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Old 12-17-2016, 09:37 PM   #15
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Havnt had cats on any of my cars in the past 10 years.
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Old 12-27-2016, 06:15 PM   #16
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I am in an emissions county. They plug into the OBD, but I have never had anyone do a visual. So if you have no flags then you shouldn't have a problem.
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Old 12-28-2016, 07:34 AM   #17
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sniffers in Texas are in major cities only and their adjacent counties so as long as you're at least 2 counties away from "Dallas", you should be fine. You can play internet keyboard all day long, go visit Jiffy Lube, Mr. Sticker etc and ask them.
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Old 12-28-2016, 06:18 PM   #18
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sniffers in Texas are in major cities only and their adjacent counties so as long as you're at least 2 counties away from "Dallas", you should be fine. You can play internet keyboard all day long, go visit Jiffy Lube, Mr. Sticker etc and ask them.
Dallas doesn't require sniffer. Plug and check for codes like Ghost52 mentioned. Sniff test is only for OBD 1 vehicles according to the TX DPS office where I took the test.

Of course, as you mentioned, asking a local shop you trust is probably best.
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Old 12-29-2016, 10:27 PM   #19
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Do you have to get inspection in the county the car is registered in?
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Old 12-30-2016, 12:09 AM   #20
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Do you have to get inspection in the county the car is registered in?
Not necessarily, but if your car is registered in a county that requires emissions testing then you are still required to have that specific test performed. If the shop in another county has the ability to perform the correct testing then they are required to do so based on the county you live in. If they cannot peform the proper testing then they can do the safety portion for you and then you will still be required to do the emissions test portion of it before you will be able to get your registration which means that you will have to go to another shop to complete that portion.

For the OBD II and CAN equipped vehicles ( 96 and newer, but there are actually a few 95 model vehicles with OBD II)
it is simply a safety inspection and then the computer gets plugged into the OBD port instead of having the "sniffer test" performed. They are also "supposed" to do a visual check of the mufflers and cats. However, probably 95% of the inspectors, if not more, do not even bother looking. The only reason that the tailpipe test is performed on a newer vehicle would be that if for whatever reason the OBD II port is not functional. Then, in order to complete the test, the inspector has the option to run a two speed idle test which requires the use of the "sniffer."

You could always just register your vehicle in one of those other counties. There are people that do it for whatever reason. Hopefully this helps.
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Old 12-30-2016, 05:46 PM   #21
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My experience in Travis, Williamson, and Fort Bend counties over the past 20 years ... For cars older than 1996, they'll put on a sniffer. For newer cars, they'll just scan for engine codes and typically visually check for a cat.
With hi-flo cats, not a really good reason anymore to go cat-less, other than sound I suppose.
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Old 12-31-2016, 09:06 AM   #22
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Here in San Antonio it's pretty much just visual inspection.
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Old 12-31-2016, 09:11 PM   #23
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Any issues getting plugged in after having a tune?
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Old 01-01-2017, 11:25 AM   #24
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This may not come out right but if the tuner knows that it needs to be tuned with the ability to pass the test then there will be no issue at all. Take my car for instance, I bought it from somewhere that didn't do emissions testing so long story short, I had to have it retuned before I could pass the emissions test.
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Old 01-02-2017, 08:10 PM   #25
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This may not come out right but if the tuner knows that it needs to be tuned with the ability to pass the test then there will be no issue at all. Take my car for instance, I bought it from somewhere that didn't do emissions testing so long story short, I had to have it retuned before I could pass the emissions test.
Thanks. I'm sure Aikman would tune it so it would pass emissions, lol.
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Old 01-02-2017, 10:19 PM   #26
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I havn't had a tune nor am I missing my cats but I do not have mufflers, and I use the 10 min sticker stops, they are knocking out cars so fast, they never look under (most don't even have pits). I have gone through 2 inspection cycles now with no mufflers, and no one has said a word to me.

And to second above me, Jerry would make sure it was ready for inspection...
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Old 01-03-2017, 05:35 PM   #27
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About to find out if it passes now. Headers, no cats, no exhaust. He just asked, what exhaust do you have flowmaster? Sounds f**king good" I replied, umm something like that. He gets under the car to look and got up and fist bumped me. Lol. I think I'm going to pass.
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Old 01-03-2017, 06:37 PM   #28
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I havn't had a tune nor am I missing my cats but I do not have mufflers, and I use the 10 min sticker stops, they are knocking out cars so fast, they never look under (most don't even have pits). I have gone through 2 inspection cycles now with no mufflers, and no one has said a word to me.

And to second above me, Jerry would make sure it was ready for inspection...
Yeah I have no doubt in his work.
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