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I bought a new CUB CADET tractor (XT1 Enduro Series) this

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I bought a new CUB CADET tractor (XT1 Enduro Series) this year. It has a KAWASAKI engine (FR691V). My wife say the mower is too loud.
JA: What's the make and model of the mower? And can you guesstimate how old it is?
Customer: It is a CUB CADET, new off the showroom floor. It is last years model (2015).
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: Maybe. Since it is new, I wont have to deal with rusted in position parts.
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: I'm looking at a SUPERTRAPP SPARK ARRESTOR MUFFLER (model 5S), but am not sure exactly where to find necessary dmension criteria to select the proper components to fit my engine/tractor. i also don't know if there aren't better options.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Briggs-Fan replied 1 year ago.

Hi my name is ***** ***** welcome to Just Answer.

Expert:  Briggs-Fan replied 1 year ago.

Has the tractor always been as loud as it is now ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The loudness is relative in nature to the tractor it replaced - a CUB CADET model #1440, which had a 14HP Briggs & Stratton 480cc 2-cyl gasoline engine. While the motor is bigger on the new tractor (and proportionally louder), the wife finds this unacceptable; hence the motivation of this inquiry.
Expert:  Briggs-Fan replied 1 year ago.

I'm not sure they make a quieter muffler. Was a new muffler on the engine when it was installed ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the tractor was new - zero owners. I'm not aware of any quieter muffler option from CUB CADET or KAWASAKI either. Since the KAWASAKI engine is used in different installed applictions/configurations by different companies, the design of the muffler is left to the specific user company's application. I think in my tractor's installation, the major factor on design was packaging constraints.I believe the Supertrapp device I mentioned initially may work, but I don't have the time/patience to gather the info necessary to make an educated decision.
Expert:  Briggs-Fan replied 1 year ago.

It would work but looks like to bolt up to your engine it would have to be fabricated. Your current muffler bolts up to 2 exhaust manifolds right ,

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yeah. :(
Expert:  Briggs-Fan replied 1 year ago.

Looking at the super trap it doesn't have the 2 exhaust ports ,