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Is It Legal To Drive A Car With A Loud Exhaust System?

In the United States, it’s almost universally true that your car must have a muffler to be street legal. What’s more, every state and most cities/local authorities have rules prohibiting quote “loud” exhaust systems.

As a result, almost every car legally available for sale comes equipped with some sort of street-legal system. However, if you’ve decided to boost your car’s performance with an after-market exhaust system (and if you have, good work!), then you may be concerned that your exhaust system is too loud to be street legal.

Muffler & Exhaust System Sound Laws – No Standards For Maximum Noise

Unfortunately, there is no national law that vehicle owners and exhaust manufacturers can reference to make sure their systems aren’t too loud. Instead, every vehicle owner or exhaust system installer must know their local laws. In some states, such as California, the maximum sound level limit for vehicle exhausts is 95 decibels when measured next to the vehicle.┬áIn Kansas, state muffler laws require vehicle exhaust noise to be less than 90 decibels when measured from 50 feet away. Considering that sound loses power the further it travels, the 50 foot rule in Kansas means exhaust systems can be louder in that state than they can be in California. The state of Texas has no vehicle noise laws, meaning that cars and trucks can be even louder in Texas than they can in Kansas.

Of course, local communities can set their own rules that restrict sound levels even further. In New York City, drivers can be given a ticket if their car’s exhaust system is “plainly audible” from 150 feet away. In Mankato, MN, the maximum allowable exhaust sound limit is 86db, and many cities have adopted quiet rules that prohibit any loud exhaust system from operating between 11pm and 6am. Since there are no universal standards, it’s important that you learn the local laws for yourself.

It’s also important to recognize that the only way to measure sound levels is with a calibrated decibel meter…which is something most police cars don’t come equipped with. If you ever get a ticket for an overly loud exhaust system, you may be able to challenge it in court if the officer who ticketed you didn’t use a calibrated meter.

Standard Exhaust System Laws

While there are no standards for noise levels, there are some standard laws that apply to all cars in all states and localities:

  1. It’s illegal to try and modify your existing muffler to make your car louder. This law is on the books to prevent people from creating an exhaust leak, because exhaust leaks can be very dangerous.
  2. It’s illegal to drive a car that doesn’t have some kind of muffler. Open pipes are illegal anywhere you go.
  3. It’s illegal to remove the catalytic converter. Some people are under the impression that catalytic converters restrict exhaust flow, but they really don’t…especially newer models and/or catalytic converters designed for performance.
  4. It’s illegal to route your exhaust system through your vehicle’s passenger compartment.
  5. Backfires are illegal under any circumstance, and you can be ticketed if your car has a mechanical problem that causes frequent engine backfires.

What To Do If You’re Driving with a Loud Muffler

Since the law may vary from one community to another, and since enforcement of these laws is uneven, the best advice is:

  1. Drive as quietly as you can. Blipping the throttle at a red light is fun, but it’s noisy and likely to attract the attention of law enforcement. Same thing goes for WOT (wide open throttle) acceleration.
  2. Drive quietly late at night or early in the morning. If your car or truck has a loud exhaust system, a good way to avoid a ticket is to take it easy during the hours that most people sleep. Otherwise, you’re going to wake someone up and they’re going to call the cops and complain.
  3. Get with your local muffler shop and find out about swapping out your mufflers for something a little quieter. If that’s not an option, consider adding a removable muffler to the end of your vehicle’s tailpipe(s).

If you are pulled over for having a loud exhaust system, be sure to ask the officer if they had a chance to measure the decibels. If they didn’t use a sound meter, you may be able to ask them how they’re sure your system is too loud…as politely as possible, of course.

Good luck.

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  1. Shane
    May 3 2012

    Any vehicle making a obvious loud noise should be fined & I hope they are for the maximum for noise disturbance. I especially can not stand the sport motorcycles. My experience is that sport motorcyclists are the most aggressive, inconsiderate and noisy drivers. Bad exhaust cars are also this way. I HOPE THEY ALL GET FINED.

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    • Jason
      May 7 2012

      Shane – I appreciate your concerns. However, a street-legal exhaust system should be quiet enough for you to ignore by rolling up your windows and turning on your radio. If you’re hearing a vehicle’s exhaust loud and clear despite these measures, you’re either following someone who’s breaking the law or you live in a place without any noise regs.

