Join Date: Jun 2003
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Finally Passed! (real long)
Well, after 2 years of trying, my Zuk finally passed NJ inspection!
When I purchased the zuk 2 years ago, I tried to run it through, but failed for emmisions. Totally lacked compression in the #3 cyl, and was blowing raw fuel throught the exhaust.
It sat for a while until I could have Sean DeVinney from Aftermarket 4x4 do the motor swap for me(1.6L), and a SPOA.
When I got the zuk back, I tried to run it through inspection again. When I got to the inspection station, they said that I had to go to a special site, to have a tilt test done, because "everyone knows that these things flip too easy".
I went to the second inspection station (Sept 2003), and was told that I had to make an appointment. Earliest they had available was in about 6 weeks, (Oct 2003)
I drove the Zuk down to Zuwharrie, and the tranny went on the way home (a few days before my inspection appointment)
I had to order a new tranny, and wait until I got it installed to reschedule. The tranny arrived, but so did the cold weather. Since I'm still wrenching in the driveway until the garage is built, I had to wait until the snow melted to install the new tranny.
Well, the warmer weather finally arrived, and the tranny was installed. Back to the inspection station for another appointment.
Well, Thursday was the big day. Zuk passed with flying colors, including the tilt test!
They also did a very thorough check on the whole vehicle, way above and beyond a normal NJ inspection. The welds on the SPOA lift were examined very closely (thanks Sean for doing such an awsome job!) They also lifted the front end, and checked for any looseness in the steering system.
I did find out some interesting things about the zuk. It weights about 2450lbs, and its about 150lbs heavier on the passenger side.
Well after all is said and done, I now have 2 large inspection stickers. One to say that it passed the normal inspection, then the second to prove that it went through the more rigorous modified vehicle inspection.