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Re: California Emissons ??\'s
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<font color=green>OK, if it was not originally a CA truck then it doens't need to meet CA emissions standards, which, being as that it is a 3/4 ton, you probably don't need air injection or cats. What you probably do need is - Closed element (stock) air filter with a heat riser, which is very easy to make, even if you have headers, a carbon can, which is super easy to retrofit, mine is from a Ford truck, PCV and EGR. My truck is originally from WA and had no smog equipment whatsoever when I bought it, it was pretty easy to get all of the stuff to get it legal. Just take it to the smog place and they will run the VIN and tell you what it needs. Sounds like the hardest thing will be EGR since you'll need a new manifold, unless yours just has a block off plate on it now. For reference, my truck is a '78 with federal emissions and passed smog with flying colors with only the EGR, stock air cleaner housing, carbon canister, EGR and PCV. I run headers and full dual exhaust, it is legal because it was available in the year the truck was made. My truck isn't even originally a V8, it was a 6cyl originally.
Emissions testing in CA sucks, but it's really not too bad when you actually understand the laws. It won't be so bad, you can make it pass pretty easily so long as the motor isn't too wild and actaully has the cabability of runing clean enough to pass.