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This is a discussion on Legal headers for SS in California? within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I was wondering if anyone knows of some legal headers for a 2000 Camaro SS in California?...

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    Legal headers for SS in California?

    I was wondering if anyone knows of some legal headers for a 2000 Camaro SS in California?

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    I don't believe any long tubes will pass emissions in California. I think your options are shorties or stockers, and shorties don't do provide much gains over stockers.

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    only shorties are legal,unless u live around da bay area i know someone dat can make u pass for $140

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    I was told that longtubes are ilegal in Cali
    even if you have the cats.
    Short headers are legal but only on certain years (I think)
    cuz on my 98 z28 I was told I can go for short headers

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98maro View Post
    I was told that longtubes are ilegal in Cali
    even if you have the cats.
    Short headers are legal but only on certain years (I think)
    cuz on my 98 z28 I was told I can go for short headers
    Longtubes are illegal even with cats, because longtubes re-locate the cats by pushing them further back.

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    Yeah I have longtubes right now and I just got cats installed. So stock or short headers are my options? Recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chocos_ls1 View Post
    only shorties are legal,unless u live around da bay area i know someone dat can make u pass for $140
    that's wats up! I'll be sendin you a pm in about 9 months lol!!

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    Y u do want to take off your longtubes ?
    Jst askin

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    I like my longtubes but I have a small exhaust leak. Id also like to make the car legal so when i eventually sell it I won't run into any problems, but thats a ways away. I found some pacesetter longtubes that someone said are legal in CA, http://www.jegs.com/i/Pace+Setter/766/70-2255/10002/-1

    Not sure if thats legit or not though.

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    I have an exhaust leak due to a small bend in the headers. I dont wanna get rid of them but I do wanna make it able to pass smog so when I do sell it eventually itll be a lot easier. If I can find any legal longtubes in CA that would be great.

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    You should go to those places where they fix exhaust and all. That
    Maybe they can fix it.
    But I dnt think you are gonna find LT legal for smog

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    yup no longtubes in cali

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    hear that some rural counties still only do safety but IDK about cali best to check with you DMV or DPS to see what qualifies as a OBD or OBD2 safe exhaust and see if your car has exemptions

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    LTs are illegal everywhere (all 50 states) bc they move the location of the cats. Only options in cali is stock exhaust manifolds, shorties, or pay someone to let you pass visual inspection.
    You can still pass the emissions testing with LTs and a catted-y, thats why its not as big of a deal in other states.
    Last edited by peterlawl84; 06-28-2010 at 10:50 AM.

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    The OP asks what headers are LEGAL. Last I knew, paying someone under the table to have you pass emissions is still ILLEGAL.

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    I wasnt saying it was legal...just listing his options, since others mentioned it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterlawl84 View Post
    LTs are illegal everywhere (all 50 states) bc they move the location of the cats. Only options in cali is stock exhaust manifolds, shorties, or pay someone to let you pass visual inspection.
    You can still pass the emissions testing with LTs and a catted-y, thats why its not as big of a deal in other states.
    You can pass without a catted-y also as long as:
    a) there is no visual inspection and
    b) you either have O2 simulators or have your (2) rear O2's tuned out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterlawl84 View Post
    LTs are illegal everywhere (all 50 states) bc they move the location of the cats. Only options in cali is stock exhaust manifolds, shorties, or pay someone to let you pass visual inspection.
    You can still pass the emissions testing with LTs and a catted-y, thats why its not as big of a deal in other states.
    eh i know in some counties here in tx they dont even check the exhaust they just to a safety inspection and off ya go, god i love TX

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faught View Post
    eh i know in some counties here in tx they dont even check the exhaust they just to a safety inspection and off ya go, god i love TX
    Smog Nazis here in CA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightfire264 View Post
    I like my longtubes but I have a small exhaust leak. Id also like to make the car legal so when i eventually sell it I won't run into any problems, but thats a ways away. I found some pacesetter longtubes that someone said are legal in CA, http://www.jegs.com/i/Pace+Setter/766/70-2255/10002/-1

    Not sure if thats legit or not though.
    nope.

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