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Old 09-10-2011, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Blah
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Originally Posted by CALGUY View Post
Women don't seem too be compelled to ride around with loud exhaust,

Bob.
There is some for everyone Bob and my area is full of women driving loud hotrods.


As for your question, it's been answered but not to your liking. Aftermarket exhaust systems are generally installed in order to replace restrictive factory exhaust systems. That or to impress other people...yes, even women. According to Mansers, some exhaust notes actually turns women on!

The last system I installed was actually a necessity. The factory system had a horrible drone cruising around 35-55 mph which sucked for both me and our then 3yr old son. So I installed an aftermarket system creating true dual system and incorporated an X pipe which helped eliminate the drone. The inside nose level dropped greatly between 35-75mph but the outside nose picked up a lot. I also dyno'd the truck before and after and gained an extra 11rwhp with the new exhaust system. As for women, everyone loved it. Now my current truck is completely factory, both inside and outside sounds great and dyno results on people with the same truck have showed very little gains with an aftermarket system. So at this point in time I have no plans of making any changes to it.

Anyhow, it's just something people like or do for performance reasons. It's our money and our vehicles. I don't look down on some guy driving a Prius, I would never buy one my self but I'm happy he likes it.

 
Old 09-10-2011, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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What's your favorite color? WHY?

What's your favorite flavor? WHY?

Sorry, can't be answered other than that's what we like.

You don't like it. We get it. We do, that's all there is to it.

Here's my car. I love the sound it makes. It's like my favorite color and my favorite flavor ice cream. It's what I like.


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Which end does the hay come out...???
 
Old 09-10-2011, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Earth
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A guy I work with has lake pipes on his 1990 Chevy 1/2 ton. Yes it is loud, probably a few decibels below open headers. He lives in an area that are heavily populated by deer and deer strikes are common place. He claims they're a "deer deterrent".

If you want to ask a biker why they like loud pipes on their Harleys, they claim it makes them heard instead of just seen. The phrase "loud pipes save lives" come to mind here.

If you want to ask a drag racer why they don't run mufflers on their loud race cars, it's because of weight and restriction.

However if you ask the average Joe why he likes a loud exhaust on his vehicle, you will get a multitude of answers.

Some people think a louder exhaust means more power, but are not educated on said subject.

Some people upgrade to a bigger than stock exhaust for extra engine exhaling, but they end up going so big that it's hard to control the exhaust note. A 3 inch pipe from a 2.25 inch pipe comes to mind here.

Some people do it for attention. Like a buddy of mine who used to "like" the crackly poppy sound of the burned out glasspacks after the headers on his 1978 Chevy 1/2 ton. I think he liked it more for the attention it got him more than anything. However not all said attention is "good".

Hopefully this helps you understand some.
 
Old 09-10-2011, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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The sole reason - to bug people like you.

I'm older than 35 and ALL my cars have illegally-loud exhaust "systems".
 
Old 09-10-2011, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Uptown New Orleans
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Some people think a louder exhaust means more power, but are not educated on said subject.
Almost any exhaust system adds more power compared to the stock restrictive system. Granted, not all cars or exhausts are the same.
 
Old 09-11-2011, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Blah
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Almost any exhaust system adds more power compared to the stock restrictive system. Granted, not all cars or exhausts are the same.
That's about right.

A well designed exhaust system can do wonders on the right vehicle. While devices like echo tips and glass packs can hurt performance and even fuel economy.
 
Old 09-11-2011, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Earth
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That's about right.

A well designed exhaust system can do wonders on the right vehicle. While devices like echo tips and glass packs can hurt performance and even fuel economy.
My point exactly.
 
Old 09-11-2011, 09:50 AM
 
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To the OP

Be glad this guy doesn't drive past your house all the time


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Old 09-11-2011, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Fort Collins, USA
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Because they never learned the Golden Rule. Or to put it in the form of an example: I like to blast YMCA at full volume at 2:00 AM and my neighbors don't. But hey everybody's different - what's the problem?
 
Old 09-12-2011, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Almost any exhaust system adds more power compared to the stock restrictive system. Granted, not all cars or exhausts are the same.
This is a silly statement. Almost any exhaust has no measurable effect on horsepower or fuel economy of modern computer controlled engines. Too many people rely on the butt dyno or the ear dyno to conclude their engine MUST be more powerful because it sounds more powerful.
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