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https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/a37262122/what-californias-new-ecu-law-means-for-tuned-cars/

 

Now that this has been in effect for a bit: anyone get busted, or just revert completely to stock before hand?

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I've already felt a nudge on this...

Took my truck to get smog checked 2 weeks ago, DING Fail without ever being hooked up.

My Volant Cold Air Intake didn't have the 50 State ARB sticker on it anymore....you could see where it has been for the last 18 years...

Guy said sorry, that intake wont pass....Googled it and sure enough, its not even legal anymore nor can I get that sticker from the MFG.

Eff this, I'll be back Smog guy...

Come back with the stock intake set up and air filter....guy says "I'm just letting you know, if that is not your Air Intake, ECU or etc....you won't be able to switch it later.

The new system logged the serial numbers of my stuff, each year moving forward it will compare if there have been any changes. It was all my OEM stuff, so no problem there.

 

Yup, CARB is in full effect on this stuff now. Tossed the Volant system in the trash and now enjoy a much nicer quieter driving experience....LOL.

I'm so over anything not OEM these days.

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I've been taking it in the shorts and arguing with the smog guys for years over my diesel... fuk em, next year it's being registered in Mohave County. NO MORE SMOG BS and $54 for 2 years 

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It is INSANE / My daughters Cat was stolen off her Honda Accord....The Cats are $100 bucks BUT guess what.....the CARB approved ones are 10X - 16X that/ CRAZY!!!!!

California is driving residents and Business and their TAX DOLLARS AWAY!!!! 

 

It Sucks!!!!

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2 years, no gas lawnmowers, WTF?!

I read an article last week that CARB researched the makers of aftermarket tuners or modifications to stock units, set up a sting and went directly to these tuners and fined them for making modifications. 
Pretty good idea on their part but sucks for those that need a tune. 
I remember the old days, no ECU’s  to rat you out. 🖕🏼

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3 minutes ago, Poule43 said:

It is INSANE / My daughters Cat was stolen off her Honda Accord....The Cats are $100 bucks BUT guess what.....the CARB approved ones are 10X - 16X that/ CRAZY!!!!!

California is driving residents and Business and their TAX DOLLARS AWAY!!!! 

 

It Sucks!!!!

:poule:

And guess what you can't legally take a cat off another car and put on yours, even if it is the same model.  The state makes you buy brand new.  All while they are being stolen every night..............Buddy got is MOHO ones stolen from his storage the other night.  Such a racket

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And guess what you can't legally take a cat off another car and put on yours, even if it is the same model.  The state makes you buy brand new.  All while they are being stolen every night..............Buddy got is MOHO ones stolen from his storage the other night.  Such a racket

It is soo Crazy and doesn't make ANY SENSE!!!!! I hate what California has become........ I X the days off the wall calander till I can leave after my son is done with High School.

:poule:

 

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3 minutes ago, Poule43 said:

California is driving residents and Business and their TAX DOLLARS AWAY!!!! 

 

It :poule:

No it is not. CA is driving its OG residents out but the houses are selling faster than people are leaving. Every city in CA is building Mixed use micro housing.....EVERYWHERE. My house in Poway is scheduled to close escrow next week. We had 100's of people walk through. I would say 99% foreigners. No disrespect to them but that is who is buying up CA........with CASH offers. 

Then the Californians buy and pay way too much everywhere else because we have extra cash. Now every other state costs a fortune to live at. 

Back to topic..........SMOG SUCKS

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Step by step it's just not worth being here anymore.  I already bought out of State, and am just making hay while the sun is shinning still working in the Bay Area for another couple years, if I can last that long. 

 

-TJ

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1 hour ago, Cookie said:

And guess what you can't legally take a cat off another car and put on yours, even if it is the same model.  The state makes you buy brand new.  All while they are being stolen every night..............Buddy got is MOHO ones stolen from his storage the other night.  Such a racket

Don't forget that not only does the cat have to match your year/make/model/engine, it also has to match your engine's specific test group:

https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/locating-vehicle-test-group-or-engine-family-number#:~:text=All vehicles sold in the,control equipment of motor vehicles.

Check this before buying  CA legal cat.  Ask me how I know...

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This makes me wonder about the roadside testing stations, also!  I wonder if they will start checking that way?

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14 minutes ago, 2dasand said:

This makes me wonder about the roadside testing stations, also!  I wonder if they will start checking that way?

Saw one of these on check points in Anaheim, they were scanning plates as you drove up. I'm assuming they have certain cars flagged in the system. Meanwhile you can smoke crack & poop on the streets of LA with impunity. Great job California no wonder we rank last on the list in the US for quality of file. At least you can get a gender neutral toy now without issue.  

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They are also flagging known car groups. I work next to the state referee and for 1 month all he pulled in was Ford Lightnings. Next month was all BMW M3s

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I just added a tuned black bear ecu to my 2500hd.glad I’m not in ca anymore. 
 

in az I do have to get emissions tested every year though just cause it’s a 2500. But 17 bucks and 35-40 to register. 😂

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I always cut my cat off my RV after getting it smogged. I would weld it back on for the test. Did this forever. (Had a hallowed cat to put in it's place.)

I went to get it smogged this year and guy flagged the welds as a tamper. I tried to make them rusty but he saw right through it. Had to install new cat. Now I have to smog every year for the life of it too. 

I'm not complaining, I knew that what I was doing was wrong but no room for screwing around anymore.  I will say that a local muffler shop is the one that told me to do this yearsssssz ago because he said that I would be burning up cats going up and down the grade.

It's not going to be fun dragging that bitch to get smogged every year.

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8 hours ago, 2dasand said:

This makes me wonder about the roadside testing stations, also!  I wonder if they will start checking that way?

Stay clear of jamacha between main st and chase. Chp sets up a drive on smog unit there often

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Wanna know what freedom sounds like?  Long tube headers, not Cats, and a big cam..

This was before Mr Alper had his way with her...

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1 hour ago, Sausage450r said:

Stay clear of jamacha between main st and chase. Chp sets up a drive on smog unit there often

Wow drive that all the time as my parents live right off of Jamacha as do my in laws. I’ve never seen this! 

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I have a Hypertech programmer on my truck but it’s only being used to recalibrate my Speedo because of my rear gear and tire size change. I wonder if this will be an issue next time I need to smog it? 

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11 hours ago, 77charger said:

I just added a tuned black bear ecu to my 2500hd.glad I’m not in ca anymore. 
 

in az I do have to get emissions tested every year though just cause it’s a 2500. But 17 bucks and 35-40 to register. 😂

Wow, what county and what year truck for $30 - $40?  For that price I'm guessing around a 2006?

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11 hours ago, LegitDuner said:

I always cut my cat off my RV after getting it smogged. I would weld it back on for the test. Did this forever. (Had a hallowed cat to put in it's place.)

I went to get it smogged this year and guy flagged the welds as a tamper. I tried to make them rusty but he saw right through it. Had to install new cat. Now I have to smog every year for the life of it too. 

I'm not complaining, I knew that what I was doing was wrong but no room for screwing around anymore.  I will say that a local muffler shop is the one that told me to do this yearsssssz ago because he said that I would be burning up cats going up and down the grade.

It's not going to be fun dragging that bitch to get smogged every year.

I know a few guys that have RV's that have not been registered for 12 years and live in CA.  Kinda hard to see the plate with that stacker right behind it. 

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1 hour ago, r3meyer said:

I know a few guys that have RV's that have not been registered for 12 years and live in CA.  Kinda hard to see the plate with that stacker right behind it. 

That’s not a bad idea 

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