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Nissian Skylines Banned In North America?


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#1 XBL_SUCKS

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Posted 08 October 2005 - 12:13 PM

I was going to buy one from a dealer but he stated I needed a racing license to own one. Is this true? I was looking into a 1999 GT-S R It was a killer deal 30,000 Canadian. Can anyone help me on this? I have tried Du-Point Regisrty and nothing.

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#2 hempy

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Posted 08 October 2005 - 04:13 PM

As far as I know, what makes them not road-worthy is that they don't pass federal emissions tests, crash standards, and something about having only 1 reverse light. Not sure on the rest, but in order to legally acquire one here, there's something like $50,000 of work that has to be done by one particular company...but that's just in the US... not sure about Canada.

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Posted 08 October 2005 - 06:05 PM

QUOTE(hempy @ Oct 8 2005, 05:24 PM)
As far as I know, what makes them not road-worthy is that they don't pass federal emissions tests, crash standards, and something about having only 1 reverse light.  Not sure on the rest, but in order to legally acquire one here, there's something like $50,000 of work that has to be done by one particular company...but that's just in the US... not sure about Canada.

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Canada's standards aren't as stringent and that dealer is full of BS IMHO. Probably told you that because he couldn't get ahold of one to sell you. I would seek info from your local government on such things.


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Posted 08 October 2005 - 08:40 PM

I'd be willing to bet Motorex in California could at least give you insight on what it would take to get a road legal skyline in Canada.

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Posted 08 October 2005 - 09:06 PM

QUOTE(Rylinkus @ Oct 8 2005, 09:51 PM)
I'd be willing to bet Motorex in California could at least give you insight on what it would take to get a road legal skyline in Canada.

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Deep pockets. To get one legal you have you would have to pay to have 10 of them imported to a place where cars are tested, and all of them would be wrecked. Then if they pass the tests you can drive them on the roads, if not, you have to buy another skyline to be modded with special reinforment peices where the car had problems, and wreck that one, then also do the same work to the original one. Not worth it.

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Posted 08 October 2005 - 09:12 PM

QUOTE(Psykomantis00 @ Oct 8 2005, 03:17 PM)
To get one legal you have you would have to pay to have 10 of them imported to a place where cars are tested, and all of them would be wrecked.

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thats been done already, otherwise no one would know they werent street legal and we wouldnt be having this conversation

QUOTE(Psykomantis00 @ Oct 8 2005, 03:17 PM)
you have to buy another skyline to be modded with special reinforment peices where the car had problems, and wreck that one

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im reasonably certain this has been done as well


so all youd have to do is find out what peices are needed, and have them installed on the car, which is where Motorex in California would come in i assume


of course you could just get a skyline and never take it on a public road, just drive it around in your yard, lol

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Posted 08 October 2005 - 09:25 PM

QUOTE(Psykomantis00 @ Oct 8 2005, 10:17 PM)
Deep pockets. To get one legal you have you would have to pay to have 10 of them imported to a place where cars are tested, and all of them would be wrecked. Then if they pass the tests you can drive them on the roads, if not, you have to buy another skyline to be modded with special reinforment peices where the car had problems, and wreck that one, then also do the same work to the original one. Not worth it.

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No the deal is motorex has already done the US crash testing and knows what needs to be modified to make them street legal and has the paperwork that proves they are legal. Meaning cars from motorex can be registered for driving on US roads. Obviously very few companies have went through these lengths and thusly motorex can charge what they feel like. But when you buy a Skyline from Motorex no new ones are wrecked.

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Posted 08 October 2005 - 10:49 PM

You could probably also have the car disassembled, imported, reassembled, and given a custom built car title, but this was only a theory my friends and I had come up with.

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 12:04 AM

QUOTE(hempy @ Oct 9 2005, 12:00 AM)
You could probably also have the car disassembled, imported, reassembled, and given a custom built car title, but this was only a theory my friends and I had come up with.

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That would be expensive as hell. Why go thorugh all of that when you could just get a cheap car like a 240 and drop the skyline motor in it and make it awd? I guess some people just want the skyline name, if I had the option, I would go for it to.

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 06:36 AM

QUOTE(Psykomantis00 @ Oct 9 2005, 01:15 AM)
That would be expensive as hell. Why go thorugh all of that when you could just get a cheap car like a 240 and drop the skyline motor in it and make it awd? I guess some people just want the skyline name, if I had the option, I would go for it to.

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While it is true that you can turn a 240sx into a lethal road beast for less than getting a skyline and legalizing it, you still won't have the skyline suspension, controls, ect. that make it such a well balanced machine. By the time you got all of that stuff factored into the cost, you could easily buy a Skyline that is all street legal set and ready to go instead of a car that needs several months of work to get it where you want it.


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Posted 09 October 2005 - 05:57 PM

QUOTE(jesterrace777 @ Oct 9 2005, 07:47 AM)
While it is true that you can turn a 240sx into a lethal road beast for less than getting a skyline and legalizing it, you still won't have the skyline suspension, controls, ect. that make it such a well balanced machine.  By the time you got all of that stuff factored into the cost, you could easily buy a Skyline that is all street legal set and ready to go instead of a car that needs several months of work to get it where you want it.

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Im not talking about all the suspension, I would just drop the motor in, get some tein springs and some light rims. Personally I think the 240's with a drift kit look better than a skyline r34, but thats just my opinion. If you were a race car driver then it would be worth it to buy a skyline, but I wouldnt get it legal.

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 06:01 PM

QUOTE(jesterrace777 @ Oct 9 2005, 07:47 AM)
While it is true that you can turn a 240sx into a lethal road beast for less than getting a skyline and legalizing it, you still won't have the skyline suspension, controls, ect. that make it such a well balanced machine.  By the time you got all of that stuff factored into the cost, you could easily buy a Skyline that is all street legal set and ready to go instead of a car that needs several months of work to get it where you want it.

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Im not talking about all the suspension, I would just drop the motor in, get some tein springs and some light rims. Personally I think the 240's with a drift kit look better than a skyline r34, but thats just my opinion. If you were a race car driver then it would be worth it to buy a skyline, but I wouldnt get it legal.

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 05:03 AM

I've heard that rb26dett swap in 240 is EXTREMELY tedious to do. if you want an AWD car with speed get a talon tsi. I know it's nowhere in the league of the skyline, but to import ANY car u gotta have big bux. if u want speed, go for the sr20det swap or keep the ka in the 240.

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 04:58 PM

it was really easy to do say 20 years ago, my dad got a german porche 944 real cheap. but its all the damn importing laws these days, your cheapest route is to move to japan.

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 05:08 PM

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