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Posted by Justin VanAbrahams [Email] (#32) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Justin VanAbrahams) on Tue, 6 Nov 2018 15:03:43 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Question..., Saabina, Tue, 6 Nov 2018 09:47:36
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Yes. The "engine" is an inseparable unit which includes everything from the air filter to the catalytic converter and all the engine management needed to run it. On pre-1996 cars *basically* the air intake system (air filter, piping, intercooler, throttle body, manifold) have a broad exemption that allows you to muck with it, but there is no broad exemption for things like the ignition or fuel, so 1987 engine must have 1987 stock engine management attached to it.

California does have rules for NLA parts, and it's possible those rules could apply to a c900 soon if not now, but the rules are pretty onerous. For example, if your distributor broke you would not be able to buy a new one and probably no junkyard has one so you could call the "parts locator service" and say, "Hey, I need either a distributor or an exemption" and they would probably offer the exemption. Then, maybe you could throw T5 on and say "I replaced my distributor with this" and they'd pass it. Maybe. But you'd have to repeat that process every two years... and if one day someone said, "Yep, distributors in stock!" you'd be hosed. The BAR sticker is forever.

*Seems like* if you do a clean swap, the sticker costs two hours and $8.25 and there is no reason not to go that way. At least I think... I've only done this one and I've not run it through the corner smog shop yet... :) I'm personally not too worried as my smog shop is excellent and 15 years later I think they generally trust that I'm being straightforward, but I'm not sure that'd happen everywhere. OTOH, I have been told that many smog shops treat the sticker as an excuse not to do a visual at all - that's coming from folks with things like JDM-swapped Hondas with clearly not legal turbos, but who knows if that applies to me... Saabs are quirky. ;) Here's to hoping. :)

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