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Old 03-11-2009, 02:27 PM   #1
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Exhaust laws

Hey do any of you guys know if 'side exit' exhausts are legal in BC? (mainly lower mainland area, but kelpwna too)

from what i've heard, as long as it exits behind the doors, you're ok... is this correct?
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I believe it's ok as long as it exits the vehicle behind the "passenger compartment".

I'd look into reading up that section of the MVA to be certain though.
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Hey do any of you guys know if 'side exit' exhausts are legal in BC? (mainly lower mainland area, but kelpwna too)

from what i've heard, as long as it exits behind the doors, you're ok... is this correct?
I don't know about behind the door, but I know that the McLaren SLR is legal in BC.

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those are all factory. i think modifying the exhaust exit location might be a problem
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There is a 80% probability that mine is going to come out of my fender lol. If I run it out the back though I am contemplating running my wastegate dump out the hood.

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haha you don't count berz :P

thanks for the info guys, looks like i've got some reading to do.

as long as it's got a cat and emissions equipment it'll pass aircare yes? or are they oem nazi's?
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I always thought as long as it's behind the pass compartment, has a cat and passes emissions your golden.
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hmm this is all i could find in the bc mva..

"Muffler
7.03 (1) A motor vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine shall be equipped with an exhaust muffler consisting of a series of pipes or chambers which ensures that the exhaust gases from the engine are cooled and expelled without excessive noise.

Cut-outs prohibited
(2) No person shall drive or operate a motor vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine when the muffler with which the vehicle is equipped is cut out or disconnected from the engine.

Part removal prohibited
(3) No person shall drive or operate a motor vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine equipped with a muffler from which has been removed any baffle plate or other part.

Alteration prohibited
(4) No person shall drive or operate a motor vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine equipped with a muffler the exhaust outlet of which has been opened or widened.

Noise increase or flames prohibited
(5) No person shall drive or operate a motor vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine equipped with a muffler or exhaust system to which is attached any device which increases the noise of the expulsion of the gases from the engine or allows a flame to be emitted from the exhaust system.

[am. B.C. Reg. 29/59.]"
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interesting, under the metro vancouver aircare laws, it says this:

"Inaccessible exhaust opening

If the vehicle is 5,000 kg. GVW or less, the tailpipe must expel the exhaust beyond the perimeter of the vehicle."

i guess that means you could have it sticking out the hood as long as it had a cat and muffler on it?
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thats just to pass aircare because they need an easily accessable tailpipe to shove the sniffer into.


have you tried searching the police forums on here? id bet its been covered before.
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thats just to pass aircare because they need an easily accessable tailpipe to shove the sniffer into.


have you tried searching the police forums on here? id bet its been covered before.
I BELIEVE that it must exit behind the rear tires to be considered "legal" according to the MVA. that being said, you may find some "questionable" muffler shops that will bend custom pipe that dumps behind the cab etc.

Call a shop and ask, simplest way to do it
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as said by the one like skidmark:

"7.03 MVAR:

(2) No person shall drive or operate a motor vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine when the muffler with which the vehicle is equipped is cut out or disconnected from the engine.

You can have the cut out there, you just can't operate the engine with the cut out there.

If you are talking about shortening up the exhaust system, as long as the cat and muffler are there, the exhaust exits beyond the vehicle perimeter, does not pass through the passenger compartment and no one can burn themselves on it when they get in and out of the vehicle, you should be all right."
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Call a shop and ask, simplest way to do it
Exactly.The easiest and simplest way to find out.
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^Shops don't always know the law, and there are always those who will tell you whatever you want to hear, or do whatever illegal mods you ask for, to get your money. Look at how many shops will put illegal tint on your front windows for you.

Better idea is to ask here: http://www.revscene.net/forums/police-forum-f143.html
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