California Smog for 49-state Astro

California Smog for 49-state Astro

Postby b_unruhly [OP] » April 28th 2020, 3:35pm

Hello all,

I'm looking at buying an out-of-state Astro Tiger Provan (quite rare in my state), but it is a 49 state legal Astro.

Does anyone have any experience getting one of these registered in California and getting it to pass CA (50 state) Smog?

The car is stock, will it pass visual inspection? How about the tailpipe inspection?

Is there any way to check and see this while it is still in another state? (i.e. have a smog test done in NY to CA specs?)

Thanks in advance and sorry if this has been asked before--I searched but couldn't find any information.

The vehicle is a 98 year model if that helps...
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Re: California Smog for 49-state Astro

Postby AstroWill » April 28th 2020, 8:43pm

Ben, is that you Ben?

If it is not made to meet California emissions you are most likely going to have an issue, but there are exceptions(as always). https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detai ... cts/ffvr29

But it's always best to go to the source, Your state DMVMVD/whatever for registering it or passing it on emissions or whatever and get the straight scoop directly from them.
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Re: California Smog for 49-state Astro

Postby gman » April 28th 2020, 8:59pm

Depends on what was modified to make it 49 state legal.
Does it have heavy engine level mods? EGR delete? New Engine?

I'm not an exhaust expert, but I would imagine that the problems go from minor (but still expensive) 49 state cat, all the way up to an engine change with a different VIN, cam change, it could have been modified to be carbed instead of fuel injected, etc.

A CA legal cat won't be too bad. Weld in universal is anywhere from $300-$400, and a replacement y-pipe is $700.
Quite the chunk of change, but if you're already considering buying a tiger (last I checked they're at least $15k) it's only a fraction of the cost of it.

Obviously, if it has had anything more than that done, then idk.

Here, if your vehicle is 1999 or older, it gets the tailpipe test that tests for N0x, and it gets an OBD scan to verify that the VIN indeed matches your van.
They do a quick once over under the car and into the engine bay to check for weird mods like 02 sensor spacer, carbs, cat deletes, etc.
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Re: California Smog for 49-state Astro

Postby b_unruhly [OP] » April 30th 2020, 4:29am

Thanks for all the replys--looks like I am going to go for it, will let you know results
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