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Loud snowmobile mufflers may lead to charges under the Motorized Snow Vehicle Act warn police

Landowners and municipalities are being disturbed by the increase in snowmobile exhaust noise, which is resulting in trail closures
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Changing your snowmobile exhaust can lead to trouble with police.

OPP are reminding snowmobilers that excessive noise may be problematic for some communities and private property landowners.

See: They can't say they weren't warned

And: Snowmobilers warned about using modified snowmobile exhaust on trails

The issue of snowmobile exhausts and the enforcement of modified exhausts has always been a hot topic in the snowmobile community.with the vast use and current expansion of modified snowmobile exhaust systems. 

The problem is, ome snowmobilers commonly replace the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) exhaust component, in exchange for an aftermarket product commonly referred to as a "pipe" or a "can". The original muffler that muffles or lessens the exhaust noise is then physically replaced by the "can". It is the resulting increase in noise that results in complaints.

"The stock, or OEM muffler on your snowmobile has been engineered by the manufacturer for that specific machine," says Constable Phil Young. "It is meant to fit and perform properly as an extension of the specific motor in the snowmobile. Aftermarket manufacturers for 'pipes' or 'cans claim to provide minor weight savings and minimal horsepower gains. But, with this comes increased noise. Also, some manufacturers require engine modifications because of the difference in exhaust flow. These modifications can negatively affect the overall performance of the snowmobile."

Young says there is a time and place for these aftermarket exhausts. 

"This exception is in a racing area. Aftermarket modifications are permitted if the snowmobile is driven in a racing area sanctioned as such by the council of the municipality within which the designated racing area."

Much of Ontario's trail system encompasses private property and private property landowners generously allow the use of their land for snowmobile use via Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trails. But, landowners and municipalities are being disturbed by the increase in snowmobile exhaust noise, which is resulting in trail closures. 

See: Noisy sledders may lose key local trail

There are applicable charges under the Motorized Snow Vehicle Act for modifying, altering, or changing the exhaust or muffler on your snowmobile.

You can see the Act here.

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