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The exhaust tip was originally designed to contain a reed, much like a woodwind musical instrument. Unfortunately, the sound produced during testing was more like bathroom noises. It was determined that the original function could not be achieved, but a Toyota designer (actually from their art department) noticed the exhaust tip was much nicer to look at than the end of a standard tail pipe. Also, Toyota had one of their suppliers manufacture thousands of these things. Marketing executives said "place the exhaust tips on the FJ and Tacoma, and they will pay many times the cost of manufacture."

Those desiring function over form were again disappointed. Bling prevails.
 
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