Re: [DML] Re: Catalytic converters and California
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Re: [DML] Re: Catalytic converters and California

Nathan is correct about our cars not having the OBD standard.  OBD  
was not adopted as a standard until 1988.  It is the OBD 2 standard  
that the cats are not legal for in california and that was not  
adopted as a standard until 1996.  Unless you have an OBD II car that  
monitors oxygen sensor both before and after the catalytic then the  
catalytic that Special T Auto or any other vendor sells will pass  
California smog for pre-OBD II cars.

As a side note for California smog, you cannot bye or sell a used  
catalytic converter, or tamper with any "Functioning" smog  
equipment.  This usually means, if the catalytic is not  
malfunctioning, then  you cannot just change it.


On Jan 24, 2006, at 3:03 PM, valleyrat12 wrote:

> Hello,
> I am also in California and recently installed SpecuialT's CAT which
> has worked flawlessly; I passed in CA a couple of months ago. Someone
> will correct me if I am wrong but the Delorean is NOT equipped with a
> OBD system and thusly is not affected by this preclusion.
> Nathan
> 2277
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "sweitzel_2000" <sweitzel@xxxx> wrote:
>> So I was noticing that Special T auto is now offering an aftermarket
>> catalytic converter. Upon closer inspection, it seems to state the
>> this particular converter is not legal in California (ODB II
> compliant
>> in 49 states except California) I also see that DMC houston still
> sell
>> what I presume are OEM cats. Are these 50 state legal? Why are the
>> special T cats illegal in California? or are they? Wouldn't these
> cats
>> be made from the very latest technology? or am I totally wrong here?
>> What would be the appropriate direction for a DMC owner in Californa
>> to proceed presuming he/she needs to replace the Cat?

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