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what's your opinion Kev... (archive)

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Posted by Jack Li on December 16, 2000 at 04:19:10:

In Reply to: Re: Opinions On Mufflers wanted posted by kevin on December 14, 2000 at 18:19:30:

How loud is it? Is it a "nice" high-pitched loud or is it a ricey, deep, low loud? Can you feel the vibration from the noise while driving? My friend's muffler is so noisy that you feel like you're sitting on a vibrating chair. It takes away from the "feel" of the road. Not optimal driving conditions in my book.

I'm basically looking for the performance w/o the noise. But I'll take the noise if it's not too bad (or if performance is WAY higher).

Thanks for your input...

I've got a 535i and when I first got it, the stock muffler was blown out, so the sound and performance were essentially the same as running straight pipes (retaining the upstream silencer and cat).

I had it in the shop for some suspension work and they had to replace it because it was falling apart. Supposedly they put on an Ansa muffler, although I'm not too confident this is really the case. I was under the impression that the Ansa's had chrome tips and this one does not.

In any event, I noticed a big drop in low end grunt when I drove away. I'm not sure how it would compare to a functional stock muffler however because I never had one. But I am tempted to go the no muffler route again. As pointed out already, it sounds cool and performs better.

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