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Old 12-21-2006, 09:49 AM
 
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Default smog laws

Are there any states that do not require catalytic converters? What states have the most lenient smog laws?

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Old 12-21-2006, 09:57 AM
 
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I don't think so legally. Florida used to sort of look the other way.

It probably comes down to car inspections. If you don't have them, probably can get away with just about anything. The non-bigger urban areas of OH don't have car inspections of any type.

Lots of Yahoos take advantage to put entire different exhaust systems on their junk. Probably doesn't have a Cat Converter but the chuckle side is they can't go too many places. Cops love those type citations. The big wheels scream, "Come Get Me".
 
Old 01-05-2009, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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My question is that right now I am in California. I was born here and I detest this state. I bought a beautiful 98 Trans AM WS-6 from CarMax 2 years ago. I went to renew my tags and it needed to be smogged this year (which I think is a racket) and found out my car has "High Flow Aftermarket Catalytic Converters on it. This is the only reason it didn't pass smog. They said it's illegal. (I haven't done anything to my car other than lube and oil it.)
Does Virginia have this law as well? I am in the process of relocating there as soon as I can get a job. If I don't need to change my car I won't. 1. I love my car the way it is 2. I didn't buy my car for gas mileage 3. I don't have the money
Thanks
 
Old 01-06-2009, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Northeastern WI
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Im not sure if my truck is equipped for Calif emissions testing and stuff, its an Az truck and I lived where there is none of that 'smog law' stuff so it was easy to register. Im just curious as to what its gonna take, or how much modifying (if any) to get it registered out here.
 
Old 01-06-2009, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Are there any states that do not require catalytic converters? What states have the most lenient smog laws?

gptaz
If your vehicle was made after 1974, then it should have a catalytic converter, and they usually last for over 200,000 miles, as long as you don't use leaded gasoline, which I don't think you can find anywhere these days.

Many states' emission standards vary from county to county, I know in Arizona, only 2 counties have emission control requirements, and your vehicle will need to pass emission tests. In Maricopa County, which is mostly the Phoenix metro area, if your vehicle was made before 1975, it will be excempt from emission tests, and you won't have a hard time getting it registered. Pima County, which encompasses the Tucson metro area, also requires emission tests, but the rest of the counties that do not have a lot of people in them, which are Pinal, Graham, Coconino, Yavapai, Mohave, Navajo, Apache, Greenlee, Santa Cruz, Gila, Cochise, La Paz, and Yuma, you can get any vehicle registered without meeting emission standards.

See my reply to Livewire's message below for more information.


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Im not sure if my truck is equipped for Calif emissions testing and stuff, its an Az truck and I lived where there is none of that 'smog law' stuff so it was easy to register. Im just curious as to what its gonna take, or how much modifying (if any) to get it registered out here.
Your truck, being a 2002, should have a catalytic converter, and emission control devices, regardless of where it was originally purchased and registered, and you shouldn't have to do much, other than get it tuned up, and clean/replace the fuel injectors (if needed) to get it to pass emission tests, and registered in California.
 
Old 01-06-2009, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Log home in the Appalachians
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My question is that right now I am in California. I was born here and I detest this state. I bought a beautiful 98 Trans AM WS-6 from CarMax 2 years ago. I went to renew my tags and it needed to be smogged this year (which I think is a racket) and found out my car has "High Flow Aftermarket Catalytic Converters on it. This is the only reason it didn't pass smog. They said it's illegal. (I haven't done anything to my car other than lube and oil it.)
Does Virginia have this law as well? I am in the process of relocating there as soon as I can get a job. If I don't need to change my car I won't. 1. I love my car the way it is 2. I didn't buy my car for gas mileage 3. I don't have the money
Thanks
I would suggest that you check with Virginia's Motor Vehicle Administration, I'm sure you can find that information online because like most states it varies from county to county.
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