San Diego, CA. SMOG HELP!! - Diesel Forum -
'99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke Engine and Drivetrain Discussion of the '99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke diesel engine and drivetrain in the 1999-Up Super Duty trucks and Excursions. No gas engine discussion allowed except on transmissions and drivetrain that pertain to all models. Please confine discussion of topics in this forum to those items that are specific to the 7.3L Power Stroke engine.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-05-2011, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
San Diego, CA. SMOG HELP!!

I assume this has been covered but I am a newbie here and not sure where it is covered...

Ok, I stopped by a smog shop to get my 2002 F-350 4x4 Diesel smog checked and the guy would not even start after he looked in my engine compartment and saw I had a cold air intake and said where is your ######## sticker that states this intake is legal? I said what are you talking about and he proceded to tell me to go put the stock equipment back on it and come back before he will even attempt it?

Ok, So I am not going to do that.. any suggestions of a smog shop in San Diego, CA. that understands us diesel owners???

please help??
Rader is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-05-2011, 11:24 PM
Senior Member
chuckster57's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Central Valley, Ca.
Posts: 16,384
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Welcome to the Diesel Stop

Since the aftermarket intake is an "alteration" of the emission system, it does require a C.A.R.B. exemption..Lots of guys I know have had the same issue and have borrowed someone else's stock intake to get passed the test.

Put yourself in the smog shops shoes. If you were operating the shop and B.A.R. sent in a "plant" (and they do!) is it really worth your license and the fines?

1994 F-350 7.3 IDI Turbo, crew cab, E4OD,4:10 L/S, LB, Dually Photos
ATS Turbo upgrades: 3" DP with 3" exhaust Magnaflow XL muffler: Pictures Here
2012 Copper Canyon 273 FWRET w/2 slides, Air Lift 5000 bags
Pillar pod: Autometer C2 Series gauges: pyro,trans, boost, water, oil pressure
Hypermax Cowl induction, K&N air filter, flex-a-lite 26K trans cooler with fan,Tekonsha prodigy
Train Horns: Pictures here

PM please not visitor message
chuckster57 is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-05-2011, 11:33 PM
Lifetime Supporting Member
Lifetime Supporting Member
Matt0987's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Belmont, Ca.
Posts: 865
Feedback Score: 0 reviews

Modifications need a C.A.R.B. approval number. I have an FIPK on my 7.3L and it has a lable on it indicating it's C.A.R.B. approval number.

Once you get that taken care of make sure you have the CAT installed if your vehicle came with one.

My 7.3L did not come with a cat. As it had an auto tranny. I understand those that came with a manual tranny did.

That is one of the features of living in Kalifornia.

'03 Excursion, 7.3L, 4X4, Auto tranny of course (they all did), 4" MBRP exhaust, TS performance chip, K&N FIPK w/ an Amsoil EA filter, Hellwig anti-sway bar, drilled/slotted front & rear rotors. Rancho XL shocks, Rancho steering damper, Airlift 5000, S&S Diversified headlight mod. This baby surprises a lot of, so called, performance cars.
'04 F 350, extended cab, 6.0L, FX4, manual tranny, 4" MBRP exhaust, Bully Dog Triple Dog downloader w/ Outlook monitor (Very disappointed in the Bully Dog), 2m-70cm Yaesu ft-8500, S&S Diversified headlight mod.

'96 Mustang Cobra convertible, B&M short throw shifter, Koni adjustable shocks, viper chip, drilled/slotted rotors front and rear, rear sequential turn signals.

'11 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic 103 ci PowerPak w/ anti lock brakes & Smart Security system. It even has cruise control!!! Candy Dark Root Beer over Candy Light Root Beer

Last edited by Matt0987; 05-05-2011 at 11:37 PM.
Matt0987 is offline  
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 03:30 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Gilmer, Texas and Cameron Park, Ca.
Posts: 2,311
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Crap, I have to get my smogged this month and I've got an AFE cold air... Does it have to have the CARB sticker on it or how can you tell what will pass and what wont?

I gotta get back out of this state. In Texas, I paid $45.00 a year for registration and here, for the same sized truck, I just got a bill for $395.00 PLUS I have to smog check it......


Member #4,587

1999 F350 XLT crewcab 3 inch body lift, 8 inch suspension lift. Edge Evolution programmer. AFE cold air intake. 37 inch tires. Pics are in link below.

