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Old 01-17-2013, 05:27 AM   #1
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Anyone gotten tickets for a loud exhaust?

I'm concerned about getting pulled over if my exhaust is to loud. Do the police use a decibel meter or just play it by ear? Just curious of peoples experience here. Thanks
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I'm in AZ, I was pulled over for tinted tail lights, but it was my exhaust that got the cops attention. He said something about scoping it but nothing happened with that.
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Depends on the area, must low-budget departments dont have the resources for the tools involved (sound chamber, decibel meter, etc) to properly test an exhaust sound.

That is, unless you were high-revving in a neighborhood at night - then they can simply write you up for disturbing the peace.
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Talk to a local PO if you know any - most will tell you they cant or wont waste their time with testing an exhaust system.
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I got a ticket once for a loud exhaust, but it got thrown out in court. I only had a magnaflow catback at the time...
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Cops used to eyeball and follow me around sometimes to see if id get loud when I had different import cars.

Now ive had a cop give me a thumbs up getting on the freeway in my goat.
Same area same cops.

Cliff notes. Cops are cool and hate imports lol.
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Most won't give you a ticket for loud exhaust as it will get thrown out and is hard to test/prove. Drive sensibly and the local PD here won't look twice. Open header camming big blocks get thumbs up.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:50 AM   #8
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Well it sounds like most of you all haven't had to bad of an experience with loud exhausts. Thanks for some opinions it helps make my decision easier. Haha.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:52 AM   #9
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I've handed out a few in my day, but 99.9% of them were Honda's. Those idiot's just love that "fart-in-a-coffee-can" sound!

The other 0.01% was a Jetta. ...Yes, a Volkeswagon!!
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never had a problem here in texas !
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I haven't gotten pulled over.......yet.

Just don't drive like a dick from light to light and you'll probably be just fine with a loud exhaust. However since it will grab attention, make sure your tags are good, and be careful about tint. A cop might not think twice about your tint if your car is as quiet as every other car on the road.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:17 AM   #12
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I got pulled over in KY for speeding 97 in a 55. Trust me he never said a word about my exhaust. Still gotta go to court next month. I am
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I ran L/T's catless and dual 3" straight pipes (bought the car this way)...yes it was freakin LOUD but don't drive like an a$$ and don't wind out the RPM's while shifting and you should be fine.

Don't LOOK like a punk driving, don't DRIVE like a punk and you should be fine.

All depends on the cops in your area and their attitude.

I have had my neighbor cop admit that he pays more attention to the kids doing the ganster lean with their hat crooked driving their loud fart cans around than someone driving sensible with nothing to prove.
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I have been pulled over for exhaust in my Camaro twice, and the GTO twice.

Camaro's first pull-over was a gimme. He said he liked it, but suggested I at least change to quieter mufflers. (Switched to quieter mufflers and hated it!)

Camaro's second pull-over was after I put the Bassani 3.5-inch bullets BACK on the car. haha It was actually the day right before I was putting a Y-pipe back on the car and I had the exhaust in the back and showed it to the officer. He said "I shouldn't be driving with this exhaust anyway." The guy waited for me to finish pumping my gas, followed me out of the station, and lit me up as soon as I hit the street. Lamest person I've ever met.

GTO's first pull over the office said "I heard you two miles up the road" and that was entirely untrue. I run a Corsa and was simply cruising down the road. He let me go with a warning and I was actually kind of an asshole to him.

The second pull over was a double ticket! I got for going WOT literally right in front of a cop. I just hadn't done it in a while, nobody was in front of my and apparently the cop was a quarter mile back and caught up to me. Quick WOT shot when it was bolt-ons, nothing too fast.

Now I'm louder than ever with heads/cam, LTs w/cats, and Corsa Sport. Nothing (knock on wood).

So it's hit or miss here in Tampa...sometimes I've gotten out of it, other times I've been slammed.
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I havn't had a problem in either Cali or Vegas with my LTs and kooks 3" SS backed up to my 7.2L. Everyone around town keeps telling me sounds like a race car every time I touch the go peddal. Cops just looks and smile.
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Depends on the cop.

I have muffler deletes on my Mustang and have been pulled over doing STUPID stuff (doughnuts). No ticket yet - knock on wood.
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I'm in AZ, I had Long Tubes, Catless Mids and Corsa Sport. Probably the loudest exhaust you can get. I had no problems at all..

hell, listen to all the harley fags that ride around revving their engines! vroommmm vrom vrommmmm then the light turns green and they rev some more.

