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I got an AEM CAI and I only got a muffler not a whole exhaust system. Though I did get the resonator removed.

Thanks for the reply.

I don't recall anyone mentioning the AEM CAI causing any drone.

I don't think anyone but you has removed the exhaust resonator under the passenger door.
The reason for all my questions is that I am considering removing the exhaust resonator to simplify the exhaust and perhaps add a bit of tone to the exhaust.

As I mentioned, I have removed both air intake resonators and have no drone. Our HRV has a CVT trans also.
I have tons of experience modifying air boxes and exhausts on other vehicles.

Did you swap mufflers and delete the exhaust resonator at the same time?
Do you recall what change caused the drone?
 

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Thanks for the reply.

I don't recall anyone mentioning the AEM CAI causing any drone.

I don't think anyone but you has removed the exhaust resonator under the passenger door.
The reason for all my questions is that I am considering removing the exhaust resonator to simplify the exhaust and perhaps add a bit of tone to the exhaust.

As I mentioned, I have removed both air intake resonators and have no drone. Our HRV has a CVT trans also.
I have tons of experience modifying air boxes and exhausts on other vehicles.

Did you swap mufflers and delete the exhaust resonator at the same time?
Do you recall what change caused the drone?
Yea I replaced the muffler and got rid of the resonator both together. I think it’s the exhaust causing the drone and it only drones from 1,500 to 2,500 rpm so I use sport mode.
 

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One more question. :)

What kind of muffler did you install?
It was an Amazon muffler called Polished Chrome N1 Style JDM and it cost me around $40. It’s a cheap no name muffler that I bought at the time because I couldnt afford the better mufflers but its lasted me for a year now and its still looking good as well as the sound.
 

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It was an Amazon muffler called Polished Chrome N1 Style JDM and it cost me around $40. It’s a cheap no name muffler that I bought at the time because I couldnt afford the better mufflers but its lasted me for a year now and its still looking good as well as the sound.

I searched Amazon.com for your muffler and this is what came up:






So that is a straight thru muffler with no baffles. More commonly called a fart can!

With your exhaust resonator removed and that muffler, it must be loud and that's why it drones at low rpm.
Droning is much more common with an automatic trans rather than a manual trans.

If you want to quiet things down and reduce the drone, I would recommend re-installing the original ex resonator (the one under the passenger door).
The ex resonator is likely straight thru and wont cause any restriction.


This does make me think that removing the exhaust resonator on our HRV but keeping the 2 cats and OEM muffler in place will not cause any issues.
 

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I searched Amazon.com for your muffler and this is what came up:






So that is a straight thru muffler with no baffles. More commonly called a fart can!

With your exhaust resonator removed and that muffler, it must be loud and that's why it drones at low rpm.
Droning is much more common with an automatic trans rather than a manual trans.

If you want to quiet things down and reduce the drone, I would recommend re-installing the original ex resonator (the one under the passenger door).
The ex resonator is likely straight thru and wont cause any restriction.


This does make me think that removing the exhaust resonator on our HRV but keeping the 2 cats and OEM muffler in place will not cause any issues.
Yes the exhaust isnt super loud since it still has the cat but it produces a nice low rumble until the 2,000 rpm range when it drones but other than that, I just drive in sport mode with my paddle shifters so droning isnt a big problem for me.
 

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The AEM intake is a good upgrade, as is a magnaflow exhaust - a complete exhaust system and built motor could make alot more power with tuning but you would need a CVT rebuild specialist for the rest. A supercharger like those sold by kraftwerks would be the best option, but you would again need a transmission specialist once you go over 200hp.
 

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The AEM intake is a good upgrade, as is a magnaflow exhaust - a complete exhaust system and built motor could make alot more power with tuning but you would need a CVT rebuild specialist for the rest. A supercharger like those sold by kraftwerks would be the best option, but you would again need a transmission specialist once you go over 200hp.
Yes and you would need a piggy back system for tuning since there are no tunes out there for the HRV. Although, I did find a few of those chip tunes that said would increase hp and tq but I doubt it.
 

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If you are serious anything can be tuned - piggybacks are nothing more than intercepting fuel and timing signals and modifying them with set values and are worthless in essence.
 

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If you are serious anything can be tuned - piggybacks are nothing more than intercepting fuel and timing signals and modifying them with set values and are worthless in essence.
the element had an R20 engine and AWD if i remember correctly- so you could prob swap that engine and tranny combo into the confines of HR-V.... add a supercharger kit from the R18 .... and it MAYBE relatively easy.
key word is 'relatively' -LOL
 
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