Smog legal to move intercooler? (in california)

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  1. kingkevo25

    kingkevo25 New Member

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    Question:
    Will moving the location of the intercooler, lets say from top mount to front mount, adding longer piping, and using a CARB legal intercooler (with executive order specific to said car), pass the visual inspection at a smog station?
     
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    unwed_transient Internationally Known and Locally Detested

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    like everything smog related in Ca.....

    depends.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    visual inspection all depends on who's checking it. What passes with one inspector, may not fly by another.
     
  4. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Amen to that.

    My mother used to own a FIAT that had a little tube connecting the air intake directly to the exhaust manifold, so that the catalytic converter would have plenty of fresh oxygen at its disposal to burn the exhaust with. This was before the days of 3-way catcons, so this was the best way to supply oxygen to the exhaust without running the engine lean.

    The US government blocked imports of the car once they found out about it, because the oxygen was diluting the exhaust stream and throwing off their tests -- despite the fact that the car made lower emissions per gallon of gasoline than pretty much any other carbureted car ever made. FIAT has never been back in the USA since.

    Twenty-some years later, Volkswagens all have secondary air injection pumps that shoot oxygen into the exhaust stream when the engine is cold. And it's perfectly legal.

    Lest you think for a moment that the EPA isn't a bunch of stupid shits, remember who they work for.
     
  5. alltracman78

    alltracman78 New Member

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    Um
    That's nothing new?
    Same idea as an air pump [pumping air into the exhaust stream].
    MILLIONS of vehicles have them. And have had them for over 30 years.
    My 85 Toyota pickup is one.

    Oh, and the cat doesn't burn the exhaust...
    Molecules in the exhaust react with molecules in the cat [catalyst] and chemically change.


    You might want to rethink who the stupid shit are.....

    As for the original question, I would guess TECHNICALLY the whole IC kit would have to be CARB exempt.
    But in reality, it all will depend on the station you take it to.
    What car/engine is this?
     
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