• Feb 26, 2010
According the SEMA Action Network, a bill has been introduced in Utah that will "ban the use of aftermarket exhaust systems." The organization is urging people to contact Utah Senators immediately to protest the substitute bill (S.B. 106), introduced by Senator Patricia Jones, for the following reasons:
  • S.B. 106 ignores the fact that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions.
  • S.B. 106 does not supply law enforcement with a clear standard to enforce, allowing them to make subjective judgments on whether or not a modified exhaust system is in violation.
  • S.B. 106 fails to recognize that aftermarket exhaust systems offer increased performance, which can make a vehicle safer by improving its ability to merge, pass, travel uphill, etc.
  • S.B. 106 would make it difficult for hobbyists to replace factory exhaust systems with more durable, better performing options.
We took a closer look at the four-page bill, and didn't find anything overly alarming to our enthusiast-tuned eyes. Aside from the typical bureaucratic jargon, we read the bill as providing definitions about excessive noise standards and a clarification about aftermarket devices. Furthermore, the bill specifically says "...an air pollution control device may be substituted for the manufacturer's original device if the substituted device is at least as effective in the reduction of emissions from the vehicle motor as the air pollution control device furnished by the manufacturer..." So we're failing to see the issue? Posit your own theories and thoughts in the comments below.


[Source: SEMA Action Network]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I live in utah, I do stuff to my car, but I think they reason they were doing this was the people sticking the bazooka style mufflers on anything with 4 wheels. You can hear them back firing everywhere. But, we have to do safety inspections here every year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah, yes...more government involvement. That's just what this country needs. So much for "power to the people", huh? Thank God I live in Texas. I'll take my "redneck/hick" stereotype (though I'm not either one of those) over Utah's...whatever-they-have any day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn Latinos had to go and ruin it for everyone with their stupid fart cans!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Go to an NHRA Nationals event. After that everything on the road sounds like a little kid making car motorcycle sounds. Don't tell me the 5-10 seconds you hear loud exhaust ruined your day. Cuz you may have underlying issues. I agree however to create a moderate decimal limit. It's really simple to test too. There's a road in the middle that we all can live with.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Here's the thing. I live about 400 yards from a semi-major intersection. And vehicles can go by all day and it's no problem even standing outside in my yard. But then these chuckleheads with their loud pipes go by and I can hear them over my stereo system INSIDE MY HOUSE.

        And you say 5-10 seconds? These bikes can be heard for the better part of a mile, so it's more like 30-40 seconds. And then there's the fact that YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY PERSON ON THIS PLANET. Your bike may only be heard at my place for 30-40 seconds but there are other people with these bikes too, and the bikers don't do the courtesy of all going by at the same time!

        There is a reasonable limit we all can live with. It's that every vehicle should be as quiet as it reasonably can be. If your vehicle is that close to unsafe that you have to assault everyone's ears to feel safe on it, then just don't get on it at all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like Senator Patricia Jones lives in her little quiet, upscale neighborhood and now somebody on the block is driving around with a performance exhaust and she's maaaaad!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll bet that civic is so fast!!! lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you want to take the fart cans away, can we also take the exhaust away from Motorcycles? Usually, those are much louder.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Loud pipes save lives. I'm not a rider, but I know many people that do ride and they wouldn't ride without the pipes. I've seen it in cars though. Driving a stock Lotus Exige on the highway is scary because it's quiet and people can't see it. Drive one with an exhaust and it's a HUGE difference.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if that guy's working on modifying his car to look like a batmobile and the exhaust is the first part he started with.
        • 4 Years Ago
        man, when will the american ever learn.

        exhaust like remus ( http://www.remus.at ) and other european brands.
        have a certificate with them.
        witch means it's tested by governmental institutions on pollution, noise and safety.
        safety = the part is well build, doesn't fall off, can't hurt other people.
        HENCE Tüv / CEE approval / homologation
        • 4 Years Ago
        because each part REQUIRES approval on the annual technical inspection.
        custom build parts REQUIRE A REAL ENGINEER licensed and approved for this chassis and automotion stuff, technical drawing, a govermental test @ a special test stations where to also handle imports and a change in the cars docs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        love it when ppl who know nothing about America say we're not a democracy because we ONLY have 2 party's and can only vote democrat and republican. shows how little you know about America doesn't it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        that's why tuning isn't that big here in europe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol @ Naturally

        i mean you go and tell us that your government already tells you what can and can't be installed on your cars, b/c of strict governmental testing and licensing.