      For what it’s worth, straight pipe exhaust systems (or really loud motorcycle exhaust systems) drive me nuts. No excuse for something that loud, especially considering there are no performance benefits to straight pipes over a street-legal exhaust (at least on street vehicles).

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      • cassidy
        Mar 21 2013

        i understand that you believe that straight pipes do not inhance horse power… im not trying to be mean but your just simply wrong, they do inhance horse bower by letting more exhaust flow out of the engine but there are other, quieter ways to get the same ‘boost’ in horse power. thank you for your time.

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        • Jason
          Mar 25 2013

          cassidy – I don’t think you’re being mean, but the fact is that a good muffler correctly paired with the right vehicle doesn’t effect performance in a substantial way…at least as far as street cars are concerned.

          Now if your street car has a performance suspension, racing slicks, a roll cage and a stripped-out interior, no carpet or sound deadening, no extra features that hurt performance like heavy stereos or hp robbing A/C systems, than straight pipes will give your vehicle a performance boost. But if you’re just putting straight pipes on a street car and saying it’s for “performance,” than you’re lying to yourself…getting rid of all the things I mentioned would have more of an effect. A LOT more.

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    • straight manifold
      Dec 14 2012

      dont be hattin shane…IF ITS TO LOUD, YOUR TO OLD!!!

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      • Jason
        Dec 14 2012

        straight manifold – First of all, don’t talk trash to other commentors here. That will get your comments deleted.

        Secondly, please understand that I’m a big performance enthusiast and even *I* think some exhaust systems are too loud. When you have a small child that wakes up whenever they hear a strange, loud noise, you’ll feel the same way.

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        • Em
          Aug 25 2013

          So true Jason! It’s irritating beyond belief when someone with a super obnoxiously loud vehicle revs their engine or even just drives by the house. My baby gets woken up 3+ times a day from it and we live on a dead end street but it’s my rude & inconsiderate neighbor that has a super loud truck. It even wakes me up! So the whole “if it’s too loud you’re too old” thing is total bull… I’m a young mother and my baby and I absolutely HATE it!!! He just revs his engine all the time in his driveway… Hate hate hate hate hate! Anyone know if there is something I can do with the law to get him to stop once and for all?!?

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          • Jason
            Aug 25 2013

            Em – Not sure what you can do really, but I feel your pain. Some communities have code enforcement officers that will ticket loud exhaust systems, so you might try that route. Your HOA might have some rules too (assuming you have an HOA).

    • tony
      Sep 7 2013

      how about those diesel trucks and those harley bikers those are the worst sounds

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  2. blain
    May 8 2012

    loud pipes saves lives all you guys whine too much.

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  3. Brandon
    May 11 2012

    Wa wa wa! Cry me a flippin river. I hope I just happen to drive by with my straight pipe flowmaster 40 series and my aftermarket 1000cc exhaust. Wa wa wa!

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    • juan
      Mar 7 2013

      im with you!
      people cry too much about loud cars, just put straight pipes n sounds like a beast! im not taking them off cause somebody is asleep at least i dont rev it. it shouldnt be loud if your not driving fast in a neighborhood

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  4. mike
    Jun 22 2012

    Ya screw this! I just steraght piped my ram pick up yesturday and already got pulled over for it being too loud! I wasn’t speeding just accelerating from a stop and the prick pulled me over! I only got a warning but now I gotta fix it! That’s bull! Its a loud truck, I’m not hurting anoyone or anything. It shouldn’t be a law. Instead of paying taxes for cops to yell at people for having porformance cars ( whixh is usually a hobby for people anyway!) Maybe the cops should stop thevies and murders! Illinois sucks never move here!

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    • Jason
      Jun 22 2012

      Mike – I understand your frustration, but there are laws on the books about overly loud vehicles in every state in the union. As to why loud cars are illegal, the best reason I can think of is that not everyone wants to hear your exhaust system. Personally, I hate it when a ridiculously load car or motorcylce drives by, as my house backs up to a busy street. If you had a baby you’re trying to put down, only to be woken up by the world’s loudest truck driving by, you would understand.

