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rmousir
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From: Amelia, Ohio
Registered: May 2003

posted 02-01-2006 08:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rmousir        Reply w/Quote
Hey all,

Just read a interesting article in Mustang Monthly on line. Michigan folks may lose their aftermarket exhaust options.

If you live there you might want to check it out.

Tech Articles
Cutting Into Our Fun
Michigan Bill Would Ban Most Aftermarket Exhaust Systems

http://mustangandfords.com/techarticles/mufp_sema_michigan_exhaust_bill/

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Toronado3800
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Posts: 1163
From: St. Louis, MO
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 02-03-2006 01:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Toronado3800        Reply w/Quote
Thats great

Of all things there is a chance Missouri will make 96 and older cars emissions exempt. The current state run testing system with 25 year old exemptions is much better than the having to bribe a shop to pass your car we abandoned a decade or so ago.

sigtauenus
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From: Va Beach
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posted 02-03-2006 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus        Reply w/Quote
See, I think that's just crap.

Who has had a relatively new car with emissions problems that couldn't pass the test?

I think that the whole emissions testing idea needs to go away. New cars will probably have a 99-99.9% pass rate, older cars may pass, but most are exempt anyhow or getting that way, and the ones that do fail the test are cost prohibitive to fix, ie, you spend like 500 bucks and then get a waiver until the next year and then you get to spend another 500 bucks but you still don't have a car that can pass the test.

Bottom line, why bother? It costs the user an unnecessary expense and is a losing venture if you are inspection station when it comes to buying the expensive test equipment that is outdated the following year when testing standards change.

exlocal
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Posts: 1552
From: hacienda hts., CA, USA
Registered: Dec 2004

posted 02-04-2006 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for exlocal        Reply w/Quote
If you make a car run as lean as possible without dying, you can pass most tests. What a waste of time, as you can see most diesel truck/cars put out a cloud of smoke anyway. Many diesel mechanics develop lung cancer due to their occupation.

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Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Registered: Jul 99

posted 02-04-2006 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68        Reply w/Quote
It's a nice little earner for corrupt government officials here. The testing centers must buy the inspection forms from the government, and that seems to be the only thing the government cares about. A couple of years ago, the guy in charge of the forms got promoted sideways, but he was reluctant to give up his cash cow, so for a while the entire country was without forms!
Then if you fail, the test center will charge you $10 to pass you anyway. Welcome to the Philippines!

Scott302
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From: Livonia, MI, USA
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 02-06-2006 07:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott302        Reply w/Quote
UPDATE on exhaust legislation forwarded to me this morning.


"Congratulations!
On a job well done!

Rich Tweedle
SAAC-MCR Communications
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URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT (UPDATE)

Michigan Representative Decides Not to Move Forward With Bill to Ban Aftermarket Exhaust Systems

Michigan State Representative Rick Jones has alerted SEMA that he will no longer pursue, in its current form, legislation (H.B. 5543) to ban vehicles equipped with replacement exhaust systems that differ from the design specifications of the original muffler. H.B. 5543 would also have prohibited the sale and use of exhaust systems that exceed an 80-decibel limit at a distance of 50 feet.

In its place, Representative Jones is considering SEMA model legislation that provides for the testing of vehicle exhaust noise to a standard adopted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) with an established noise limit of 95-decibels (SAE J1169). Under the SAE standard, a sound meter is placed 20 inches from the exhaust outlet at a 45 degree angle and the engine is revved to three quarters of maximum rated horsepower. The highest decibel reading is then recorded. To date, with the popular support of vehicle enthusiasts and related businesses, the model has been enacted in California, Washington State and Maine. This year, the SEMA model was introduced in Virginia.

Thanks to all the Michigan car clubs and councils, individual enthusiasts and members of the SEMA business community who worked so tirelessly to derail this bill. Thanks also to Representative Jones for listening to his constituents and for making the proper response.

Thanks again!"
Scott

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