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I like smog laws as I moved into SOCAL Southern CA in 1968 as a kid and you could still see the Mountains in the distance and the snow covered peaks. By 1977 you could not see them anymore the smog became so bad.
Same with Arizona I moved in 2006 and you could still see the Superstition Mountains very clearly but now they are gone in the smog covered air and itís hard to breathe just like SOCAL Southern CA.
I'm telling you the days of the power V8 big auto is ending soon as they will become illegal to own.
I wouldnt call solar worthless trash. I know alot of people that cut their power bills by 30% or more with them. Yes it takes years to get ROI (as upposed to near decades in a prius) and there are maintenance costs involved, but they still pay off well. I'm taking a geology class this semester, and our professor said that with one roof-side of solar panels, they get a 25% or so bill reduction on a $10,000 investment put in 2 years ago.
You are also forgetting the Tax credit that is how the numbers look so good but someone is paying for it correct
Tax credit is the hidden cost that pumps up the good return numbers
Look at it this way if you that's us the Tax payer could just say pay 10% of my solar I can save say 15% on my energy bill... you don't mind do you Ok so you loose 10% but its sounds good... ok... its only a Tax credit what's wrong with that?
I have a 91 SCT Hemifever tune on my 99 Dakota R/T CC. Will I need to pull this for the computer reading part of the test to avoid failing, or is it ok? It has to be at a smog only station.
Getting back on topic: I don't live in California, never have, never will. But the automotive part of my life has been governed by smog checks for the past 20 or so years (Nevada & Arizona.) CARB has a reputation in the west, at least, for being very tough and unforgiving of changes in the stock engine. There's a reason that performance parts are label for use everywhere except California.
Whatever we do out here in smog-test-land, we have to take into consideration what the tail pipe emissions and computer readout ramifications will be. The guy at the trannie shop the other day told me that even putting a non stock transmission in can show up on a smog test. I have a fresh 5.2 with aftermarket headers to put in my 96, and it will be interesting to go have a smog test after I get it in. Smog tests here are only $13 btw.
Short answer to your question, "Will it be okay?" is that none of us can tell you. The worst that can happen is that you'll fail and have to put it back to stock. I'd probably start looking for a proper stock PCM for your truck with attention to the year, engine, and transmission. Then whenever smog time comes, switch the pcm out for a couple of weeks, then switch back if you like. Gear heads have been doing this for years.
Last edited by Brian in Tucson; 09-22-2013 at 11:22 AM..