      As I’ve said numerous times here on the site, straight pipes don’t add power on most engine setups unless you install a few other accessories…so there’s really no point in having them.

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    • katrina
      Nov 9 2012

      Maybe you should learn how to spell!!! After you pay your ticket!!!

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  5. Steven
    Jun 23 2012

    How inconsiderate for you guys to purposely make your cars as loud as possible.

    I hear these loud cars everyday and every night in my neighborhood.

    People have a tough time sleeping or staying asleep because of these cars.

    How would you like your sleep disturbed because of some loud car?

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    • Jason
      Jun 24 2012

      Steven – I’m with you. I’m most definitely a vehicle performance enthusiast, but I don’t think the exhaust system should be so loud that it can wake someone up in the middle of the night. That’s inconsiderate, and it’s also unnecessary…time and again it’s been shown that mufflers can reduce engine noise without effecting power output. Straight pipes or overly loud exhaust systems are unnecessary and deserve to be ticketed.

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  6. Roxanne
    Sep 18 2012

    My boyfriend just put in a straight pipe on his ”04 Mini Cooper and it is loud! He insists that it is so that the engine runs more efficiently and that the car has more horse power. Is that true? And any chance he can get fined? We are in Southern California.

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    • Jason
      Sep 19 2012

      Roxanne – First of all, straight pipes aren’t a good way to boost performance. If your boyfriend installs a good quality performance muffler, he’ll get BETTER performance than a straight pipe, because mufflers provide a small amount of backpressure which help improve low-end torque and throttle response. You can read more about this here: http://www.exhaustvideos.com/faq/exhaust-system-power-curve/

      Second, it’s only a matter of time until the straight pipes earn your boyfriend a ticket for violating noise ordinances. I don’t have to tell you that a) a lot of people in California resent loud exhausts and b) California needs revenue. I’d say that if one of your neighbors hasn’t called the police on him yet, it’s just a matter of time before they do.

      Good luck to you – sometimes men can be hard-headed about these things. Encourage your boyfriend to read the article above. Then encourage him to buy a muffler – chances are, a decent performance muffler (which costs $200 or less) will be less costly than the first vehicle noise violation ticket. :-)

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  7. kaykay
    Sep 20 2012

    hey guys i live in sydney australia i just fined for.my exaughst bien aftermarket can they do that its not even that loud im trying to find a law that states that but im struggling can anyone help?

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    • Jason
      Sep 20 2012

      kaykay – Sorry, on idea about Aussie exhaust system ordinances. I’ll put it on our list of article ideas.

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  8. Ben
    Dec 4 2012

    Some of you are the biggest bawlers ever! The cars are loud deal with it! You shouldnt get fined for it, if you havent realized this some sports cars have a loud stock exhaust system!

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  9. Michael
    Feb 18 2013

    I don’t agree with any of this. MUSCLE CARS are supposed to be LOUD! The only reason they don’t come loud “stock” is because of the strict laws. If there were no law on this matter, trust me… These cars would come stock loud as they should. The whole point of a “Muscle Car” for me is the Power and the Noise! Cops ruin a lot of things in life due to “other peoples problems.”

    That’s why classic muscle cars are bad ass because they have loud motors and lots of power. I think it’s bs that theres a law for noise disturbance. I could see if your purposely revving your engine at a stop light like a jack a**, then yea you deserve a ticket. If your just driving normal, it’s not our fault that we have to head home and it’s night and people are sleeping. We always have to suffer for others satisfaction, I’m sorry but in that way I don’t agree. It’s your life, it’s your car… live it how you want.

    Cops need to worry more about how to get to a murder scene on time or sooner and stoping theft, etc… Cars should be the very least they need to worry about. I HATE COPS. Enough said.

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    • Jason
      Feb 18 2013

      I appreciate your perspective, but loud exhaust systems are just like smoking in restaurants or letting your dog poop in someone else’s lawn. It’s inconsiderate, and moderate regulations on noise don’t effect your vehicle’s performance at all.

