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    New NY exhaust law

    Hey all, I hate even bring up this topic but with this new exhaust noise law where is the stock db at for the viper and has anyone heard anything about how they’ll handle inspections. To me it seems a stock viper would be over the DB levels. Thoughts?

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    Interesting question.... The problem is the law as it's been updated doesn't specify how the measurement will be done, and that makes ALL the difference.

    Distance is the biggest question. The law specifies that all Police Vehicles will be fitted with sound level meters. So they're not taking a handheld SPL meter and putting it next to the tailpipe.

    Every time the distance doubles, the SPL goes down by 6db. So if your exhaust idles at 70 db standing 5 feet away (illegal I guess...) it would be 64db at 10 feet away (legal).

    If you're blowing by a cop at wide open throttle, the Viper can easily read 100db at 12 feet away... but if you're blowing by a cop at WOT in the next lane, you probably have a larger ticket coming anyway haha.

    The reality here is that the law seems to be written to target kids with NissanZ cars and old M3 Bimers built for street racing, 2-stepping in parking lots near residential neighborhoods, etc. The text of the law even covers something about hand brake modifications (amateur drifting crackdown?).

    I would expect enforcement on this to not really apply to Viper owners too strictly. I can offer this personal example. I have never permanently installed a front plate on my Vipers. At the start, I would 'wear' the clip-on plate when going into the city, etc., but really haven't had it on the car in the last 50k miles. I've never had a ticket for that. In 2014, I bought a Ford Focus ST for a daily and didn't put a front plate on it. 4 months into ownership I got my first ticket. 2 years in I got another one (gave up and added the plate at that point). I think the Viper gets a nod of respect and 'look the other way' as long as you're not being a complete A-hole.

    The law doesn't specify that the NYS inspection needs to check for sound level, just the police. So inspection not likely to change. Because our mufflers are totally wrapped up in the body panels, they can't inspect those anyway.


    Here's the text of the new amended part for reference:

    11077

    I N A S S E M B L Y

    October 7, 2020
    ___________

    Introduced by COMMITTEE ON RULES -- (at request of M. of A. Magnarelli)
    -- read once and referred to the Committee on Transportation

    AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to certain
    equipment violations and fines; and to amend the executive law, in
    relation to requiring police vehicles to be equipped with a decibel
    reader

    THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
    BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    Section 1. Subdivisions 31 and 32 of section 375 of the vehicle and
    traffic law, subdivision 31 as amended by chapter 337 of the laws of
    1971, and subdivision 32 as amended by section 14 of part C of chapter
    62 of the laws of 2003, are amended to read as follows:
    31. Mufflers and exhaust systems. Prevention of noise. Every motor
    vehicle, operated or driven upon the highways of the state, shall at all
    times be equipped with an adequate muffler and exhaust system in
    constant operation and properly maintained to prevent any [excessive or
    unusual] noise OVER NINETY-FIVE DECIBELS FOR MOTORCYCLES AND OVER SIXTY
    DECIBELS FOR OTHER MOTOR VEHICLES, and no such muffler or exhaust system
    shall be equipped with a cut-out, bypass, or similar device. No person
    shall modify the muffler or exhaust system of a motor vehicle in a
    manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the motor or
    exhaust system of such vehicle above that emitted by the muffler or
    exhaust system originally installed on the vehicle and such original
    muffler and exhaust system shall comply with all the requirements of
    this section.
    A muffler is a device consisting of a series of chambers or baffle
    plates, or other mechanical design for the purpose of receiving exhaust
    gas from an internal combustion engine, and effective in reducing noise.
    An exhaust system is a series of mechanical devices for the purpose of
    receiving exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine and expelling
    it into the atmosphere.
    32. The violation of any of the provisions of this section with
    respect to adequate brakes except those relating to emergency or hand
    brakes shall constitute a misdemeanor and the violation of any of the

    EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
    [ ] is old law to be omitted.
    LBD17316-04-0

    A. 11077 2

    other provisions of this section, including those relating to emergency
    or hand brakes, shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding one [hundred
    fifty] THOUSAND dollars or by imprisonment for not exceeding thirty
    days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, except as herein otherwise
    provided.
    § 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 837-w to
    read as follows:
    § 837-W. DECIBELS READERS. EVERY POLICE DEPARTMENT IN THIS STATE SHALL
    PROVIDE THAT ALL POLICE VEHICLES ARE EQUIPPED WITH A DECIBEL READER. AS
    USED IN THIS SECTION, THE TERM "POLICE DEPARTMENT" MEANS ANY POLICE
    DEPARTMENT OR SHERIFF'S OFFICE OF THIS STATE OR ANY OF ITS POLITICAL
    SUBDIVISIONS.
    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.




    https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/A11077
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