If you think a Corsa Sport is loud with LTs and no cats, sit inside a goat with a LM1 on the same setup. You may want to rethink that statement....
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If you think a Corsa Sport is loud with LTs and no cats, sit inside a goat with a LM1 on the same setup. You may want to rethink that statement....

L/T catless and either straight pipe/Corsa Sport/LM1's will all be VERY close to same "loudness". Neither setup has a true "muffler" so it will be hard to tell.
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I know back when I had the Outlaws on my car it was loud as a mother, I have heard a few LT, no cat, LM cars, and I have to say I think I was a tick louder...I got by a few cops no problem. Keeping it at idle & easy low rev shifting around the police ftw.

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Washington changed there law to anything modified form stock is illegal. But how they wrote the law, all you have to do to beat it is say that you bought it that way and it get thrown out.
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As always it is up to the Officers Judgement to determin if you have loud exhaust. I got pulled over cause he said I had illegal exhaust. I just responded it was not illegal and argued a little about it. The real reason why i got pulled over was for no front plate. He never gave me a ticket for the exhaust he just wanted to give me a ticket for the no front plate. The cop was not a car guy cause I went to the station the same day and talked ton the sergent and he just looked at me after I started up and said "It's a GTO" and shrugged his shoulders with a smile. I got my no plate ticket written off and complained about the cop to simply just be honest and tell me he was giving me a ticket for the front plate. So I would say it depends if the cop is a car guy. Oh yeah Spintech Catback stock exhaust manifolds.
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Anyone gotten tickets for a loud exhaust?

I had to drive with open headers for two or three days. Didn't get pulled over just lucky I guess haha. And it was loud as shit. I think in those two or three days, I set off more car alarms than I would in six months lol


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I had to drive with open headers for two or three days. Didn't get pulled over just lucky I guess haha. And it was loud as shit. I think in those two or three days, I set off more car alarms than I would in six months lol


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I consider setting off car alarms my second profession.

haha. It's one of my favorite childhood past times lol
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haha. It's one of my favorite childhood past times lol

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Everytime I have been pulled over its for speeding or breaking the tires loose(wreckless driving). They usually let me go and on some cases, compliment the car.
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Depends, I had dumped Sweet Thunders and never got hassled. Now I have stock mufflers and really never get looked at by anyone anymore.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:09 AM   #28
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Your in Florida, so I can see having more problems in warm climates where people, (police included) drive around with their windows down

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I have been pulled over for exhaust in my Camaro twice, and the GTO twice.

Camaro's first pull-over was a gimme. He said he liked it, but suggested I at least change to quieter mufflers. (Switched to quieter mufflers and hated it!)

Camaro's second pull-over was after I put the Bassani 3.5-inch bullets BACK on the car. haha It was actually the day right before I was putting a Y-pipe back on the car and I had the exhaust in the back and showed it to the officer. He said "I shouldn't be driving with this exhaust anyway." The guy waited for me to finish pumping my gas, followed me out of the station, and lit me up as soon as I hit the street. Lamest person I've ever met.

GTO's first pull over the office said "I heard you two miles up the road" and that was entirely untrue. I run a Corsa and was simply cruising down the road. He let me go with a warning and I was actually kind of an asshole to him.

The second pull over was a double ticket! I got for going WOT literally right in front of a cop. I just hadn't done it in a while, nobody was in front of my and apparently the cop was a quarter mile back and caught up to me. Quick WOT shot when it was bolt-ons, nothing too fast.

Now I'm louder than ever with heads/cam, LTs w/cats, and Corsa Sport. Nothing (knock on wood).

So it's hit or miss here in Tampa...sometimes I've gotten out of it, other times I've been slammed.

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Washington changed there law to anything modified form stock is illegal. But how they wrote the law, all you have to do to beat it is say that you bought it that way and it get thrown out.

Love this. Too bad Oregon doesn't have the same law.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:13 AM   #30
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Ouch dude! I wouldhave to wear earplugs driving a car with open headers holy crap!!
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I had to drive with open headers for two or three days. Didn't get pulled over just lucky I guess haha. And it was loud as shit. I think in those two or three days, I set off more car alarms than I would in six months lol


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