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BRRRAAAAP! It's music to the ears of a subset of car nuts. Noisy exhaust setups are hardly a new phenomenon, but the fashion for mufflers that intentionally buzz as much as possible is a more recent development in the pantheon of annoying things others do. Exasperation with the muffler rap has led a New Zealand vigilante to start terrorizing cars equipped with what he or she describes as "boy-racer exhausts" in a written manifesto sent to the Marlborough Express.

Using the handle "Phantom Expander," the self-righteous vandal has taken to filling the tailpipes of offending cars with self-expanding foam. So far, the four-hour set time of the foam has been the saving grace for the Phantom's victims, most of whom have been able to clear the exhausts before the intended plug has dried. Vehicles with fully clogged exhausts will not start, and repairs could get expensive if other components are damaged.

For now, the foam bandit roams free, but it's only a matter of time before someone gets caught with a can of "Great Stuff" in their hand. Will it be the constabulary or a car owner that catches them? For the foamer's sake, it might be best to get nabbed by the police so that they can keep all of their teeth.

[Source: Stuff.co.nz]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      What seperates a "boy racer" from a tuner who has built a clean Civic that smokes 95% of the cars on the road? While altezzas are a clear signal that a car isn't a real tuner, I don't think the average joe or jill can tell the difference b/w a Tanabe (good) or APC (absolute piece of crap) muffler when a car is parked. While the F&F franchise has lead to an influx of ricer cars out there, its still way to many quality tuned cars out there whose exhaust actually serve a purpose and don't sound like a leaf blower with a pebble stuck in it. While a ricer may freak out about their $200 exhaust being ruined, I'd take a torque wrench to that girl's face if she ruined my $700 exhaust.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What makes you think it's a girl? The picture was snapped for the article. No one knows the true identity.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok, there's a part of me thats glad someone is doing this, because I HATE these mosquito exhausts on civics. But it is unnecessary because people have a right to do that to their cars. It's like communism to tell them not to put big mufflers on a car.
      But why would they want to do that?
      Everyone knows you have a little 4-banger in that civic... so there's no use in trying to make it sound like a V8... it makes no rational sense and it's obnoxious, but what the vandal is doing is just not right.
        • 6 Years Ago

        I participate in track days and wheel to wheel races, the funniest/most annoying thing on earth is to hear the buzz of a group of Civics/Miatas/RX7s buzzing by literally stinging your ears, then looking up and seeing them going agonizingly slow.

        Next group comes up and is a bunch of V8 Mustangs/Vettes/Camaros hauling ass while making half the noise.

        • 6 Years Ago
        If you think Civics (or any other car brand) with these exhausts are thinking they sound like V8s.... GEEZ!!! I can't even finish typing my response (I'm laughing too damn hard!!!)

        Go to a Touring Car race (SCCA/ SWC, Grand Am, NART, etc) & listen to most of those cars... this is one of the inspirations. The greatest exhaust/ muffler companies are never going to make a 4-banger sound like a V8!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a major Honda enthusiast but I despise fartcan mufflers as much as anyone out there. With that being said, this vigilantism better stop before someone gets hurt.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Hero or Villain?"

      I am surprised you even had to ask that question.

      It is straight up vandalism, and vandalism is illegal/immoral (most of the time) ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      My hero!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Gee LS2/7 your community doesn't have police patrolling street in CARS? Don't have squad cars sitting on streets doing speed enforcement?? It raises $$$ for the city & pays for the cops.

        You live in an area where the cops are on bicycles... gotten rid of the cars? I used to live in Detroit... big urban cities DO have other problems... but if you live in Detroit , Chicago, or Los Angeles... you indeed have bigger issues than a fart can. (YOU & the police)
        • 6 Years Ago
        AZZO: I don't know where you live, but in my area, cops have more crimes to deal with than they have manpower and so they don't have time to sit and wait for ricers. Besides, ricers aren't idiots and they do have cell phones. If the cops are there, they will move a few blocks over.
        • 6 Years Ago
        File a police report dummy. (1) A noise complaint: At the very least the cops will park a cruiser in the area (get one of 'em). If its a constant time the police have an easier job. They don't have to be Columbo (2) Accident Report: Need one for your insurance anyway. Investigation might get the cops to canvas the neighborhood for the source of the problems (so you don't get a repeat).

