Opinions on loud exhausts

Opinions on loud exhausts

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LeroyLoser

130 posts

2 months

Monday 5th April
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cerb4.5lee said:
Glosphil said:
I have never liked a noisy car, regardless of how it sounds. A powerful quiet car does impress me.
You'd love a Tesla then I reckon!

The powerful quiet car that always sticks in my mind is the Audi RS6, I've had a couple of them blast past me and their exhausts are incredibly muted for what is a fast and beefy engined car I reckon.
I get you on this, theres something very scary & impressive about a silent 750hp large car coming past at full chat when the last time you looked in your rear view they were going the same speed.

I have to be quite wary passing people sometimes as they dont hear you when you pull out to pass, by the time youre alongside you could easily be doing 130 from 50, thats 2.5t doing 80 mph past you, the wind alone can shake another car, very often people react and veer slightly from the surprise.

In my other car (700hp) they definitely hear it making its move and are braced hehe

Great times currently but i’m very aware not to make things noisy around pedestrians or towns as its fekin annoying, my loud one rumbles very well and thats all i need through towns etc, like the old rv8 tvrs, a rumble just sounds nice and respectful of its surroundings imo.

Noisy bikes just ban them as they all sound st anyway and they have no idea on respectful behaviour.

bluezedd

853 posts

46 months

Monday 5th April
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I hate them too. They are for folk who seek attention. It's not like they increase performance that much either (with some exceptions of vehicles that are heavily restricted from the factory, but even then there's probably a suitable solution of reasonable volume), so all seems a bit pointless.

Some bikers preach the "loud pipes save lives" thing, but I'm of the opinion that if you need a loud exhaust to not die or accept the risks associated with riding bikes on the road, then they probably shouldn't be on the road in the first place.

I will openly admit I have been guilty of using a race can on my ZX9R in my 20s too. I cringe about it now though, and I suspect the exhaust is the reason that I got caught speeding and had to go to court (there was no way the police saw me based on checking my mirrors, but they sure as hell heard me).

From what I hear, a lot of the not for road use exhausts aren't even allowed on tracks either, as they're too loud.

whp1983

480 posts

103 months

Monday 5th April
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Not the loudness.... but the tone and vocal range! An LFA, lambo/Audi V10 is magnificent.... could have same decibel on a four pot and not so great.

Still as they’re not long for this world I’ll enjoy them all!

(Scooters and low powered bikes with loud exhausts can jump in the sea... awful high pitched nastiness!)

njw1

1,563 posts

75 months

Monday 5th April
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I had a stainless steel cat back system fitted to my car because as standard it was very muted but I must be getting old because after living with it for a few months I've now decided it's too loud! Cold starts are ridiculous (luckily I never have to start it early morning or late at night) and it's very droney at around 2k rpm so it'll going back in soon to have another silencer fitted, I wouldn't have done that a few years ago!

Rob_125

695 posts

112 months

Monday 5th April
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My rx7 has an aftermarket system. It is pretty loud on cold start, but once up to temp not too intrusive. When hooning the wooshy and crazy wasp sounds are great. Wouldn't like it to be any louder though!!

Ultrafunkula

829 posts

69 months

Monday 5th April
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I had a Remus exhaust on my Cayman S which was definitely the right thing to do. I prefer resonated exhausts on four cylinder cars so might go that way with the Focus ST.

Nickp82

2,526 posts

57 months

Monday 5th April
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Stick Legs said:
I think they are tragic. Always have done.

I love fast cars, I love a car that makes a great noise. I see no reason why they should be excessively loud and when I do hear a car that has been modified to be louder I just think it's a bit sad IMHO.


Motorbikes are the worst offenders around my way and can be heard for miles. It's antisocial and not even a great sound.
I know that there is a school of thought that says 'Loud pipes save lives' but everyone I know with this badge also has a tinted visor and other cosmetic mods to their bikes which kind of dilutes their argument.

I'd say that on balance of fairness OEM +15% db is probably okay.
Beyond that lies the realm of chavdom.
Saved me a load of typing smile

David Beer

3,626 posts

231 months

Monday 5th April
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I have this on mustang gt, not a lot louder inside the car but outside sounds great. Completely legal and will not upset the warranty co as it’s Ford supplied.
My griff 500 with a loud exhaust was exactly exhausting , the drone when cruising !

The Rotrex Kid

23,805 posts

124 months

Monday 5th April
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I like them.

Scobblelotcher

1,400 posts

76 months

Monday 5th April
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I strongly dislike overly loud exhausts in any form. They are in most cases obnoxious for people forced to listen too them and are largely fitted by people seeking attention because there is no need for excessively noisy cars/bikes now (for modern cars/bikes).

Another stupid modern invention is pops and bangs maps with the worst offenders Focus/Fiesta ST’s that sound like gunfire. Who over the age of 17 could possibly think that sounds good? Reminds me of cherry bomb exhausts that used to get fitted to older performance cars.

