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Old 30 Jun 2008, 09:31 am
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Default California smog laws for engine swaps?

What would be the outcome if an officer pulled someone over-for exhaust- and discovered they had an engine swap. For example 88 civic comes with a 1.5 sohc boasting 92hp (d15), if it was swapped for a 1989+ 1.6 dohc boasting 160hp (b16a) what would the police do about it... fix it ticket... impound... nothing?I've heard that if the engine is of equal year or newer and stays within the displacement available for that year and make of car you won't have too much of a problem but I'm looking for solid info. If you know of any resources (or have knowledge in this matter) please let me know.
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Old 30 Jun 2008, 09:46 am
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If the cop is smart enough to see the engine has been swaped which most of them arent, you will get a fix it ticket, thats all. You may be right about the engine spec deal but I have yet to have a cop open my hood. But you will have to put your original engine back in to get the ticket sighned off ifyou get one.
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Old 30 Jun 2008, 10:01 am
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You are right. If the engine is equal or newer and stays within the same displacement for that year, no worries. You could get a fix it ticket like the previous answer said. A buddy of mine had a 1996 Accord EX with an H22 and a turbo kit on it and he got popped. He spent $9K on that powerplant and he had to remove it because he received a fix-it ticket. Most police don't know though. I think the turbo was a dead giveaway though. A B16 should be fine for your car though.
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Old 30 Jun 2008, 10:16 am
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wtf you get tickets for haveing a differnt engine? as long as you legaly purchased the engine and passed smog there should be no problem doing it at all. and you dont have to pop your hood to a cop with out a search warrant.. thats a federal law so... you can say no and they really cant do shit about except get one. but keep your papers for the engine in the car just in case... and most cops arent trained for things like that, they have drag net units(street raceing) that handle this kind of stuff... i dont let cops get anywhere near my engine =]. i just get tickets cuase i go street races lol..
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Old 30 Jun 2008, 10:31 am
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You are right about the year being the same or newer and the displacement but you also have to get the car looked at by a state smog referee so the car can pass smog and visual. If it dose not pass then you have to put the old engine back in. if it dose pass then what happens is you get a new Vin number for your car because of the swap so you can pass smog without problems or doing it underhand. The cops can't do a thing once you get it passed by a state smog referee because it becomes legal.
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