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kal1fornia
07-10-2012, 12:02 PM
Hi guys, i'm looking in to taking my 1996 Celica GT4 Jap Spec back to the states. As of right now it's not on the "list" that the DOT(department of transportation) approves to be street legal. I talked with them and they said i would have to provide crash test data to see if it was up to standard for them. Does anyone know where i can find this sort of thing, i mean they had to of crash tested this stuff back in 1996. Any help would be greatly appreciated as i've already searched the internet and can't find a thing! thanks

Shayn

METDeath
07-10-2012, 01:46 PM
This is something I'd almost ask the guys at Lithia Toyota, they may be able to pull up some super secret squirrel archive of data and have it translated... maybe.

I'm not sure if Aaron will read this or not though.

richee3
07-11-2012, 08:55 PM
I'm gonna guess there's no way it will meet US standards. There will be a LOT of work required to get a GT4 up to US-legal status. First things first, answering your specific question. The front crash bar on a GT4 is quite a bit smaller than the AT200/ST202/204 models. The first picture is the non-GT4 crash bar, the second is the GT4 crash bar.

http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs21/i/2007/291/6/3/crash_bar_by_estesgraphics.jpg
http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t33/supradog777photo/Photo0046.jpg

As you can see, the GT4 crash bar is much smaller than the other models. After the crash bar, your GT4 would need the correct number of air bags. For the US spec Celicas, only a driver and passenger side airbag are required. It could very well be possible that the GT4 scores just as high as all the other models for crash test ratings, but I doubt it.

After crash test ratings comes all the other stuff required to make a car legal in the US. Depending on where you live, emissions testing may be required. The headlights and tail lights will have to be replaced with lights that have the DOT stamp. I'm not sure about the windows and tires, but there has been speculation that they will need to be replaced as well.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. Lil-Joe101 was stationed in Japan and brought his ST202 back to the States with him when he came back. I'm not sure what he had to go through, but he's definitely good to get in touch with. http://www.6gc.net/members/8574