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    Is there any reason . . . . .

    When I bought my airhead the PO included the emission equipment that was on it originally.
    Is ther any reason to keep it? I am sure I will never need/want to reinstall it.
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    I think this is more than an opinion... if air emisions equipment is removed from any vehicle so mandated by the feds,... you get the idea? And selling it in that condition,....so on and so forth.

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    I don't see any reason to keep it. Even if it mattered, I don't think there is anyone that would have any idea of what emission equipment it had originally. I think mine was removed a couple of decades ago.
    'You can say what you want about the South, but I almost never hear of anyone wanting to retire to the North.

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    I tend to keep anything I pull off a bike. The stack of service receipts and pile of parts is always reassuring to a buyer.
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    Put it on eBay. I'll bet you won't have to pay more than $20 to have someone take it. It is junk that has no value. Maybe in California you could get called on having removed it, but even there it is a remote possibility.
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    dont know where you live, and if your bike requires an inspection in your state.
    If so I guess I would keep it for the first inspection, and when it passes, then throw it away.
    I too am in the camp that I think it is near imposssible that you will go into a state inspection, wiht a 26 year old bike, adn someone will know what is supposed to be there and what is not.
    I also beleive , that having that stuff on is not gonna make the bike run thta much cleaner to pass inspection if they do a sniffer test

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBeemer View Post
    Put it on eBay. I'll bet you won't have to pay more than $20 to have someone take it. It is junk that has no value. Maybe in California you could get called on having removed it, but even there it is a remote possibility.
    California doesn't inspect motorcycles at all. The cops are more interested in loud exhausts. But, some states such as Texas have annual inspections and I would be careful what I did to my bike if I lived in a state with annual inspections. The inspector might actually know something. You never know.

    You have the parts in your possession now. If you discard or sell them and find later on you need them, how easy to you imagine it will be to obtain them in the future? And, how much room will they consume to store away? Are you always going to live in the state you now live in and will their laws regarding vehicle inspection never change? Just something to chew on.
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    I too am in the camp that I think it is near imposssible that you will go into a state inspection, wiht a 26 year old bike, adn someone will know what is supposed to be there and what is not.
    I'm not so sure about that... I showed up with my late mom's 1988 Ford Escort for it's first smog inspection after we had it hauled to California from Indiana. The smog tech spent an hour going over the paperwork and finally found a bit of information, hidden in the Owner's Manual, that allowed him to pass it... he was ready to reject it until he found the information.

    Granted, it was a car, and it was California (and no, CA doesn't smog bikes (yet, the "airheads" in Sacramento were kicking it around last year or so ago)). But I'm just sayin'...

    I mean really, how much room is the stuff taking to store?
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    My two-cents is to keep it. When I purchased my bike, a previous owner removed them and didn't come with the bike. I know it's a long shot, but I acquired (free) the parts from a local riding buddy who couldn't get rid of it. This was just in case. Who knows what the government folk will agree to in the future.
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    Sure there is ...

    You may eventually sell the bike to someone in a state that requires its presence and does inspections. (This could eventually be your state)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmo1131 View Post
    I'm not so sure about that... I showed up with my late mom's 1988 Ford Escort for it's first smog inspection after we had it hauled to California from Indiana. The smog tech spent an hour going over the paperwork and finally found a bit of information, hidden in the Owner's Manual, that allowed him to pass it... he was ready to reject it until he found the information.

    Granted, it was a car, and it was California (and no, CA doesn't smog bikes (yet, the "airheads" in Sacramento were kicking it around last year or so ago)). But I'm just sayin'...

    I mean really, how much room is the stuff taking to store?
    But they know what is required of cars. Also, your car was inspected closely because you were bringing an out of state car to California that has different requirements than other states.
    'You can say what you want about the South, but I almost never hear of anyone wanting to retire to the North.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osbornk View Post
    But they know what is required of cars. Also, your car was inspected closely because you were bringing an out of state car to California that has different requirements than other states.
    The smog referees in California, yes they call them referees, have seen everything. Believe me, some hot rodder has tried to sneak every conceivable combination of engine, transmission and year, make and model past these referees claiming with big innocent doe eyes that the car is "100% legal". Heh, heh, heh, oh sure. They are referees because they know stuff.

    I was all set to swap an Audi A8s V-8 engine and manual trans into a late '80's Audi that came with a five banger. The shop that was doing them had passed them in the past but the referees figured out that there weren't any more manual transmission A8 donor ECUs around, so any attempt to run a car with an A8 engine and a manual trans could not have the right ECU (manual trans and automatic trans cars often have different ECUs), and thus was not going to be smog legal. Now this is an esoteric engine swap, but the referees know whats legal and what is not. We did something else instead.
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