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Might Tex-Rebel have reappeared?

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it doesn’t really matter if someone wants to try and build or create a new system that could actually work for that person then why should you care anyway. like the other guy said it’s not your money or project it’s theirs and if it works good enough to pass a states safety inspection again its not your concern how many cars are produced every year that kill people needlessly like the airbag or the ignition switches turning off sounds like you people just want something to complain about

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A few thoughts . . .

There seems to be no indication that he does NOT intend to use this on public roads. Translation, it’s not going to be a dirt track racer. Thus, somebody will encounter this vehicle on the roads.

What if he lives in a state with no safety inspection, such as mine . . . ?!

And what if he rear ends somebody or t-bones somebody and really hurts them, because his mechanical brakes aren’t up to the job . . . ?!

Did you ever think about that . . . ?!

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Who just happened to appear right after Tex-Rebel was banned. @cdaquila - what do you think?

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What if that nuclear plant explodes tomorrow and what if and what if and what if.

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I think you may have a point

Whoever this Mr Fixit is . . . he’s definitely acting like a complete jerk

Thoughtful responses and concerns are being met with blatant anger and hostility

I’d say there’s a good chance it’s in fact Tex Rebel

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Safety inspection stations are set up to assess factory supplied equipment not qualify some one-off homemade braking system for efficacy and reliability. They’re not running a research facility. Their guidelines for things to check assume it is a modern, factory supplied and rigorously qualified system. Go there and tell them, by the way, I replaced the factory brakes with this gadget I conjured up in my garage and see what they say…

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he lives next door and I saw his emails from this Moderator. @cdaquila pretty much told them he didn’t care what they thought and whatever but the guy is a god under the hood he picked up a cutting torch at 8yrs old and was welding by the age of 10 by the time he was a teenager he was already building dirt bike and gocarts he put a Yamaha 750 engine on a cart one time that thing was a beast but he took it apart after a few months because the police kept trying to catch him on it and they were starting to get to close to a home run.

Great , now we have 3 Trolls . Did I get the count wrong ?

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the safety inspection requires the car to stop within so many feet at a set speed and the inspector is to test for steering wheel play and check all tires and wheels for lug nuts are in place, wear on tires and cracks on rims and that the suspension is functional along with wipers lights horn e-brake seatbelts seats mounted properly and the gas cap now

Are you saying you’re Tex Rebel’s next door neighbor . . . ?!

Well, I still have my doubts . . . I think you may in fact be Tex Rebel himself

In any case, you’ve got that same “winning” personality

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Sounds like it could be the vacuum booster sucking up fluid and depleting the reservoir. Not sure about emergency brake.

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Nonsense. Safety inspections around here do not include any such test of braking. At most they do a holding test. And they look at pad thickness. Nobody takes your car out for a drive. AND as I pointed out, they cannot attest to the longer term safety and reliability of such a homemade system. Time for a reality check…

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Actually @Mr_FixIt67 since you saw the messages from me, you saw that they focused on asking you not to curse and insult people. If you want to talk about technical issues, feel free to do so. I don’t weigh in on whether people give good advice — I am in no place to evaluate that — but if you are respectful and stay on topic, you can stay.

I think you have a point that sometimes people respond “just buy a new car,” and don’t try to meet people where they’re at. But if you’re trying to rile people up, we can’t have that.

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Reality check this
What’s Inspected by Vehicle Type
Items of Inspection for a Passenger Car
05.01 Inspect Every Passenger Car For: (Listed in suggested order of inspection)

  • Check for evidence of Financial Responsibility
  1. Horn
  2. Windshield Wipers
  3. Mirror
  4. Steering
  5. Seat Belts
  6. Brakes (system) (Parking - beginning with 1960 models)
  7. Tires
  8. Wheel Assembly
  9. Exhaust System
  10. Exhaust Emission System (beginning with 1968 models)
  11. Beam Indicator (beginning with 1948 models)
  12. Tail Lamps (2); (1) if 1959 model or earlier
  13. Stop Lamps (3) 1986 and newer; (2) if 1960-1985; (1) if 1959 model or earlier
  14. License Plate Lamp (1)
  15. Rear Red Reflectors (2)
  16. Turn Signal Lamps (beginning with 1960 models)
  17. Head Lamps (2)
  18. Motor, Serial, or Vehicle Identification Number
  19. Gas caps on vehicles 2-24 model years old
  20. Window Tint.

Texas vehicle inspection procedure part one. The safety inspection.

As you probably already know, here in Texas we do a safety and emissions inspection. Today I am just going to talk about the safety portion of the inspection. There is a 400 page manual that describes in detail what and how we are to perform a state inspection. As much as you would probably enjoy reading through a 400 page manual I thought I would save you some time and give you an overview of what we inspect during the safety portion of the Texas inspection.

