I've done absolutely no investigation into why our wonderful state does it the way they do, so really all I'm doing is venting some rage. And wasting a couple kb of clubwrx space.
So I took my JDM engine and JDM ecu equipped wagon over to my trusty family mechanic for my yearly inspection.
THE MECHANIC FAILED ME because his reader can't read my ECU.
Where is the sense in that? If it passes emissions, passes the regular mechanical inspection BS, and has no CEL's, then why not pass me?!?
For my beater 93 honda civic, my trusty mechanic has to take it to a place that has a Dynomometer for the car to drive on while they check emissions at 50 mph or something like that. It's pre ODBII so there's no way of scanning its ECU. How is my Suby any different? I'd be somewhat pissed if he stuck me with an extra charge for getting it set up on the Dyno like he did w/my Civic, but so be it...
Maybe I'm missing something!