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Old 11-16-2012, 11:27 PM   #1
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Exhaust note

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I want this exact set up! Description says it's straight pipes, but I know it's more than that! Schiedmann headers maybe?
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:36 PM   #2
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Sounds raspy to me.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:41 PM   #3
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There is a honda behind the camera.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:12 AM   #4
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As someone with header-back straight pipes - those aren't straight pipes. Too high-pitched.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:49 AM   #5
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Honda?!? No way! And raspy where?
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:49 AM   #6
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What do you think it is?
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:52 AM   #7
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Another clip of it on the road.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:55 AM   #8
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It actually sort of does sound like an S2000... I'm not digging it, but I'm also a huge fan of the stock exhaust note on my ZHP which is apparently just a normal 330's exhaust with the flap removed.

And now that you posted another video... my God that'd get annoying on the highway! You actually want that? My DASC 318 had an exhaust setup like that and I HATED it.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:57 AM   #9
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I agree with you, the golf tee mod sounds really good on say a cold start, but as soon as the engine warms up it's so quiet..blah. I just found out he has a supercharger lol. I want a deep exhaust note, not so raspy. What do you guys recommend ? And sound clips please..
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:00 AM   #10
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Too quiet? It should be quiet until you rev it hard, which is what it is. Above 3500rpm I think the 330 sounds fantastic! In fact my girlfriend got really nervous when I drove hard getting on the highway once, not because we were going super fast but because she said it sounded "angry" lol.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:02 AM   #11
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:03 AM   #12
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I floored it while I was going through a tunnel and I could barely hear it, lol. I need more grunt.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:04 AM   #13
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^Roll your windows down...
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:07 AM   #14
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All four were down, 1am in the morning and just me on the road (shrugs).

How about this ?

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Old 11-17-2012, 02:01 AM   #15
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From experience.

Before I bought and Installed catless headers my car was straight piped. It sounded amazing. Seriously it wasn't THAT loud or raspy. Really deep sound. But still too loud, so I had 1 set of resos (magnaflow glass packs) installed in the mid section of the exhaust. This sound was perfect for me, alot quiter but still deep and louder than stock.


Then I installed the headers and I was embarrassed when I drove it. I absolutely hated it, I couldn't even get up to speed without sounding like a fvcking racecar.

I how have headers, 2 sets of resos, and a muffler. Sound is really deep, not too loud or raspy either, but the rasp is still there. Ill see if I can get a video one day next week.

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My Car from two of my cameras. straight pipes from the cats back, stock headers, stock cats.




plus a random iphone video of when i got the resonater deleted. already had the muffler deleted but heard good things about taking the res off so i said ohh well lets do it... like it alot better and not as crazy loud as the videos make it seem. unless i floor it or am in 3.5k+rpms..... dont judge me for this retarded video lol i was a tad bit excited that night....
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Trying to show off for the ladies? Haha jk man.

That is what mine sounded like before I got headers but deeper because 330

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Old 11-17-2012, 07:50 AM   #18
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:11 PM   #19
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SK8URDEAD, it seriously just sounds like you have an exhaust leak to me...

OP, if you really want to improve your sound then invest in a high quality catback exhaust or a different muffler. Generally if you go cheap, it will sound cheap.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:17 PM   #20
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From experience.

Before I bought and Installed catless headers my car was straight piped. It sounded amazing. Seriously it wasn't THAT loud or raspy. Really deep sound. But still too loud, so I had 1 set of resos (magnaflow glass packs) installed in the mid section of the exhaust. This sound was perfect for me, alot quiter but still deep and louder than stock.


Then I installed the headers and I was embarrassed when I drove it. I absolutely hated it, I couldn't even get up to speed without sounding like a fvcking racecar.

I how have headers, 2 sets of resos, and a muffler. Sound is really deep, not too loud or raspy either, but the rasp is still there. Ill see if I can get a video one day next week.
So your advice is straight pipes along with the resonators? Any cels after straight pipes ? I'm sure it'll smell like gas, but if it sounds really nice I might do it. I used to have a 94 civic with a "childish" frankstein head swap that was not correctly done by the po, but it still had some grunt. It had headers, a high flow cat, tru-flow sri with cone filter, short shifter, and a skunk 2 intake mani. Call me a *****, but I really enjoyed the grunt between 4-7.5k. Aside from the vtec solenoid and ecu not coexisting properly, I still had fun. Before that I had a 67 coupe mustang with a 289ci motor, 2 barrel Holley, c3 transmission "outdated/crappy", edelbrock headers, and 2 1/4 flowmaster mufflers. Not much but as you can see but, I like loud exhaust set ups. But just like you guys, without the cabin noise/drone. Clips of your set up are appreciated!
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