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Old 07-16-2008, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Instructable for those who think electric vehicles are TOO quiet

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Baseball cards in the spokes goes high-tech.


Add Sound Effects to your Electric Motorcycle - Instructables - DIY, How To, ride, tech

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Old 07-16-2008, 11:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yes! Back to the Future theme song for the win.. or at least the sound of the Delorean
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No such thing as a too quiet vehicle.
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I know that's one of the reasons people have used to put down EV's -- too quiet for safety. Honestly, if you're in a position to be harmed by the EV on the street, hearing it coming might not make any difference if it had an ICE. (Ex: kids playing in street, jaywalker, guy asleep behind wheel)
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Why can't you just do the old card in the spokes trick like we did with bicycles? Listen to that baby pur!

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Old 07-17-2008, 10:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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the only time I wish my electric car made some sound is when I back up and people almost walk in to the side of it in a parking lot, the beeping back up light is tempting at times.
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ok... i have a 1.8L engine with a stock exhaust, if i'm driving down a city street at 25mph does anybody REALLY think it's going to be heard from in front of it? my car is basically as quiet as a hybrid unless i'm revving the engine... besides going down most city streets i have the engine off.
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the only time I wish my electric car made some sound is when I back up and people almost walk in to the side of it in a parking lot, the beeping back up light is tempting at times.
That's actually what I was thinking too.

A small amount of noise for backing up from a parking space is a good thing. I wish I had kept the beeper from the forklift!!! It's the one thing I forgot to strip off! - I do still have the strobe light....
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Heehee.

Here's my Instructable.
Homemade exhaust for your old lawnmower - Instructables - DIY, How To, offbeat, ride

Slightly noiser than an EV.

I plan on using this lawnmower engine for a bicycle sidecar power unit.
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That lawnmower muffler is great. A friend of mine did almost the exact same thing a while back.

Looks sporty too!

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