GR86 Anyone unplugged the sound generator?

86GR

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I’m tempted to unplug mine just to see the difference.

Anyone done it yet?

Looks easy, but the only thing holding me back is I suspect it might be a whole lot more difficult plugging it back in again.
 

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I've not yet as I don't think it's that intrusive. I'm more offended by the fact that I know it's completely synthetic, than by the actual sound.

But I am toying with buying a new exhaust. If I do that I'll probably unplug it. Would be a pointless purchase otherwise. Would be nice if they'd just made it switchable in the settings.
 
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86GR

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I've not yet as I don't think it's that intrusive. I'm more offended by the fact that I know it's completely synthetic, than but the actual sound.

But I am toying with buying a new exhaust. If I do that I'll probably unplug it. Would be a pointless purchase otherwise. Would be nice if they'd just made it switchable in the settings.
Agree it’s not intrusive. It does sound a bit artificial though, so would like to see what it sounds like au naturel.
 

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I discovered recently if you hold the throttle at 3000 revs with the drivers door open then press the door courtesy light switch the artificial
engine sound is activated . You can hear the difference at press of a switch .
 
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Chris Mc

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Anyone looked into pulling a fuse instead of disconnecting it?
Pretty sure its power covers other dashboard items, so per se its not on its own fuse.

it can be killed via software, or simply unplugged (see Yt for video).
 

86GR

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I discovered recently if you hold the throttle at 3000 revs with the drivers door open then press the door courtesy light switch the artificial
engine sound is activated . You can hear the difference at press of a switch .
Interesting, will try that next time.
 

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Looks like unplugging the sound generator might be a bit more tricky for RHD cars. Popped the side panel off no problem just using my fingers. Went for a blast to hear the sound generator, then pulled into a car park to unclip the connector.

After about 10 minutes of cursing and a cut finger I gave up. Looking at the US videos the release clip for the connector is on the side nearest the side panel, so you can easily push it in to release the connector. As far as I can tell on our cars it is on the other side so I think you’d need to remove the glove box to get at.
 

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That's annoying if it can't be easily unclipped/clipped - I was hoping to go down this route, rather than asking to dealer to turn off via software.

It seems so easy from the US vids :(
 

86GR

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I just had another go and managed to disconnect it.

If you open the glove box there is a small gap at the top, you can get your fingers through and with a screwdriver reach the tab on the connector to push it in, while at the same time pulling down from the other side. A bit fiddly but got it free in less than a minute.

Just been for a quick spin and it is a fair bit quieter at higher revs, was hitting the redline more as I didn’t have the fake boomy harsh sound making me want to change gear. I actually thought it sounded pretty good. Will give it a week or so to see if I want to plug it back in. I think the fake sound might be useful on track to hear the revs more, just a pity there isn’t a button to switch between the two.

As an added bonus passed my first GR86 in the wild, a neptune blue near Benson -anyone here?
 

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If you open the glove box there is a small gap at the top, you can get your fingers through and with a screwdriver reach the tab on the connector to push it in, while at the same time pulling down from the other side. A bit fiddly but got it free in less than a minute.

Thanks for the heads-up, good to know! (y)

However, do you think you can easily plug it back in once the cable is removed?
 

Chris Mc

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I just had another go and managed to disconnect it.

If you open the glove box there is a small gap at the top, you can get your fingers through and with a screwdriver reach the tab on the connector to push it in, while at the same time pulling down from the other side. A bit fiddly but got it free in less than a minute.

Just been for a quick spin and it is a fair bit quieter at higher revs, was hitting the redline more as I didn’t have the fake boomy harsh sound making me want to change gear. I actually thought it sounded pretty good. Will give it a week or so to see if I want to plug it back in. I think the fake sound might be useful on track to hear the revs more, just a pity there isn’t a button to switch between the two.

As an added bonus passed my first GR86 in the wild, a neptune blue near Benson -anyone here?
A little button could be pretty easy to fit given the glove box is adjacent.

 
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86GR

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Just plugged the sound generator in after a few hundred miles without it.

I’d previously thought it only kicked in around 4K+, but I think it is also active below that, it’s definitely a lot louder with it plugged in. I do like the natural sound better but it is pretty quiet unless you are at 6K+. I’m going to fit a 3 way switch I think with on/off/half volume.
 

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Just plugged the sound generator in after a few hundred miles without it.

I’d previously thought it only kicked in around 4K+, but I think it is also active below that, it’s definitely a lot louder with it plugged in. I do like the natural sound better but it is pretty quiet unless you are at 6K+. I’m going to fit a 3 way switch I think with on/off/half volume.
I'd be really interested in fitting a switch in the glovebox or something so I could turn it off at will (bit like the Amazon switch above), but I'd be cautious about doing anything involving splicing into the loom - if only that there might be a slim chance it might cause a warranty issue further down the line. I wonder if it might be possible to add some sort of pass through connector with the switch spliced into that, so that if you wanted you could remove it entriely and plug the current connector back in, if needed.
 

86GR

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I'd be really interested in fitting a switch in the glovebox or something so I could turn it off at will (bit like the Amazon switch above), but I'd be cautious about doing anything involving splicing into the loom - if only that there might be a slim chance it might cause a warranty issue further down the line. I wonder if it might be possible to add some sort of pass through connector with the switch spliced into that, so that if you wanted you could remove it entriely and plug the current connector back in, if needed.
Yes, that is my plan, have ordered male/female 16 pin connectors, so will make a plug in module so I don’t have to cut into the OEM wiring loom. Will do on/off and a 6db attenuation option with a series resistor.
 

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Yes, that is my plan, have ordered male/female 16 pin connectors, so will make a plug in module so I don’t have to cut into the OEM wiring loom. Will do on/off and a 6db attenuation option with a series resistor.
Interested. Do you mean you will have new plugs to connect to the existing ones (those would be useful), or just insert pins individually into the current connector?