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Old 04-19-2014, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default Moving to Boston - what's allowed with exhaust laws?

I am eventually moving to the Boston area in the next 6 months from VA, and at the same time, I have been researching exhausts for my 13WRX DGM Hatch and I'm leaning towards a Nameless Axleback with Mufflers.

What is the deal with exhaust laws in Mass? Are they allowed or not? I'm a smart driver not revving about in cities and I do a fair amount of cruising on highways so I can keep relatively quiet.

I'm essentially asking if its a GO or NO GO on the exhaust
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:14 PM   #2
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You're fine as long as your not catless.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:43 PM   #3
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Technically, you cannot alter any OEM exhaust component, especially if it increases the volume of the exhaust.

That said, I've never been pulled over or been hassled for the volume of my exhaust, even at inspection. They are looking to make sure your emissions system is 100% intact and functional.
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Old 04-19-2014, 12:45 PM   #4
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:32 PM   #5
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Stay with the stock catbacks to avoid attracting excessive attention, but you can play with the DP and everything upstream of that, and as long as you get tuned, or tune out the CEL's and the DP is catted, you shouldn't have trouble.
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Old 04-19-2014, 03:27 PM   #6
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You're fine with most catbacks, don't go catless and don't gun it near the police.
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:07 PM   #7
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Keep your stock one so that when you are pulled over and get a fix-it ticket, you can fix it at no cost.
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Old 04-19-2014, 07:46 PM   #8
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Just get it, as long as you don't floor it by cops you won't have a problem at all, and depends on where you get it inspected. I've had people tell me no cuz it's to loud (3" catless turbo back) and I've had other places slap a sticker on it and send me on my way for another year.
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Old 04-19-2014, 09:06 PM   #9
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Exhaust is hit or miss, now tints that's another story. The're becoming VERY strict with that. I just got an inspection sticker yesterday on one of my Subies. The laws have changed with the tint so be careful. No darker than 35%.
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Old 04-19-2014, 09:55 PM   #10
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Exhaust is hit or miss, now tints that's another story. The're becoming VERY strict with that. I just got an inspection sticker yesterday on one of my Subies. The laws have changed with the tint so be careful. No darker than 35%.
When did the tint laws change? I've never had anyone question mine, definitely much darker than 35%.
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:01 AM   #11
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Crazy right! I went to two different ones and they both said the same thing. Couple years now.
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:39 AM   #12
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Don't act dumb around cops and you should be able to get away with anything.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:53 AM   #13
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Exhaust is hit or miss, now tints that's another story. The're becoming VERY strict with that. I just got an inspection sticker yesterday on one of my Subies. The laws have changed with the Tint so be careful. No darker than 35%.
True on the exhaust part, as you see don't rev your engine like your are 15 when the Police is next to you and you should be fine.As for the Window Tint 35% all around. keep it legal to avoid the extra eye attention and you should be fine.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:08 AM   #14
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When did the tint laws change? I've never had anyone question mine, definitely much darker than 35%.
they didn't. It's been 35% for many years - you've been lucky.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:12 AM   #15
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they didn't. It's been 35% for many years - you've been lucky.
I was driving around yesterday and saw a speed limit sign that said 65. When did they change that!!?? I've been driving much faster than that for years and never even pulled over.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:18 AM   #16
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In my experience the local cops don't care about exhausts within reason. However, the MA State Police might pull you over if it's ridiculous. As someone posted earlier the inspection process can be hit or miss.
As far as tints go, I wouldn't even do it anymore. To much hassle. Most cars already have factory tinted glass to some extent. Therefore, when you put tinted film on top it doesn't pass the test. That coupled with the amount of crime in this state, (depending on where you live) you really help the cops by not bothering to tint. With tint and exhaust you are just asking for it.
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:23 PM   #17
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I was driving around yesterday and saw a speed limit sign that said 65. When did they change that!!?? I've been driving much faster than that for years and never even pulled over.
As usual you add nothing to a conversation. The tint laws haven't changed.
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Old 04-21-2014, 03:50 PM   #18
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I got pulled over recently with p&l cat back. It was for speeding. He didn't mention my exhaust but he did say his car shook when I passed.by "shrug". So indirectly it might cause problems. I wasn't going as fast as he though I was but it got his attention.

Just need to be careful because everyone within a block/2 blocks will know when you are accelerating or spirited driving.
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:02 PM   #19
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I've owned two wrxs one with just a cat-back and my current wagon with a turbo back and I'm never bothered. Just don't drive like an idiot or put it in a low gear with a high engine load and you'll be fine.

But with tint laws anything less than 35% good luck passing inspection.
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:51 AM   #20
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As usual you add nothing to a conversation. The tint laws haven't changed.
That was my point. Nothing's changed. It's been 35% for a long time. Just because you (royal you) haven't been caught doesn't mean things haven't changed.

Ditto the exhaust laws. Modifying the exhaust in ANY WAY is illegal. Most cops just don't care that much so long as you're not dumb about it.

Sorry my sense of humor went over your head on that one. Happens to me a lot.
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:39 PM   #21
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I've never had a cop mention my exhaust or tint.

I have a cattless UP, Invidia catted DP, and a Cobb CBE. It's a pretty tame setup, but worlds away from stock. It looks like a factory option exhaust, and very clean, which I think certainly helps.

I've been pulled over 4 or 5 times for unrelated stuff with my 35% tint, (on top of whatever exists from the factory,) and this exhaust setup.
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As usual you add nothing to a conversation.
Relates to every post he makes.
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:56 PM   #23
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That was my point. Nothing's changed. It's been 35% for a long time. Just because you (royal you) haven't been caught doesn't mean things haven't changed.

Ditto the exhaust laws. Modifying the exhaust in ANY WAY is illegal. Most cops just don't care that much so long as you're not dumb about it.

Sorry my sense of humor went over your head on that one. Happens to me a lot.
I got a chuckle out of it.

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Old 04-22-2014, 04:29 PM   #24
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That was my point. Nothing's changed. It's been 35% for a long time. Just because you (royal you) haven't been caught doesn't mean things haven't changed.
Good grief, I didn't suggest they changed, someone else did and I was looking for clarification. They haven't changed, it's been 35% for ages. My second comment was to offer a counterpoint: while the law is 35% I have had numerous cars for many years with darker tint that both get inspected and drive past law enforcement without hassles. Just like louder exhausts YMMV, but IME if you don't act like an ass clown you'll probably be fine.
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:31 PM   #25
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Any aftermarket part or modification of exhaust is illegal by law. Cops are hit or miss -- You may get pulled over, but most will leave you alone unless you have a giant muffler or are driving like a dick.

Inspection stations are being very strict about exhaust because the state has been coming down on a lot of places so make sure you have a stock exhaust handy come inspection time.

Tint has always been 35%, and again, you'll have more issues with inspection than the police.
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