I find my motorbike a bit too loud on its factory standard exhaust (BMW S1000RR). I find it loud especially when it’s cold so I usually manoeuvre it into position and get on it, start it and immediately get on my way at low revs to try and not annoy my neighbors.

For me however, the worst sounding vehicles of all are 125 bikes with modified exhausts or Harley Davison’s making awful loud noises (not the standard bikes). Both 125’s and HD’s produce ear splitting noises at an awful pitch.

Edited by Scobblelotcher on Monday 5th April 19:02

darren9

967 posts

159 months

Monday 5th April
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I like them but not with one of those pop and bang maps that cause it to backfire constantly.

Had louder exhausts on 3 previous cars. An absolutely MASSIVE one on a 106xsi that was far too loud for the car but I loved.
I then had 2 306gti6s both with custom back boxes with 3” rolled out exhausts which sounded brilliant (to my ears)

My dads had a mk1 and mk2 focus RS both with non standard exhausts which also sounded great - especially the mk2

I now have a diesel and the noise is one of the things I really, really miss.

SWoll

10,776 posts

222 months

Monday 5th April
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Lost interest after the V8/V10 era when Audi/BMW/Mercedes were doing it properly. The current rattly/farty/bangy craze does nothing for me and sounds rather tragic and a desperate attempt to over compensate for the reduction in cylinders/capacity and FI.

Still a few cars that sound good but in limited supply.

RonnieHotdogs

681 posts

65 months

Monday 5th April
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I had a lovely exhaust on my 440i. Bit loud on startup unless you touched the throttle a bit to stop it from idling, but sounded beautiful on the go.

Only a little louder than standard when driving normally with no drone at all, but a hell of a lot louder when the valves opened, based on the driving mode you were in ... So it was easy for me (and my neighbours) to live with.

renmure

3,478 posts

188 months

Monday 5th April
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I'm a fan when they are on the right car. Being older perhaps my view of the "right" car has changed but, in saying that, when I was but a youth, a cherry bomb exhaust on a Nova would have been a loud exhaust on the right car. Either way, I see the appeal.

Rexii

Original Poster:

31 posts

1 month

Monday 5th April
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Well the issue is people don’t realise we do not necessarily want to annoy people with our loud exhausts ... we just want to have fun and enhance a otherwise silent boring car

Chicken dinner

3,869 posts

32 months

Monday 5th April
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cerb4.5lee said:
Glosphil said:
I have never liked a noisy car, regardless of how it sounds. A powerful quiet car does impress me.
You'd love a Tesla then I reckon!

The powerful quiet car that always sticks in my mind is the Audi RS6, I've had a couple of them blast past me and their exhausts are incredibly muted for what is a fast and beefy engined car I reckon.
Looking at his car history, he’d be impressed by a C1 wink.

Always loved big noisy V8’s. Almost ashamed to say I only have one left now, having selling the TVR a few weeks ago.

V8 Stang

4,132 posts

147 months

Monday 5th April
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I have a MBRP cat back on my Mustang GT, which is fairly loud on start up and high throttle, however i don't think its too loud at idle/low revs.
While cruising i can barely hear it.

I often leave for work at 06:30 and my parking spot is right to the side of my neighbour, who a year in is yet to complain.
However i start the engine and immediately drive off.

No one else has ever complained to me, however guess most people expect a mustang to be loud!

I live next to a main road on a hill - just up from a roundabout, so get people flooring it up the road, which TBH i don't mind, In fact i smile when something tasty floors it up the road smile

However what i cannot stand is this latest fascination with fake pops... Vroom- pop pop pop vroom pop pop pop vroom pop pop pop...........

Just why? it sounds awful and fake frown

chrispmartha

10,452 posts

93 months

Monday 5th April
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Rexii said:
Well the issue is people don’t realise we do not necessarily want to annoy people with our loud exhausts ... we just want to have fun and enhance a otherwise silent boring car
Have you got a loud exhaust on your Hyundai i20?

cuprabob

9,723 posts

178 months

Monday 5th April
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chrispmartha said:
Rexii said:
Well the issue is people don’t realise we do not necessarily want to annoy people with our loud exhausts ... we just want to have fun and enhance a otherwise silent boring car
Have you got a loud exhaust on your Hyundai i20?
The MOT tester thought so smile

Chicken dinner

3,869 posts

32 months

Monday 5th April
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cuprabob said:
chrispmartha said:
Rexii said:
Well the issue is people don’t realise we do not necessarily want to annoy people with our loud exhausts ... we just want to have fun and enhance a otherwise silent boring car
Have you got a loud exhaust on your Hyundai i20?
The MOT tester thought so smile
They are a funny bunch of people. This was from the TVR ( sleeved and a decat) a couple of years ago.