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Emissions testing in Fairfax County - October 5, 2016, 05:30 PM

I was telling my buddy I was planning to replace the engine in my 97 Miata this winter. He frowned that I wasn't putting in a V8. I've thought about that, but emissions testing is such a PITA for anything that doesn't spit out OBD2 codes specific to the vehicle. He told me about the new roadside emissions testers that automatically pass you if your vehicle is under a certain emissions limit. That sounds good since there are no codes to read. Does it run the emissions limits for the car registered under that particular license plate or is there just a standard that can be met? I'd hate to make the jump to big displacement if I can't register the car due to emissions testing.
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you should find a friend in VA that's not in NOVA and use his place for your garage address. I do this with one of my cars after longtube headers and cats installed.

A lot easier this way.
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That was my original plan. I have family in Chesapeake so that could be an option.
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Hello fellow hairdresser! Although a V8 swap would be fantastic and great. You may as well go turbo first. You should not have any issues going the FI route. I also dont think you would have issues with emissions going V8 but wiring will be a big headache.
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I've had a Fast Forward Supercharger on the car since 2009. It's been a great 50k miles, but I'm thinking of moving up since the engine is getting a little tired and I've got some noises in the motor I can't track down. Haven't convinced myself I really want a V8, but the emissions issue has kept me from having to decide anyway.
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One more year and you don't have to worry about emissions testing.
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Cars 25 years or older are exempt, so I've got another 6 years.
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Cars 25 years or older are exempt, so I've got another 6 years.
Are they exempt in that they have to be registered as limited use, 'antiques' or are they exempt from emissions but otherwise can be used as a normal vehicle?

Because if they'll let me have an exempt daily driver, Im pulling the cats and what not off and going with LTs.

The emissions readers sit on on ramps and read your car as you drive by. If you are under the threshold, you get a letter in the mail advising your car does not need to do an emissions test that year. I stupidly went and got one last year even though I had gotten a letter saying I didnt need it.

And yes, the 1996 and newer (OBDII) emissions tests are nothing but plugging in a reader to check for codes. There is supposed to be a visual inspection, but it depends on how big a statist or asshole the inspector is.
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VA DMV info:

https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/vehicles/#emissions.asp

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Gasoline powered passenger or property carrying vehicles with a model year that is more than 25 years old before January 1 of the current calendar year. As an example, vehicles with a model year of 1984 are exempt from emissions on or after January 1, 2009; vehicles with a model year of 1985 will be exempt from emissions on or after January 1, 2010. As an example, vehicles with a model year of 1984 are exempt from emissions on or after January 1, 2009; vehicles with a model year of 1985 will be exempt from emissions on or after January 1, 2010. Vehicles 25 years old or older qualify as antique motor vehicles but are not required to display antique license plates to qualify for the emissions exemption. Although exempt from the emissions inspection, the $2 emissions fee is required when renewing these registrations.
Looks like you don't have to get antique plates to qualify for the exemption.
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https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/vehicles/#emissions.asp



Looks like you don't have to get antique plates to qualify for the exemption.
Sweet. Didnt know that. Super excited now.
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Does it run the emissions limits for the car registered under that particular license plate or is there just a standard that can be met? I'd hate to make the jump to big displacement if I can't register the car due to emissions testing.
My dad did this last year since he was throwing an error code and didnt want to fail based on that. It was a bit of a PITA to find the testing spots, and their testing times and drive through them several times. The ones on ramps he said were best, took 3 different places before his car showed as being tested in the system, so plan on wasting an hour driving in loops then signing in to the system to check. There is a camera to catch the plate and the testing equipment.


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I had normal plates on my 65 for a while but wasnt worth the cost for how much I drove it. I'm on antique plates now and its really no different other than I'm not supposed to drive it except going to car shows/events or repair shops.


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My dad did this last year since he was throwing an error code and didnt want to fail based on that. It was a bit of a PITA to find the testing spots, and their testing times and drive through them several times. The ones on ramps he said were best, took 3 different places before his car showed as being tested in the system, so plan on wasting an hour driving in loops then signing in to the system to check. There is a camera to catch the plate and the testing equipment.
Yeah, I have seen them in quite a few places.

Few questions, what if your car passes that emission, does it mean you don't have to go to emissions test station? What about that $28 which is a fee for it?

Also, if ones vehicle is due for emissions and it gets passed through that, can registration be renewed for 2 years?

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Sorry, typed and posted too quick:

Virginia offers new roadside emission testing option | WTOP

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs...rogramFAQ.aspx


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Yeah, I have seen them in quite a few places.

Few questions, what if your car passes that emission, does it mean you don't have to go to emissions test station? What about that $28 which is a fee for it?

Also, if ones vehicle is due for emissions and it gets passed through that, can registration be renewed for 2 years?

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Yes, no test station, fee paid online, yes for 2 years.


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