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    California Smog rules

    So I would like to know.

    How come an Eaton swapped or Trilogized Merc is super difficult to get passed in Cali?

    How come I see all sorts of LS motored RX-7's or Miatas and other highly modded cars with Cali plates?

    What's the deal with that?


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    The vehicle has to meet CA smog rules.

    http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr29.htm

    If the manufacturer of a FA induction system doesn't get the state of CA to test & certify the system it can't legally be driven in Ca.

    Link to the certification process:
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    Because uncertified blowers may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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    Are those other hi powered vehicles that way from the factory?
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    You can modify and then have a smog referre sign you off the first time. They give you a sticker and then you smog regularly every two years after that.
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    I always heard it was more like places like Trilogy simply didn't want to spend the extra time and effort to buy a Cali EO number to allow it to pass smog. Not so much that the kit creates more smog than allowed.

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    I understand the cerifications and high fees/taxes paid to the state for a product of kit to be accepted in Cali.

    But what about LS motor swapped cars and trucks like Miatas, S-10's or Rangers with V-8 swaps. They all have Cali plates and are street driven.



    If they can skirt through or legally do it. Why can't a Trilogy or Eatonized Merc do it? Even if it means greeting a plate that limits your milage?


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    I was wondering about all of this because I live in massachusetts and we have cali emissions, Im thinking about keeping the merc stock and maybe getting a late model used shelby..if I can afford one. But I know guys that have to remove their tune before going for a inspection then re installing it after. pita!!

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    Just move to Fl we have no inspection or emissions test you can spew all the CO2 you want!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DS650 View Post
    Just move to Fl we have no inspection or emissions test you can spew all the CO2 you want!
    damm you guy's have it good !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bill64 View Post
    But I know guys that have to remove their tune before going for a inspection then re installing it after. pita!!
    Only if their tune has the I/M monitors shut off. A tune with them left on is fine.
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    In LA all you need is $10.00 and tip the guy $5.00. The last 5 tags I got, the guy did not even look at the cars.

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    It's all about clean emissions. You can do an engine swap but it has to be the same year or newer. With that also you would need to apply all the smog parts that came stock with the year you did the swap with. It also depends on the referee that does the certification. Hopefully you don't get one that's an a**hole. I have one in my area who is really cool and he'll help you with getting what you need.

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    Here in The People's Republic of Kalifornia it is all about the money.

    Just like guns. The manufacturer has to pay a large fee for Bureaucrats to test it and put it on a list.

    Cars have to pass an emission test.

    Guns have to be dropped off of a 14 foot ladder and not accidently discharge. If you sell the same gun, but in a different color (ie blue steel and stainless steel) the manufacturer must pay two separate fees so both guns can be approved for sale.

    Common sense means nothing. It is really about the MONEY!! California is broke and the state government puts their hand into your pocket every chance they get.

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    Common sense means nothing.




    "Common Sense" aint so common any more.

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