I have a 2003 Polaris xc600sp, and I am looking to purchase an aftermarket silencer. I definitely want something louder than stock. If anybody could point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.
Heh. That does seem a bit of an oxymoron (spelling??), but the silencer is the "black can" at the end of your muffler that the exhaust travels through just before it leaves the system. Adding a higher flow silencer can increase horsepower by 2 - 3 hp, but mostly its just there to make your sled sound faster.
Take the silencer off and start your sled for a minute and you will see why its called a silencer.
Aftermarket silencers sound cool and seem to make your sled faster but they are a great way to piss of the neighbors and get the trails closed. The noise from a sled with a silencer carries way farther than a stock sled. There are some brands of silencers that change the exhaust note but is not as loud. I recommend to those that ride trails through populated areas to check out the relatively quieter ones. Nothing wrong with a loud sled but be careful where you are riding. I had PSI's pipes on my Wildcat and until I let my friend ride it, I had no idea how obnoxious the sound was and how far away I could hear it. I made sure not to get on the throttle too much when driving through towns to fuel up etc...
I originally was planning on purchasing ths MBRP race silencer but I ended up getting the trail version which is a little quieter, generally to prevent myself from getting tickets. Now I do agree It's rude to over do it with the noise, but you also need to consider that these people living near the trails do know where they live. If they are totally against the sound of sleds flying through I strongly recomend moving. And if so let me know because maybe i'll buy the place and love it. Sorry, I'm not trying to be rude, just making a point.
My friend lives on a trail. It's fun to watch the sleds go by. I wouldn't mind it all. Some do though and many have owned their property before the trail was put through. I think with the new technology in exhausts, a sled can sound good and not be annoying.
I live right on the trail, and I love the sound of a performance exaust as much as anyone. But when some big triple with a Can on it honks by my house at 3 am, it makes me think of all the non-snomobilers out there that let us access thier property to link our trails together. Some of them probably don't appreciate the sound of a strung out two-stroke going by thier house in the middle of the night. You don't have to be loud to sound good, just listen to a new Viper, thats got to be one of the sweetest sounds I've ever heard.