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Old 03-04-2021, 09:56 AM   #51
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So essentially sounds like if you are catless you basically need to "know a guy/shop", and theres only emission testing in NOVA counties?


Just wondering how you catless guys are getting passed down there in VA. Here in NYC we have emissions but only by way of OBD scan. Essentially if you're protuned and have no CELs you're fine if you "know a guy/shop".

so for emissions in VA, it's done or not done based on county population, nova is the most densely populated areas in va, and they require emissions to be done, many other counties that are considered more rural, do not need to get emissions done, but will still need to visually pass the state safety inspection, which requires having the cat on the car. technically you do not need to have mufflers, but the way the law was written last i checked (it's been a while), is that any aftermarket cat back is illegal, if you get pulled for this its basically at the discretion of the officer, some care, some dont.
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Old 03-04-2021, 10:05 AM   #52
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so for emissions in VA, it's done or not done based on county population, nova is the most densely populated areas in va, and they require emissions to be done, many other counties that are considered more rural, do not need to get emissions done, but will still need to visually pass the state safety inspection, which requires having the cat on the car. technically you do not need to have mufflers, but the way the law was written last i checked (it's been a while), is that any aftermarket cat back is illegal, if you get pulled for this its basically at the discretion of the officer, some care, some dont.
Sounds very similiar to NYC. I'm considering moving down to Roanoke area within the next couple years. I pass emissions here in NYC no problems catless and protuned but that's because the shop I get inspected at looks the other way and I know them well. Essentially I'll need to find/do the same down there to pass catless.
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Old 03-04-2021, 10:29 AM   #53
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Sounds very similiar to NYC. I'm considering moving down to Roanoke area within the next couple years. I pass emissions here in NYC no problems catless and protuned but that's because the shop I get inspected at looks the other way and I know them well. Essentially I'll need to find/do the same down there to pass catless.

your best bet is to find a place that is a small mom/pop shop or a gas station to get the safety inspection so the car wont go on a lift.....
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Old 03-11-2021, 11:28 AM   #54
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do your grandkids (and mine) a favor and always use a catalytic converter. if you want performance there are other ways to get it. if your cat is truly the limiting factor in your next 10 HP, get a racing cat.
This.

Seriously, it's sad that this is even being discussed. A fully built dedicated race car is the only vehicle where a cattless exhaust system might be acceptable. If you've invested the time and money into a long list of other mods to get max hp and still need more for your race car then fine... go cattless.

If you're wanting to go "stage 2" on your daily, installing a cattless system doesn't mean you're chasing max hp... it means you're too cheap and/or irresponsible to get a proper system.
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