[MR2] Mk 1 - worth the effort?
wbrandt1 at sbcglobal.net
Thu May 28 13:36:37 EDT 2009
Hi Aaron - just to show you how silly this law (CA Smog) is years ago I
took a friend's Toyota pickup to a test only station.
It had a carburetor and sometime during it's life the carb (lower case) had
a vacuum line that was no longer connected. It didn't affect the running of
the truck, and it passed the smog test.
However the tech noticed a hole at the carb with no tube and failed the
So I went to an AutoZone, got a T fitting and vacuum line, and connected the
totally useless connection.
The tech was happy, truck didn't know the difference and it was passed.
In general if they can see it (and headers would scream out) unless you have
a document stating it is CARB certified you are SOL.
I had heard years ago TRD was working on getting their headers CARB
certified for the 4AGE but never heard anything more.
I did hear form the ebay sellers; they said (no surprise) they aren't
certified - for "off road use only" heh heh
So any chump buying these in CA will be failed at test time...
----- Original Message -----
From: "Aaron Willis" <AWillis at lithia.com>
To: "William Brandt" <wbrandt1 at sbcglobal.net>; "MR2 List" <mr2 at mr2.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2009 10:24 AM
Subject: RE: [MR2] Mk 1 - worth the effort?
Bill, you're correct - technically. In practice, some guys get an
aftermarket header through a California smog test just fine, depending
on how discrete it looks and whether the EGR is hooked up and
functioning properly, etc. Similarly, typical MegaSquirt installs on a
16V AW11 use a plug-and-play harness to connect to the car in place of
the factory ECU inside the trunk, and as such, are invisible when
complete. It does not require you to modify anything inside the engine
compartment other than the addition of one inconspicuous vacuum hose
running into the trunk. If you can trick it into lighting the CEL when
the ignition is switched on and engine not running, there will be little
or no visible evidence of modification. It's very much a stealth
I'm not saying this is a practical approach for everyone, but it is very
possible and may be useful for some.
Aaron Willis, Parts Dept. - Lithia Toyota Scion of Springfield, OR
541.736.3221 (direct) - 800.888.6305 (toll free) - 541.747.4174 (fax)
Official vendor: www.mr2oc.com and www.mr2.com
From: mr2-bounces at mr2.com [mailto:mr2-bounces at mr2.com] On Behalf Of
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2009 9:50 AM
To: MR2 List
Subject: [MR2] Mk 1 - worth the effort?
On the plus side Steve there probably isn't more than 5 of you in the
country who would be interested in the car at this point. You could give
a low ball offer and see what he says.
On the ?Megasquirt" - it is just like these headers I saw for sale in
and sold from CA.
"Are they CARB certified" I emailed last night?
Meaning are they approved by the California Air Resources Board?
If they aren't and you go in for a test only smog they will fail the car
I don't expect to hear from them ;-)
I've had my mr2 for 20 years now - bought it when it was 3 years old and
36,000 miles. Never thought I'd keep a car that long but I never tire of
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