Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Houston, Tx, USA
Sigh, we have been through this how many times and how many other people have said in their regions it is legal just as long as the equipment is there? Your definition of "smog legal" is confused with CARB, not all regions of the US require CARB. That is why aftermarket H-pipes are legal in a lot of regions, you know the pipes that just have two cats on them instead of four. Now in Cali those h-pipes are technically illegal, but not in all other places. Fact remains you will pass without troubles in some regions of this country if you retain the smog pump and it is functioning over other areas where if you do not have it you are SOL. Heck even in a region that requires all four cats to be there, you have a MUCH better chance of them over looking that part over the fact that the smog pump and charcoal canister are completely missing off the car. Then there is the issue of some areas the tickets you get for no smog pump are much higher than no cats, I have gotten more no cats(none at all) tickets than I could count in Texas and they were all classified as defective exhaust(like $75 usually) then the one time I got one for the smog pump(which was on the car with a belt on it, just no lines on it) it was a few hundred dollars from a State Trooper.
I have seen what goes in place of the bumper support and no one can say it is not more flimbsy(sp?) than the real thing and this in cars that are known it get in a lot of wrecks, hense why insurance rates on them have always been so high. It will crush, but it ain't going to absord then crush like a factory piece would, which means same impact on that piece vs stock, will do far more damage to the car. I actually thought this was a design that was going to be done away with or already has, which is why I said the kits I have seen had it, basically just presenting something for the customer to check into if it is even a concern for them.
Not sure why you feel the need to state how much power you made with your kit. Most would know unless a complete idiot designed the kit, that it is more the turbo, IC efficency and motor combo/tune that determine max power to be made. Half the time the turbo could be sitting on some PVC and still make great power(yes PVC is an exageration). You state that number, but you leave out all the other things you have mentioned like the pistons being mirrors of the combustion chambers on the heads, the huge heads and so on, your car makes great power because you have a very well laid out setup, I dare say a TTI Race kit with the same turbo and same upgrade intercooler would make rather similar power numbers or a Turbolocity kit or a Cartech Outlaw kit and so on.
BTW, if you cut out something it is REMOVED, I just failed to mention the little metal piece is welded back in, I just ASSumed someone would realize that something goes in its place, I was just pointed out it will be weaker than how the factory designed the car to be. Like I said prior, I was just pointed out how the ones I saw in person were, so he would have things to question if he had concerns and decided on that company over the other. I did point out what I have seen from the other company he is considering, that being that I think they do not even make a Fox kit. Total Performance is building a twin kit presently, but not even sure if a single is in the works or not, probably would take a customer wanting a single and willing to part with their car for a month or so for it to be designed on.
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