Do different exhaust tips make for a different sound?
I currently have the Magnaflow catback with those huge tips and was thinking about changing them. I like the tone of the exhaust though. If I were to replace them with lets say, Borla tips, would the exhaust sound any different because i'm going from a large diameter tip to a dual smaller diameter tip?
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IMHO, if the change was drastic enough, the sound should change. Not that I have any actual engineering knowledge I can apply to this, but imagine blowing across the tops of two bottles, one had a really small opening, one had a really large opening, I would think they would sound differently. Alternatively, I suppose it could happen where the sound would be roughly the same, but with a different quality... yeah, that doesn't make sense, but maybe you'll catch my intention.
I know there was a definate sound difference with straight pipes coming out of my loudmouth and putting the dual outlet tips that come with the exhaust. I slid them on and off a few times before tightening the clamps down on them. I just took them off because the rasp is a lot less noticable, less amplified maybe, with the tips off and just straight pipes.
If I am not mistaken, larger tips can change the tone (almost like a megaphone). And where you point your tips can make a big difference, particularly in how deep the sound is, and how much interior resonance you get. I think pointing them down is supposed to make the sound deeper.
In a quick answer, yes the tips will change the sound. If you keep how the tips exit pathway is it won't change as much. Like, if you just cut off the end of the mangaflow tips to allow room for new tips, then the sound will be a lot less then if you did a complete after the muffler set-up.