Wildtraveler wrote:I don't understand your logic there. If you pull out an RB and put in another RB just like the one you just took out the car no longer meets the criteria it does not meet in the first place? How does that make sence? Are the RB's stamped with the vin number? If not who could ever know if it was swapped? Not trying to pick a fight here but that does not make to much sence to me.
It has do with the clean air act, which you still have to meet qualifications for even to be EPA exempt. Putting an Rb25/26 in place of an RB20 would not qualify. Sure it might get passed the port authorities, but later on it can still be a problem if it was found to have not be correct when shipped. I do believe an RB26 (assuming it is an R32 vintage) will still comply, but those who have had a R33/34 Rb26 swapped in don't meet the letter of the law as written. It might in "spirit", but the his whole point is "in spirit" isn't a great defense if the feds decide they want to be a d!ck one day.
This is the form that is filled out during the importation process....
skip down to the "EPA EXEMPTED". All cars being brought in under the 25 year law still need to be classified on this form as "CODE E" to be truly federal legal. Sure you can lie or misrepresent on the form if it is not 100% true, but that is a risk you are taking.