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Old 10-02-2013, 09:50 PM   #16
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i think youll get a ticket either way if they give you one. loud muffler or no muffler as i have gotten a ticket for no muffler as well as having an improper muffler so it really doesnt matter. the ticket in the highway traffic act is improper/no muffler
I've been pulled over for noise before but upon seeing that I did in fact have a muffler, he didn't give me a ticket. He did, however, try to ticket me for other things (checked my lights, tires, etc.).

Basically, what I'm trying to say is having NO muffler is 100% a ticket - there is definitely not a muffler, and it's indisputable. Having a louder muffler leaves a possibility that you won't be ticketed. It's worked for me in the past so I'm going to continue with it!
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:46 PM   #17
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correct me if im wrong but i read/heard somewhere that a resonator counts as a muffler
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:41 PM   #18
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After having looked further into headers, I think I might do them instead anyway.

eBay SS replica headers + defouler mod to remove CEL is what I think I may do for now.

Then, if that's not enough noise, perhaps a Rogue IKON would be nice down the road.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:40 AM   #19
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Hahaha

Thanks. I'll look into headers as well!



I think I'll likely be pulled over either way, for the reason that Jay mentioned plus the fact that I'll be driving a relatively attention-grabbing, loud, red BMW.

The difference at that point will be if I get a ticket or not.

I think I'd be a hell of a lot more likely to actually get a ticket without a muffler at all than with a muffler that is loud.
removing your resonator is completely legal which will make it louder for you. You could also get headers and a nice remus exhaust
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:59 PM   #20
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I think my plan is headers and an axleback exhaust (Rogue IKON seems ideal so far).

If that not loud enough (which it should be), I could always remove resonators!
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Old 10-05-2013, 03:40 AM   #21
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You could alway just gut out the stock muffler so it "appears" that you have a muffler.

I hate to say it, but it seems you are pretty much asking toget pulled over. An overly loud exhaust, mufflers or not, will most likely generate a noise pollution ticket. Bottom line, the cop will give you a ticket if he feels like he should, some cops may let you off.

On a side note, I ran straight pipes into a stock muffler (still with its guts) and it sounded great on my old e30 (m20). Nice and quiet until WOT. it sounded like an Indy car at 3500rpms and up IMO.
Current e30 has 24v motor (m52) with straight pipes into a 2 1/2 inch Y pipe straight into a Remus pan, sounds great!! Well sounded great. It's leaking from my flanges, but that's another story.

Good luck!
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:48 AM   #22
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That's probably because you look 5 years too young to be driving

Good luck with your search. Actual advice, the best sound investment on an M54 is headers. Changes it from the moaning flat pitched groan they all do to something actually resembling a free-revving straight six. Just a thought.
This. All E46 non-M exhausts sound like shit. That's precisely why I never did any exhaust mods on my 330. However, eBay headers (SS reps) and an intake was the PERFECT sound on that car. It was not too loud to draw attention/make it all bark with not bite (let's face it, a stock M54 isn't exactly a car you want announcing it's arrival to the world) yet gave the perfect sound when ripping around.

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Old 10-05-2013, 01:45 PM   #23
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This. All E46 non-M exhausts sound like shit. That's precisely why I never did any exhaust mods on my 330. However, eBay headers (SS reps) and an intake was the PERFECT sound on that car. It was not too loud to draw attention/make it all bark with not bite (let's face it, a stock M54 isn't exactly a car you want announcing it's arrival to the world) yet gave the perfect sound when ripping around.

Here's an old clip:

I'm totally sold on the headers. After having watched a lot of videos (including yours which I found while searching on YouTube already), the only ones that actually sounded good to me had headers.

I think I'll start with headers, followed by an intake, and then followed by an axleback if that combination doesn't make enough noise for my tastes.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:19 PM   #24
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Good choice. Headers and intake was perfect IMO on my M54. An axle back would've made it quite louder.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:45 PM   #25
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Good choice. Headers and intake was perfect IMO on my M54. An axle back would've made it quite louder.
It was you guys who convinced me. Otherwise, I would have probably bought a Rogue DMS or IKON by now and called it a day.

I'll try out just intake and headers for a while and see how I like it. I can always buy a relatively subtle axleback later on.

Oh, and your sig looks fantastic, by the way!
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