        Your logic makes no sense... I went to a baseball game, & got hit by a foul ball. The batter was Dominican,wore white & played for St. Louis. Now I HATE baseball, everyone from the Dominican Republic, anything from St. Louis, & I won't wear white at any sporting event.

        I'm obviously JOKING... but your hate of all "tuners" is just as funny.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I can hardly wait until someone has issue with your ride...

        Your hero? Hope your car is keyed & is hit by multiple shopping carts on a bi-weekly basis.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey dummy, been there done that, even given them plates. Hell one night one of these idiots blew a tire doing a burnout. Police had plenty of time to do something, but never did. The police don't do sh*t. The only time they came was wing the Integra ran into several cars (including mine) one night and the person driving bailed and ran.

        MAYBE if the police actually did something about it the people wouldn't be tempted to take matters into their own hands.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The people who are boy racers
      couldn't even punch the foamer.

      They compensate for what they can't do
      with peacock feathers on their cars
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if a proctologist would be able to retrieve the can of spray foam if the person gets caught by an owner and not the police.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Although it is annoying to hear the occasional weed-wacker exhaust combined with the four-pot of a Civic, filling exhausts with expanding foam is just obnoxious and immature. I can't wait until a car owner finds the person doing that to their car and kicks their ass.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I reckon some expanding foam in his exhaust pipe would fix him up.

        Anyone done any research on the effect of expanding foam on the human bowel?
        • 6 Years Ago

        I don't care how annoying something is, you should never cause damage to someones property. I really dislike the fart can exhausts, but I hope they catch this prick and shove some expanding foam down his windpipe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      JHT, I hope your comment was aimed at me.

      You mention "respect" and "maturity" in defense of some attention whoring halfwit with a loud exhaust? What part of both words don't you understand?

      "He" with the loud exhaust has absolutely no respect for the people around him, if he did, he wouldn't subject them to the noise; you know, act maturely...give a damn about anyone other than himself.

      This is a matter of simple decency and consideration - until he gives a damn about my (your, our) right to simple peace & quiet, I'm not going to give a moment's consideration to his diminishing pocketbook.

      You want to force your noise on me? I'll force quiet on you. An eye for an eye, baby.

      My favorite part of this story: How can it *not* catch on?

      It works on every level - silences the car AND hits the self-important jackass in the wallet.

      Damn his property. Let him walk. Maybe he'll catch on - if not, silence is available for $3.99 at Walmart.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Be a man & not the PUNK you think the neighbor is.

        Have the balls to walk up to him, calmly address your issues & see if you can compromise. He doesn't have to explain to you WHY he has modified his car, but talking to him calmly might get him to change his habits (be less annoying around you or his own neighborhood).

        Being gutless & anonymously vandalizing his ride doesn't teach him anything.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ....and I ain't fallin for no banana in my tailpipe!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Beverly Hills Cop (first one) :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think they should do that to all of the stupid Hondas, Toyotas, etc that have a comically small engine (ie...less than 8 cylinders), and have an exhaust system that would be too big on a semi.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just curious, whats so comical about 4 or 6 cylinder engines? I drive a small inline 4 by choice, and find nothing comical about it.

        Are they not 'manly' enough?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Harleys, Bubba trucks, ricers, glasspak muscle cars. They are all annoying but not much you can do about it. In my state there are sound laws. your not suppose to be able to hear exhaust from 300 feet. Go down the local harley dealer and the off duty officers are running their open pipe harleys. So much for any chance of quiet
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