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I was originally leaning towards the Stage I exhaust upgrade because I absolutely hated the single tip of the II. Now I hear that the II will actually have a dual tip similar to the I, but a bit more hidden within the tray. That solved my asthetic complaint! :)

However I was a little worried that the 105 DB rating (@ 20 inches) was a bit loud as I live in a residential neighborhood and don't want to pss off the neighbors.

A friend of mine has a 911 C4 with an upgraded TechArt exhaust system that sounds really good. I just picked up a DB meter and checked his exhaust noise and found out that it peaked at 110 DB.

GOOD NEWS, because while it IS loud (when you jump on it) it's not excessively so.

Oh, one last thing if you do upgrade the exhaust it is considered an "add on" therefore you have already paid for the stock one....if you want it just ask for it. This way if you decide that the I or II is too loud, swap it out!

STAGE II, Bring It ON! :clap:

If I get LSS, Touring, Stage II and soft top anyone know how much my car would weigh?
 

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Keep in mind that decibels measure the sound pressure at a given distance, they don't meausure the tone or frequency. In other words the 110db Porsche motor will sound different from the 110db Toyota motor. It may sound better it may sound worse, generally smaller motors sound more wrung-out, higher pitched and irratating IMHO...
 

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Guess that's the thing we'll have to hear it on the Elise to really know. My guess at the lower cams, it wouldn't be bad. On the hot cams... well a whole different matter. :p
 

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as soon as some people get either st I or II installed, we need sound clips!
 

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I agree, but if they say the 105 db is peak then it's only a matter of how the engine sounds. The volume level shouldn't be too shattering, unless the engine sounds like a squeezed pig....which I HOPE it doesn't! (I should bite my tongue for even suggesting it!)

From earlier reports the stock exhaust sounds pretty good which leads me to believe that the upgrades should be a louder fuller tone...Lotus knows better than to throw together a crappy exhaust just to make more $$. Their customers are FAR to savvy to take that one sitting down.

When the higher cams kick in I certainly won't be driving in the neighborhood, tho I am practically drooling at the thought of just driving it!!
 

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YOU guys might actually (I say might) like the factory exhaust the car comes with, absolutely not buzzy and sounds great at high revs.
Just my 2 cents
Chris
 

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Type II tip?

quote: Now I hear that the II will actually have a dual tip similar to the I, but a bit more hidden within the tray.

Type II is more hidden? The photos I saw had larger diameter tips- I would think you'd see MORE of the exhaust (which is fine by me- takes some of the "pea-shooter" effect away). Does anyone have photos of the Type II installed?
 

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Tend to have a go slow approach to mods. Will live with it stock for a year or so before doing changes. Gives the after market a chance to develop there products, get it out there. Which allows me compare and have a better idea of what I'm getting into.

On the stock exhaust, from what I've 'heard' it's got a nice, fairly loud tone as you build up revs but rather quite at idle.
 

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That's the only pic I have ever seen of the new Stage II, and agree that waiting sometimes is a better approach, but I think I'll have a chance to hear the Stage II before mine arrives in October (was July).

If anyone gets the Stage II please please record it and post!
 

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HA HA HA, good one Transio but I am pretty positive that the car can be quiet enough! The 911 rumbles but doesn't make enough noise at low rpms to annoy the neighbors!
 

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Re: Re: Stage II Exhaust!!! Too Loud? Nope, GO FOR IT!

transio said:
i do not live in a residential neighborhood. in fact, i do not live in a neighborhood. there is a house a couple hundred yards away from mine but the next closest house is a half mile away. the only house i can see from mine is about a mile away across the valley. i WILL be on the high cam near my house. every time i drive it!
 

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Hey GMorel1916 would you post those other picts of the Stage II? Are they picts of it installed? From the back looking directly forward?

Gratz!
 

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Get a whistle installed to make the car go 'woooo wooooo' !!
 

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zvezdah1 said:
YOU guys might actually (I say might) like the factory exhaust the car comes with, absolutely not buzzy and sounds great at high revs.
Just my 2 cents
Chris

I have to agree with Chris on this one. After siting in Princeton's demo and firing it up. The stock exhaust doesn't sound too bad at all.

On a side note, my friends in Oz have all told me that the Stage 2 is way too loud for the streets and should really be used for off road track use.

The one major problem I have with the stock exhaust is that it does not look aggressive enough.
Mitch
 

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The exhaust, is all button up. Other then the tips, there's nothing to see. A few years down the line may look into it. More interested in dropping some weight, picking up a bit of hp and maybe a better sound at low revs.
 

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If those in OZ say that then I wonder if the 104 DB is actually the peak DB.

If not, then I can certainly imagine it being too loud. However, I have heard a 110 DB exhaust and definitely DO NOT believe it too loud for the street.
 

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Jasonv44 said:
If those in OZ say that then I wonder if the 104 DB is actually the peak DB.

If not, then I can certainly imagine it being too loud. However, I have heard a 110 DB exhaust and definitely DO NOT believe it too loud for the street.
Jason,

That is what I've heard. I just spoke to my friends in Oz last night. But, what means loud? I guess we'll just all have to hear it for ourselves before we can make that decision.

Mitch
 
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