      Besides, even if you’re right, you’re wrong. :-)

      The vast majority of the public disagrees with you, which is why you’ll get a ticket. It’s just the way things are – nothing you can do about it, so time to accept it and move on…

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      • Michael
        Feb 18 2013

        Well first off, smoking kills. Loud exhausts don’t. Second, yea I know there’s nothing you can do because the government is bs and we’re all they’re little pets. We lose more and more of our freedom everyday but isn’t that what America is “supposed” to stand for? Like I said, everyone cries and it becomes a law. I personally would put my car in neutral when pulling into my house at night or early morning.

        I know all about consideration and I’m the most considerate but with a muscle car, that’s my happiness. I have to alter my happiness for others…it’s usually old people who complain. This world is going to hell and CA is already there.

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        • Jason
          Feb 19 2013

          Michael – As I answered elsewhere on this post, you might change your post when your 1 year old wakes up in the middle of the night and keeps you up for an hour because someone with a loud exhaust system drove by. It’s not just old people that complain – it’s people with kids, people who work the night shift, etc.

          Just get some exhaust cutouts – you can run on straight pipes at the track all day long, then cover them up when you drive home…or just buy an exhaust system that has a street-legal muffler. What’s the big deal man? We’re just talking about a little consideration…I don’t see how this is a “freedom” or “rights” issue.

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          • isloud
            Jul 13 2013

            Raising an infant is difficult, but there are always going to be people and things that wake up your child. It’s just part of the experience, as annoying as it is. I personally find extremely slow and inconsiderate drivers the most annoying thing on the earth. As a Los Angeles native, I have to deal with an hour and a half commute to and from work each day just because of traffic. I have noticed that there is nothing impeding traffic, just pure stupidity.

            Many people like to put tons of space between themselves and the car in front of them. I understand this logic, we need time to react to changes in the pace of traffic. However, when you are traveling 20 MPH, there is really no need to have 4 car distances between you and the next car. You are going to get cut off by somebody. Heck, even leaving more than one car distance in heavy traffic will usually result in you getting cut off by another driver. I think you should be fined for leaving this much space, because you let all these annoying, lane changing spazzes get to work faster at the cost of my time. I’m driving behind you while you get cut off over and over and let everyone merge in front of you – this is making my commute longer. This makes me want to become one of those lane changing psychos that everyone hates on the freeway. But I don’t, I just sit there and deal with it because it’s just the way things go.

            Point of this giant rant… I have to deal with a$$clowns driving slow, letting tons of people cut in front of them, or driving way below the speed limit through a canyon and not pulling over to let people pass. These people can be as inconsiderate as they like and yet they are never pulled over for this nonsense. In the mean time, I’m pulled over because I am accelerating to pass a slow driver and my straight pipes sound too loud and grab a nearby cop’s attention. Even though that driver was swerving in his lane and randomly hitting his brake – probably drunk – I get the ticket for something that only “bothers” others. It isn’t dangerous and it sure as hell isn’t wasting anyone’s time. I think people just need to deal with it.

            If I put up with your crappy driving, you will put up with my obnoxiously loud exhaust. I drive responsibly and considerately. I am not the type that cuts lines, cuts people off, races, revs my engine, etc. It’s not fair to ask me to take away a simple joy that allows me to tolerate the dumb driving all around me when I’m forced to deal with the 95% of terrible drivers who never seem to be caught for anything other than speeding or expired registration.

      • Seth
        Jan 3 2014

        Jason I want to take my straight piped truck and do donuts in your front yard.

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        • Jason
          Jan 7 2014

          Seth – I want you to do that too. I *hate* my yard (all that grass is thirsty) and I’d love nothing more than to bill you for damages, and then use the money to put in some rock.

          But in all seriousness, I’m sorry my opposition to overly-loud exhaust systems has caused so much angst for you. Perhaps when you’re older and a little wiser – and a parent of a little one who doesn’t sleep very well – you’ll change your tune.

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  10. Michael
    Feb 19 2013

    I don’t have kids personally but I guess I could see your point there. I think X-Pipes are horrible, they give too much of that backfire crackle noise. I just wanted an original 68 mustang sound, so it feels like your driving a classic. The H-Pipe does the trick for that. I’ll probably just get the Borla S-Type catback with O/R H-Pipe and that should be fine. Cali law is mainly about removing the cats. If muscle cars sounded like normal Toyota Camry’s, they not only would ruin their reputation but it would be pointless to buy one.

