Need to install CA legal exhaust system

jmac80

New Member
Is there a kit / complete exhaust for an 87 that will pass CA smog or do I need to get one custom built? I just got car off CL and having it shipped from Bowling Green. Car has nothing after drop down.

Any advice greatly appreciated. First time on and first. Hi everyone. Excited about my car coming.... I've been wanting one for years.

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dank GN

BlackArts Automotive (661)993-8277
You can get a nice 3” dual exhaust just make sure you get a catalytic converter. That is the piece that will make it legal for CA . So you don’t need to hunt down a stock exhaust or something like that .
 

N2BUICK

Member
I have good used original catalytic converter . Also have several new aftermarket high flow cats.
Have the used low mileage Y pipe if interested . Pics if interested
Austin
 

jmac80

New Member
Thanks.... I wasn't super clear on what makes it legal. Especially since they have the new law as of January.

N2Buick, I'll get back to you about that parts, im gonna reach out to exhaust guy first.

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grass doctor

Dream Catcher
and if you. have a translator try to hide it they will fail you if they see it !! do you adjustable fuel pressure regulator , some guys turn down FP to pass
 

jmac80

New Member
I just talked to a muffler shop and they told me I didn't need a cat in a car that old and that since muffler didn't effect emissions that they aren't required either.

Is this true? Seems wrong to me

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KC87

Well-Known Member
Wow, even the people's republic of new york isn't that bad. 1995 and older is $10 safety inspection, no tail pipe crap. 1996 up with OBD-II has to be plugged into Albany's system and is $21.
By the way, you guys want cuomo and schumer?
 

N2BUICK

Member
Yeah that isnt making sense. California not wanting an emission test on a car that was built with a cat..?? I could believe a 68 chevelle or 56 Chevy not needing a emission test.
 

jmac80

New Member
I'm gonna call another muffler shop..... Even if that can get it to pass, I'll be right back where I started in 2 years

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TurboTGuy

Gray Beard Member
The CA C.A.R.B Nazi's WILL NOT let you get away with no CAT or Muffler on any car that had one, the other or both as original equipment. Period.

Believe that.

If you are near Lake Forest, CA (or not) call Lou Czarnota, aka Turbolou here on the board and he will shoot you the straight poop on these cars and the CA emissions requirements.

949.378.1590

He can be a li'l grumpy, don't let that put you off. ;)

He can also do the work and get it where you need it, if push comes to shove.........
 

turbolou

Lou's Automotive 949-378-1590
Who you calling grumpy there are no laws dictating what you can run from the cat back from the cat forward all that belongs to the government. The converter Has to be a California approved with the correct part number on it. Most shops check for that. I would find a good used one probably a lot of them sitting under workbenches. Any car 75 or newer Has To be inspected in California.
 
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Reggie West

Well-Known Member
TurboBuick.Com Supporter!
Unless your car is bone stock it won't pass a CA emissions test. If you have the stock chip that helps a lot too. Turbotweak does make a smog chip that will help you with that if you need it. It is well worth the $80 if you don't have it.
You will need the catalytic converter, the EGR needs to be working properly. The passenger side valve cover breather needs to be hooked up to the turbo inlet and PCV needs to be working as well.

They will run a sniffer test on it too.

Lou is one of the few people that can get your car to pass it. I suggest you bring money and ask no questions.

Remember the Soup Guy in Seinfeld? Well we have the Buick Guy in Lou. No Buick For You!!!
 
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