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Old 01-08-2019, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Smoking Rotors View Post
...So if your stock RS with the loud button tests over 95DB you can get a fine?

They can definitely pull you over, and you very well could get a ticket...they do say modified but have fun telling a state trooper your super loud car isn't...some guys with M4s that have whatever the sport exhaust BMW offers have already been pulled over and ticketed in LA.
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Old 01-08-2019, 04:32 PM
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I will be sure to think about this law as I am blasting through our Colorado mountain roads at 9k with the sound of my Sharkwerks exhaust bouncing off the canyon walls. hehe
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Old 01-08-2019, 04:34 PM
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glad my GT3 isn’t registered in CA. Love many things about CA, but not the blue state over regulation of everything under the sun.
Be careful though, When I was in the Navy stationed at Pt Mugu, with Florida plates, I got pulled over in the Mojave desert on the way to Tahoe and given a ticket for front window tint. Officer said it didn't matter that car was registered in Florida, operating it in California with tinted windows was still illegal. I'm guessing they could ticket and out of state car for exhaust too.

I wish the wall would extend up from Mexico and include california
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Old 01-08-2019, 04:55 PM
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There is a lot of overreaction here. Neither the dB limit nor the exhaust laws have changed. Instead of a fix-it ticket, offenders get a fine...that's it.

If you haven't had an issue with your GT3 with/without aftermarket exhaust, you shouldn't going forward.

https://www.chp.ca.gov/PressReleases..._laws_2019.pdf

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Old 01-08-2019, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by sechsgang View Post
They can definitely pull you over, and you very well could get a ticket...they do say modified but have fun telling a state trooper your super loud car isn't...some guys with M4s that have whatever the sport exhaust BMW offers have already been pulled over and ticketed in LA.
is there a post somewhere on bimmerform with this?
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Old 01-08-2019, 06:29 PM
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Deep breath everyone.

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Old 01-08-2019, 06:31 PM
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If they can make money on it, you're gonna get nailed for it.
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Randy M View Post
If they can make money on it, you're gonna get nailed for it.
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by robmypro View Post
Looks like Harley owners are screwed.
If only, but it won't come to pass. The law has been on the books for years, the only difference now is fine vs. correctable. Fact is, aside from sporadic sweeps, the cops simply don't enforce this law out here in the Bay Area at all. All the police and CHP are understaffed and spend most of their time working accidents.

I really wish they would enforce the sound laws because things have really gotten out of control, but I don't expect they will. Honestly, it's hard to even get a speeding ticket out here these days, as there just aren't enough cops to do adequate patrols.
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by ipse dixit View Post
Fairly certain that is an old memo. There is a very objective law on the books in CA with specific dB levels and field testing methodology. They just don't enforce it much.
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Old 01-08-2019, 08:21 PM
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in a couple of years the only way drivers will be able to avoid tickets in CA will be by driving a Prius or Tesla ( driver must be wearing Birkenstock's, however).
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Old 01-08-2019, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Archimedes View Post
If only, but it won't come to pass. The law has been on the books for years, the only difference now is fine vs. correctable. Fact is, aside from sporadic sweeps, the cops simply don't enforce this law out here in the Bay Area at all. All the police and CHP are understaffed and spend most of their time working accidents.

I really wish they would enforce the sound laws because things have really gotten out of control, but I don't expect they will. Honestly, it's hard to even get a speeding ticket out here these days, as there just aren't enough cops to do adequate patrols.
Agree, nothing fundamentally different. I don't know how much the fines are, but sometimes it is more difficult to take a day off work and try to get your ticket corrected. Easier to just pay it.

I also find loud exhausts (especially ones that don't do anything) a little obnoxious. Yes, I'm including the bypass folks (don't kill me). No performance gain, just sound. It is exactly what the "Harley guys" are doing. No, it isn't for safety. I ride too. You don't hear much of a motorcycle exhaust until it is already next to you/past you.
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:18 PM
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All very interesting! Still holding onto the dream of buying a place down there and bringing my car.

Isn't a fine better than fix it ticket?
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Old 01-08-2019, 11:11 PM
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Originally Posted by SToronto View Post
All very interesting! Still holding onto the dream of buying a place down there and bringing my car.

Isn't a fine better than fix it ticket?
They also send you to the state vehicle inspection (BAR). It is a $1000 fine PLUS the state inspectors will make it impossible to register your car until you fix it. This is going to kill exhaust mods in the state.
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Old 01-08-2019, 11:12 PM
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^ That is not what this is about.

If you are running without cats, yes, you will be sent to the BAR. Nothing new there.
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