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    • Jason
      Feb 20 2013

      Michael – I hear you – the ideal is a powerful sounding exhaust that meets the legal sound limit. Most cars with a muffler are OK – it’s the people running straight pipes that are the problem.

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      • Ethan
        Aug 24 2013

        Your a new level of stupid Jason, every comment of yours i have read either states that there is no power gain from a straight pipe or about you whining about your kid, who cares about the kid getting woke up by something they will grow up to hear, and yes, straight pipes add power, my dakota dyno’d at 280 hp with the stock exhaust and when we put duel straight pipes it was at 285.

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        • Jason
          Aug 25 2013

          Ethan – Thank you so much for your measured and insightful comment. I can’t tell you how much respect I have for what you think.

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  11. Michael
    Feb 20 2013

    I completely understand. I don’t race or burnout, I just like a sleek car that sounds like a classic because I can’t afford to have one yet lol. I’m just gonna get the Borla S-Type catback exhaust. It’s perfect for what I’m looking for and legal.

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  12. Poka
    Mar 29 2013

    It’s illegal. Period. If you want to promote loud pipes, then I suggest notifying your local politician/legislator and convince them of the wonderful perks of having a loud pipe. Me? I’d go after the inspection stations. Anyone caught with an illegal mod to their exhaust shouldn’t pass inspection. Anyone caught with an illegal mod after an inspection will be grounds for the business to get fined and/or lose their license. The driver will then be cited ONE time. Any subsequent infraction is grounds for impounding. If the car isn’t picked up after 30 days, then off to the wrecking pound it goes. You wanna race? Then race your arse down to the pound and claim your rice rocket.

    This is all a dream, of course….but dammit…it’s worth trying. I’m sick of the noise. Why should your “hobby” be imposed upon me? I like having a good time too but my “fun” doesn’t harm or create a disturbance for anyone. I’m working with state senators, county officials and the police department on this. I record the stupid activities with my camera and collect license plate numbers. I shoot my BB gun at anyone speeding down my block. Yup. Don’t like it, then don’t come down here. I’m upgrading my gun today. And a couple of boxes of nails. My block is the last place you wanna run your ricer. And I dare you to call the cops.

    If you wanna race, go to a track. It’s good enough for NASCAR, then it’s good enough for your two-bit rice rocket on steroids. Here’s a hint: real racers keep their cars protected–meaning they don’t use the same car to go to the supermarket or McDonald’s. A ricer shouldn’t be an everyday vehicle. If you’re serious about your “craft” then get serious about your equipment. And pipes shouldn’t be heard 100 yards away. Now, you’re acting like a jerk and disrupting everyone else just because mommy and daddy didn’t show you enough attention. So what? Now everyone else gotta suffer? GFOH!

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    • Jason
      Apr 1 2013

      Poka – You had me until you started talking about shooting your BB gun at cars. Not only is that some chicken*hit passive-aggressive behavior, but it’s completely and totally wrong (and potentially dangerous too, as you never know exactly where those BBs will go).

      Here’s the deal. You’re right when you say that we all have a right to enjoy relative peace and quiet. You’re also right that real race cars don’t drive on city streets, and that this whole thing is often about getting attention (although not always – sometimes I think it’s just ignorance).

      The fact is, you strike me as a mature adult. You should be setting a good example for everyone. Set the BB gun down, relax, and educate. Fast cars don’t have to be loud…

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  13. Michael
    Apr 1 2013

    Sorry but I disagree with both of you. As for BB Gun guy… Seek serious anger management man. As far as your “assumptions” that it’s for racing or “other people” to get attention, you couldn’t be more off.

    I don’t want a loud exhaust for attention, disturbance or speed. I like to coast “slow” and hear the car shift gears, I love the noise it makes and it sounds powerful, which is how a mustang should be.

    I’m considerate to others on everything in my life and do for others more than I do for myself. If my car is quiet, then it causes me to speed in order to hear it loud. If it’s loud, then I can go slow and enjoy it. I don’t need to be heard 100 yards away, I just want the naturally stock sounding rumble of a classic muscle car.

    I do the same with my bikes. I put loud exhaust, not only to hear it but to also let people to watch for me on their side. This has nothing to do with racing, just simply pleasure.

