There are several reasons why exhausts are a great addition to a Predator 212 engine. They can minimize and sometimes completely eliminate back pressure, direct the fumes away from the engine and they can also alter the sound of your engine (they make them much louder).
For go-karts, an exhaust system may also be required to meet certain regulations, especially in sanctioned races. However, if you’re using a Predator 212 engine on your go-kart this will most likely not be a concern for you.
In this review, we’ll take a look at the best exhausts for the Predator 212 engine. I’ve also included a buying guide that will help you understand more about exhaust pipes and also to help you with your purchase decision. Let’s get to it!
What Are Exhaust Pipes?
Before we take a closer look at the primary functions of exhaust pipes, it’s best to acquaint yourself with all of the relevant parts. Refer to the numbered illustration below to get a better idea.
Any type of exhaust kit for the Predator 212 engine should contain the exhaust itself, a gasket, two washers and two nuts. Some exhaust kits may also come with a muffler. The exhaust has several functions on a Predator 212 engine:
- It can minimize or eliminate back pressure
- It redirects fumes away from the engine
- It changes the sound of the engine
- It helps to meet regulations (for vehicles / go-karts)
Let’s talk about the contents of the exhaust kit. Most exhausts come with the required hardware and components to install it. The gasket enables a seal between the exhaust and the engine, to ensure that no exhaust fumes escape near the engine.
The two nuts are required to tighten the exhaust against the engine and the two washers help to evenly distribute the load and keep the nuts from loosening.
1. RLV Predator 212 Exhaust
The RLV Predator 212 Exhaust is the best exhaust for the Predator 212 engine in our list, as it features a high-quality build, looks great and is adequately priced for what it delivers. The matte black finish also gives it an aggressive and cool look!
This exhaust header pipe has a diameter of 1” to 1-5/16”, and is perfect for racing go-karts that are equipped with a Predator 212 engine. Take note that this exhaust does not include any muffler or brace, so make sure that you get an exhaust gasket, with two washers and two nuts. It also looks aggressive and is very loud!
2. ARSPORT Predator 212 Exhaust
Another great option is the ARSPORT Predator 212 Exhaust. It’s custom-made in the United States and is also great for go-karts. This exhaust comes with a set that features two washers, two nuts and a compatible gasket.
It’s made of a high-quality mild and uncoated steel. The flange of the ARSPORT exhaust is 1/4″ thick, with a 1/8″ tubing wall that is robust. The exhaust is 7” long, featuring an outer diameter of 26.86 mm and an inner diameter of 21.70 mm.
3. JY Performance Predator 212 Exhaust
JY Performance also manufactures high-quality exhausts that are compatible with Predator 212 engines. This one is made of sturdy steel that features a chrome coated surface.
The JY Performance Exhaust also features a slant cut exhaust tip, giving it an aggressive appearance. This exhaust is 10” in length and has a 1-1/4″ thickness, which makes it perfect for go-karts. It also comes with a gasket, two nuts and two washers, which is all you need to install it.
4. Miaowa Predator 212 Exhaust
The Miaowa Predator 212 Exhaust is also extremely easy to install, as it contains all of the required hardware – a sealing gasket, two nuts and two washers. That’s pretty much all you need for the installation process.
While the sound is not as loud as the other exhausts on the list, it does sound great! It also does what it needs to; minimizing back pressure and directing fumes away from the engine. It’s also non-threaded so additional mufflers need to be welded on.
5. BSHWKP Predator 212 Exhaust
This Predator 212 exhaust is made of mild steel and coated in a matte black finish, giving it an aggressive look. It also sounds great and is extremely durable.
It features a threaded exhaust tip, so it’s convenient when installing a muffler to suppress the exhaust sound. Another great thing about this exhaust is that the hardware is also included – two nuts, two washers and a gasket that are compatible with the Predator 212 engine.
Buying Guide – Choosing the Right Exhaust for Your Predator 212 Engine
In order to help you select which exhaust is best for your Predator engine and your go-karts, it’s best to acquaint yourself with some of the most important aspects of exhausts, such as compatibility, kit contents, length, material, cost and exhaust tips.
