Opinions on loud exhausts

Opinions on loud exhausts

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SMSLF

13 posts

3 months

Friday 9th April
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Depends on how you drive it.
I live on a main road, if a car wakes me up then 99% of the time it’s a stbox getting thrashed with a bucket sized tail pipe. .... I see a lot of Astons, harleys and a few Ferrari going by and they never seem to cause as much intrusion into my life.

I have a harley, it’s loud, I think about putting a quieter pipe on every time I have been out on it lately.... it’s next on the list. I guess as I get older I’m more considerate around others... and my ears hurt more

AstonZagato

10,372 posts

176 months

Friday 9th April
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My wife has a firm opinion on my Vanquish's exhaust. It is far too loud.

That means it is just right.

However, she might have a point - when I start it up, passers-by do jump. When I heard the noise, I knew I had to buy one (I had the normal Vanquish but the Vanquish S has the better noise).

PH User

18,309 posts

74 months

Friday 9th April
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AstonZagato said:
My wife has a firm opinion on my Vanquish's exhaust. It is far too loud.

That means it is just right.

However, she might have a point - when I start it up, passers-by do jump. When I heard the noise, I knew I had to buy one (I had the normal Vanquish but the Vanquish S has the better noise).
Is it one of those that does a fake rev jump at start up? They are a bit naff.

AstonZagato

10,372 posts

176 months

Friday 9th April
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PH User said:
AstonZagato said:
My wife has a firm opinion on my Vanquish's exhaust. It is far too loud.

That means it is just right.

However, she might have a point - when I start it up, passers-by do jump. When I heard the noise, I knew I had to buy one (I had the normal Vanquish but the Vanquish S has the better noise).
Is it one of those that does a fake rev jump at start up? They are a bit naff.
They all do that, sir.
https://vimeo.com/401893215#t=0m55s

It isn't the noise on start up, though. It is the noise when one is driving it that is glorious.

PH User

18,309 posts

74 months

Friday 9th April
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AstonZagato said:
PH User said:
AstonZagato said:
My wife has a firm opinion on my Vanquish's exhaust. It is far too loud.

That means it is just right.

However, she might have a point - when I start it up, passers-by do jump. When I heard the noise, I knew I had to buy one (I had the normal Vanquish but the Vanquish S has the better noise).
Is it one of those that does a fake rev jump at start up? They are a bit naff.
They all do that, sir.
https://vimeo.com/401893215#t=0m55s

It isn't the noise on start up, though. It is the noise when one is driving it that is glorious.
Ah that's a shame, it rather spoils it for me.

PrinceRupert

10,347 posts

51 months

Friday 9th April
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Wiltshire Lad said:
As a TVR owner this subject is always a big debate - a fully sleeved and decatted Rover V8 sounds fantastic giving it the beans at a car show or race track - but (and it is just my opinion) is just embarrassing firing it up at 6.30am to go to work or in Sainsbury's car park. I kept mine catted and added an ACT cherry bomb set up - which gives the deeper rumble but doesn't wake up the entire village on a Summer morning.
A fully sleeved and decatted Tuscan sounds a bit gash, yet people still do it. Loud does not automatically mean good. I followed a 4.5 Cerbera which just sounded ridiculous recently, like WW3 happening inside his exhausts. Too much, for me (and for everyone within a mile radius no doubt...).

Gary C

7,949 posts

145 months

Friday 9th April
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PH User said:
AstonZagato said:
PH User said:
AstonZagato said:
My wife has a firm opinion on my Vanquish's exhaust. It is far too loud.

That means it is just right.

However, she might have a point - when I start it up, passers-by do jump. When I heard the noise, I knew I had to buy one (I had the normal Vanquish but the Vanquish S has the better noise).
Is it one of those that does a fake rev jump at start up? They are a bit naff.
They all do that, sir.
https://vimeo.com/401893215#t=0m55s

It isn't the noise on start up, though. It is the noise when one is driving it that is glorious.
Ah that's a shame, it rather spoils it for me.
That was the software ?

Agreed, its ste. Surely someone can program it out.

cerb4.5lee

19,143 posts

146 months

Friday 9th April
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Gary C said:
PH User said:
AstonZagato said:
PH User said:
AstonZagato said:
My wife has a firm opinion on my Vanquish's exhaust. It is far too loud.