1996 F350 XLT crewcab dually, (RIP) pulled a 50+3' step deck trailer and 30' cow trailer.
Pictures of it's death can be seen in link below.

My Pics


Remainder of signature deleted for political correctness violations
RopinandRidin is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
awesome information.

Well guys thanks for the Info. hopefully I can find someone with a stock intake or see if I can come up with a C.A.R.B. sticker.

I think I also have an AFE. All my upgrades came frim Diesel innovations out of Texas for my 2002 7.3...

Again thanks and great Forum..
Rader is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 02:19 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Ain't seen a sign yet!
Posts: 528
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Originally Posted by RopinandRidin View Post
I gotta get back out of this state. In Texas, I paid $45.00 a year for registration and here, for the same sized truck, I just got a bill for $395.00 PLUS I have to smog check it......
Theres smog checks in TX also. Its a County by County thing. In mine, Polk Cty, there are no such checks. Seems as you get nearer the larger cities, they are the ones with the smog check requirement.

'01 PSD F350/SC Lariat 6x6 Hercules
"Save the Planet. Its the only one with Chocolate"
h2guy is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-07-2011, 03:29 PM
Senior Member
jgorm's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 277
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Talk to some other people and see what shop they recommend. There are shops in SD that are not picky at all when it comes to the visual. Everything is on the super down low because shops can be fined big $ for violations. Look for a crappy looking shop that is empty and if they ask for the EO number had them a $100 bill.

E450 7.3 PSD in a Bigfoot 24' motorhome.
Acquired parts for the intercooler mod
Intake spider
jgorm is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-07-2011, 05:40 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 12
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
A bunch of BS!!

Today, I just smogged (passed) my 02 7.3 with no problems. Has AFE intake, hypertech programmer...not even programmed for stock, magnaflo exhaust.

I came across this document and it clearly states (around page G-6) that diesel intakes, exhaust system (that dont affect smog requirements and such are not necessary to check for CARB exemption.

Maybe we need to educate these smog guys as to what thier job really is!! My guy didnt even to the "smoke" test.....he said whats the point, its not really a test, just his opinion!!

Good luck

Attached Files
File Type: pdf Diesel Smog Requirements.pdf (47.4 KB, 202 views)

2002 F350 4x4 CC LB 7.3, AFE Intake, Magnaflow Exh, Hypertech, 203* T-stat, Coolant Filtration, ISS Pro Pyro/Trans Temp/Boost Gauges, 6" Lift, Bilstein Shocks, Sulastic Shackles, 37" Mickey Thompson AT's, 18" XD's, Amp Research Retractable Steps, Rear Ent Sys
deblas is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-10-2011, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews

thanks for the info. I appreciate the information...
Rader is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 11:08 AM
Senior Member
terryf350's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Laguna Hills CA
Posts: 257
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
AFE has CARB compliance

Call AFE and they will send a sticker.
However I believe cold air is ok with CARB. See their site.

2003 F350XLT Shortbed CrewCab 4x4 7.3l 6 speed. 3.73 LS, 9900# GVWR Package.

Major Tow MODS:

05-07 Facelift. WWII. PHP 65 tow on PCM. RifRaff FRx. ATS Compressor Housing. Turbomaster wastegate controller. SP Diesel exaust brake. Midwest Trans short throw. Dorman bellowed uppipes. 2" Edge Lev Kit. AFE Stage II. Bilstiens. Hellwig 1 1/4" rear sway bar PN 7636. Hawk HP Superduty brake pads and Powerslot frozen rotors. Autometer Ultralight guages. South Bend Clutch - MU 1944 Con 0. Walker BTM. 6.0 Intercooler. Oilguard bypass filter. B&W turnover gooseneck hitch. 6980 unladen weight. 299,000 miles. 20 Foot Cimarron Gooseneck Horse Trailer.
1991 F250XLT Supercab 4x4 7.3l 250,000 miles.
terryf350 is offline  
post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-12-2011, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews

Terry, I called AFE and they sent me the sticker. it was here in less than 24 hours... outstanding people there.

I have my smog check tomorrow up in Alpine, ca. I will post how it goes..

Rader is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Diesel Forum - > 1999-2007 Ford Super Duties > '99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke Engine and Drivetrain
Gear in this thread - Powered by O'Reilly Auto Parts

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Diesel Forum - forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome