:>: My loose master plan for my 81 Rabbit convertible is to give it to my
:>: daughter when she turns 16 in a few years. She lives in Palatine Il which
:>: requires emission testing (over 75% of the country doesn't require testing
:>: and my ex has to move to one of the areas that does). I've done an engine
:>: swap and some other changes (like a GTI air flow meter and fuel
:>: distributor). Now that I've got it all where I want it I'll need to see if
:>: can get it to pass emissions. Somebody out there has to live in the Chicago
:>: area and has upgraded an old VW. Have you guys had any problems with
:>: emission testing and how did you get around it.
:>Well, for my 86 GTI when I took it in for the tests, I don't recall them
:>spending much time looking under it. The test is graduated depending on
:>age so you might pass just fine... For $25 you can take it into the
:>test site off Golf road and they'll test it (it's free if you received a
:>test notice, if you just want to test it, you have to pay). That's not too
:>far from Palatine.
:>I think your right on the fringe of testing.. in 2006 you can put AV plates
:>on it and then you don't need testing...
: There IS hope!
: Testing is supposed to be free even without a notice. :-)
No it's not, it's only free if you get a notice, otherwise people could take
their cars in anytime they wanted for free and make the lines longer... If
you don't have a notice, it's $25 because the state won't reimburse them for
testing a car that doesn't have to be tested (it's a private company that
does the testing).
: The examiners that I have seen do glance under the vehicles with mirrors so it
: is not really a thorough job, but I am not sure that they are looking for the
: required cat. conv. Not even sure that some of them know what they look like.
Well, with the stuff running down the middle of the car, and the cursory
glance under the car, I think if you didn't have it but your emissions were
in line, that they wouldn't notice.
: If you do add one, make sure it is a high flow cat so it does not spoil your
: mods already done.
: Remember that if it fails they will give you a waiver after the three failure
: if you have spent enough to correct the emission problems. So do nothing until
: after the first test! ;-)
Yes, although if you fail you need to spend up to $450 in repairs each time
(every 2 years) that you fail and you have to take it to a certified shop,
they probably won't let you go without a cat.
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