Stacks offer many benefits, but adding these systems can be a bad choice for some reasons.
One of the main reasons includes frequent cleaning of the vehicle because the fumes make it dirty and greasy.
It is annoying to clean the truck bed regularly, but you have to clean it regularly; otherwise, grease and dirt accumulate on the bed and affect its quality.
Moreover, the temperature inside stacks is high as they blow out hot air from inside. As a result, the temperature in the external environment also raises, and you can feel burning inside the cab.
This way, it is responsible for air pollution and associated with global warming. By adding multiple stacks on the bed, you can reduce the surface area.
You can suffer from lesser storage space while loading cargo on the pickup. You can sort out the space problem by installing stacks on the cab’s front side or the sides of pickups.
Furthermore, soot stains can appear on the bed surface due to the continuous removal of smoke and fumes from the channel. The black stains look bad, so you need to remove them from time to time.
In addition, hood stacks are not good and consider illegal, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT).
According to law, the exhaust systems need to be present at 4 inches from the cab.
Do trucks stacks fill with water?
Truck stacks do not fill with water as these do not allow water to accumulate in the pipes during rains. This is because a few holes are present at the elbow of stacks that drains out water efficiently.
In addition, a few droplets of water evaporate when the hot air rises from the channel, so they cannot remain inside.
The flaps or lids are present in the exhaust system, which acts as a barrier for the water and snow and prevents its entry.
The flap or the rain caps opens up with a force of hot air when the engine is working. However, the caps can close due to gravity force when not driving.
Therefore, it is better to stop at a corner during rain and wait for a while. A hinge is present that controls the opening and closing of these caps.
Water accumulation can cause rusting in the metal pipes, affecting their performance.
So, the flaps protect pipes, ensure the engine’s smooth running, and avoid the need for repairing.
Why do trucks have stacks?
Stacks are an excellent tool that can improve the functioning of a truck’s engine. As a result, you can drive better on long routes and uneven roads.
Improve engine working
A vertical system of channels on the pickup allows the engine to perform better.
It enables engines to breathe better and reduces energy consumption. In addition, it draws more air in every cycle and improves the engine’s horsepower.
Moreover, the truck’s performance also boosts because the stacks allow smooth and maximum airflow to the engine.
The pickup engine burns more fuel when there is an excess of the air intake, increasing power.
Lowers the temperature of exhaust gases
The stacks system efficiently lowers the temperature of hot air gases, which improves the vehicle’s performance. Temperature maintenance of exhaust gases depicts the efficiency of the exhaust system.
An increasing temperature can cause many problems in the engine system and can affect the truck’s metal and damage the exhaust system.
Good for off-road trailing
You can enjoy off-road trailing because a stack system makes your vehicle produce more power.
In addition, you can drive in the uphill direction faster when the engine is performing more than an average.
Finally, it allows you to drive a pickup at high speed on the high ways as you can accelerate the vehicle in a better way.
Better exhaust flow of hot air
According to the law of air pressure, the stack system works and blows the hot air out. Ultimately, hot air rises upward, so the channel provides a path to the air.
Furthermore, it dissipates the air in the opposite direction to cab over a large area in the air. Finally, it facilitates the flow of warm fumes out of the engine.
Appealing and aggressive appearance
By adding stacks on the truck, you can boost its performance on roads.
It gives an aesthetic appeal and aggressive appearance, and you can add it as an accessory.
In addition, it can help in making it easy to distinguish your vehicle because of the appealing stacks system on it.
How to put stacks on your truck?
You can install the stacks at different positions on the pickup. Bed surface, front cover over diesel engine, and the sides are the options to put your stack on the pickup.
According to DOT laws, the placement of stacks on the bed is ideal, and legal to add these behind the pickup.
Similarly, the sides of a truck are also a good option, but it is not convenient to put them at the front.
The hood stacks are not good because they release carbon monoxide and release pollutants that can enter the cab.
So, you can put these vertical channels on the truck bed.
Collect relevant material and tools
Before starting an installation procedure, collect all the materials you need to put in.
For example, it is better to order a wrench, clamps, elbow pipes, and stacks on the bed. In addition, bolts and cutting tools are also essential.
Mark an area for stack
First, you need to mark an area where you want to install a stack.
Next, mark a point at a distance of 4 inches away from the truck cab, and then start making a circle from this point.
Mark 2 to 3 areas if you want to install more than 2 stacks, but keep them at a distance. It is better to put it on the sides of the pickup.
Drill holes in the marked area
After marking the position, drill some pilot holes around the circle, and it helps in cutting out the metal piece easily.
In addition, the pilot holes reduce the risk of splitting, and a lesser wedging occurs.
Cut a hole and connect a pipe with the engine
Attach nuts in the area and snug them before cutting. Then, take a jigsaw and take the piece out of bed.
The next step is to insert an elbow pipe and a vertical pipe or stack in the hole.
Before attaching it to the engine, remove an old exhaust system by cutting it with a cutter.
Adjust the stack system into the hole and connect it with the diesel engine so that all the fumes come inside it.
Clamp pipe on the surface
Finally, fix the pipe at its location by using clamps. Then, check an installation by operating the engine and find the presence of any leaks and holes around the pipe.
Now, you can drive a truck on the road without worrying about the engine’s working.
Are truck stacks louder?
Truck stacks are louder and create a noisy environment in the pickup. The extent of noise depends on the shape or position of the pipes, as a curved stack is noisier than a straight channel.
As it is just behind the cab at a difference of a few inches, the cab driver can hear the loud noise of the engine. Moreover, you can feel the vibration in the truck bed while sitting in the cab.
The presence of 2 to 3 stacks can also reduce the noise better than only 1 in the bed. There are many options to mitigate the noise, like by using resonators.
In addition, you can also use mufflers that can help in reducing engine noise.
Furthermore, it dissipates the sound that the piston and valves of the engine create, and you can enjoy music inside the cab without any noise.
These steel mufflers containing a coat of aluminum protect from heat and chemicals.
You can also minimize the noise by determining the cause and accessing the engine. So, check the exhaust tubing and repair the holes and leakages if present.
Do people like stacks on their trucks?
I surveyed 569 people to determine their opinions about the installation of stacks and whether it is a good or bad choice.
Out of 569 people, 394 (69%) people have stacks in vehicles and said that it is a good addition to a truck system that efficiently removes exhaust gases.
While 102 people (18%) added that stacks create a lot of noise and cause air pollution.
Moreover, the remaining 73 people (13%) said they never bother about the presence or absence of this vertical exhaust system on pickups.
They said that it is fine if the stacks are present; otherwise, it is not necessary to add them.