AZ OFFROAD & PERFORMANCE
EMISSIONS AND NOISE REGULATIONS
California Air Resources Board
The state of California regulates automobile aftermarket parts which have the potential to change, impact, or remove emissions control on any smog controlled vehicle. In some cases, the sale and use of the certain aftermarket parts may be prohibited; with the exception of replacement parts (as defined by the state of California), or specific authorized use of that part granted by the California Air Resources Board which includes or has an Executive Order.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulates aftermarket parts and has promulgated regulations that essentially place all emissions related aftermarket parts into several categories:
Replacement Parts are aftermarket parts that CARB considers to be functionally equivalent to the stock part they are intended to replace, and therefore would not impact the emissions from these vehicles. These parts are appropriate for sale and use on automobiles used on or off the public highways. For aftermarket exhaust systems and related parts, here are two applicable scenarios:
(a) If the automobiles stock exhaust system does not contain a catalytic converter, then an aftermarket exhaust part is a replacement part as long as the part does not remove or replace any emission control equipment originally attached to the stock exhaust system, such as oxygen sensors.
(b) If the automobiles stock exhaust system contains a catalytic converter in the manifold section of the stock exhaust system, then an aftermarket muffler positioned downstream from the catalytic converter (i.e. cat-back) is a replacement part as long as the part does not remove or replace any emission control equipment originally attached to the stock exhaust system.
Executive Order Parts
Executive Order Parts are aftermarket parts that ARB has evaluated and determined do not adversely impact emissions, and thereby are granted an Executive Order (EO), which allows the part to be sold and used on a specified automobiles. Any aftermarket part system that replaces or otherwise impacts emission control equipment, including catalytic converters, requires an E.O. to be sold and used on a automobile used on or off a public highway.
Competition Use Only
These parts may not be sold or used on automobile that is used on or off the public highways. They can be sold for, and used on, racing vehicles designed exclusively for competition. Competition Use Only Parts are aftermarket parts that replace or otherwise interfere with the operation of an emission control device, such as a catalytic converter, test pipe, header, etc. and may be sold and used on a racing vehicle that is used only for sanctioned closed course competition.
Some parts sold by AZ Offroad & Performance Inc. are intended for the sole purpose of competition use only, and may never be used in a smog controlled automobile being operated on California public highways. Competition use vehicles may under no circumstance be driven to a racing event on or off a public highway. They must be transported on a trailer or other carrier.
Use of parts, hardware, or tooling purchased from Openflash Performance Inc. for which they are not intended or legal will void any and all warranties written, stated or implied.
It is the responsibility of our customers (hardware purchaser(s)) to comply with all their local, applicable, state and federal emissions laws relating to use of the aforementioned parts. Openflash Performance Inc. fully disclaims any responsibility resulting from the incorrect use, installation, or failure of compliance any customer may have whilst using hardware purchased from Openflash Performance Inc., when being compared to original equipment or other application vs. the local state and federal laws in their region.
NOTE: The California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) and/or the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) does not permit the use of aftermarket emissions-related part(s) that alter the performance of OEM emissions-related devices unless carb has issued an Executive Order, other than on racing vehicles on closed courses. Check your local laws and manufacturer’s information. More California exhaust information is available at https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/aftermarket-parts-verification
NOTE: Aftermarket products, including but not limited to exhausts, catalytic converters, oxygen sensors, fuel/air controller modules, air filter kits, camshafts, O2 eliminators, and carburetors and jet kits which alter, modify, or replace emission control devices or systems of an originally compliant highway motorcycle, are not legal for sale or street use in California unless they have been issued a CARB Executive Order. Aftermarket emissions-related products which have not been issued an Executive Order or which are not aftermarket Replacement Parts, as defined in Title 13, California Code of Regulations, Section 1900(b)(2), are authorized for closed circuit race use only. Products shown may be designed, manufactured, intended and sold for closed circuit race use only and use of the same on public roads or lands may be a violation of local, state and/or federal laws. See manufacturer’s information and state and local laws to determine what is authorized for your use on your vehicle.
The following emissions-related defined terms are used on this website (PARTS WITH THE FOLLOWING DESIGNATIONS ON THIS WEBSITE ARE NOT ILLEGAL FOR SALE IN CALIFORNIA UNDER CARB REGULATIONS):
“CARB E.O.” means the specified Executive Order issued by CARB. An Executive Order constitutes an exemption by CARB from CA Vehicle Code 27156 and 38391, for sale of the part number for the make/model/year fitment(s) specified in the Executive Order.
“Replacement Part” means any aftermarket part intended to replace an original equipment emissions-related part and which is functionally identical to the original equipment part in all respects which in any way affect emissions (including durability), or a consolidated part.
“Qualified Manufacturer Declared Replacement Part” means any aftermarket part intended to replace an original equipment emissions-related part and which is functionally identical to the original equipment part in all respects which in any way affect emissions (including durability), or a consolidated part, that has been evaluated and declared by the manufacturer to meet this definition and carry this categorization and designation label. This manufacturer has declared in writing that it has documentation, based upon sound engineering judgment, indicating the replacement part does not reduce the effectiveness of any required emission control device and it does not cause the modified vehicle/engine/equipment to exceed applicable emissions standards for that make/model/year fitment(s) advertised.
NOTE: Products shown may not conform to federal, state or local emissions and/or noise regulations.