How to Make Your Exhaust Louder

Written by nathaniel miller
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If you are hot-rodder you may be wondering how to make your exhaust louder so that your street rod gets noticed. There are many different methods of making your exhaust louder, however we will discuss three main ways here: taking off your mufflers, installing louder mufflers, and running open headers. Each method produces a different sound and different performance, so experiment with different setups to see what suits you and your car the best.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Sawzall
  • Turbo Hi-flow Mufflers
  • Muffler clamps
  • Socket Wrench
  • Exhaust strapping

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Instructions

    Taking off Mufflers

  1. 1

    Slide under the car and locate the muffler or mufflers along your exhaust.

  2. 2

    Use the Sawzall and cut the exhaust piping directly in front of each muffler.

  3. 3

    Use the exhaust strapping to mount the now shorter exhaust tubing in place.

    Installing louder Mufflers

  1. 1

    Slide under the car and locate the muffler or mufflers along your exhaust.

  2. 2

    Use the Sawzall and cut the exhaust piping directly in front of each muffler.

  3. 3

    Slide the new Turbo Hi-flow muffler in place on the tubing and use a muffler clamp to clamp it in place.

  4. 4

    Secure the new mufflers with the muffler strapping.

    Running open headers

  1. 1

    Slide under the front of the car near the engine and locate the header collector connection where it comes down from the engine.

  2. 2

    Use the socket wrenches to loosen and remove the header collector connection bolts and slide the remainder of the exhaust out from under the car.

  3. 3

    Disconnect any remaining hangers and/or strapping and pull the entire back half of the exhaust from the undercarriage of the car.

Tips and warnings

  • Check local and state inspection laws regarding emissions testing and exhaust decibel levels before undertaking any exhaust modification.

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