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Laws in California / 5.0L Ranger Conversion ?

What are the laws in California / 5.0L Ranger ?
Does anyone know if there is a way around the engine conversion in California ?

If I were to bring my truck there and it happens to have a 5.0L in it, will I have to remove it ?

If I can get away with it, who knows what might happen in the next couple of months.

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What are the laws in California / 5.0L Ranger ?
Somewhat of a guess here but I'm assuming it won't be the most fun you've ever had - but it can be done. lol

Seems just like here in Colorado the engine used must be the same year or newer than the original - and all emission items must then meet the new engines certification standard. Then you get to deal with the 'California special' requirements from that point on....an extra layer of hassle nobody else has to deal with.

Here is some general information that seems to outline the process:

'Letter of the Law' Style from the California Bureau of Automotive Repair: Engine Change Guidelines

'Forum Style': What you need to know to make your motor swap legal. [Archive] - SDRev - Driving San Diego

Also, I noticed this line-item might be fun: No internal or external engine modifications (cams, pistons, intakes, etc.) may be performed unless the parts are ARB–exempted or EPA–certified for use in the installed engine. Goodtimes....lol

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Does anyone know if there is a way around the engine conversion in California ?
I highly doubt it. They are all over this stuff.

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If I were to bring my truck there and it happens to have a 5.0L in it, will I have to remove it ?
You more than likely won't be able to register it in California with that setup. Running the risk of 'all hell' breaking loose if they wanted to bust you.

Only way to make it happen legally is to have it certified by them using the steps outlined by the California 'Bureau of Automotive Repair'.

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What Logan said.
This state is unbelievable with the restrictions surrounding a motor swap. From what I've been told over the phone with the BAR is that it must be a stock motor with all stock pollution control devices, including stock exhaust and stock cats, before it will pass. Also, it has to pass emissions from whatever is newer, the body or the motor. I gave up trying.
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Thanks for the comments.

I was hoping to have the truck arrive already converted and was wondering if it might be any easier... ?
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I was hoping to have the truck arrive already converted and was wondering if it might be any easier... ?

Doubt it - they don't care.

If you want it registered in CA - I would assume you have to play by their rules.
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