That means it is just right.

However, she might have a point - when I start it up, passers-by do jump. When I heard the noise, I knew I had to buy one (I had the normal Vanquish but the Vanquish S has the better noise).
Is it one of those that does a fake rev jump at start up? They are a bit naff.
They all do that, sir.
https://vimeo.com/401893215#t=0m55s

It isn't the noise on start up, though. It is the noise when one is driving it that is glorious.
Ah that's a shame, it rather spoils it for me.
That was the software ?

Agreed, its ste. Surely someone can program it out.
I wish that I could get that programmed into my cars! It does just go to show how different we all are.

vixen1700

16,120 posts

236 months

Friday 9th April
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PrinceRupert said:
A fully sleeved and decatted Tuscan sounds a bit gash, yet people still do it. Loud does not automatically mean good. I followed a 4.5 Cerbera which just sounded ridiculous recently, like WW3 happening inside his exhausts. Too much, for me (and for everyone within a mile radius no doubt...).
Too much for me too.

Mine (IMHO) gets it right without being too juvenile. Five litre Rover V8, with Clive F Y-piece and standard factory exhaust. smile

cerb4.5lee

19,143 posts

146 months

Friday 9th April
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PrinceRupert said:
Loud does not automatically mean good. I followed a 4.5 Cerbera which just sounded ridiculous recently, like WW3 happening inside his exhausts. Too much, for me (and for everyone within a mile radius no doubt...).
I always got positive comments about the noise mine made(and the odd "your exhaust sounds broken!" comment). Mine still had the cats in but it was on the factory sports exhaust option. It was loud but not offensively loud. I actually think that my current 370Z is louder with the mods I have on it.

PrinceRupert

10,347 posts

51 months

Friday 9th April
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cerb4.5lee said:
PrinceRupert said:
Loud does not automatically mean good. I followed a 4.5 Cerbera which just sounded ridiculous recently, like WW3 happening inside his exhausts. Too much, for me (and for everyone within a mile radius no doubt...).
I always got positive comments about the noise mine made(and the odd "your exhaust sounds broken!" comment). Mine still had the cats in but it was on the factory sports exhaust option. It was loud but not offensively loud. I actually think that my current 370Z is louder with the mods I have on it.
Was it decatted and straight through (which I assume it was) and did you drive everywhere in second (like he seemed to?). Tbh the inner petrolhead in me quite liked it, but can't imagine the public liked it!

Oh and I wouldnt take the lack of negative comments as a sign of approval. People can't tell you its too loud whilst you drive along and most would be too polite to do so anyway!

PrinceRupert

10,347 posts

51 months

Friday 9th April
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vixen1700 said:
PrinceRupert said:
A fully sleeved and decatted Tuscan sounds a bit gash, yet people still do it. Loud does not automatically mean good. I followed a 4.5 Cerbera which just sounded ridiculous recently, like WW3 happening inside his exhausts. Too much, for me (and for everyone within a mile radius no doubt...).
Too much for me too.

Mine (IMHO) gets it right without being too juvenile. Five litre Rover V8, with Clive F Y-piece and standard factory exhaust. smile
My Tuscan has an ACT exhaust with carbon cans and tbh it isn't that loud, the juvenile in me would like it a bit louder with a bit more popping on the overrun but my girlfriend would probably leave me if I decatted it!

cerb4.5lee

19,143 posts

146 months

Friday 9th April
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PrinceRupert said:
cerb4.5lee said:
PrinceRupert said:
Loud does not automatically mean good. I followed a 4.5 Cerbera which just sounded ridiculous recently, like WW3 happening inside his exhausts. Too much, for me (and for everyone within a mile radius no doubt...).
I always got positive comments about the noise mine made(and the odd "your exhaust sounds broken!" comment). Mine still had the cats in but it was on the factory sports exhaust option. It was loud but not offensively loud. I actually think that my current 370Z is louder with the mods I have on it.
Was it decatted and straight through (which I assume it was) and did you drive everywhere in second (like he seemed to?). Tbh the inner petrolhead in me quite liked it, but can't imagine the public liked it!