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    • Jason
      Apr 1 2013

      Michael – I think the first step is to define loud. In my mind, that means above the legal limit…88-95db, depending on the city and state you live in (only some cities have much lower ordinances, and some have none at all).

      88db is a little quieter than a train whistle at 500′, and 95db is as loud as a jackhammer at 50′. If your vehicle can’t be heard more than 100 yards away, you’re not the guy we’re talking about. :-)

      What’s more, I’m as big a fan of exhaust noise as the next guy. I just resent ear-splitting exhaust noise under the guise of “performance,” when the fact is that you can get great performance with a legally compliant system.

      In other words, I’d say we’re more on the same page than not.

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  14. RevMillertime
    Apr 22 2013

    Your “right” to have loud exhaust does not negate my right to not have to hear it in my own home.

    As for those who claim to have loud exhaust on a motorcycle to be noticed along side a vehicle… fyi, the noise comes out the rear of the bike, and can’t be heard until you are forward of most vehicle’s blind spot. I am a motorcyclist and also spend a lot of time driving a “cage”. I have yet to hear a bike with loud exhaust before I could see it.

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    • Michael
      Apr 22 2013

      Although it comes out the back, I figured it was loud enough to hear in front as well. I had a shorty pipe on my exhaust, straight pipe. As far as exhaust for cars go… The 10 series flowmaster is loud enough for me. I just need that rumble otherwise I wouldn’t have a muscle car.

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  15. Shawn
    May 15 2013

    Noise saves lives, if people don’t see you they can hear you coming

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  16. dane
    Aug 24 2013

    Many people are buying after market mufflers that are not illegal to buy, but illegal to install on a car that will cause a disturbance in the area and not allow other people to enjoy some quiet .

    Some motorcyclists simply take a re bar or some other steel rod and ram it in the muffler to knock out the baffles that are there to control the exhaust noise.

    Depending on the jurisdiction your living in these cretins usually get away with it and you would think they would at least take it easy when it’s late in the evening or early morning to minimize the racket they make but most don’t give a damn figuring they are speeding through the area and no one will catch them so more legislation will be needed to go after them and start banging them with large fines.

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  17. Mary Marchesi
    Nov 8 2013

    Would like to know what is someone is to do when a neighbors exhaust fume are coming into your home?

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    • Jason
      Nov 13 2013

      Close the window! LOL

      I would see if you can convince your neighbor to change the way they park. It’s not hard to back into a parking spot if it makes your neighbor’s life a little better. Good luck.

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  18. Seth
    Jan 8 2014

    In all honesty I probably will always love cars and their sounds, and hope to have a son that will get into it too and I hope he shares my love for loud muscle cars and trucks.

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  19. JACK
    Jan 16 2014

    JASON- I have a 2004 GMC Sierra, and i just took all my exhaust off. My exhaust is coming straight out of my Catalytic Converter. It is probably as loud as a nascar. I love it cause inn from the country in alabama. I also have a son, and my neighbor has a 68 Shelby Cobra and starts it at night. So stop your bitching and get over it!!!!

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    • Jason
      Jan 16 2014

      I’m glad you’ve got a really loud exhaust system that makes you feel like a Nascar driver. I only hope your penchant for impersonating Dale Jr. doesn’t get you a ticket for violating public noise ordinance, LOL.

      But seriously, if you can’t see how an incredibly loud exhaust system could be detrimental to your neighbors, you’re not using your brain. Very loud noise is a form of pollution – no different than cigarette smoke or a very bad smell. If you lived next door to someone who was trying to raise hogs in their backyard, and the smell of hog manure knocked you over every time you went outside, don’t you think you’d complain?

      Or do you think you’d just say “it’s a free country man!” and smell hog shit all the time?

      THINK. It’s what your brain is for.

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  20. JACK
    Jan 16 2014

    First, again cigarette smoke kills people! I’m in the USMC! 0621 field radio operator. So yes man “it’s a free country! I would like to thank everybody who has served in the military!! SIMPER FI!!!!! But anyways, its a noise and your going to complain over a little noise that last 10 seconds for a car or truck to pass by your house? There’s a lot of other things to complain about than that man. If people like their car to sound bad ass to them and a lot of people, than just deal with it!!

