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while i was on my way to my cousins wedding rehersal, (i was the best man), i was driving along rt.5. i spot a cop running radar. he moves in behind me but i had no worries as i was not speeding. i turn right to head towards suffield and he flips the lights. im thinking wonderful im already late what is this about. he asks if i knew why he pulled me i said i hadnt a clue and he said that my muffler is illegal in the state of CT. he said i cant put something on there just to make noise. i told him that i didnt put it on there for that reason and he just kind of ignored me and took my lic and reg back to his cruiser. he comes back with a warning/inspeciton notice rather that a $150 that he "could have given me". wow what a nice guy :dick:. he told me that you cant use mufflers that done have packing and baffling and whatever else, which mine has, and i asked what the decibel limit was and he said that there is no limit just that you can have something that is louder than what the car comes with originally. so anyway this sucks as it looks like im going to have to buy some oem style setup, have it checked, and then put this one back on. i have the greddy SP which is supposedly 50 state legal(no?). although it carries some volume, its by no means overly loud. also this cop never even got a chance to really hear it. the only chance he had was when i was tossing it a rev to get going while he was behind me but i only got to about 10mph til he stopped me. he just saw the massive tip(certainly not something that i take pride in) that this system comes with and decided to hassle me. pain in my ass. any input anyone? suggestions? thanks guys
oh yeah the offense was PA03-180 Muffler
 

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I hate discrimination to Import Enthusiasts. Y don't they pull over the ricers or 80-90 year old curb-hoppers instead. They prob lead to more accidents anyway. Seems like everytime I get cut off it is an old man in a hat in FAT-ass sunglasses, not some enthusiast.... we care about our cars and try not to get hassled by cops. Yet the cops still get a bad rep in my mind. :mad:

I thought they are supposed to serve and protect, not fine and harrass.
Oh, well just venting. I feel your pain KevinA.
 

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It def. sucks that you got pulled over for that reason. I don't even remember if the law that made aftermarket exhausts illegal went through?? :confused:

I guess you can fight it, see how that goes. As for discriminating against import enthasists, its not just imports. My father is was just pulled over this past weekend in his 73 Stingray for the same thing. Its all about politics in the end i guess :rolleyes:

Best of luck Kevin on getting out of it.
 

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tell him to piss off next time if there is no law on the muffler dessible than he can't pull you over for bull **** he didnt give you a ticket because he obviously couldnt. i was given a warnign ticket in ct by a cop for my exhaust and it was just idling in a parking lot. 2.5" exhaust with a 4" tip apexi n1. so what did i do the second he was leaving the parking lot i let it bounce off rev limit for a couple of seconds ( car soundes like a formula 1 at wot) and he looked and just keept going. i think some time they just have nothing to do with there time but jerk us import guys around.
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if its a greddy you can get a certificate from them stating that it is legal. you should look up the vehicle code you supposedly violated and take his ignorant ass to court. a friend of mine had the same thing happen to him.i looked up the code for him and he went to and explained how the officer had cited him for having an aftermarket muffler when the v.c. he wrote down was about db limit. he then presented the certificate.
 

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yes there is...

House Bill No. 5145

Public Act No. 03-180

AN ACT INCREASING THE FINE FOR INSTALLING OR USING MUFFLER SYSTEMS THAT CAUSE EXCESSIVE NOISE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 14-80 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(a) Each motor vehicle and the devices on such vehicle shall be operated, equipped, constructed and adjusted to prevent unnecessary or unusual noise.

(b) Each motor vehicle operated by an internal combustion engine shall be equipped, except as hereinafter provided, with a muffler or mufflers designed to prevent excessive, unusual or unnecessary exhaust noise. The muffler or mufflers shall be maintained by the owner in good working order and shall be in use whenever the motor vehicle is operated. No person, including a motor vehicle dealer or repairer or a motorcycle dealer, shall install, and no person shall use, on a motor vehicle, a muffler or mufflers lacking interior baffle plates or other effective muffling devices, a gutted muffler, a muffler cutout or a straight exhaust except when the motor vehicle is operated in a race, contest or demonstration of speed or skill as a public exhibition pursuant to subsection (a) of section 14-164a, or any mechanical device which will amplify the noise emitted by the vehicle. No person, including a motor vehicle dealer or repairer or a motorcycle dealer, shall remove all or part of any muffler on a motor vehicle except to repair or replace the muffler or part for the more effective prevention of noise. No person shall use on the exhaust system or tail pipe of a motor vehicle any extension or device which will cause excessive or unusual noise.

(c) The engine of every motor vehicle shall be equipped and adjusted to prevent excessive fumes or exhaust smoke.

(d) All pipes carrying exhaust gases from the motor shall be constructed of, and maintained with, leak-proof metal. Exhaust pipes shall be directed from the muffler or mufflers toward the rear of the vehicle and shall be approximately parallel with the longitudinal axis of the vehicle and approximately parallel to the surface of the roadway, or shall be directed from the muffler upward to a location above the cab or body of the vehicle so that fumes, gases and smoke are directed away from the occupants of the vehicle. Exhaust pipes on a passenger vehicle shall extend to the extreme rear end of the vehicle's body, not including the bumper and its attachments to the body, or shall be attached to the vehicle in such a way that the exhaust pipes direct the exhaust gases to either side of the vehicle ensuring that fresh ambient air is located under the vehicle at all times. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to establish safety standards for passenger vehicles equipped with exhaust pipes located in front of the rear axle.

(e) Every motor vehicle shall, when operated on a highway, be equipped with a horn in good working order and capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions from a distance of not less than two hundred feet, but no horn or other warning device shall emit an unreasonably loud or harsh sound or a whistle.

(f) No vehicle shall be equipped with, nor shall any person use on a vehicle, any siren, whistle or bell as a warning signal device, except as otherwise permitted by this section. Any motor vehicle may be equipped with a theft alarm signal device which is so arranged that it cannot be used by the driver as an ordinary warning signal. Any authorized emergency vehicle may be equipped with a siren, whistle or bell, capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions from a distance of not less than five hundred feet and of a type approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Such signal shall not be used unless the vehicle is operated in response to an emergency call or in the immediate pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law, in which event the driver of the vehicle shall sound the signal when reasonably necessary to warn pedestrians and other drivers of the approach of the vehicle.

(g) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be [deemed to have committed an infraction] fined one hundred fifty dollars for each offense.

Approved June 26, 2003

but the bottom line is that this is based on someones opinion. what exactly is "excessive". its very open ended so im just going to bring it through with the greddy exhaust intact and see what the outcome is. im going to call greddy today and see what they say.
 

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oh oook..i didn't find that one, but good lookin out man. you shouldn't have any problems with that ehaust anyways if you take it to court.
 

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This law has been a very touchy subject among the local cruise scene messageboards. Its unfortunate that automotive enthuasists are now going to be ticked for mods that they do to their cars.. :rolleyes:
 
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