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I'll prefix with the fact that I know most readers are US based and I'm unsure if the SDV8 Diesel is even available... :)

Has anyone tried or thought about swapping the OEM exhaust for an aftermarket stainless replacement such as Khan (crosshair), Overfinch, or similar on a diesel RR?

I'd like to hear a bit more of the V8 exhaust track on my car and thinking about the "rear-silencer" delete and replace with straight-through pipe BUT worried about too much of a drone at cruising speed, despite what the makers are saying. I know the DPF's etc already strangle the car and stop the majority of sound anyhow which allows the rear-silencer delete.
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Interested in your thoughts and feedback...

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Hmm, I wouldn’t get too excited about finding “the V8 soundtrack” of these vehicles. I have the V8 Autobiography and it’s whisper quiet despite my best and expensive efforts otherwise.

Previously I had a both a Series 1 and Series 2 RRSport Supercharged, and simply removing the resonators (under the centre of the car, not at the rear) produced an awesome exhaust note, but the FFRR is a whole different animal, one that is specifically designed to be serene.

I got a lot of grief for it on this forum, and you may too as many feel the Rover should waft rather than throb, but I got stuck in.

Removing the resonators made no difference outside but droned unpleasantly inside, so I bought a cat-back Magnaflow. Although it increased the volume by perhaps 20% it droned terribly inside. I then took it to a specialist muffler guy for a ground-up design at his whim. His first step was obviously to remove the exhaust at (behind) the cats, at which point we realized the magnitude of the task - even with the exhaust totally removed it was still quiet!!

I’m embarrassed to say that I spent $1500 with him until he admitted defeat (his first ever, apparently). And that was on top of the $1500 I had spent on the Magnaflow!

You can make it louder, but it drones inside proportionally much more than it is louder outside. (I should say that mine is LWB, which may be a factor)

The other issue is the high level of soundproofing – you are very isolated from whatever sound is coming from the exhaust – except for the bloody droning at 1500 rpm!

In the end I put the stock exhaust back on with the Magnaflow rear boxes. It gives a slightly better “throb” at idle (which you can only hear from outside the car) and gets a but boisterous at full chat, but I’m far from happy with it.

Honestly not sure what you’ll get with the TDV8. Would be hugely ironic if you get a better result than me with my V8…

Good luck!
 

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Best place to start is simply to remove some bits and replace with straight pipes, should cost you no more than few hundred pounds and is easily reversible.

After my sorry tale above I think the key is the cats. I put sport cats on a DB9 and a Maserati GT and the difference was massive – I actually had to take them back off the Maz as it was just too loud, but it demonstrated the difference that cats can make.

The V8 sounds much more aggressive on the Series 3 Sport (probably exactly the sound you’re looking for) and of course is totally nuts on the F-Type.

Would love to know how JLR does it…
 

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This may sound odd, but personally I think the Rover is one of those vehicles for which the colour makes a huge difference to its character. Black ones have certain brooding presence that to my mind suit an exhaust note with certain ominous hint of menace.

And yours is black….
 

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Hi I beleive Startec do a exhaust for the SD V8 I remember looking at their video and it sounded great !
I believe it was not cheap around three thousand euro $$$$.
Have a look at their site.
 

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Hi again I looked it up Startech.de And correction it costs 1490 eruo dollars.
Sorry about that have look on their ste and you can listen to the sound, very nice.
 

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Thanks guys for the feedback gusy. I think the petrol V8 is maybe a lot different to the SDV8 and more exhausts in the offering. Don't think I have 'cats' on this beast but the DPF certainly will do most of the silencing and restriction of the engine....BUT next week if the BIG event...being swapped for the QuickSilver straight through with silencers removed.....will see how it goes and let you guys know :)..BUT I am concerned about 'droning'...if all fails I'll put rear QuickSilver silencers back on it ....it will still be less restrictive on the engine!

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so I think the Startech.de is actually an external sound actuator that pumps in artificial soundtrack. Like the Audi/VW - I had a Kufactec sound module on my Audi A6 BiTDI which already had external sound speakers (actuators) built in the exhaust each side to make it more like a petrol 'beast'.... does sound awesome though...could make it sounds like the RS6!
 

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http://www.startech.de/en/range-rover-tuning-a-diesel-engine-with-the-sound-of-a-v8/

I was correct, it's an external electronic speaker they add to your exhaust that adds the extra sound based upon driver input..accelerator, gear selection etc...

...could be a good choice, although still NOT cheap, as an alternative to adding a whole new exhaust system to get a lovely V8 sound!

Interesting that they are owned by Brabus too..
 

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Quicksilver exhaust fitted. Inside no real change to noise levels to be honest with no droning/vibration at cruising speeds.
Overall, aesthetically I'm pleased with result and outside there is a nice deeper tone on hard acceleration.
 

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The DPF filter must be a lot less restrictive than on my daily driver.
All this has is a single "one box" DPF filter, and zero silencers after that.......And is ufortunately stupid quiet, especially for a 16 liter 600hp/2050ft lbs engine!
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I JUST installed a startech exhaust without the rear bumper body kit - which I couldn't find a single pic online. I have the LWB supercharged and I have to say, it sounds amazing. The valve is key. In sport mode it sounds like a supercar. In drive it has a good tone but not obnoxious and no drone. Price is brutal but hey. We are talking about a 130k (us) truck.
 

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Hmm, I wouldn’t get too excited about finding “the V8 soundtrack” of these vehicles. I have the V8 Autobiography and it’s whisper quiet despite my best and expensive efforts otherwise.

Previously I had a both a Series 1 and Series 2 RRSport Supercharged, and simply removing the resonators (under the centre of the car, not at the rear) produced an awesome exhaust note, but the FFRR is a whole different animal, one that is specifically designed to be serene.

I got a lot of grief for it on this forum, and you may too as many feel the Rover should waft rather than throb, but I got stuck in.

Removing the resonators made no difference outside but droned unpleasantly inside, so I bought a cat-back Magnaflow. Although it increased the volume by perhaps 20% it droned terribly inside. I then took it to a specialist muffler guy for a ground-up design at his whim. His first step was obviously to remove the exhaust at (behind) the cats, at which point we realized the magnitude of the task - even with the exhaust totally removed it was still quiet!!

I’m embarrassed to say that I spent $1500 with him until he admitted defeat (his first ever, apparently). And that was on top of the $1500 I had spent on the Magnaflow!

You can make it louder, but it drones inside proportionally much more than it is louder outside. (I should say that mine is LWB, which may be a factor)

The other issue is the high level of soundproofing – you are very isolated from whatever sound is coming from the exhaust – except for the bloody droning at 1500 rpm!

In the end I put the stock exhaust back on with the Magnaflow rear boxes. It gives a slightly better “throb” at idle (which you can only hear from outside the car) and gets a but boisterous at full chat, but I’m far from happy with it.

Honestly not sure what you’ll get with the TDV8. Would be hugely ironic if you get a better result than me with my V8…

Good luck!
Sport Cat Downpipes may well be the answer you are looking for. I need some OEM patterns to build them, maybe we should collaborate!
 

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here's a link to the new video with driving windows down in sport and on the fwy with windows up in comfort.. Feel free to skip over the walk around...
https://vimeo.com/233152103
Wow! Thank you for making a video and posting. Really puts it into perspective. I’ve located the installers in my area and will be seriously looking into this..cheers!
 
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