Oh and I wouldnt take the lack of negative comments as a sign of approval. People can't tell you its too loud whilst you drive along and most would be too polite to do so anyway!
No it wasn't decatted(my 200SX was though and that used to shoot flames! hehe) and the cats were still in. It wasn't straight piped either, the factory sports exhaust on the Cerbera just changes the rear box from one big one...to two smaller ones I believe.

I might have stayed in second from time to time though! biggrin

PrinceRupert

10,347 posts

51 months

Friday 9th April
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cerb4.5lee said:
No it wasn't decatted(my 200SX was though and that used to shoot flames! hehe) and the cats were still in. It wasn't straight piped either, the factory sports exhaust on the Cerbera just changes the rear box from one big one...to two smaller ones I believe.

I might have stayed in second from time to time though! biggrin
You could smell the unburnt fuel from this guys car, it was almost certainly decatted and straight through pipes. It sounded pure evil biglaugh

cerb4.5lee

19,143 posts

146 months

Friday 9th April
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PrinceRupert said:
vixen1700 said:
PrinceRupert said:
A fully sleeved and decatted Tuscan sounds a bit gash, yet people still do it. Loud does not automatically mean good. I followed a 4.5 Cerbera which just sounded ridiculous recently, like WW3 happening inside his exhausts. Too much, for me (and for everyone within a mile radius no doubt...).
Too much for me too.

Mine (IMHO) gets it right without being too juvenile. Five litre Rover V8, with Clive F Y-piece and standard factory exhaust. smile
My Tuscan has an ACT exhaust with carbon cans and tbh it isn't that loud, the juvenile in me would like it a bit louder with a bit more popping on the overrun but my girlfriend would probably leave me if I decatted it!
My Mrs won't even be a passenger...let alone drive my 370Z(she is still on the insurance but I'm not sure why)...because she says that it is far too loud and attention seeking for her. I've had it 2 years now and she's never been out in it. That suits me though because I don't have to faff around moving the seat back into my driving position! biggrin

cerb4.5lee

19,143 posts

146 months

Friday 9th April
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PrinceRupert said:
cerb4.5lee said:
No it wasn't decatted(my 200SX was though and that used to shoot flames! hehe) and the cats were still in. It wasn't straight piped either, the factory sports exhaust on the Cerbera just changes the rear box from one big one...to two smaller ones I believe.

I might have stayed in second from time to time though! biggrin
You could smell the unburnt fuel from this guys car, it was almost certainly decatted and straight through pipes. It sounded pure evil biglaugh
I bet! thumbup

Walshenham

53 posts

134 months

Friday 9th April
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I had a mk1 Leon cupra R a few years back. It had a few modifications fitted by a previous owner, remap, handful of supporting mod like oil catch can etc, but two really stick out in my memory. The decat, and the blow off valve.

The result of which was it was LOUD on boost, and in some situations would spit fire out the exhaust.

This was excellent fun.. for about 15 minutes. In town I found it excruciating. Way more than I expected to. You could see people looking and going “ what a cock”.

Fast and furious sounds are only amusing when you are driving that way. Popping to the shops for a pint of milk, it got right on my tits.

Johner

102 posts

49 months

Friday 9th April
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PH User said:
So every car, but your own?
30 years of company cars; Fords, Peugeots, Rovers, Hondas and many others
OK with them all

. . . .then;
TriumphTR6
SLK AMG
Boxter
My 3 previous cars . . . .all had an audio presence and I was very happy with stock

My SL is just very, very quiet
It's a V8 and some audio, when the loud pedal is pushed, would, in the opinion of the owner, be nice

wormus

12,474 posts

169 months

Friday 9th April
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C63 AMG seems to be the noisy chavmobile of choice round here. On and off full throttle through the 30mph zones is not cool. Focus STs are also pretty awful.

David Beer

3,675 posts

233 months

Friday 9th April
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I have a mustang v8 with fords own sports exhaust, completely legal.
A guy up the lane from me has a very loud bike, the local horse riders complained so much the police went to visit, completely legal . Just shows personal perception of loud !
My previous griff was in my opinion too loud, but I didn’t fabricate the exhaust, the company who fitted it must surely of known their stuff !
I have a sound level meter, does anybody know the regulations to be illegal ? at what distance etc ?