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Is a 97 TS an early one. My gtv has a resonator.
The 74dB legislation was effective in 1996 so a 1997 916 will have the resonator.
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Originally Posted by pkr View Post
The 74dB legislation was effective in 1996 so a 1997 916 will have the resonator.
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Isn't it called a "Helmholtz Resonator"

Full credit to Wiki with the following explanation as i couldn't remember. I just about remembered from my college days who was responsible for its theory.

When air is forced into a cavity, the pressure inside increases. When the external force pushing the air into the cavity is removed, the higher-pressure air inside will flow out. The cavity will be left at a pressure slightly lower than the outside, causing air to be drawn back in. This process repeats with the magnitude of the pressure changes decreasing each time.

The air in the port (the neck of the chamber) has mass. Since it is in motion, it possesses some momentum. A longer port would make for a larger mass, and vice-versa. The diameter of the port is related to the mass of air and the volume of the chamber. A port that is too small in area for the chamber volume will "choke" the flow, while one that is too large in area for the chamber volume tends to reduce the momentum of the air in the port.

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