How to Make a Moped Muffler Loud

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Mopeds can be great vehicles for getting around town. These machines usually average upwards of 100 miles-to-the-gallon. Although the are notoriously considered to be "geeky," with a few upgrades, you can change their image. For about $30, you can make your moped sound just as tough and loud as the Ford F-150 truck parked next to you at the stop light. You won't even need to purchase an expensive aftermarket muffler. You simply need a few household tools to get you started.

Things You'll Need

  • Moped
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Gloves
  • Take the original muffler off your moped by unscrewing the multiple screws holding it in place. Once these screws are off, the muffler "can" should pop right off the moped.

  • Take the muffler "can" and pull out all of the insulation located inside it. This sound-reducing material is what keeps the moped engine quiet, and without it, the muffler will be quite loud. Wear gloves when pulling it out of the muffler--it tends to be quite itchy on human skin.

  • Drill three holes into the muffler can: two holes on the sides of the muffler, and one on top of it. Get the biggest drill bit you own when doing this task--the bigger the drill bit, the louder the engine will sound.

  • Replace the muffler by reattaching its holding screws, and start your moped again. You will notice quite a difference in sound.

Tips & Warnings

  • The government requires that mopeds be under a certain decibel of sound. Check with your Secretary of State to find out the legal sound limit for your bike.
  • Do not attempt to work on the muffler if the engine is hot--you can sustain severe burns on your hands.

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