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AZ emission laws and AIS removal

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  1. Tacgtriwer
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    I hope somebody can answer this, albiet fairly specific.
    I want to remove the AIS system from the V Star 1100 I have.
    The kick in the head is that Maricopa County Ive been told still has emission testing. How exactly do they test motorcycles, what do they look for and should it pass without it? Its an 05, I didnt have to do a test last year but somebody told me I will in 2010.

    It also has a K and N and Samson Ripsaws.

  2. bkman
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    If yours is an early 2005, you may be able to get it to pass as-is. Otherwise, you will probably have to get into it more. Honestly, I wouldn't worry too much about it right now. I used to live in a state (Pennsylvania) where they did auto emissions testing each year. Many people mostly ignored it - including me. I got many tickets over the years and almost never had a valid emissions sticker. Of all the speeding tickets I got, I was NEVER sighted for emissions compliance. I think the law-enforcement there mostly ignored it, too. I'm not saying that this is the case in AZ or even if it is still the case in PA. I am only saying that it didn't seem to be a big deal then, and your concerns may be much ado about nothing. You may want to just "wait and see".

  3. yaro
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    In here they test cars not motorcycles. If you don't have a valid emissions you cannot renew a registration sticker and they can suspend your license.

  4. quicgmicg
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    They don't test motorcycles in AZ.......no worries there. Take the AIS off and put in away. 10 years from now they MAY make you pout it back on. Calif is the most stringent from emission testing and they are now just thinking about testing bikes....probably in a year or two....thank goodness we live in AZ....

  5. yy45daco
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    Hey, quit picking on me Mick (I live in CA). I am going to try to keep my bike registered in TX though. We will see how long it last.

  6. quicgmicg
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    Hey, quit picking on me Mick (I live in CA). I am going to try to keep my bike registered in TX though. We will see how long it last.
    that would be sweet, my friend.... hope you can pull it off.

  7. ginkdix
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    They don't test motorcycles in AZ.......no worries there. Take the AIS off and put in away. 10 years from now they MAY make you pout it back on. Calif is the most stringent from emission testing and they are now just thinking about testing bikes....probably in a year or two....thank goodness we live in AZ....
    I don't know where in AZ you live but I live in Phoenix & they DO test bikes as well as cages. Mine is a 1990 & passed with no problem but then again it is a 90! There is a post on ViragoTechForum.com that shows how to make the AIS Removal reversible.

  8. STLcruizer
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    I lived in Phoenix for about three years, and just moved back last month. I had my old suzuki tested when I lived here before. They put a hose on each exaust pipe and measure the CO2 and hydrocarbons. I know that removing the AIS will affect the emissions, but I'm not sure how much. I'm just down here for school, so I don't need to change my plates, but I might do it when my missouri plates expire. I'd say, pull the AIS off after you pass the test and just put it back on every year when testing time comes around. Or just take a chance and rip it off and see if it makes it. If you try the test without the AIS, lemme know what happens. I'd like to know if I need it when my time comes to walk the gauntlet. Hope I helped.

  9. quicgmicg
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    Wow...that is amazing. I'm in Tucson and no testing here...so I did an internet search...it looks like Maricopa County is the only county in the US to currently have emission testing...

    Quoted from ABATE..

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    "ABATE promotes rider education for all motorcycle riders, and motorcycle awareness for all automobile drivers. ABATE needs the support of all motorcycle riders.

    Do you like emission testing your motorcycle? Did you know that Maricopa County Arizona is the only county in the United States that requires emissions testing for motorcycles?
    Do you like having the freedom to choose whether to wear a helmet or not?
    Do you like the freedom to work on or customize your motorcycle?
    Do you know that there are dollars available for motorcycle safety and awareness?"

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ++++++++++++++++

    Here is a link to the website abateofaz.org/

    Time to write your congressman.....

    I'll get some more details.... but I do know several riders from Phx that do not have AIS hooked up and they have never mentioned either testing...or a problem passing....

  10. ginkdix
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    Thanks Mick for the heads up on the emissions in AZ. I heard that if I got a PO Box in Maricopa City (proper), I could get around the emissions requirement.

    Loop-holes, gotta love'em!

  11. quicgmicg
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    Thanks Mick for the heads up on the emissions in AZ. I heard that if I got a PO Box in Maricopa City (proper), I could get around the emissions requirement. Loop-holes, gotta love'em!

    I've got a couple of friends in PHX....and emailed them to see what the test entails....

  12. quicgmicg
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    From what I'm told, they are not looking to see if all your pollution control devices are installed (AIS all models - Cats 06 and up) so AIS removal shouldn't be an issue

    Since it is only an exhaust gas test, it sounds like all you need to do is lean out your PMS a turn and you'll pass with flying colors (without the AIS.....). I'll try to update as my friends get tested.

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