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Old 01-17-2012, 02:01 AM   #111
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hey i am in cali too,but i believe that you will pass smog as long as it's from the cat-back. which the ones fswerks sell are catbacks.i think you should be well.from what i hear,if you plan on getting a header you are better off with the stealth,but if you don't you should go for the race.also checkout magnaflow.

How does the Race Exhaust sound with a Header? But I've looked on the c-f-m.com website and it say nothing about being carb legal in Cali (whereas the Street one DOES say it's CARB legal)



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I think what you're thinking of is a "resonator" and it's not a plug. From my understanding the resonator is the difference between the race and stealth FSWERKS exhaust. The sales tech on the phone said the street exhaust doesn't have a resonator because the 2nd cat muffles some of the sound.
I'd kinda prefer to go with something louder than the Street Exhaust, but if possible, I'd like to buy a resonator to go with it, so for casual driving the noise doesn't drive me nuts, but for when I want that excessive roar, I can take it out and enjoy the extra vroom.

How does the Street Exhaust sound with a Header?


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When driving gently, I can hear it inside the vehicle with the windows up, but just barely. When cruising on the highway @70mph there is more wind noise than exhaust sound, it doesn't drone. You can hear it with the windows down/outside the vehicle just fine, it is louder than stock. To me, any louder would be annoying (I don't want to deal with a droning exhaust on long trips) and I don't want to draw the wrong kind of attention to myself.

I'd take some videos if it weren't so damn cold outside. But ask yourself this: Do you really want an exhaust that screams to law enforcement "Pull me over!"? Do you really want to be one of those guys whose car makes more noise than power?
Yeah, I understand that. That'd be kinda lame to have a car with a ton of bark but little bite. But on the other hand, it would be kinda cool just for the hell of it. But like I said, I'd like to have a loud exhaust with a resonator so I can have the best of both worlds.

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Old 01-17-2012, 03:47 AM   #112
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Why not get the street exhaust for daily driving and have a custom cutout installed that way when ever u want to wake the neighbors up just take off the cutout plate and that way u can have the best of both worlds!
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Whistle Tips dude... Just sayin
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Why not get the street exhaust for daily driving and have a custom cutout installed that way when ever u want to wake the neighbors up just take off the cutout plate and that way u can have the best of both worlds!
Didn't even know that was possible. How much would that cost? Actually sounds pretty good. What would the difference in sound be, on vs off?
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Whistle Tips dude... Just sayin
lol, I remember those. Didn't they try to ban them in Oakland a few years ago?
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I have a whistle tip lol it doesn't sound all that bad. I'll take it out when I get the exhaust modded. Can someone please reiterate all of this in a simpler way? Best exhaust for lowest price with great sound and no ear-drum busting. Thanks!
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I have a whistle tip lol it doesn't sound all that bad. I'll take it out when I get the exhaust modded.
Dude.... NO! If you have a piece of metal welded into the end of your exhaust to make it whistle, ridicule will commence sorry buddy As to your comment about cheap and the best, the old addage applies, you get what you pay for


Darkspork, That they did. I just remember it was even on the news in oakland and I nearly cried I was laughing so hard

Doomsday, cutouts are Y's welded into the exhaust after the header that allow the exhaust to be run through the muffler or basically straight piped for maximum flow/sound. They make them with everything from plates with wingnuts you can remove to a mechanical version where you pull a lever to open it up, they even make electric versions so you can push a button and it's loud as hell. This is very popular with ratrodders, hotrodders, drag racers so they can drive the vehicle on the street without violating noise ordinances (sp?) and still hear themselves think but once they get to the show or strip get max attention/noise and/or potentially max power by making it basically a header only system
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Ahh lol it's just bolted :P Thank you for being so helpful!!
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Ahh lol it's just bolted :P Thank you for being so helpful!!
It's SO hard to get conjecture from the internet is that sarcasm? If not your welcome lol. I had no idea people actually used those things. Sound clip NOW pleeeeeease!
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Oh hahaha no I wasn't using sarcasm but yes it is hard to interpret over internet. I'll do one when I get home later today.
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