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Today, i was driving with my girlfriend to go pick up my sister from school, on Los Angles Ave in Simi Valley. Doing 40 mph (the speed limit is 45), when out of nowhere comes a cop on a bike. He pulls me over, and as usual i am very nice, and i handed him my drivers license registration and insurance. He tells me that the reason he pulled me over was because my tint was too dark, and my muffler is modified. He then asks me if there is anything done under the hood, and i said that i have and intake. And he asked me to pop my hood, so i do, with absolutely no hesitation. He right away pointed out my header, and said, "ok sir please get back in your car". So i do, and he tells me that he's going to look under my car. He comes back to me, and asks me if I'm running a cat, and i hesitate for a moment, and he says it should be somewhere under the car. So now i know that this guy doesn't have a clue where the cat on a focus is, so i simply say, "i don't know, i believe so, but a shop did all my work, i just moved here in june". So he says ok and walks back to his bike and grabs some papers and goes and stands in the shade while he writes things up. By now, I'm totally feeling horrible, because i have already gone through this and i cant imagine doing this again. So, my girlfriend and i hold hands and pray that this will turn out alright, or if it doesn't, that ill have the strength to not get too upset.
He comes back about ten minutes later, and gives me the bad news. He wrote me up for modified emissions, which is non correctable, which means i have to go to a state referee again, after i put my engine back to stock. And for tinted windows. But he wrote that as correctable, so I'm hopping that i can have one of my friends who's a cop, sign that off, so i don't have to tear off my tint.
So thats my little story for today. I guess that i brought this upon myself by trying to make my car fast, but by also breaking the law by doing so.

So after this has happened twice in three months, i begin to ask the question, Isn't this America? Aren't we a free nation? I'm just trying to have a quick fun little car, while other people are bombing airplanes and robbing gas stations. I'm not even driving fast, and when i do, I'm diligently trying to do so safely while putting only my life at risk. I do understand that there are laws, but why cant i have dark windows to keep my car cool while I'm at school all day? And why out of the four people that drove past me going at least 50 mph, while i was getting pulled over, did they get away just fine? I just wish i could have been some 50 year old guy, because i know, i would have been just fine. Nobody gives older guys shit for their cars, why does the younger crowed get their ass kicked for nothing???
Im sorry, i just think that this sucks. I thought we live in AMERICA, not some damn communist nation.
 

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sorry man. cops seem to follow you around.
 

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Sorry dude, that sucks. Simi is the police mother ship.
 

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I had to take my honda to chaffey college in Rancho for a referee emissions test....wasent too bad....I delt with some cool guys in there and they said that if my wouldent pass they would just run there shop car on the dyno and pass me!!! HAHA
 

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its retarded and its true that officers like to single out people with modified cars. i have applied to my county sheriff's dept as of late. i vowed to myself not to pull over people for the retarded stupid shit that i have been pulled over for.
 

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i hate the fact that they do that crap
i mean
i have meet alot of cool cops
its guys like that that give them a bad name
its like,catch some real criminals.

oh and by the way the new thing for fix it tickets is
the sheriffs department has to do it
 

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to be honest I know why they do it....I see so many people driving like morons and just beating the [:)][:)][:)][:)] out of there cars and almost killing everyone in there path..so I understand why they would pull over a "raced out focus" LOL

will your car pass smog?? if it does I think I only had to pay like ten bucks and the fees for the ticket were waived
 

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Man that sucks. I'm glad they aren't that strict here. I would hate to live in a state with emissions laws.
 

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Just move to a state with no emissions laws, the country is more free for you in those states.
 

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it like everything else a few people ruin it for the rest of us. all the street racers have got all the cops thinking that all sport compacts are street racers
 

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Thanks you guys for the support. I really appreciate it. This whole thing is just giving me the worst feeling about california. It really suck that we have to keep an eye in every direction for the the ones who we pay with our taxes to protect us. Why does the law have to be so !^[email protected] up?!?!
But here is the weird thing, i called the number to make an appointment for the referee, and due to the state budget crisis, all the referees have been shut down until further notice. So i dont know what to do now. My car is all ive got in this world, and i need it to get to school and back! So what do i do? Just drive my car across town illegally everyday to go to college, and hope that the law doesn't catch up with me???
GRR!!!!
 

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Just buy a new exhaust, trubendz sells exhausts with catalytic convertors. Or just buy a caty and mount it on ur your existing exhaust.
 

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Well since im running a race header i cant legally put a cat anywhere else besides where the stock one goes, and i have a stock cat and oem short header, but ide rather not buy more stuff. Because i have my car so dialed in right now its not even funny. So im fine with putting back to stock except for my cat-back, but thats legal. But the officer told me that i cant drive it till it goes to a referee for inspection.
 

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Not in california. There is actually a law here that says, in fine print, that you're not legally able to modify your car. In anyway. Everything has to be stock oem
 

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That sux. I've been pulled over a few times here in Fontana for tinted windows and my windows weren't even that dark. I got lucky that they let me go everytime but I ripped off the tint anyway. I haven't been pulled over since. I always look in every direction when I'm driving so when I spot a cop, I have time to push the clutch all the way in as I pass him so my car sounds quiet.
 

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This is why i'm glad my car has washington plates. The cops here can't say shit. Well they can try.
 

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Then they see that your car is registered in another state and it's in your name and you have a CA drivers license. They may put that together and fine the hell out of you for that.
 
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