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They told me to contact CHP for a VIN inspection as the next step. The next available appointment wasn't until April 9th. Now I'm worried my temp permit will expire before I get through the process.
I need to complete a brake and light inspection as well as the smog inspection, then a final trip to the DMV.
I don't have info on the brake and light or smog inspections. My question is, who do I schedule these items with and how do I find them in my area? Can I schedule these directly after the CHP inspection, but before the inspection is complete? Or will they require the inspection complete before putting me on the schedule? My goal is to have this done so the car can make it to the Huntington beach show at the end of April. Any advice for getting through this would be helpful.
Mine was an SB-100 process, hence, just a closed system PCV setup.
I would say make all your appointments now. I started with the CHP, then the BAR, and then light/brake inspection. The guy at the BAR was a bit miffed that I didn't have the light/brake inspection done when I went to see him. He said that he is the last in line, but went ahead and passed me anyway.
I put in some links for the BAR, and tips for the light/brake insp. in my link. Most (if not all) of the BAR's in So. Calif. are at the colleges around here.
Of note, the brake inspection was basically a visual inspection of the components (no driving). Others have had to drive/stop the car. He did want to see my back-up light on mine, where others were not asked or required to have it. Since I have an electric parking brake, he wanted to see the 'Parking Brake On' indicator light, which luckily I added on my own (was not part of the actuator system.) Bottom line, seems there is no common thread on what or if the inspector will require or want to see.
Good luck, you will get through it, just takes time.
I am in the process as well, I broke a valve spring so I got an extension which DMV gave me, BAR is on mon. hope it doesn't rain or I will have to reschedule!!
Last edited by Firesnake; 03-15-2018 at 06:02 AM.
(And considering I built the car, I can't believe anyone passed me.)
People have gone to the UPS store and bought clear tape were a barcode would scan through.
At the BAR, a common small thing people fail for is their PCV and/or closed-loop system. Check into what’s required for your engine setup.
Also, the hose from the PCV, and the breather, has to be fuel line, not water hose. Heard lots of folks failed for that too.
Last edited by Boat737; 03-16-2018 at 02:15 AM.
Have you considered trying other DMV offices nearby. When I had my CHP inspection done, I could have selected from a 2 or 3, just chose the closest one. My wait was only about a week, not several weeks as with your appointment. Another thought would to be ask if they ever have cancellations and could you be notified if they do.
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