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CA Emmissions?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by JimmyJuneau, Jan 11, 2002.

  1. JimmyJuneau

    JimmyJuneau 1/2 ton status

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    How tuff is the emission testing in California around the Sacramneto Stockton area? I have an 85 with a 305. It is all stock except the cat back glasspack exhaust. How much does it cost and if you dont pass it how long do you have until you can fix it?

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  2. ChevyCaGal

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    It's a pain in da butt to pass.... but it can be done. Just have to play the game. Depends where you go as for cost. Some places are $15 (85 and older), others are up too $60 (test only).... plus you gotta play $8.25 for a certificate. Just if you pick a place talk to them first and make sure they aren't idiots. Some places do it wrong so you fail.... anyhow you can fail it once then you have to pass. If you fail it more then once and then pass later you are labeled a gross polluter and you have to smog yearly for 5 years. There's a place off Calvine and Hwy 99 called Smog-N-Go I use... good guys and they do it right.... not sure how long you have to fix it? I paid my registration, and didn't smog it last year for a long time.... didn't have a sticker but the cops never bugged me on that. So I say until the cops bug ya! [​IMG]

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  3. JimmyJuneau

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    Well when I move down there Ill have outta state plates so hopefully I can get away with it for atleast a month or so. How often do you have to smog it?


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  4. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Every two years. I don't know about Sac, but down here in the SJ Valley, we're getting shafted with the dyno tests here soon. I've got to smog by March. I got to put on a new exhaust by then since I need a new cat, guess I'll get me a Flowmaster one chamber while I'm at it. Just hope it doesn't turn out to be a pain since I plan on buying the stuff and doing the install myself.

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    Every two years. I don't know about Sac, but down here in the SJ Valley, we're getting shafted with the dyno tests here soon. I've got to smog by March. I got to put on a new exhaust by then since I need a new cat, guess I'll get me a Flowmaster one chamber while I'm at it. Just hope it doesn't turn out to be a pain since I plan on buying the stuff and doing the install myself. Oh by the way, don't know where you are going and everywhere I've been cops are usually lax, but you have ten days after moving down here to get it tagged in CA. Where are you coming from? You may be in shock when you pay the registration fee. I have an '87 and it was $75 straight up last year. Of course I have personalized veteran plates also so I pay about 30 bucks on top of that.

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  6. JimmyJuneau

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    Im coming from Alaska. No smog here. the damn treehuggers havent accomplished that yet. It costs 75 dollars here but its for 5 years and we only have about 4o miles of road in town.



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  7. rampage

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    I'm not sure how long before you have to register an out-of-state vehicle. For some reason 1 yr comes to mind, but it may be 6 months. It would pay to go to a shop that does a pre-test also. In a pre-test they do the same tests, but they don't hook their computer up to the DMV. It costs about $30 more but worth the insurance if you're in doubt ... you don't want to labeled a CA gross polluter!
    If you're not burning a lot of oil, over idling, smell gas out the exhaust and engine is in good basic running conditions then I wouldn't worry too much.
     
  8. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    It's kind of expensive in this state. Haven't gotten my renewal yet for this year, I should have it within a couple of weeks. I'm expecting to pay about 100 bucks with the personalized tags and of course about 40 for smog since I take it to a real good shop and then probably about 200 for the exhaust.

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    My brother is a smog tech... The trick is to have them test it first.. If they don't test it first and it doesn't pass then they will put a gross pulluter tag on it then you have to fix the problems and then go to a referee.. And then in 2 years you have to go to a referee again.. Each station also gets something like points for every Gross pulluter(sp).. They have to have so many to become a referee station.. It is a screwy system.....Dan

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    My friend Jen is from CA... but she moved to Chapel Hill, NC for college.... went there for a few years then moved back. She had her NC plates on for like 2 years before she fixed them and that's cuz she did it they didn't hassle her. Heck the lady I used to work for has a 98 reg sticker on her Aerostar. She moved to OR never registered it there, then moved back here. I figure you got time... if they didn't hassle them, or me on the sticker I had then chances are not you. They just like to stop you if your tires stick out or if you are loud.... and I get to test every other year since I passed. Thanks to the nice smog man on Fair Oaks Blvd in Sac who likes big trucks [​IMG]

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    What do you guys do to your trucks that make them such a problem??? Maybe the guidlines are more broad for my year, but hell, last time i just drove up to the station, backed it onto the dyno, and the tech let her rip, which was funny, the 36" swampers with 1.5" on each side of the dyno, running up to 25mph, shaking the hell outta the poor machine. But back to my point, mine passed just fine, less than half the acceptable level, although he may have left the sensor out of the driverside pipe, oh well, but seriously, if its mostly stock, just do a tuneup, cap, rotor, plugs, make sure the carb is adjusted properly, teh timing is set right, and its at full operating temp when the test is done, if you have to wait, let it idle, have them run a pretest, and if you're really worried find a bottle of that gas additive thats supposed to make you passs the smog test. I wouldn't worry that much, its not like you're running race heads, and full radical roller valvetrain, and an 8-71 blower or something, just make sure it has all the original smog stuff on it, pcv, air injection, egr, etc.

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    Mine wouldn't pass because the quadrjet sucks that was on mine.. It is the 86 with the computer controlled carb. Something was wrong with the electronics inside.. I have a edelbrock on there for right know And it won't pass with that.. I have a year and half lift till my next smog.. By then I will have my TBI on and have to go to a referee for that...Dan

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    I never have a problem with mine passing. Guess I have it easy since I'm fuel injected.

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    Well I have found the smog techs are a problem (to some degree).... I took my grandma's car to a place and I said test it, it failed (Smog Wizard on Folsom).... why? Because the guy was an idiot. I took it to another place in Elk Grove that I mentioned above and it passed. Same with my Neon it failed at this other cheap place.... then I got mad refused to pay and left. Passed at the place in Elk Grove.... it was expensive (why I went to the other places first they cost less) but worth it.... the place I did my Blazer, it passed, the guy loves trucks and was a nice guy. I'm sure he did it right too. But some people in the smog business have no business being there because if they are dumb it's us who gets screwed.... my advice avoid places that want next to nothing to smog and ask questions. If they seem shady they are.... I learned that the hard way....

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    One thing that got left out is that when a car/truck comes from out-a-state they will have you do the smog check 2 with the wheels on the dyno (dont remember what it was called) and they will pressure check your gas cap and all the hose's and such.they will run it at think 25mph for about 10 min then I dont remember the other speed's I offer this change all the parts you can (pvc)egr,and do the tune up AND ABOVE ALL SPEND THE MONEY ON THE PRE-TEST FIRST (my brother didn't and he will never forget it) chevycalgal is right find a good shop. btw where you moving to .
     
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    mike -------he is moving to the lodi-stockton area JJ------ i would call the california air resource board (C.A.R.B.) and ask them what the rules are on your situation. also one thing to keep in mind when looking for a place around here is that if you live in lodi our smog rules are easier than stockton or sacramento county. they all have to do the smog check2. here in lodi we are still in the smog check1area. it all depends on where your registered at. if you decide to move to lodi my friends and i will help you find a decent smog shop that you can go to without getting screwed too bad..lol. i would seriously call the C.A.R.B. and see what they say. get things in writing if possible so that you have proof of what they told you. even if they send you to the refree for an initial check it really isnt as bad as people make it sound. i went with nosmog73's brother and the refree is actually a pretty good guy. i will even go with you so that you dont have to search for it alone. let us know what you find out and when your planning on moving......later.....tmanofcali


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