Personally I find loud pipes obnoxious as well, and from my particular experience doesn't matter how loud you are you will still get cut off, rear ended, and pushed out of your lane. Only thing that will keep you safe is defensive driving and some good luck on your sides. Your eyes and be everywhere, so you will be vulnerable at times. Trick is to try and keep that vulnerability to a minimum.
The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know.