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View Poll Results: Built motors vs inspection
passed no problems 13 68.42%
failed 4 21.05%
failed fixed then passed 0 0%
do not drive on public roads anymore 2 10.53%
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:04 PM   #1
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Default Do you have trouble with passing inspection with your built motor?

I just want to hear from people that have built motors about how they managed to get thru inspection if they did..

Thanks again. Any suggestions on how you did pass are welcome. I am in the process of building a motor. My stock motor has to go thru inspection in 3 monthes nd i am not looking forward to this.


I want to be able to drive my car on the road sometimes. after my motor is done.

This will be my weekend warrior. thats it.. I have a second car so can i get somthing special setup at the dmv for this. Only allowed to drive on weekends tye deal unless for a car show?
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:13 PM   #2
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You should put an option for "Passed".. ya know... the less than legal way
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:55 AM   #3
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My car got impounded in california with my 2.2L ESX motor and it passed the california state smog referee....everything besides the motor was put back to stock before i took it to be inspected.
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Old 05-20-2008, 01:21 AM   #4
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I was super nervous when I took mine in, as I have no clue what the actual rules are for "modified" in Oregon. But evidently as long as it passes the tests, then all is fine. I had the tester dude wave 3 other guys to check out my engine bay.
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Old 05-20-2008, 05:58 PM   #5
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thank god i live in Florida where that crap does not exist...

I wounder what they would say if they opened the hood and saw a 35r and steal braided everything
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Old 05-20-2008, 06:52 PM   #6
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they dont inspect cars in Florida.
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:02 PM   #7
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they dont inspect cars in Florida.

Not in KS either, I got my car in PA and it has PA inspection for the rest of this year.

How he passed it, couldnt tell you.
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:16 AM   #8
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I just want to hear from people that have built motors about how they managed to get thru inspection if they did..

Thanks again. Any suggestions on how you did pass are welcome. I am in the process of building a motor. My stock motor has to go thru inspection in 3 monthes nd i am not looking forward to this.


I want to be able to drive my car on the road sometimes. after my motor is done.

This will be my weekend warrior. thats it.. I have a second car so can i get somthing special setup at the dmv for this. Only allowed to drive on weekends tye deal unless for a car show?
No special deals at the DMV in Delaware.

What are you afraid you are going to fail for?

The car is OBD II right...are you setting any codes? Thats all they do for newer than 1996 cars now in DE...no sniffer test.

Brakes,Lights,ect, hook it up to a scan tool. If its all clear, you're good.

On a bad day they may stick a mirror under the car to check for a cat.

Also, exhaust no louder than 92dB at 3000rpm.

What are you tuning it with?

I have yet to test if disabling sensors in the factory ECU will make you fail the test even if there are no codes set.
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:42 AM   #9
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I have yet to test if disabling sensors in the factory ECU will make you fail the test even if there are no codes set.
I passed the MA OBD test with all TGV codes, cat efficiency, and all misfire codes set to be ignored using romraider.
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:48 AM   #10
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In PA, some counties have strict emissions and others don't. You can get an emissions exemption for a car if you don't drive it over 5000 miles a year.
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Old 05-21-2008, 10:57 AM   #11
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For me, in NJ, if they look under my car and see not even a resemblance of a heat shield, I am fcuked for no cat. Other than that I can pass.
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:52 AM   #12
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People actually go try and get smogged with TBE's on their car?

I thougt it was just common sense to throw the stock TBE on the car when getting smogged? 5 bolts and some hangers...
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Old 05-21-2008, 02:27 PM   #13
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Oh right... disregard my idiocy since I haven't had my car running in about 2 years ... It never hit it's first inspection
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Old 05-21-2008, 03:31 PM   #14
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I was super nervous when I took mine in, as I have no clue what the actual rules are for "modified" in Oregon.
Since when do they test in Oregon? I've lived here for 26 years and have never had to do this yet. Am I missing something here?
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Old 05-21-2008, 03:42 PM   #15
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tri-count area, Eugene and Medford.
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Old 05-21-2008, 04:22 PM   #16
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Built motors look the same on the outside as a stock motor...no reason specific to it being 'built' that would make it not pass.
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Old 05-21-2008, 06:02 PM   #17
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Built motors look the same on the outside as a stock motor...no reason specific to it being 'built' that would make it not pass.
right, thats what im not getting.....for those who arent passing are you putting your stock exhaust back on with the cats?

My motor has the loudest piston slap you've ever heard and the ref guys didnt say anything about it....surprisingly what they did give me shiiite about was my STi cluster. I kept telling the guy STi = Subaru Technica International........"ok i get it, but its not a stock part"....."its subarus's SVT or TRD, OEM "aftermarket" if you will" ......"alright..."

This went on for about 30 minutes.....i woulda been pissed if they woulda failed me cause of that.
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:22 PM   #18
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To think a single rep would ever know what piston slap is, is giving them way too much credit. No person not 'in the know' would probably even recognize a noisy engine as being anything and if they did they'd think it was just in bad condition or something.

The cluster thing is just kinda ridiculous, though I guess without the bling of the blue interior and stuff it looked out of place enough to be noticed.
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Old 05-21-2008, 10:00 PM   #19
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The cluster thing is just kinda ridiculous, though I guess without the bling of the blue interior and stuff it looked out of place enough to be noticed.
I think it was the fact that the cluster only had 2000 miles on a 4 year old car
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:19 AM   #20
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What do you do if you have a rotated mount? Can't put a stock DP on that sucker ... gotta work some welding-on-heat-shields magic.
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Old 05-22-2008, 03:42 AM   #21
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Thats why you stick with a Red....or sz65

The "extra" hp gained from rotating the turbo is usually lost from bending the intake into the fenderwell anyway or the 15ft of fmic piping....just my opinion though...

Running a straight short ram on a rotated turbo is one thing, but if you're just gonna bend it down into the fenderwell anyway you might as well stick with the stock location....
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Old 05-22-2008, 11:07 AM   #22
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I passed the MA OBD test with all TGV codes, cat efficiency, and all misfire codes set to be ignored using romraider.
Awesome to know.

Right now in Delaware, they don't care what kind of exhaust you have, as long as you have a cat(gutted or otherwise) and aren't too loud. And aren't setting any cat efficiency codes.
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:58 PM   #23
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its not about what your car has, its about who you know!!
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