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Old 01-21-2013, 08:24 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Unfortunately i might have to non-op, too, to buy myself more time.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:32 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Yup at the pace I am going, I don't see getting the smog done in the next 12-14 months. Oh welll...
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:26 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I'm definitely not in the same boat as you other guys (I only have a Stage 2 on it with an O2 sensor giving me a sporatic problem) but I just got my car smogged at a place a couple miles from my house. It's a one man smog shop that I take all of my cars to. The older guy running the place said it was the second Lotus that he's smogged in 23 years. He said the first was a red Elan ... a long time ago. Of course mine passed ...and he thanked me for letting him smog it and said he enjoyed it.

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Old 01-21-2013, 08:47 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I also suggest to take it to Harry @ A1 as well.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:23 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I also suggest to take it to Harry @ A1 as well.
Where is A1?
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:19 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Re: SMOG CHECK QUESTION...

Smogged mine in July, just a factory stage2 exhaust on it. Smog tech had no idea what he was looking at but he did visually verify that i had a cat and gas cap and ran the test as normal. No issues stock and any smog guy you trust can run it as all obd cars run the same method. I also have received the recall notice for the vin reflash and either mine is good or the smog guy didn't catch it.

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Old 01-22-2013, 04:57 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Lotuscupcar, are you still non-op or did you get smogged? My smog is due this Thursday. I'm having a hard time even getting a place to pretest my car. The shops say they can't do it, don't know how to do it (never tested a lotus before), and/or that I need to go to the dealer to get smogged!
That's complete bs on whoever said that. EVERY smog station can test ANY car.

I have a smog tech license , I don't know why you guys are having such trouble getting these cars smogged. There is nothing to it.

They don't have to do anything , no timing , no egr check no gas cap check.

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Old 01-22-2013, 10:02 PM   #30 (permalink)
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That's complete bs on whoever said that. EVERY smog station can test ANY car.

I have a smog tech license , I don't know why you guys are having such trouble getting these cars smogged. There is nothing to it.

They don't have to do anything , no timing , no egr check no gas cap check.

One of the easiest cars to test.
He's not having trouble getting his car smogged. He's having trouble finding a station to run an unofficial test because his car is not stock and he wants to know if it will pass as is.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:12 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Well I got my ECU and Oil line cooler recall notice. Going to have to get a one day moving permit from DMV to get the car to dealer and back.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:23 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Anybody have any thoughts on what is a reasonable amount to pay to have a shop swap out the cat/exhaust for OEM, so I can smog it?

I will want to swap it back after smog. So ideally if a smog shop was next to the repair shop would be ideal.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:50 PM   #33 (permalink)
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$200ish each time?
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:17 PM   #34 (permalink)
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So $400 bucks Nick? Been over at the hospital a bunch, don't see you the benz or the elise.. (though I thnik of your car as Johns Elise, since I have such a history with that car and have known it so many years, and my parts are on your car )
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:15 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Oh I'm here lol, I haven't gotten to work with Nousheen lately though. $hit, I've had it for almost 3 years, when does it become mine???
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Oh I'm here lol, I haven't gotten to work with Nousheen lately though. $hit, I've had it for almost 3 years, when does it become mine???
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:29 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Oh man, I don't think I wanna know my car's dirty secrets lol....
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:29 PM   #38 (permalink)
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I think the dealer charged me 2 hours worth of labor to swap the OEM cat back in. I installed the FTP cat myself with ramps. I took my time and had some clearance issues but could probably do it in 2 hrs now. Maybe you can find an independent shop that'll charge you just one hour. It really is a simple process and a lift makes it much easier, IMO.
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I think the dealer charged me 2 hours worth of labor to swap the OEM cat back in. I installed the FTP cat myself with ramps. I took my time and had some clearance issues but could probably do it in 2 hrs now. Maybe you can find an independent shop that'll charge you just one hour. It really is a simple process and a lift makes it much easier, IMO.
Appreciate it ...
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