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Old 02-14-2006, 04:08 PM   #1
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i was wondering if anyone knows what i need to do to pass the california smog test. i might be moving there and i would like to take my car. its a 02 wrx. i hurd that there pretty strict about somg. i have a gt37vnt with stright exhaust, header, upipe. i'm using the utec for tuning. tgv deletes, the case and heads are venting to the air, insted of back into the intake where its susposed to. i also have the throttle body flipped, with a custom intercooler and radiator. i know they do a visual test and a test at cruseing speed. i did a bit of research on it but i'm just wondering if im that far off. i don't think it'll pass in any state. hahaha.
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Old 02-14-2006, 04:09 PM   #2
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You are ****ed

You basically have to put it back to stock. Anything that doesnt look stock wont pass the visual. Internal stuff, or stuff like flywheels/etc. can get past if the actual emissions are fine.
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Old 02-14-2006, 04:32 PM   #3
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Yeah, they are pretty picky here.

You definitely need to have all the breather lines and everything connected back up to stock. You also need to make sure you have all the emission control devices on the car.

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Old 02-14-2006, 04:38 PM   #4
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what kind of edmission control things? and if it looks like it does under the hood, i will never pass, right i don't have a factory airbox either its a big a$$ 4inch pipe with k&n filter.
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Old 02-14-2006, 09:26 PM   #5
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You need to have the stock airbox on it. All the breather hoses and check valves like PCV. You will also need the charcoal canister that is mounted on the back. Fuel rails need to be stock as well. And the Biggest one of them all OBDII, unless you are still running a USDM motor. Manifold needs to be like stock.

So yeah it is a big pain.

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Old 02-15-2006, 12:50 PM   #6
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i might have a suby for sale
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Old 02-15-2006, 02:17 PM   #7
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register to a po box in nevada.
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Old 06-13-2006, 02:46 AM   #8
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Old 06-13-2006, 05:45 PM   #9
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I had my OBS tested with a Cobb CAI on it. I don't think all places are as strict as some say.
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Old 06-14-2006, 05:29 AM   #10
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I'd say as long as you can pass the actual emissions part of the test, you'll be fine. You can usually get past the visual inspection fairly easy. But then again, some guys will pop your hood and turn you down if it doesn't look completely stock. You might have to ask around and pay extra to get that smog certificate. Shady mechanics FTW!!1!
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Old 06-15-2006, 02:22 PM   #11
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i was wondering if anyone knows what i need to do to pass the california smog test. i might be moving there and i would like to take my car. its a 02 wrx. i hurd that there pretty strict about somg. i have a gt37vnt with stright exhaust, header, upipe. i'm using the utec for tuning. tgv deletes, the case and heads are venting to the air, insted of back into the intake where its susposed to. i also have the throttle body flipped, with a custom intercooler and radiator. i know they do a visual test and a test at cruseing speed. i did a bit of research on it but i'm just wondering if im that far off. i don't think it'll pass in any state. hahaha.
yea kalifornia is ghey on smog laws...but what do u expect when u have kommunists running the state? if you're in the military u should be find with your out of state plate and tag on the window...if ur not military...well good luck with smog
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Old 06-19-2006, 10:24 PM   #12
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Register the car as an out of state CA car, you will only have to pass 49 state emissions. But... if you get pulled over you will have to tell the cop that you just brought it to Cali. Also you will need to have a resident address in the other state (I used my parents in VA) to have the registration mailed to. DMV will not (at least not for me) mail registration to a PO box. You can do your 49 state emissions here in CA as long as the stuff coming out your tailpipe passes, ie no rollers or visuals. That's how I got my tube chassis '79 pinto w/ a 2.3 turbo motor registered. Hope that helps.

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Old 06-19-2006, 10:30 PM   #13
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BTW, first check which county you will be moving to. Some counties like Imperial County only require smog to be done the first time you register so you could take the car back to stock, pass, and put all the aftermarket back on and never have to worry about it again. If you are moving to a major metro area though you'll have to do the things in my above post to register your car.

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Register the car as an out of state CA car, you will only have to pass 49 state emissions. But... if you get pulled over you will have to tell the cop that you just brought it to Cali. Also you will need to have a resident address in the other state (I used my parents in VA) to have the registration mailed to. DMV will not (at least not for me) mail registration to a PO box. You can do your 49 state emissions here in CA as long as the stuff coming out your tailpipe passes, ie no rollers or visuals. That's how I got my tube chassis '79 pinto w/ a 2.3 turbo motor registered. Hope that helps.

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Do they not have a grandfather clause in Cali? In 79, I didn't think they had any kind of legal emissions.
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Old 06-19-2006, 11:15 PM   #15
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the grandfather clause right now is 74 and lower, next year it will be 75 and so forth, I might be a year off but that's it. But no... there were not any REAL emission reductions till 79 you are correct. CA at this point does require any emission system to be intact back to model year specified. As for emission systems just look at a 69 camaro's vacuum system compared to a 79 and you'll see the "attempt" by GM to reduce emissions. Were emissions reduced during that period? Not really but it was a start. I work with large power plant systems both gas turbine and traditional steam systems and I deal with Cal EPA pretty frequently. Here in the great state of CA it's not about air quatlity any more but it's more a souce of revenue (spelling).

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Old 06-20-2006, 12:06 AM   #16
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Ah, I see.

Glad I live in Oregon, where emissions aren't as strict, but then again, there's some bill on the table that would make our emissions MORE strict than Cali's!
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Old 06-20-2006, 01:00 PM   #17
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the grandfather clause right now is 74 and lower, next year it will be 75 and so forth, I might be a year off but that's it.
I heard they stopped adding a year last year or the year before.


I tried to get my 95 Honda Civic smogged last year. The guy i bought it from had hacked off the airbox and zip tied on a cone filter. I took it in and they wouldnt even test it because of the cone filter.
Technically in cali any mod is illegal. Even just a muffler. Even though you can mod up to stage 4 (vf turbo, tbe, up pipe, headers, intercooler, injectors) and still pass the actual sniffer you wont pass the visual, unless the guy is cool.

My car got impounded back in december and i got sent to the California State Smog Referee. It is basically a state certified smog place and they are very thorough. I had a full rotated setup with nos and a 2.2L stroker kit in an 02 wrx. I had it put back to stock, mostly. It still passed with the 2.2L stroker. I decided just to sell it and got an 06 STi. I didnt want to go through the hassle of taking everything on and off every two years to get smogged. Not to mention they have mobile sniffers now and they can bust you on the spot. I have bought parts from a couple guys down in LA who had both been pulled over and given tickets for their exhaust.
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Ya the '75 thing is now locked at '75, wont go any newer than that.
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OK so from what i researched If you are military and have out of state registration then you should be fine as far as beign SMOGGED correct? Now does anyone know about the military base, will they smog you i have heard that cali bases are also more strict on emissions. or is that a rumor?
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I can honestly say that Cali Smog laws are the bane of my existence. I know a fair amount of different "car" enthusiasts, and when it comes to smog, they all pay under the table.

You wouldn't be able to pass otherwise.

Heaven forbid you get sent to the state ref, i knew a kid with a 3000gt who got reffed and spend 1.5 months sorting it all out. Another guy i know "sells" his car to a relative every time he gets reffed.
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