6.7 Cummins Downpipe Upgrades - Dodge Ram 6.7L DP

Best 6.7 Cummins Downpipe Upgrades

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Among the best bolt-on upgrades for the 6.7 Cummins turbodiesel is a downpipe. What is it that makes it such a great mod? In this article, we discuss the benefits of a 6.7 Cummins downpipe and list some of our favorite brands that we recommend to our customers.

What Is A Downpipe?

The downpipe is a pretty simple part of the exhaust that bolts to the turbo. It’s unique to turbo engines. Downpipes often use a catalytic converter. Good for emissions reasons, but not great for performance or heat. Since the DP bolts directly to the turbo any back-pressure creates a major restriction.

That back-pressure increases EGT’s, slows turbo spool, and reduces power and torque. As such, the idea in modding the 6.7 Cummins downpipe is to reduce back-pressure. Compared to the rest of the exhaust the downpipe is generally the most important due to its location just behind the turbocharger.

6.7 Cummins Downpipe Upgrades - Dodge Ram 6.7L DP

Gen 3 vs Gen 4 Downpipe Differences

Not all downpipes on the Dodge Ram 6.7L turbodiesel are the same. There were actually some major changes to what lies in the DP. Here’s a quick list by year:

  • 07-12: Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC)
  • 2013+: Flex pipe

Early model engines use a diesel oxidation catalyst in the downpipe. It’s basically the same thing as a catalytic converter with a different name. This is the part that creates a major restriction.

Downpipe mods actually don’t have much, if anything, to offer for 2013+ Cummins 6.7 engines. There is no longer a DOC inside the pipe. Instead, it’s a simple flex pipe. As such, 2013+ engines aren’t a focal point of this article. Unless you’re going to a 5″ exhaust there’s no reason to mod the downpipe.

That said, when it comes to larger exhausts a 5″ downpipe is important IF you’re going with a 5″ exhaust. EGT’s and pressures are highest immediately after the turbine, so that’s where you want to remove as much restriction as possible. Whether or not a 5″ exhaust is worth it over a 4″ exhaust is a discussion for another time.

6.7 Cummins Downpipe Upgrade Benefits

  • 5-15whp
  • 10-30wtq
  • Quicker turbo spool
  • Lower EGT’s
  • No clogging concerns

Catless downpipe upgrades can offer about 5-15whp and 10-30wtq. Much of the power gain depends on other mods on the truck, tuning, etc. Without a tune you likely won’t see much power or torque benefit. More aggressive tunes on heavily modded 6.7 Cummins turbodiesels may show even higher gains.

Anyways, you’ll also notice quicker turbo spool due to less back-pressure. It’s also normal for EGT’s to lower by about 50-150°F. As with power gains, exact results will vary depending on mods, tuning, and other factors. Removing the DOC also means there aren’t any cat clogging concerns.

Sound Gains

Removing the stock DP and catalyst will increase the engine, exhaust, and turbo sounds. We enjoy the sound, and think it’s pretty modest with just the downpipe mod. You’ll definitely hear a lot more turbo spool and maybe a little more drone at highway speeds.

However, it can start to get pretty loud if you’re modding the whole exhaust. Some may enjoy a complete straight pipe while others might find it a bit too loud and obnoxious. It’s hard to describe exact sounds and noise levels in words, so we’ll leave it there. Simply something to keep in mind before modifying the 6.7 Cummins downpipe and/or the rest of the exhaust.

Cat & DPF Deletes

We’ve been referring to this as a downpipe upgrade all along. However, downpipes alone are typically hard to find. There are a few options around. Most 6.7 turbodiesel downpipe upgrades are actually known as cat & DPF delete pipes.

These pipes run from the turbo (downpipe) to just before the muffler. You can also find full exhaust that also delete the muffler, and run all the way back to the exhaust tip. If you just want to delete the cat in the downpipe then gutting is a common option.

We’ll keep it to that here, but we have a full DPF delete guide where you can learn more.

Best 6.7 Cummins Downpipe Mods

Surprisingly the list of 6.7 Cummins downpipe upgrades is fairly short. There are surely plenty around that we’re not aware of, so keep that in mind. The below is by no means an exhaustive list. Rather, these are a few of the options that we believe offer a good balance of price, quality, and performance.

*As discussed above, it’s a lot easier to find the 6.7 Cummins cat & DPF delete pipes. Downpipes by themselves are tough to come across.

1) DPF & Cat Delete Pipe

Up first is an option that extends beyond the downpipe itself. DPF Delete Shop offers this DPF & cat delete pipe for the 2007-2012 Dodge Ram Cummins 6.7 diesel. It’s a great option for those looking to get rid of the DPF and stock downpipe. The delete pipe also comes in at a reasonable price of $237 for aluminized steel.

However, stainless steel is likely the better long-term option. It’s a lot less prone to rusting over the years, so we would spend the extra ~$75 for stainless. Anyways, not much else to say here. It’s a simple straight-pipe design that does what it’s designed to do for a good price.

Price: $237-312

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2) Downpipe Gutting

We’re simply referring to it as gutting, but there are two primary methods here. One is to actual gut out the catalyst material within the OEM DP. Another is to cutout the whole cat section and simply weld in a new section of piping. They’re two effective and cheap ways to mod the 6.7 Cummins downpipe.

It’s likely more hassle than necessary if you plan to delete things like the DPF, anyways. In these cases your best bet is likely buying a full exhaust or DPF & cat delete pipe. Nonetheless, for those only wanting to mod the Ram 6.7L diesel downpipe this is a viable option.

Price: ~$0-50


2007.5-2012 6.7 Cummins engines can see excellent performance gains with DP mods. It’s not unrealistic to see 5-15whp and 10-30wtq with quicker turbo spool. Lower EGT’s and no clogging are two other great benefits. Not many downpipe mods alone exist, though.

Most 6.7 Cummins downpipe upgrades are actually in the form of DPF & cat delete pipes. It includes the DP but extends further back in the exhaust to also delete the DPF. Look for a stainless steel option if rust is a concern, and ensure it’s a product with quality fitment. Outside of that these pipes are pretty simple. Pick one that looks good, has the cheapest price, or whatever you value the most.

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