        Then you turn around and chastize us, the ones who can generally make decisions to fit anything we want to our vehicles, that we don't live in freedom?

        pot/kettle/black?
      • 4 Years Ago
      You sir are very ignorant. YES they do... Try putting 14k miles a year on your bike and tell me you don't get noticed. I highly doubt your more than some weekend rider if even a rider at all. They do save lives and have saved mine many times. I have watched people many many times almost pull out and hit me and stop becuse they recognized the sound of louder motorcycle where my Suzuki M50 stock exhaust was just a wisper and my brakes got much more emergancy workouts than they should....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Banning all after-market exhaust systems is absurd, especially if the intent is to affect noise pollution levels. There are plenty of systems that have a negligible impact on noise levels, not to mention there are several OEM stock exhausts that are even louder like, say, just about any Ferrari or the C63 AMG.

      That said, there really should be stricter regulation and enforcement of the noise vehicles are generating. There are several people who live in the apartment complex I stay at during the work week who have full-size pickups with exhaust systems so ridiculous that when they drive out of the parking lot the windows literally shake in the frames and I can FEEL the reverberations while I'm lying in bed trying to get some rest before waking up at 5:00 AM to head into the hospital.

      No one should be subjected to that kind of disregard for others' comfort or well-being at the altar of "freedom of expression." If you drove around with a megaphone on top of your car that belted out "Hollaback Girl" everywhere you went at the same volume level as these exhaust systems makes, I promise you'd get pulled over and cited. So why do I have to listen to the menacing rumble of your 4 cylinder VTEC Honda every night when you get home from your shift at Steak 'n' Shake? Any Constitutional scholar will tell you that the protection of your freedoms ends at the point where they begin to infringe on mine. Tough luck, ricers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So you feel you have the right to not hear noise generated by other people?

        What if I wanted to take a nap during the day in the summer and you fired up the lawnmower next door to me. Lawnmowers are loud. Even electric ones are loud. Maybe these "constitutional scholars" you talk about would feel it is "constitutional" to ban lawnmowers because they infringe on people's right hear what they want to hear. Never heard of that one. lol

        I can even buy a pair of ear plugs and mail them to you, if you want!
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL sandNsalt. I hope you're just having fun and not really as dumb as you sound. If your lawnmower is loud enough that it actually is manifesting vibrations in my floorboards and windows, then "yes," it is an infringement on my rights and I could very easily call the police and have you cited for a noise violation. I think you'd be surprised to actually look at the municipal codes of the city you live in. If you aren't from some po-dunk hick town in BFE, my guess is there is already law on the books about excessive noise. It's the same reason why you have to get a festival license before standing out in the street with your Gibson Les Paul cranked to 10 for a rousing rendition of "Free Bird."

        You do NOT have the right to make as much noise as you want, and the law will not side with your argument that the solution is for me to wear earplugs. If you want to make as much noise as you want, you're actually more than free to move to a place where you have no neighbors and your activities can be carried out with complete disregard for others. That IS a right that you have, and I bet everyone who is unfortunate enough to know you would be more than happy for you to exercise those rights.
        • 4 Years Ago
        skablaw: "Banning all after-market exhaust systems is absurd"

        Thankfully the proposed legislation agrees with you.

        sandNsalt: "Lawnmowers are loud."

        This drives me crazy. Not so much my neighbors, but on my own equipment. I don't understand why they can't muffle these things better. I shouldn't have to wear ear plugs when mowing my lawn.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Okay, I'm beginning to think we are on a similar page, now. And yes, like always, I am having fun. Maybe I was overdoing it just a tad. Yes, probably 95% of us have no problem with local towns or cities enforcing ordinances that prevent loud noise that disrupts everyone. Yes, I do live in a peaceful pretty area, but its not out in the middle of nowhere.

        If you had 15 dogs in your yard barking non-stop, anyone who was neighbors with you (including me) would have a problem with that. But if you want to blare your favorite song when you get home from work every once in a while for like 5-10 minutes, most wouldn't be bothered.
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh damn!! i havent seen that picture since like 96 or 97!!! old school
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another case of trying to pass redundant laws. The ONLY problem with aftermarket exhausts is how loud most of them are. There are already laws against excessive noise in most places, as far as I know. Enforce the laws that are in place before trying to pass more laws that have the same outcome/goal. If the old one's aren't enforced, what gives the impression that new ones will?

      I doubt the concern is the nuisance to other drivers either, but to people that are not in vehicles. When I worked an office job before, there were about 4 motorcycle parking spaces right outside the window. The folks that parked their bikes there had no problem starting them up and revving them, sometimes to the point that stuff in the office would shake and vibrate. It even knocked a framed picture off of the wall once. That's when it becomes a nuisance.

      I will, however, differentiate between loud music and loud exhausts. I love my loud music in my car.I live in an apartment building where the only opportunity I get to really rock out is in my car. Yep, it's my own ears I'm harming with exposure to close to 120 dB for hours on end at times. Here's the thing: I can (and do) turn down my music at night and in residential areas. Those people with fart cans and loud pipes don't have a knob on their dash to turn down the noise. Granted, a lot of folks won't be considerate and turn down their music, but the ability is there and some do.
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