Emission Inspection Issue in VA
Results 1 to 7 of 7

This is a discussion on Emission Inspection Issue in VA within the Mid-Atlantic States forums, part of the Regional Discussion category; Hi I have a 03 wrx and I just put cat less down pipe and uppipe.. the problem is that ...

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    14

    Emission Inspection Issue in VA

    Hi I have a 03 wrx and I just put cat less down pipe and uppipe..
    the problem is that I live in VA and I need to get emission inspection next year..

    I really don't wanna go through that hard labor to put the uppipe and downpipe again. Is there anyway I can pass emission? or is there a place that let you go easily?

  2. Remove Advertisements
    ClubWRX.net
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Posts
    33
    VA should give you the first 3 years w/o emissions, but that aside, you will have to put at least one cat back in the system to pass a sniffer test. As far as the visual inspection, that depends on the inspector. He probably won't see the up-pipe, so your clear there, but the dp will be a dead give away especially if you don't have a cat somewhere.

    Understand that you are "technically" illegal once you take a cat off the car, however that doesn't mean you wan't pass emissions.

    In VA with an AWD car most places can only do a sniffer test any way so you are fairly safe.

    I'm in a similar boat, I have only one cat (in the mid-pipe) and mine will be up next year. I'm more worried about the visual than the actual emissions.

  4. #3
    tan
    tan is offline
    Thinking Man's Engine tan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Wharton, NJ
    Posts
    3,014
    move to a part of virginia that does not require the sniffer test. If you're in Northern Virginia...

    Prince William county (except for Manassas and Manasssas Park)
    Loudon County (except I think Leesburg)....

  5. #4
    Registered User KanosWRX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Northern VA
    Posts
    3,975
    hehe, Tan, only if it were that easy to move around. And in VA its every 2 years for emissions, mine is coming up in May. But really, to re-install a downpipe takes what, an hour, maybe 1.5 hours. I run catless right now. I will just bolt in the stock dp and midpipe when the time comes and then put my catless pieces in after the inspection, half a day wasted, but I like driving catless. I mean really you should only have to do emissions inspections after 5 years, if someone really wants to run catless they will. They need only worry about the old cars on the road that have burned up their cats long ago.


    My Mods


    "The most important mod is the one behind the steering wheel" - Koyokid RIP

  6. #5
    tan
    tan is offline
    Thinking Man's Engine tan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Wharton, NJ
    Posts
    3,014
    I think that's one of the points of emissions testing...to see if someone tampered with the emissions controls system, such as the cat.

  7. #6
    tan
    tan is offline
    Thinking Man's Engine tan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    Wharton, NJ
    Posts
    3,014
    Luckily for me...it's just a quick visual, not a full blown sniffer like the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas

  8. #7
    Registered User Faster_WRX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Linthicum MD USA
    Posts
    41

    your lazy

    Don't be so gosh darn lazy. It's easy to put that stuff back on.
    www.ray.wroten.com/interest.htm

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •