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Old 09-20-2004, 07:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey all,
is there anything I can do to add to the engine to make it sound more strong? as in, not so much 'clicking' like "phtphtphtphtphtphtpht" and make the engine sound stronger, not getting a bunch of clicks and airy bursty sounds.... I dunno if I can describe it any better. My engine is the 1.9L with 104,000 miles on it. Is there any way I can produce a tone out of the engine, or is it just impossible for this 4 cyl car? If I can't do anything to help the engine sound... is there an exhaust system that I could use to help hide the sound of the engine? I have a CAI but I think i'd profit from that alot more if I had a better exhaust or muffler... I don't want it to sound like a honda though... but sound strong. Any help or comments please,

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My advice, keep the exhaust quiet and find one that gives a sporty sound at higher RPM's. Otherwise a loud exhaust will make it sound like a honda. The only loud exhaust I liked on the 318 was the B&B tri-flo, it was loud as hell though. I'm not sure if you'll like that.

Here are some nice ones that gives a nice growl but are quite quiet.

Supersprint, ANSA, Magnaflow (cat back only), Brullen w/ full padding.

The M42/M44 motor doesn't sound great, a stock motor with a cone filter makes it sound like a wheezing donkey. Unless you've got mods to make that motor suck in more air, it'll always sound the same. Maybe swap in some hotter cams.

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