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California Smog issues

Postby CalElan » Sun 07.05.2017, 20:25

I live in the SF Bay Area and am trying - and failing miserably - to get my car smogged.
Been to 5 local stations including the one that did it last time to be told they don't have the data to be able to do the test.

Bay Area drivers or anyone CA based know where I can take the car to get it tested?
Any other information that may be of help?

Thanks. AA
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Re: California Smog issues

Postby steve matthews » Tue 09.05.2017, 19:42

Virginia, we don't really care.
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Re: California Smog issues

Postby CalElan » Tue 09.05.2017, 19:47

Lucky bas... er you! :chair:
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Re: California Smog issues

Postby tigerdog » Sun 28.05.2017, 15:57

I've been using the same smog test place and tester for 10 years and get to go in this week. I hope I don't end up in the same place as you. It's in Solana Beacn (north San Diego) so it doesn't help you much, I'm afraid. What do they mean that they don't have the data needed to test?
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Re: California Smog issues

Postby CalElan » Mon 12.06.2017, 20:59

sorry for the delay..
The way it was explained to me:
STAR stations and their results are strictly monitored. There is a statistical curve for failures of older vehicles and if you pass vehicles consistently away from these stats then your station gets 'looked it'.
The evap system seemed to cause the most concern - They seemed unable to decide if they should or should not test it. The rules are if it's not accessible then no test - but it seems 'not accessible' was open to interpretation.
In the end one guy looked it over - explained this to me and declined to test it. The other stations just gave me 'we don't have the equipment', BS.

I reached out to the Golden Gate Lotus Club to see if anyone was having an Elan smogged and where. Their membership guy was super-helpful and had a place he was smogging his.
I booked in - the guy never raised an eyebrow - done and dusted in 15 minutes. His assessment of the other stations - if they can't plug them in - they're not interested.

Guess where mine is going in future - as an added bonus the garage next door were fitting some shift-cables to a beautiful silver Elan.

Hope your test went well..
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Re: California Smog issues

Postby tigerdog » Mon 12.06.2017, 23:07

Mine did not. Failed visual, since Smaug currently wears the intake system from Top End Performance; exposed filter, blow off valve. I have to put back the stock intake pipe and trash can air filter. While I have the trash can, I can no longer find the intake pipe. I'm hoping someone has one they'll part with. Most likely, I'll be removing the TEP system and selling it, so some lucky stiff, someplace other than California, will get what is arguably the best intake pipe system ever made for the M100.

Not happy, but it's the price we pay to live in Paradise.
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Re: California Smog issues

Postby CalElan » Wed 14.06.2017, 21:08

Paradise... I think SD is way closer to that than SF!
I admit to wondering how much of a PITA it would be to run a decent intake system and then swap back every couple of years..
I think you just highlighted the probable biggest issue for me too - losing the pieces..

Best of luck with the search!
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Re: California Smog issues

Postby tigerdog » Sun 18.06.2017, 15:51

CalElan wrote:I admit to wondering how much of a PITA it would be to run a decent intake system and then swap back every couple of years..

It's probably an hour's wrenching to swap the hoses and air cleaner in/out. But if I'm going to do it once, I'll find a way to make the stock system do the job. I really question its performance impact anyway. In theory, boost should build marginally more quickly because the hoses don't have to "inflate" as pressure builds. I'm skeptical.
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Re: California Smog issues

Postby HJ2 » Sun 18.06.2017, 16:22

... And you should! :wink:
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