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Old 01-17-2008, 12:27 AM   #1
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How do you guys get a smog check with modified intake/exhaust?

The guy at the smog check station said he couldn't do it because of some California law. Would I need to change back to stock, get it checked, then change back? How do you guys do it?
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:33 AM   #2
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There are ways around it, and it involves the smog shop using "a different car"...or so I heard
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:22 AM   #3
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We have the same problem in the UK and you both answered the question. They are your two options but the second is risky and it costs you a drink to the guy doing the test.....he is after all putting his job on the line....
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:28 AM   #4
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What intake and exhaust are you running? most air intakes offer California versions or are California legal, and the rear muffler is not going to change your smog rating? If you have a custom setup headers back wit no cat then yea you will probably fail smog. Did they guy already check your car and it failed or does he refuse to even check the car because it has a non stock setup?

I am not familiar with California laws, but it seems like the guy should have given you more info as to why he "couldn't" check your car.
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:59 AM   #5
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Find a C.A.R.B. sticker for your intake? My K&N came with a sticker stating is certified. CT is pretty easy on emissions (we actually just started the program back up again) if the car is OBDII, they verify the VIN and plug in the diag. port. Obviously CA has a visual inspection, but if your mods are C.A.R.B certified I'd think you'd be OK as long as you can show documentation. If they aren't find a friendly shop.
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What intake and exhaust are you running? most air intakes offer California versions or are California legal, and the rear muffler is not going to change your smog rating? If you have a custom setup headers back wit no cat then yea you will probably fail smog. Did they guy already check your car and it failed or does he refuse to even check the car because it has a non stock setup?

I am not familiar with California laws, but it seems like the guy should have given you more info as to why he "couldn't" check your car.
California is very strict on smog. The reason they refused to do it because in California there is a "visual inpection" Anything non-stock on the emission system that you can see will fail.
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Old 01-17-2008, 10:10 AM   #8
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California is very strict on smog. The reason they refused to do it because in California there is a "visual inpection" Anything non-stock on the emission system that you can see will fail.
even if it has a C.A.R.B. certification?

Quote taken from K&N website -"Most are CARB Exempt and street legal in all 50 US States"
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I have the rogue engineering DMS exhaust and a gruppe m intake. Anyone know if those are CARB certified? And if they're not, anyone have a hookup for smog in the La Jolla/ San Diego area?
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:14 PM   #10
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Old 01-17-2008, 03:56 PM   #11
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I got my smog check a couple days ago with my CAI on. The guy pops the hood (and I'm nervous at this point) kinda looks at it, then walks away. I thought I was in the clear. He then proceeds to do the emissions test for the next 10 min or so. Not until he is done with ALL that does he call me over and start asking about the intake. I was like, ARE YOU SERIOUS? After he dicked me around for 10min while he was talking on his cell phone he asks "Do you work for the government?" I laughed. Eventually he let me pass, so all is well.

If you aren't so lucky, just hand the guy some cash. You usually have better luck if the guy isn't white (I'm being seious... it's true. I haven't had any luck in the past with white guys and mustaches, lol.)
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I got my smog check a couple days ago with my CAI on. The guy pops the hood (and I'm nervous at this point) kinda looks at it, then walks away. I thought I was in the clear. He then proceeds to do the emissions test for the next 10 min or so. Not until he is done with ALL that does he call me over and start asking about the intake. I was like, ARE YOU SERIOUS? After he dicked me around for 10min while he was talking on his cell phone he asks "Do you work for the government?" I laughed. Eventually he let me pass, so all is well.

If you aren't so lucky, just hand the guy some cash. You usually have better luck if the guy isn't white (I'm being seious... it's true. I haven't had any luck in the past with white guys and mustaches, lol.)
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:55 PM   #13
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your Gruppe M is not legal, it doesn't have a CARB E.O. number on it. As far as your exhaust goes, as long as it's a cat-back or muffler only, it wont effect your smog outcome or fail you on visual.

Some smog tech are cool about aftermarket parts and letting stuff slide, but you have to understand their smog license is on the line if you are an undercover.
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forgot, here's the link to the ARB site to check if your part has an E.O. number
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:28 PM   #19
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ya it also make a difference what intake you have, i think if you have an intake that replaces the piping it needs a CARB sticker on it, but like said above if its like a grumpet or a AFE and it just replaces the intake there is no need for a CARB sticker. as for the exhaust: as long as you dont mess with the cats (headers on ower cars) it should be good.
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