I've been wanting to upgrade my exhaust looks and sound for awhile now and I think I've settled on;
Axleback, Quad Tip
Now I'm not looking to sound like a Harley, but I do want something a bit more than stock. After listening to a dozen different exhausts, I've found the Perrin sounds very reasonable, a nice upgraded rumble at idle, not ridiculously loud under 3k RPMs, but nastier if wanted above that. And the 3.5" slant cuts should look so much better.
I've never made any such mod to a car before, so after some research, I have some assertions and questions that maybe an experienced one can verify/answer;
- A CBE does not add any extra power, so would there be a reason to get a CBE when I can just get an axel back and have everything I am looking for - upgraded sound and rear aesthetics?
- With 3.5" tips, is there a concern about heat and melting the bottom of the bumper or not? I read that with 4", you should install a heat shield, but is there any concern for 3.5" tips?
- The installation guide says to check local laws because these are sold for off-road and racing purposes only. Is this just a generic statement or am I really going to get pulled over with a better looking, slightly louder exhaust?
- My local laws limit vehicle noise to no more than 90db over 35mph and less than 86db under 35mph. I can't find any noise measurement specs for Perrin. Is this something you think would be posted somewhere, or something I should just not worry about, unless I was going with a TurboXS CBE or something else notoriously loud...?
- An axel back (or CBE for that matter) does NOT change emissions whatsoever, so I'd have no reason to worry about state inspections or anything.
- I plan on doing the install myself as it doesn't really sound all that difficult, is there anything I need to be careful about here?
Hope I don't sound like an idiot, I have a feeling this is a non-issue for people who are really into cars, but I have to admit I'm a bit nervous about making the change.