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· Trogdor
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RE: Here we go again :)

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>How many cars have the original charcoal cannister and fuel
>tank vent system. Everything with a fuel cell I would say
>does not. It is all part of the "entire emissions system."
>

So is the ECU. So is the turbo (wouldn't a restrictor, technically, be emissions illegal?). So are the gear ratios in the transmission and differential, for that matter.



An interesting point was brought up earlier... exhausts are hot even without a cat. An RX-7 fire was cited, which is a bit of a low blow since rotaries and glowing exhaust go hand in hand (and decent converters that withstand rotaries cost - surprise! - $2500 or so, and the $59 parts store specials last as little as five *miles* on the street) but the point made was that fires can occur even when there are no cats, so the risk isn't much different with cats vs. without.

I'd like to make a similar analogy of a similar ridiculousness. Roll cages and harnesses should no longer be mandatory. After all, a crash could cause serious injury or death even if you have a rollcage, so the risk isn't that much different. Plus, when you install the harness, you must remove the factory seatbelt. There aren't any DOT-spec 5, 6, or 7 point harnesses, and you would be breaking federal law by removing the OEM seatbelts. You could even be ticketed in many areas for driving without seatbelts (the harnesses could be piano wire and rubberbands in the law's eyes) when on transit. Even worse, people are removing the airbags from rally cars (which is legal) and later, SELLING the cars with no airbags (which if I am not mistaken is a federal offense).
 

· Trogdor
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RE: No brainer....

>the danger centers around a) blowing hunks of ceramic crap
>oout the back of the tail pipe, and
>b) when cars stuff themselves into the trees and brush out
>on stages, they do sometimes do that, that's a no brainer to
>figure out.

Logically then it should be a no brainer to solve, yes?

These problems can both be solved by rules.

A is easily solved. We already know that turbines are great spark arresters, anything large enough to be a spark is too heavy to make it through the turbine, it just gets bounced around until it's light to pass through. The solution, then, is clear.. the turbo must be mounted *after* the converter. Subaru does this already on the WRX so we know it works, right?

B is also easily solved with rules. Simply make a rule that says you can't crash or otherwise go off the course.

After all, adding rules fixes everything....
 
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