Don’t worry if all of this sounds new to you – I’ll guide you through this bit, so that you’ll easily be able to understand.
The most important thing that you’ll need to consider is if the exhaust is the compatibility with your Predator 212 engine. All of the exhausts in this list are compatible with your Predator 212 engine, as I’ve also done the checks for you.
In particular, you’ll need to ensure that the exhaust flange mounting holes (center hollow to hollow) are 46 mm apart. If you’re unsure of what that means, then simply refer to the image.
Your Predator engine will have 3/4″ muffler screws, so you’ll also need to ensure that the two washers and the two nuts fit those specifications. Exhaust tips that are designed to fit Predator 212 engines generally already do.
Also take note of all of the contents. The main component will be the exhaust pipe. Some exhausts will come with additional hardware, which are typically two nuts and two washers. You’ll also commonly find a gasket that seals the flange from the exhaust.
Here are some of the contents that should come with the exhaust:
- 2 x Nuts
- 2 x Washers
- 1 x Gasket
- 1 x Muffler (optional)
If these items are not included, you’ll need to source them separately (apart from the muffler, which is optional). These are required to ensure that your exhausts can be mounted onto your engine to perform optimally.
Most exhaust pipes for Predator 212 engines are between 7″ to 12″ inches long. The length referred to here is not the entire length of the pipe, but rather the length once it’s installed (excluding the curvature).
It’s important to use the length to gauge compatibility with your go-kart or any other type of vehicle and equipment, as it should not be obstructed by the frame or any other component. If it doesn’t fit, then simply opt for a shorter exhaust pipe or an angled one.
Most exhausts are made of mild steel, which is very sturdy and durable. Mild steel contains a small amount of carbon. There are no other elements present, except for iron. This makes these exhausts sturdy and also affordable.
Exhausts for the Predator 212 engine are relatively affordable and its price depends on the components that are included, what it’s made of and any other type of features. These exhaust pipes typically range from about $25 to $50.
Another thing you’ll need to consider is that exhaust pipes are not silencers or mufflers. Therefore, if you’re planning to suppress any exhaust sounds, you’ll need to install a muffler.
Mufflers can easily be installed using the threaded inserts at the exhaust tip. If that’s what you’re looking for, then it’s best to opt for an exhaust tip that features a threaded insert. Otherwise, you’ll need to weld the muffler onto the exhaust, which requires additional effort.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve added a section that answers the most frequently asked question about Predator 212 exhausts, which were sent in. If you have any questions that are not in this list, please feel free to get in touch.
Are These Exhausts Compatible with Hemi and Non-Hemi Engines?
Yes, they are. Both Predator hemi and non-hemi engines have the same exhaust flange dimensions. The exhaust flange screws are compatible with exhausts that have a center hollow to hollow distance of 46 mm.
- More Information: Predator 212 Hemi vs Non-Hemi Guide
Can My Exhaust Pipe Change Color?
Exhaust pipes may change color if they get extremely hot. The extreme heat that exhaust pipes are commonly exposed to could also potentially chip off any type of coating (chrome or matte finishing).
That’s normal, as exhaust pipes are exposed to high temperatures, particularly the exhaust tips. If the outer appearance is important to you, then it’s best to opt for an uncoated exhaust.
Are There Predator 212 Dual Exhaust?
Yes, there are dual exhausts available for the Predator 212 engines, however you’ll need to understand that they are from a single exhaust pipe. This is because there is only one exhaust per cylinder and as the Predator 212 engine has only one cylinder, it has only one exhaust mount.
How Do I Make My Exhaust Pipe Quieter?
If you want to suppress your engine’s exhaust sounds, you’ll need to install a muffler. Mufflers contain pipes and tubes that are designed to dampen the sound emitted from the engine and exhaust.
Mufflers can be fitted onto the threaded insert of exhausts tips or welded on if your exhaust doesn’t have any threaded inserts. There are also some exhaust kits that contain mufflers.