Fuel cell plumbing question.

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bradbury

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Quick question for you guys who have plumbed a cell into your 90s ranger. Mine is a 1994 with the 4.0. Do you have to connect the charcoal canister line to the cell somehow to pass smog or avoid a CEL?
 

yltaco05

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Technically, i believe a cell will visually fail. However it has been done. Your best chance at passing is to have EVERYTHING hooked up like factory. My buddy made a custom filler plate that matched the factory toyota tank and passed. Charcoal Canister/vent, Fuel lines, Fill neck/cap, Wires, were all factory. When I put a cell in my jeep I didn't use a filler plate, but I did hook everything up like it was stock. tank was hidden and the factory tank was still in place when i took it to get smoked though.
 

bradbury

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Thanks for the replies guys. This weekend I went ahead and added a fitting to the cell to hook up the charcoal canister just to be safe. I also rigged up the stock filler cap and fill plate onto the clear jazz filler neck. Anybody have a smog guy in the I.E that would pass the visual? Truck still has all smog equipment and has never failed the sniffer, just worried about the visual.
 

04yfzkid

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Thanks for the replies guys. This weekend I went ahead and added a fitting to the cell to hook up the charcoal canister just to be safe. I also rigged up the stock filler cap and fill plate onto the clear jazz filler neck. Anybody have a smog guy in the I.E that would pass the visual? Truck still has all smog equipment and has never failed the sniffer, just worried about the visual.
Just a heads up, it might be a little harder to find someone lenient. The BAR is up smog shops ass right now because someone made a device to go between the smog machine and obdII port. Since that's the only real test on anything 98 and newer, it's a pretty big issue to them.
 
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Drayke

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Bradbury...for what it's worth, I recently discovered that Arizona & Nevada have both started doing smog checks as of 2018. So you can probably just hate on emissions testing in general, not just CA. Catch a few more folks that way :)

In the counties where Phoenix & Tuscon are located, they're smog checking everything back to 1967 now.
That was a real bubble burster for me, because it means my '69 F100 couldn't pass if I were to move out that way. Similar story for Clark county, NV (Vegas)
 

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