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    I live in a neighborhood where logging trucks play and huge tacters play. My first car was a dying '50 ford which had FU'd muffler system. C'mon we had an auto shop at school in the '50s where sound was everywhere. My kids grew up on heavy metal played in crowded reverberant places like the Whisky on sunset. Cruising had been a thing since I was in HS and I worked in Aerospace. You're going to tell me about noise. Ever try to work between two jet testing stations at a place Like Pt. Mugu? Finally, I got my advanced degrees in psychoacoustics.

    Things are really quiet nowadays compared.

    On the other hand I did my doctoral work in and Anechoic chamber where one could feel their eardrums press outward because of the silence.

    I enjoy where I am now thank you. Love listening to winter storms make the house shake to 100 mph winds as they whip up the ocean less than a quarter mile away and thunder storms provide lightning strikes nearby because it's less than a second later that thunder rolls.

    I really prefer quiet in the fall.

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    Another sound that should be added to cars:

    When your antilock brakes engage they should make a sound like a locked-up tire skidding on the pavement would make. It used to be that the screech of the tire was a clear warning to pedestrians that they were in danger, now when you stand on the brakes there's no notable sound to warn them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Politesse View Post
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    In fairness, cars are already quite capable of making irritating loud noises.
    The main noises I get from cars nowadays are tire on pavement sounds. Cars are very quiet since their engine compartments and rolling equipment compartments are isolated both fromderinside* and outside by quietness and air flow engineering techniques.

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    You must not have many ... salt of the earth types? ... in in your neighborhood. Here there are plenty of folks who delight in making their pickup trucks as loud as possible, and playing country music or ranchero music at volumes that must be unsafe for their eardrums.
    In NE Ohio, people like doing that to Hondas and the like. Yes, because a Civic with a really loud muffler is... cool?

    The pickup people come in a few flavors, the most common is non-modders. But there are a minority of Monster Truck wannabees and the guys that like pretending they drive a choo choo and put a smoke stack on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Pechtel View Post
    Another sound that should be added to cars:

    When your antilock brakes engage they should make a sound like a locked-up tire skidding on the pavement would make. It used to be that the screech of the tire was a clear warning to pedestrians that they were in danger...
    If you are hearing screeching tires... and you are in danger... you will have just enough time to notice that you are in danger before being thudded.
    now when you stand on the brakes there's no notable sound to warn them.
    If you are standing on the brakes, you are driving in a really bad position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Higgins View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Loren Pechtel View Post
    Another sound that should be added to cars:

    When your antilock brakes engage they should make a sound like a locked-up tire skidding on the pavement would make. It used to be that the screech of the tire was a clear warning to pedestrians that they were in danger...
    If you are hearing screeching tires... and you are in danger... you will have just enough time to notice that you are in danger before being thudded.
    now when you stand on the brakes there's no notable sound to warn them.
    If you are standing on the brakes, you are driving in a really bad position.
    When a pedestrian wanders out into the road where they don't belong you have to stop very hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seyorni View Post
    That would be cool if you could program the "run tone" of your choice into your car.
    The possibilities are endless.
    I call dibs on Red Barchetta.
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    I call dibs on T-80

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    dibs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fromderinside View Post
    dibs?
    It means that they are claiming ownership... "Calling dibs".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Nut View Post
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    dibs?
    It means that they are claiming ownership... "Calling dibs".
    Often it's just about claiming usage.

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