Opinions on loud exhausts

Opinions on loud exhausts

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Rexii

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31 posts

1 month

Monday 5th April
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What’s everyone’s thoughts on loud exhausts ? Is there a line between just right and too loud or do you hate anything that’s not stock

Let me know your opinions

stinkyspanner

352 posts

41 months

Monday 5th April
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When I was in my twenties I loved them, and often had them on my cars. Now I'm nearer 50 I hate them

steveo3002

8,148 posts

138 months

Monday 5th April
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acceptable on gt40 or cobra etc , not on mums honda

Haltamer

1,759 posts

44 months

Monday 5th April
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Generally, I'm of the factory is loud enough opinion.

You can hear the car well enough inside (And if you claim you can't, get your hearing checked. You've probably wrecked it with deafening exhausts...); Nobody else needs to be subjected to your car noises, As much as you might like engine noises, they probably don't care.

Loud exhausts are far more likely to negatively affect perception by 99% of people; Rumbling through a village with a factory quiet, but toneful exhaust is much better than screaming through (At the same speed) with machinegun overrun and the likes.

underwhelmist

1,262 posts

98 months

Monday 5th April
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When I bought my bike (900 in line four) it had a noisy can stamped “not for road use”. It was embarrassingly loud, hated it. Fortunately I got the standard can with the bike so that’s back on there now.

HustleRussell

19,065 posts

124 months

Monday 5th April
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Some cars, like some people, have innate vocal talent. They are few and far between. I don’t mind hearing them.

320d is all you need

1,744 posts

7 months

Monday 5th April
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Rexii said:
What’s everyone’s thoughts on loud exhausts ? Is there a line between just right and too loud or do you hate anything that’s not stock

Let me know your opinions
I don't mind loud exhausts as long as they are not obtrusively loud or used in an obtrusive manner.

For example if you have a loud exhaust on your car and leave for work early in the morning. If you start your car and drive off within a few seconds, that is OK.

If you sit there idling / revving for 5 minutes, that isn't OK.

Also some consideration to the car making the noise.
While I have no problem with someone putting a louder exhaust on their Corsa 1.2, I expect that if it's louder than a Corvette V8 then that is un reasonable.

Same for people flooring it around built up areas late at night, just to get their exhaust to make noise between the walls etc.

Basically I don't care how loud as long as its not "too loud" (and this is a staggered scale according to engine size) and usage (don't be a selfish prick!)

cuprabob

9,739 posts

178 months

Monday 5th April
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stinkyspanner said:
When I was in my twenties I loved them, and often had them on my cars. Now I'm nearer 50 I hate them
I'm of the same opinion.

Gameface

16,149 posts

41 months

Monday 5th April
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Its totally vehicle dependent. My car's all have sports exhausts. No-one has ever complained to me about them presumably because they are the right sort of car to have them. A 4 cylinder Vauxhall is another matter.

aka_kerrly

11,790 posts

174 months

Monday 5th April
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It's not the volume that gets me it's the tone of the sound that I am more sensitive to and I find loud 2 stroke bikes far more irritating than any car I have heard.

I have very little issue with a loud exhaust but don't get me started on pointless "pops, bangs and crackles" bullst - this is the most annoying craze of the last few years.






grumpyscot

1,169 posts

156 months

Monday 5th April
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Loud exhausts - that's what expanding foam was invented for. A 3 second blast up the tailpipe of wonder boy's wee Astra, and we don't get wakened at 3am when he comes home from his mates.

slopes

32,734 posts

151 months

Monday 5th April
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aka_kerrly said:
I have very little issue with a loud exhaust but don't get me started on pointless "pops, bangs and crackles" bullst - this is the most annoying craze of the last few years.
Can't agree more, i know i am getting old and i dont understand how cool it is but if you have to go racing past in a residential street just so your exhaust pops and bangs, to me it doesnt make you cool.

Leon R

1,431 posts

60 months

Monday 5th April
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Depends on the car.

AW111

6,532 posts

97 months

Monday 5th April
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Gameface said:
Its totally vehicle dependent. My car's all have sports exhausts. No-one has ever complained to me about them presumably because they are the right sort of car to have them. A 4 cylinder Vauxhall is another matter.
Not having a go, but if your exhaust annoys someone apart from your next door neighbor, how can they complain to you, short of flagging you down or following you home?

sherman

8,231 posts

179 months

Monday 5th April
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I have a montune exhaust on my focus st. It came that way from the factory. Its a bit louder than normal but not exactly obtrusive.

HazzaT

214 posts

9 months

Monday 5th April
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If it's a car such as a TVR or Jag with a cultured and intelligent motoring enthusiast at the helm (not unlike myself) then a loud exhaust is fantastic.

If it's a modified hatchback (particularly one with a Ford or VAG badge) then it is being driven by a hooligan boy racer chav and I hate it, they should all be locked up.

AW111

6,532 posts

97 months

Monday 5th April
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underwhelmist said:
When I bought my bike (900 in line four) it had a noisy can stamped “not for road use”. It was embarrassingly loud, hated it. Fortunately I got the standard can with the bike so that’s back on there now.
I bought a 70's Ducati with 'conti replica' mufflers - basically megaphones. Even in the shed with the door shut, it woke the neighbours' baby (who then cried) every time I started it.

I refitted the original Lafranconi mufflers that came with the bike after a week - it sounded a lot better, somewhat quieter, and no more crying babies smile

Four Litre

1,539 posts

156 months

Monday 5th April
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All down to the car and how its being driven.

Big tail pipes look shart to me. It usually comes down to the amount of cylinders. 6 sounds nice, 8 even better and anything north of that is music to me!

Ive got a factory sports exhaust on my Porsche that is quite loud but you can switch it off in the wrong circumstances 🙂


sheepman

383 posts

124 months

Monday 5th April
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HazzaT said:
If it's a car such as a TVR or Jag with a cultured and intelligent motoring enthusiast at the helm (not unlike myself) then a loud exhaust is fantastic.

If it's a modified hatchback (particularly one with a Ford or VAG badge) then it is being driven by a hooligan boy racer chav and I hate it, they should all be locked up.
Just about sums this thread and pistonheads in general up laugh

Gameface

16,149 posts

41 months

Monday 5th April
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AW111 said:
Gameface said:
Its totally vehicle dependent. My car's all have sports exhausts. No-one has ever complained to me about them presumably because they are the right sort of car to have them. A 4 cylinder Vauxhall is another matter.
Not having a go, but if your exhaust annoys someone apart from your next door neighbor, how can they complain to you, short of flagging you down or following you home?
I don't really have neighbours.

No-one has ever mentioned anything at traffic lights, petrol stations (all three of them flare the revs on start up which I could do without sometimes), car parks, traffic jams or any other stationary or low speed environment.

Quite the opposite. Only had positive comments, banter and encouragement to rev them more.

Maybe some people have cursed under their breath about them but I can only say what I've experienced first hand and none of it has been negative.