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October 22, 2017, 1:54pm Report to Moderator

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hi Guys

have just purchased a lovely 71 convertible. However the sport exhaust that is fitted is SO noisy it is driving me nuts !!  Its a twin pipe system with an additional in line silencer in the main system before the split

Love the look of it but need to quiten things down a bit !

any suggestions??

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October 22, 2017, 2:47pm Report to Moderator

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'71 convertible what?  Vitesse or Herald?


Herald 1200 Saloon, owned (in the family) from new, Royal Blue/Black trim
[color=purple]MX-5 Z-Sport (Tweaked to 200bhp)2007,
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October 22, 2017, 5:55pm Report to Moderator

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Assuming you have a 13/60:

A herald convertible is noisy enough at speed as standard - with the hood up, it's like sitting inside a snare drum at 60 -  so I can appreciate that a noisy exhaust is a terrible idea for an 'upgrade'.

Standard single-pipe systems are still freely available and not particularly costly, and I expect someone would buy your current system from you if you eBay-ed it. Rimmers sell a mild steel standard kit for £80 which is what my 13/60 has, fitted by the last owner. The sound at low speeds is the typical 70's 4-cylinder rasp from times gone by - a friendly kind of note  but still with more character and decibels than a modern car. At speed it's not quiet by any means but I don't find it gives me a headache or makes me angry / tired even over a long drive.

Rimmers (and the other big sellers) also have a stainless version for £150 but I have no idea about the acoustics - I assume it would be markedly quieter than your 'sport' system but sometimes the stainless ones do seem to start quiet and get noisier with age, at least I have found that with other cars. I won't be going down that route myself for as long as mild steel systems are still available for Heralds as I prefer the original sound-track (and smiling looks rather than cross ones from pedestrians).
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October 22, 2017, 6:04pm Report to Moderator

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My 13/60  convirtible has the standard mild steel system which my neibough says makes it stand out from other cars in the village. I think he likes the sound. When driving, with hood down, I don't find it loud. With the hood up it's other sounds that bother me  

Ruby : 1968 13/60 convertible
"I'm not rich enough to buy cheap"

"If it isn't broken don't fix it" - where's the fun in that?
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October 22, 2017, 7:11pm Report to Moderator

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sorry guys should have added Vitesse !
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The twin pipe "wheel barrow" systems are made by various suppliers and some are noisier than others.  If yours is unbearable even with the centre box then it'll be one of the noisier ones.

Way forward depends what you want to end up with, whether your Vitesse is a Mk1 or Mk2 and whether it has a tubular manifold fitted.

Standard pattern systems are available from various places. There are also "semi-sport" options from some places.  I have a "sports" back box from Canley Classics on mine (Mk2 for exhaust purposes)


Nick Jones
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