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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Texas DMV is Rrevoking Titles for Dune Buggies and Other Kit Cars

Hemmings reports that the Texas state DMV has outlawed any rebodied vehicles. In addition to outlawing these vehicles, they also started to revoke titles and registrations for dune buggies in the state.

As far back as 2013, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles put a halt to registrations of newly built dune buggies, grandfathering in previously built and registered dune buggies. While some owners of Volkswagen-based fiberglass-bodied beach cars reported success registering their kit cars under the donor vehicle’s identity, the state DMV in March 2015 adopted Texas Administrative Rule 217.3 (6), which explicitly made any vehicle “designed or determined by the department to be a dune buggy” ineligible for title “regardless of the vehicle’s previous title and/or registration.” The only other vehicles that, as a group, the Texas Administrative Code specifies as ineligible for title are race cars, off-road vehicles, and flooded cars.
While the dune buggy ban only directly effects Texas residents, Parisien said it has implications for dune buggy and other specialty vehicle owners across the country.
“We definitely see this happening in other states,” he said. “If Texas deems this as the right way to operate then other states will do so as well.”
No other state in the country has a similar outright ban on dune buggies, though a number of them do refuse to issue titles or registration for sand rails.
 In of all places, Texas. Land of the free, home of the brave.  What is this world coming to?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Toyota Supra Buyers Guide : JDM vs USDM cars

2JZGE - 5 Speed JDM Toyota Supra. For Sale. 
The JZA80 Toyota Supra's start to turn 25 years old in 2018, and will be legal to import to the USA. Contact importavehicle.com for information on purchasing a vehicle now for import once it turns 25 years old.

The basic differences are : Turbos and fuel system. The Japanese car was rated at 280 hp where the US model was rated at 320 hp.  Read more below:

http://www.toyodiy.com/ - ToyoDIY.com is a website dedicated to Toyota, Lexus and Scion enthusiasts and home mechanics. This site is the centralized repository for answers to all your car-related questions, such as repair procedures of various levels of difficulty (from an oil change to transmission swaps), modifications (also known as "mods"), general information, part information and much more.

The A80 program began in February 1989 under various teams for design, product planning, and engineering. By the middle of 1990, a final A80 design concept from Toyota Technical Centre Aichi was approved and frozen for production in late 1990. The first test mules were hand-built in A70 bodies during late 1990, followed by the first A80 prototypes being hand-assembled in 1991. Again using subframe, suspension, and drivetrain assemblies from the Z30 Soarer (Lexus SC300/400), test model pre-production started in December 1992 with 20 models,[16] and official mass production began in April 1993.[16] This redesign saw Toyota placing great emphasis on a more serious high-performance car. The new Supra was completely redesigned, with rounded body styling and featured two new engines: a naturally aspirated Toyota 2JZ-GE producing 220 hp (164 kW; 223 PS) at 5800 rpm and 210 lb·ft (280 N·m) at 4800 rpm of torque and a twin turbocharged Toyota 2JZ-GTE making 276 hp (206 kW; 280 PS) and 318 lb·ft (431 N·m) of torque for the Japanese version. The styling, while modern, does seem to borrow some elements from Toyota's first grand touring sports car, the Toyota 2000GT. For the export model (America/Europe) Toyota upgraded the Supra turbo's engine (smaller, steel wheeled turbochargers, bigger fuel injectors, etc.). This increased the power output to 320 hp (239 kW; 324 PS) at 5600 rpm and 315 lb·ft (427 N·m) at 4000 rpm. Upon launch in 1993, it was the first Toyota-badged vehicle to include a passenger airbag as standard (US-market only).[16] (326 hp / 325lbft for Europe)

Buy your JDM Supra here. 

The turbocharged variant could achieve 0–60 mph in as low as 4.6 seconds and 1/4-mile (402 m) in 13.1 seconds at 109 mph (175 km/h).[19] The turbo version was tested to reach over 285 km/h (177 mph), but the cars are restricted to just 180 km/h (112 mph) in Japan and 250 km/h (155 mph) elsewhere. European versions of the car also had an air intake or scoop on the hood. Drag coefficient is 0.31 for the naturally aspirated models and 0.32 for the turbo models but unknown with the rear spoiler.
JDM Toyota Supra for sale 

The twin turbos operated in sequential mode, not parallel. Initially, all of the exhaust is routed to the first turbine for reduced lag. This resulted in boost and enhanced torque as early as 1800 rpm, where it already produced 300 lb·ft (410 N·m) of torque. At 3500 rpm, some of the exhaust is routed to the second turbine for a "pre-boost" mode, although none of the compressor output is used by the engine at this point. At 4000 rpm, the second turbo's output is used to augment the first turbo's output. Compared to the parallel mode, sequential mode turbos provide quicker low RPM response and increased high RPM boost. This high RPM boost was also aided with technology originally present in the 7M-GE in the form of the Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) which is a way of managing the air compression pulses within the intake piping as to increase power.
Japanese market Toyota Supra for import to the US in 2018

For this generation, the Supra received a new six-speed Getrag/Toyota V160 gearbox on the turbo models while the naturally aspirated models made do with a five-speed manual W58, revised from the previous version. Each model was offered with a four-speed automatic with manual shifting mode. All vehicles were equipped with five-spoke aluminium alloy wheels, the naturally aspirated model had 16-inch wheels and the turbo models were 17-inch. The difference in wheel size was to accommodate the larger brakes equipped as standard onto the turbo model, but in Japan were optional extras. Both models had a space saver spare tire on a steel rim to save both space and weight.

