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Posted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 09:38 PM
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hows it going every one. This is my first post on this site, and i'm brand new to baja bugs. As you can guess i know almost nothing about them. I live in mesa Arizona and have been down here for about a year now. MY questions are will a baja bug pass emissions, and how do i make sure it is street legal so i can drive it to and from the trails.

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Welcome! Baja bugs are a blast and you are about to have a good time! Bajas used on the street are subject to the same emissions standards as the rest of the AZ autos so if you want to have free reign with the engine you might choose an early bug maybe 69 or earlier. You can check the emissions standards for all years of cars on the DMV website. Once you hit 71 or later the standards tighten up quite a bit. 1965 and earlier require no emissions tests at all I believe. I have a 73 that is street legal and highly modified engine and the only way I get through emissions is having it insured as a classic which took some doing but got me out of the testing requirements. As far as street legal otherwise you need headlamps, tail lamps, brake lights, turn signals (turn signals may be optional technically), and a license plate in the rear with a plate light.

So where are you from? What type of Baja do you want to build? What do you plan to do with it once you build it?


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Make your baja choice carefully based on your requirements. 1967 and newer cars need to go to emissions. VWs classified as collector cars are exempt as PepeAzul noted. Right now almost any aircooled VW bug is considered a collector car.

Pick your poison - Swing axel cars 67 and earlier - are great for the cruise on the trails and moderate speed offroad.

1968 cars suck - avoid them (swing axle with ball joint front end.

1969 and later - IRS rear with ball joint front.

If you have the coin $$$$ you can convert swing axle to IRS or ball joint to link pin, but IRS with link pin front beam is your best offroad bang for the buck. UNFORTUNATELY - no VW came this way from the factory.

So choose wisely depending on what you want to do slow or fast?

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Slight correction on Wideopen's post there...
'66 and '67 are also ball joint/swing axle, just as 68 is. 69 and later are all ball joint/IRS.

Lot's of other people have converted their early swingaxle Bugs to IRS and many to long arms on the IRS. Plenty of later Bugs have been converted to longer rear arms and linkpin front suspension.

So while smog considerations make vintage of the Bug an issue in Metro areas of AZ, I wouldn't recommend letting the vintage worry you too much about how the Bug was originally equipped. Consider how it is equipped NOW.


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