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  21. Caleb
    Feb 7 2014

    Louder exhaust systems belong on: Hotrods, drag racing cars, and Muscle cars. I have a neighbor that builds drag cars. I Love the sound. If you have a little sports car don’t make it have a rumble, it’s weird. My mom doesn’t mind it and I grew up it him building the cars next door.

    One thing people should keep in mind is that if you don’t want your neighbors to complain set a time with them of when your going to be reving you car if it is loud and then put it in writing have both of you sign with a witness and then deal with each other.

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  22. Hunter
    Feb 12 2014

    In my opinion if I hear a loud truck I’m gonna stop what I’m doing and see what that awesome sound is coming out of.

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  23. JACK
    Feb 16 2014

    Hunter same here. If I here a loud car or truck I’m going to stop and look up to see what it is. That doesn’t bother me at all. I still can’t get over the fact that this whole argument is over loud exhaust systems. To me it is stupid. For everybody that wants to complain let them. We are still going to do what we love to do and I don’t give a damn if you like it or not. I’m still going to have fun with my exhaust!!!

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  24. Kristen
    Mar 9 2014

    I’m so happy I’m came by this website. I was searching for how loud your truck is allowed to be in the state of Texas… My wonderfully considerate neighbor,who lives across the street and a house over, starts his ridiculously loud engine every day, anywhere inbetween 4:30am-5:30am. The loudest part of his truck is when he starts it. Wakes me and my one year old up EVERY SINGLE TIME. He even does this on the weekends. The thing that makes me the most mad, is that he leaves his engine running anywhere from 15-45 minutes. One day it was for an entire HOUR! How this man afford the gas he burns off, I will never know. I don’t have to be up until nearly 8am on the weekdays and it is not fair that I have to woken up and kept awake while this jerk “warms his engine up”.

    To make matters worse, more than half of the time he will stop his engine and then start it right back up. Sometimes up to 3 times in a row. Today is a Sunday and he woke us up at 7am starting his engine, left it running for about 20 minutes but NEVER LEFT HIS DRIVEWAY!! I’m glad to know in not the only on suffering with this issue. And I’m horrified at all the inconsiderate people commenting. I would never want to disturb my neighbors in this way. Sleep is VERY important for everyone. It’s essential for a good life!!

    Btw, I am NOT old either! I’m only 25. And passing cars don’t even bother me. It’s the fact this jerks engine wakes us up from a dead sleep and then keeps us awake with restarting and leaving his engine running for a ridiculous amount of time. Also, we have “sound soothers” in all of our rooms. The ones that play ocean and rain sounds, to block out noise. We have those turned up to the maximum level and it still sounds as if this guys truck is right outside our windows. SO FRUSTRATING! My husband is going to speak to him tomorrow, if that doesn’t work we will get the police involved. Thanks for this post! Makes me feel better about us sharing our problems and concerns with this guy!

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    • becky
      Apr 4 2014

      I feel your pain same situation here!!!!

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  25. becky
    Apr 4 2014

    I have lived in my home for 21 years and have never had an issue with any neighbors, In dec 2013 a younger couple purchased the house next door. H e has a ford 150 super duty diesel which he has modified from factory parts, and modified the chip. Evey morning at 3;45 am he starts his diesel and let it high idle for about 30 minutes…his truck is 15 feet away from my bedroom, needles to say this has been a HUGE problem for my husband and I…our 8 month ln grandson lives with us as well and his room is right in front of ours, we can even put him to bed in his crib…we have attempted to approach these neighbor several time…and have no positive responses out them. I am at loss for what to do…and for those referring to people as whiners, put your self in another’s shoes for a fe minutes!!! I magine it is you or your children haveing you sleep cycle disrupted Night after Night!!!

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    • JACK
      Apr 6 2014

      Whiners? Be in the marines and have a dI yell at you whenever he fells like you should wake up! Big deal if you want him to stop than do something about it than just “talk to him”. It’s a doggy dog world we live in. “Talk to him/her” one more time and if it continues than take the keys and hide them in hi stark or even put them in the bed of the truck. Do something like that. Best of luck to y’all and I mean that seriously!

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  26. becky
    Apr 4 2014

    I should mention that my husband and I aren’t Old, were 46.

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