Wheelbase2,550 mm (100.4 in)
  • 4,515 mm (177.8 in) (1993–1998)
  • 4,514 mm (177.7 in) (1999–2002)
Width1,811 mm (71.3 in)
  • 1,265 mm (49.8 in) (1993–1998)
  • 1,275 mm (50.2 in) (1999–2002)
Curb weight
  • 1,410–1,510 kg (3,109–3,329 lb) (non-turbo)
  • 1,490–1,570 kg (3,285–3,461 lb) (turbo)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Vehicle Industry News - Direct Import Vehicle Update 2017-15 - VIN - California

Not a California R32

California DMV Direct Import Vehicles Update. 2017-15.

In plain talk this memo fixes a mistake on VIN 2014-14 that said direct import vehicles were 1966 and newer, and replaces that with 1968. This is still not how they refer to these vehicles in the California Air Pollution Control Laws book.  They say a direct import vehicle is a 1975 or newer vehicle. This leaves these 1968-1974 vehicles in a limbo.  California Certification Procedures for Used Modifer Certified Motor Vehicles

1968 model year to 1974 model year vehicles: California does not recommend the purchase or importation of these years of NON-USA vehicles, even if currently registered in another state. These vehicles require compliance with USEPA requirements in effect on the specific date of 11/15/1972. This provision when written, was considered by the California legislature as a gradual phase-out of very dirty "non-collectable" types of imports, as this specific requirement was understood to become increasingly difficult to meet. Today, this requirement, while not impossible to meet, would require testing expenses and modifications that far exceed most vehicles value and would make little sense from a collectors standpoint to attempt. Some limited exemptions apply to individuals moving to California with vehicles of these years registered in their home state for at least a year before moving to California. Contact us for more information.

They also remove the exemption for owning a direct import vehicle out of state for a year, and then bringing it into California as per the Statement of Facts - Reg256F

California will be updating their 256F, Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures, and HTVR9A brochure. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Smuggle - How Does Someone Import A - R34, S15, (Fill in the blank) to the USA?

  1. move (goods) illegally into or out of a country.
    "he's been smuggling cars from Japan into the USA"

Smuggled R33 GT-R caught recently."The smuggling charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years while the other charges are punishable by fines or prison sentences of up to two years."

So how does that person have that car, that isn't 25 years old in the USA? There are several legal ways to import vehicles, and of course several illegal ways to import cars.  Once a car is illegally imported, scammers often find ways to illegally title cars, and pass them off to unsuspecting consumers as legal vehicles. Don't let yourself be a victim of one of the scammers. Know what is legal, and what is illegal, and make your own determination. Call the NHTSA if you have any questions about a vehicles legality. 202-366-5291

Non conforming R34 that was brought into NHTSA requirements under VCP-17
Legal ways

1) Over 25 years old is NHTSA exempt. Over 21 years old is EPA exempt. You pay the US customs tariff and you can legally import the car.  Box 1 HS7

2) Non-conforming vehicle capable of being MODIFIED to meet US requirements. Many people are under the misconception that a vehicle on this list can just come into the country. This is incorrect. Depending on the age of the vehicle, a Registered Importer has to be contracted to do the NHTSA modifications, and an Independent Commercial Importer needs to be contracted to do the EPA modifications. This can get very expensive. This could involve crash testing. It is not an impossible path, but it is a path. This process can often take years.  Status of pending eligibility petitions (May 2017)  Box 3 HS7

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R Mspec Nur.  Eligible for Show or Display. Box 10 HS7
3) Show or Display.  This is a special NHTSA exemption for special cars. They still need to meet EPA requirements. The vehicles can be driven up to 2500 miles a year. This is not a "Show" car. This is not a "Track" car.  Each vehicle type must be approved. Each vehicle must be approved. Show or Display list  Box 10 HS7

4) Temporary. There are several reasons a vehicle can enter the US temporarily. There is normally a bond, and they must be exported within a certain amount of time. That is normally a year.  
Non-Resident of the US Box 5 HS7
Diplomat or member of an organization designated under the international organizations immunities act Box 6 HS7
Member of the armed forces of a FOREIGN country Box 12 HS7
Research, investigation, demonstration, training, or racing Box 7 HS7.
 Intended for export Box 4 HS7

Legally imported permanent race car

5) Permanent Race CarThe first thing to get straight with this "race car" is that just because you are going to "race" it does not it a race car make.  In order to import the race vehicle permanently you are going to have to meet NHTSA/DOT requirements and EPA requirements. Box 8 HS7

6)Incomplete vehicle. Requires further manufacturing operations. Requires letter from manufacture, and a list of FMVSS items Box 9 HS7

7) Conforms to NHTSA requirements Box 2A HS7, or meets Canadian requirements and has a manufacturer's letter. Box 2B HS7

Those are the legal ways to import a vehicle into the US. Of course anyone smuggling a vehicle into the US, is either going to fill that paperwork our incorrectly, or not declare the vehicle.  How can they possibly get past customs? Doesn't US customs check to see if cars are legal, and paperwork is filled out?  The truthful answer is of course not.  Do you have any idea how many containers, and vehicles come into the US every day?

CBP says on a typical day they process :

» 72,179 truck, rail, and sea containers
» 282,252 incoming privately owned vehicles

Asking stupid money on an illegally imported car. Don't be the idiot that buys this car. 

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