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Old 03-30-2006, 06:31 PM   #1
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So Im going to be relocating to TX(Austin) or WA(Seattle) in the next year most likely. Im just getting ready to get started on my swap project in California. Ive talked to some folks up in WA and theres no visual so I think I can pass with a swap in WA but what about TX. Is there visual? Anyone smog their swap in TX?
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Old 03-31-2006, 02:08 AM   #2
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Washington is easy. IF you have a pre 1996 USDM car that you're swapping a jdm engine in to, they will test your car via the exhaust pipe. As long as you're running the stock ECU and the stock downpipe, you'll pass WA emissions perfectly. We've done it several times. When you do a 1997 or newer USDM car, they test via OBD2 port (Basically CEL and testing the readiness of the emissions systems), and so far, I haven't seen or heard of anyone passing the OBD2 test in washington who had a JDM swap.

I have no clue about texas, but I would assume they would be one of the more leanient states when it comes to emissions testing
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Old 03-31-2006, 10:50 AM   #3
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Ill be using the stock JDM ecu
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Old 03-31-2006, 11:16 AM   #4
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if you want super assurance buy a stock wrx (or better yet a sti [bigger cat]) dp and swap it in for emmissions .. you get real efficent at swappind dps after a while i can do it in about 20 min
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Old 03-31-2006, 11:46 AM   #5
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We've got a 1990 Legacy Wagon with complete Ver 2 swap, and then a 1996 Legacy GT with a 1995 WRX RA Complete swap. The 1990 has passed emissions perfectly for the past 4 years, and it's put together completely stock. The 1996 has only been together for about a year, but passed emissions right after the swap. Using a stock WRX downpipe would pretty much assure passing emissions, although you will pass just fine using the JDM downpipe.

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Old 04-03-2006, 02:10 PM   #6
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Ok so it looks like WA is out.... TX here I come... Are theyre any nasioc people from tx with a swap? Im positive I can pass every state without visual inspection..
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As long as it is an OBD II and you have no check engine lights on...you should be good. They will do the "sniffer" on you, but they have to do it at idle since 99% of the inspection shops down here don't have AWD rollers.


I "pass" emissions with a single hiflow cat and accompanying "fixes".....
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Old 04-03-2006, 07:10 PM   #8
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Its a 93 so no obII checks should be a two speed idle test. But is there a visual inspection in tx? If I pull up to a smog place in ca with no egr and a turbo engine they will flip out
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:04 PM   #9
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No visual here, they check your horn, windsheild wipers, tires etc. nothing else as long as you're not throwing cels and within sniffer peramiters you'll be good to go.
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As long as it is an OBD II and you have no check engine lights on...you should be good. They will do the "sniffer" on you, but they have to do it at idle since 99% of the inspection shops down here don't have AWD rollers.


I "pass" emissions with a single hiflow cat and accompanying "fixes".....
they use sniffers on you? ive never been sniffed. texas smog laws are really quite weak.
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Old 04-04-2006, 12:29 PM   #11
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they use sniffers on you? ive never been sniffed. texas smog laws are really quite weak.
I think your car is to new for the sniffer based on what ive read about the texas smog.. Cars between 2-24 years old have to pass smog or something like that.
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Also depends on area, Austin (being the state capital) is a little harsher on smoging, whereas Magnolia, Beaumont and places that aren't considered "big cities" smoging much less intensive.
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http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/vi/

Smog check is part of the yearly state inspection for your vehicle in Texas. Depending on which county you are in you will be subjected to one of the following:

1996 +Cars
Vehicle Safety Inspection (working lights, wipers, etc)
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Vehicle Safety Inspection (working lights, wipers, etc)
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Info on TSI and ASM

Technically your car is supposed to subjected to a full visual inspection of the car to include emmissions systems. In reality most stations just go down a quick list of items that can be visually seen by say a police officer and that you could be cited for. (i.e. broken lenses, burnt out light bulbs, tint, etc).

As always don't go get inspected at any chain store whose primary or secondary bussiness may be state inspections. These places are specifically looking for ways to fail you. Why? Because they hope to either sell you fixes to your problems or send you away with your failure slip. Once you have failed you have 14 days to correct the problem, return to the same inspector to get re-inspected for free. They are hoping that you miss the 14 day window and have to pay for inspection again. You should instead go to independent shops and get inspected where they are typically far less anal about things.

Some random TXDOT links to vehicle inspection.

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/vi/Misc/faq/insp_faq.htm
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