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post #1 of 7 Old 08-02-2020, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking about building an engine...

Now that I'm about done with my ZJ build, I'm kicking around what to do for my next project. I've long been thinking about rebuilding a junkyard 318 or 360 and I'm leaning towards the 360 as an eventual swap into the ZJ. Moneywise this may not make sense but my intention is to keep things mostly stock unless there are cheap performance upgrades that can be installed. The main purpose of all of this is I'd say mostly for a learning experience - I've always wanted to try it. That said...

Most importantly, I'm in California and everything I do must be CARB compliant. Can anyone offer some advice or point me to some online resources for learning what I can and cannot do as far as CARB requirements and engine swaps go, and related resources for the actual builds. I guess the very first question is can I even replace a 318 with a 360 under CARB rules? Regardless of which engine I go with, How do I know which performance upgrades will be CARB compliant. Yes, I want to learn but I definitely don't want to waste my time installing parts that will not allow the engine to be used in California.

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-02-2020, 10:18 AM
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I wouldn’t trust anything from the internet, get it straight from the source in your district, but this will get you started:

http://www.novak-adapt.com/knowledge/emissions

You should be able to get a 360 magnum from a dodge 1500 or whatever that is newer than your jeep, but check the other rules of course.

Building a 360 is pretty easy, and you can do it without buying any kit, it just takes time. I had alot of fun building mine in my TJ.

Good luck!
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-03-2020, 04:40 AM
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Not exactly sure how things work in CA but a ZJ's never came with carbs. And they are more polluting than EFI. ???
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-03-2020, 06:21 AM
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Not exactly sure how things work in CA but a ZJ's never came with carbs. And they are more polluting than EFI. ???

Fyi: Referring to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-03-2020, 11:00 AM
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Getting through CARB is not easy, in a altered vehicle . You better check with CARB first on what can be used. since it as well includes type of vehicle and if that was ever used in said vehicle type. As well the install needs to be like a factory install. They wont pass a hack job. Its Cali a Marxist regime. Plan on tons of red tape, costly inspections. all parts must be CARB compliant as well.

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post #6 of 7 Old 09-06-2020, 02:03 AM
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What other members have said already. Personally I feel its more work then its worth, because its California Smog Laws.
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-06-2020, 07:26 AM
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From what learned on other forums IF you have a vehicle that was not built/sold in CA you can drive it but it still needs to meet the emissions laws of the other states. Also some states have "classic" or limited production status vehicles that can be exempt from emission testing(limited to 3000 miles per year). But you are dealing with CA witch is different all together.
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