I drove mine about a mile and a half thru Dallas with open headers. Stay out of the throttle and you will be fine. The sound is obnoxious only when you are accelerating - accelerate slowly. It's loud otherwise, but not too bad.
I drove mine with open headers to the exhaust shop as well. No problems. I did have a lady in a car in front of me pull over because she thought something was wrong with her car however. It was VERY loud!
I remember doing that with my old 68 SS396. Drove right by a cop on the way to the exhaust shop. Just make sure you take your foot off the gas pedal if you see a cop and coast by him. My car was loud when I was trying to get up to speed on I95 and went under an overpass. Wow, that was loud.
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