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Old 12-30-2012, 07:58 PM
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Default XKR owners, pull fuse 19!

I know this is an old trick, but I just pulled fuse 19 (disabling the active exhaust butterfly valves). The difference is actually very subtle, but it does have a little bit more of a growling sound at lower RPMs, and it's much less of an "on/off" switch with the exhaust than it was before. I went for a test drive on the highway--I was very surprised to see that there is virtually no difference in engine/exhaust noise on the highway (at low loads). Also there is virtually no difference in engine/exhaust noise on startup and at idle, if anyone is worried about that. It truly is the way the car was meant to sound--muscular but still very refined.

How many of you guys have pulled fuse 19, and for those of you with XKRs who haven't, why not?!

Also, while I was back there, I removed the fuse for the "power aerial" since I really hate looking like I'm from 1995 when I'm driving the car with the audio on.
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I have removed fuse 19 on my '07 as most of my driving is around town so I didn't often hit high enough revs for the valve to open. It is a little bit hooligan but certainly turns heads. As you say, on the open road there is little difference in noise, which is good.

I also pulled the fuse for the aerial but the reception wasn't good enough with the aerial down so have put the fuse back in again for now whilst I look for another solution.
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Hmmmm... I haven't tried to listen to AM/FM yet with the antenna down as I listen to the XM mostly. If only the antenna didn't come up with XM and CD I could've left the fuse in!
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is it ok to do it on a 2010? does it damage anything? on long term?
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It doesn't damage anything or affect performance or fuel economy. This trick only works for XKRs though, since the XKs do not have an electronically controlled active exhaust.
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I wired a switch into fuse 19. this allows me to open and close it on command.

I almost never close it. =)
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oh lala...I started to disconnect 19 from motor compartment and lost it...lol..
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Haha, yeah, I can't imagine a single situation where the exhaust is too loud around town.

I might wire some other stuff into unused fuses, like a dash cam, etc.!
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I pulled the fuse a few weeks ago and I really like the sound. It's more subtle than I thought it would be and I really don't notice it on the highway. Great for the parking garage though!
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Does this work with 2011's too? I thought when you sele Dynamic Mode the valve IS open? Or does the valve only open at high revs on Dynamic mode as well?
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I like it too, it be cool to have a switch though...
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oh lala...I started to disconnect 19 from motor compartment and lost it...lol..
Good luck starting your car! Fuse 19 in the engine compartment fuse box is NOT for the Active Exhaust; it is for the starter motor!

Fuse 19 for the Active Exhaust is located in the fuse box behind the rear seat center section. Removing it is very easy.

To remove the rear seat center section, grasp the sides near the top and pull it sharply towards you to pop out the upper retaining pegs. The center section should then swing down to expose the fuse box. When refitting that center section be sure to align the upper retaining pegs with their respective holes before pushing the center section back in place.

Fuse 19 is on the right side, immediately below fuse 20 (which may be a vacant slot). Fuse 19 is red and is 10 Amps. You can remove it with the fuse puller tool in the upper right corner.

See the manual: TOPIx - TOPIx Scroll down the left side and click on Fuses to take you to that section for fuse box locations, contents, diagrams, etc.

I removed fuse 19 over 2 years ago and like the sound better that way.

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I, too, started to remove fuse 19 under the hood. Luckily I couldn't get it off without the fuse puller! (The fuse pullers are only located in the passenger compartment fuse boxes, probably for good reason!!!)
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Looks like my car won't sound any different if I pull fuse 19 as the Milltek exhaust doesn't have butterfly valves to open or close.
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LOL.....but you asked those who haven't why not.....Click the image to open in full size.
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Good luck starting your car! Fuse 19 in the engine compartment fuse box is NOT for the Active Exhaust; it is for the starter motor!

Fuse 19 for the Active Exhaust is located in the fuse box behind the rear seat center section. Removing it is very easy.

To remove the rear seat center section, grasp the sides near the top and pull it sharply towards you to pop out the upper retaining pegs. The center section should then swing down to expose the fuse box. When refitting that center section be sure to align the upper retaining pegs with their respective holes before pushing the center section back in place.

Fuse 19 is on the right side, immediately below fuse 20 (which may be a vacant slot). Fuse 19 is red and is 10 Amps. You can remove it with the fuse puller tool in the upper right corner.

See the manual: TOPIx - TOPIx Scroll down the left side and click on Fuses to take you to that section for fuse box locations, contents, diagrams, etc.

I removed fuse 19 over 2 years ago and like the sound better that way.

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Is this the sam for the 2006 XKR ?
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I don't think so, but i'm not sure. Does the '06 have an active exhaust?
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Good question, I'll need to check
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