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Do Exhaust Tips Change the Sound? (Explained)

Updated: Jan 9

Exhaust tips are the final part of the exhaust system that are visible from the outside of a vehicle. They are often used as a way to add a personal touch or style to a car, but many people wonder if exhaust change the sound of the exhaust.


In this article, we will explore whether exhaust tips change the exhaust sound of your vehicle and how different types of exhaust tips can affect the overall sound.

 

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Do Exhaust Tips Change the Sound?

The short answer is yes, exhaust tips can change the sound of the exhaust. However, it is important to note that the effect on the sound will depend on the size and shape of the exhaust tip.


  • Regular sized exhaust tip: A normal exhaust tip typically will have a small effect on the exhaust sound.

  • Small exhaust tip: A small exhaust tip will produce a raspy sound. This is because the smaller size of the exhaust tip restricts the flow of exhaust gases, causing the sound to become sharper and more high-pitched.

  • Large exhaust tip: A larger exhaust tip will give the engine a stronger, deeper sound. This is because the larger size of the exhaust tip allows for more exhaust gases to be released and expand in the exhaust tip, which can result in a louder and more pronounced sound.


Do Aftermarket Exhaust Tips Change the Sound?

Aftermarket exhaust tips, or exhaust tips that are not the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, can have a larger effect on the sound of the exhaust. This is because aftermarket exhaust tips are often larger and differently shaped than OEM exhaust tips.


Sometimes an exhaust tip can contain sound altering components such as being lined with sound reducing insulation like fibreglass packing or can be baffled to reduce sound.


If an aftermarket exhaust tip is different from the standard exhaust tip it will likely alter the sound in some way. Although the different in exhaust sound and volume is small when changing only the exhaust tip.


Does Removing the Exhaust Tip Change the Sound?

Removing the exhaust tip will change the sound of the exhaust because it removes the final part of the exhaust system that releases the sound.


Without the exhaust tip, the exhaust gases will exit the exhaust system sooner, which can result in a louder and potentially more aggressive sound.


However, if removing the exhaust tip causes the exhaust gases to be released under the vehicle instead of outside of it, the exhaust sound will likely be quieter and it will not sound as good.


However, it is important to note that removing the exhaust tip may also affect the performance of the exhaust system. The exhaust tip serves as a way to direct exhaust gases away from the vehicle and can also help to alter the exhaust noise and tone.


Conclusion

Exhaust tips can change the sound of the exhaust, but the extent of the change will depend on the size and shape of the exhaust tip. Larger exhaust tips can give the engine a stronger, deeper sound, while small exhaust tips can produce a raspy sound.


Removing the exhaust tip can also change the sound of the exhaust, but it also has some disadvantages.

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