Every time a customer brings their car in for an inspection the first thing we check is the insurance. Anyone presenting their car for a state inspection must have a current proof of Texas insurance. We will check to make sure that the VIN on the insurance card matches up with the VIN on the are being presented for inspection.

Next we will hop into the car and check the driver and passenger side seat belt (must buckle and have no frays longer than 1″), the horn, the lights on the dash and the functionality of the wiper blades. Once those items have been check its off to the brake test. Now don’t worry, you won’t be seeing us hot rodding up and down the highway in your car. All brake tests are done on site and you will have full visibility of your vehicle the entire time. When doing the brake test we are required to get your car up to 20mph and apply the brakes as you would if a deer ran in front of your car. (If you live in Austin and this hasn’t happened to you yet, don’t worry, it will.)

After the brake test is over we will then pull your car into one of the service bays. When pulling in we will check your headlights and make sure the high and low beams are working. We will check the tail lights, brake lights, license plate lights, and mirrors.

Next we will check the parking brake. The parking brake test is performed by engaging the brake while the vehicle is in drive and taking the foot off of the service brake (your main brake). If the car rolls forward it will fail. Parking brake is one of those items that a lot of people do not use and do not understand why it matters if it works or not. Let me explain a little bit. The parking brake is not just for parking. It is also commonly referred to as the emergency brake. This is because in case of an emergency, say like when your service brake goes out, your emergency brake is there as a backup. I have been in a situation where I needed to use my emergency brake to stop my car and I thank my lucky stars it was working!! It was scary stuff!

After we check the brake we move on to what we call “the walk around”. First we check the tire condition. The tires need to have a good tread depth, no cord showing, and no bulges or cracks in the side wall. Then we check the wheels, the wheels cannot be bent or cracked, and all studs and lug nuts need to be present.

Then we move onto the lenses, all lenses need to be in original condition with no cracks or holes. As cool as it looks tail lights/brakes lights cannot be blacked out. Lenses must be red in color and each lens much contain at least one reflector. License plate lights must also have lenses.

After all the lenses are checked out we move onto the exhaust system. When you look out the window into the bay and you just see a pair of legs sticking out from under your car, that is because we are inspecting the exhaust system on your car. We are looking to make sure there are no leaks in the system, that the exhaust is securely mounted to the car and that all required elements are there. All gas powered vehicles are required to have a catalytic converter and muffler. There are some diesel trucks that are exempt from this but we will have to confirm that in our handy pocket manual
Next we move on to under the hood. We check your power steering system. We make sure there is plenty of power steering fluid and that there are no leaks in the system. We check your master cylinder and make sure the fluid level is good and there are no leaks. We also check to make sure the belts are in good condition and that all the required emissions equipment is accounted for.

Once all of those items have been inspected we are done with the safety portion of the test. You are half way to having your stickerless inspection completed! Tomorrow I will fill you in on the emissions portion of the inspection.

We hope to see you soon for you Texas Safety and Emissions car inspection!

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Next we will hop into the car and check the driver and passenger side seat belt (must buckle and have no frays longer than 1″), the horn, the lights on the dash and the functionality of the wiper blades. Once those items have been check its off to the brake test. Now don’t worry, you won’t be seeing us hot rodding up and down the highway in your car. All brake tests are done on site and you will have full visibility of your vehicle the entire time. When doing the brake test we are required to get your car up to 20mph and apply the brakes as you would if a deer ran in front of your car. (If you live in Austin and this hasn’t happened to you yet, don’t worry, it will.)
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You can’t modify your brakes and retain DOT and insurance. All cars us hydraulic brakes and the are perfectly safe. I wanted to ask you about your name, puppykicker. What’s up with that?

I have lived in Texas for 32 years and have NEVER had an inspection done like this. Where did you find this?

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In NJ, we used to have a fairly comprehensive safety inspection–until Chris Christie removed it for purely financial reasons. Our now-discontinued safety inspection included:

Headlight aim
Wiper function
Service brake system function & balance
Parking brake function
Front end integrity
Tire tread
Tail lights
Directional signals
Glass integrity

Our “inspection” now consists solely of an emissions check.

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All OBD-II (1996+) cars get plugged in, faults read, then they do push buttons and the brake pedal to check that lights, turns signals, brake lights, wipers, etc work. But that’s the extent of it. I’ve never seen anyone drive a car to test the brakes. 1995 and earlier cars get put on rollers for the emissions test, everything else is the same (but you have to find a shop with rollers, many don’t have them).

To claim that a home made mechanical brake system would be ‘tested’ by the annual Texas inspection is just wrong.