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> ok, here is a very serious question. in cali
> they passed a law that any car pre-dating
> '74 is now smog exempt. upon hearing this i
> immediately dumped the extra weight. namely
> the smog junk. now the thing is, here in the
> northern bay area of good ol california,
> import street racers are frowned upon. so
> the cops like to pull us over and have us
> pop the hood. aight aight heres the
> question... if im pulled over and asked to
> pop the hood and they dont see a smog pump
> and all that other ugly tubing and stuff,
> can they still send me to the state referee?
> and if they can, exactly what smog law do i
> have to pass if my car is now exempt? at the
> illegals (weekend night races)
> over in fremont last weekend they swept
> through and sent almost everyone there to
> the state referee, i wasnt there that night
> but now they got me nervous to even bring my
> baby Z into public... anyone got any 411 in
> regards to this?

Not having the equipment, is what is going to get you into trouble. Here in Texas, we have a few counties around here that are the same way.(I live in one) We don't have to have the emmision test done, but if you don't have the proper equipment on the car, then you are in some serious trouble.

They get you for Tampering with State and Federaly controled emissions restriction devices. That's what they call the ticket you get. Yeah, I've seen 2. Once on a mustang, and once on a Checy truck. Same thing they get you for, if you jerk your catylist.

The bottom line is this.

If you want to risk it, go for it. So you gain a few horse, and save 30 pounds. You get caught, you pay a few hundred $$'s, and deal with the local fuzz, and maybe they impound your car, because you were street racing.

For the price you pay for a ticket, I would just buy a high-flow cat, and leave the smog equipment.

Not what you want to hear, but that's the short and skinny of it.

Sounds to me like you need to find a new place for the races, or at least be a little more inconspicuious. There are a lot of straight roads in your neck of the woods, so there has got to be another place.

Chrs Behney
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