Thread: 25 Year Import Rule to CA

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    Default 25 Year Import Rule to CA

    I'm thinking of importing a 1982 fJ45 Troopy to CA from Saudi Arabia, and I cant seem to find any info on the 25 year rule for CA. It seems clear that most states allow 25 yr old vehicles to be imported, titled and registered with no modifications required, whilst for CA its not as clear. Does CA just require a catalytic converter and you're good to go? Can anyone point me in the right direction?
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    Let me know when you find out. I have imported a couple of vehicles into Oakland but I registered them in Oregon.

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    Have you tried to register them in CA?
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    1990 80 Series Landcruiser 4.2L 1HZ I6 diesel
    1982 FJ45 Troopy 4.2L 2F I6

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    As far as DOT is concerned the 25 year rule applies.

    There is however no longer a rolling 25 year exemption for smog. The smog exemption is 75 and older only.

    So if its gas, you'll need all the smog equipment from a vehicle with the same engine of the same year.

    If its diesel, no worries!
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    Thanks Patman

    Its got a petrol 2F motor.

    So technically I could buy a smog kit from Specter, install it, and that should get it titled and plated?
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    1990 80 Series Landcruiser 4.2L 1HZ I6 diesel
    1982 FJ45 Troopy 4.2L 2F I6

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    Should be able.

    Good bet to call your local CARB Referee and they will be able to clarify. I have found that they are normally very helpful.
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    I am not sure if you are on mud but this thread has TONS of info: http://forum.ih8mud.com/diesel-tech-...e-posting.html

    Good luck, I can't wait to see that thing cruising around the states!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NM-Frontier View Post
    I am not sure if you are on mud but this thread has TONS of info: http://forum.ih8mud.com/diesel-tech-...e-posting.html

    Good luck, I can't wait to see that thing cruising around the states!
    Thanks for that link! I'll keep you guys posted on how this turns out.
    2014 79 Series Landcruiser Double Cab 4.2L 1HZ I6 diesel
    1990 80 Series Landcruiser 4.2L 1HZ I6 diesel
    1982 FJ45 Troopy 4.2L 2F I6

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    I'm you might not have to fully convert it to ca specs for smog. It would be the same as if an out of state car is brought into ca. You are only required to pass smog for out of state levels. You don't have to put all the ca crap on it if it's not an original ca car.


    But this could be incorrect info.

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