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  1. rolive

    rolive Member Established Member

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    2003 Cobra w/76K mi on it. Only mod is Diablo predator chip. Went to get it smogged on Saturday. As soon as they hooked me up and scanned the VIN the system reported the check couldn’t be completed and it needed to go to referee. It’s ALWAYS passed smog with great numbers, never ever failed or needed repair. Anyone else have this happen? The guy at the smog shop says he’s never seen that in the 6 years he been doing it.


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  2. 01yellercobra

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    Blkkbgt Well-Known Member Established Member

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    Are your monitors turned off in the tune/chip? Did they show up as unsupported at the smog shop?
     
  5. rolive

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    Don't know about the monitors, and the guy at the smog shop couldn't tell me why it called for a referee. When he got the message on the screen it wouldn't let him go any further.

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  6. P49Y-CY

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    You will need to have the car pretty much bone stock in order to pass at a BAR ref here in California.

    This is being widely discussed as happening for the first time this year, unfortunately, and I have seen some threads where it seems to be happening in other states as well.

    It happened to me for the first time this year too, after all these years passing with no problem. Best of luck with it.
     
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    Please report back after you see the ref.

     
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    Blkkbgt Well-Known Member Established Member

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    If you have parts that are CARB legal you shouldn't have to remove them, at least that's what I have read from others posting their experiences.

     
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    I'm sorry - you are right about that.
     
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    I hope I am right because that would seriously be ****ed if they turned around and told us the smog legal stuff had to go too!

     
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    You must have turned off monitors in your tune. You can check for yourself with a OBD2 scanner.
     
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    I'm predicting a lot of modded cars being sold out of California in the near future; many of which will probably be sold out of desperation and at significantly lower prices than the market has held.
     
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    Unfortunately this maybe true
     
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  14. rolive

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    Got appointment with referee tomorrow at 1. Just looked at my original paper work and found the switch instructions for the chip, so dug around behind the passenger kick panel and found the cable and switch. I literally hadn’t touched it for 14 yrs! Flipped the switch to factory tune and drove around for a while. We’ll see what referee has to say tomorrow.


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    me32 BEASTLY SHELBY GT500 TVS Moderator

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    Good luck hope all works out well. Keep us posted.
     
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    I would pull the chip entirely. Better safe than sorry IMO.
     
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    This.

    I am due for a visit to the ref as well.
     
  18. c6zhombre

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    I brought this up a year or more ago about the crackdowns and fines being levied in California....some did not want to believe me or thought I was exaggerating.....bet they think differently today reading horror stories like this.

    Now with all the mass exodus of Californians to Texas....I'm sure they'll screw this state up eventually as well.
     
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    I'm still trying to grasp the fact that a smog referee exists in California! I can't help but picture the soup nazi saying
    "NO TUNE FOR YOU!"
     
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    I hope not. Texas is GREAT as is. We don't need liberals or [email protected]$$ Dems (Beto) :mad: to come in here and try to "F" things up for us...…..
     

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