• Feb 6th 2009 at 2:39PM
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Cars are such an easy target for politicians looking to bolster their green image. The latest is Oregon Governor Theodore Kulongoski, who has had the Speaker of the House introduce a bill that could make many aftermarket parts unavailable.

Tires are the main aim of the bill, which seeks to prohibit parts availability if there are choices that decrease greenhouse gas emissions. It amounts to a back-door fuel economy standard, which is the jurisdiction of the federal government unless you're California –and even they need a waiver. The prospect of fitting Pilot Sports to your Geo Metro will be out the window if H.B. 2186 finds traction, and it could stick you with zero alternatives based on some myopic metric like rolling resistance. Putting our legislators in charge of what equipment should be fitted to our cars doesn't strike us as the brightest idea. Hit the linked article for contact information, so you know who to call and excoriate. Thanks, Charlie!

[Source: SEMA]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      How about outlawing fartcan exhausts and body kits that fail an aesthetics test? But banning things like different tires and stuff is completely insane and probably not legal. SEMA action team is gonna be all over this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Trying to one up California I guess.
      • 6 Years Ago


      I have read the book. It's called "Liberal Fascism" by Jonah Goldberg. You should try reading it yourself. Quite illuminating.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with your choice Goofy, I wonder which book PJ has in mind?

        Mien Kampf? Audacity of Hope? Something by Marx perhaps?

        Newsflash PJ and all you other "Liberal/Socialist/Communist/Facist" pinheads: An Extreme Right Government is NO Government at all the farther to the left you go the closer you get to Hitler/Stalin/Chavez/Castro. Try reading something other tha MoveOn.org. Try some History.
      • 3 Years Ago
      To AJ, when your car breaks you have the bad part replaced with the recommended new stock part from the auto factory. I also agree that businesses that speciaize installing aftermarket parts need to be shut down. People's lives are at stake. For example, 4 girls were killed last fall when their car was struck in the side by an out of control SUV with a blown tire which was non-stock. The truck was jacked up with large tires and losing one caused the whole vehicle to be extremely unstable and impossible to control. The driver, the shop that jacked up the truck and istalled the tires, and the tire manufacturers should be facing charges for the multiple murder.
      • 6 Years Ago
      At the rate we are going Im pretty certain the US will have another civil war in its lifetime...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because someone is trying to ban aftermarket car parts? Seriously? Wow.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Guys, these legislators are Americans, democratically elected. Deal with that at the next election.

      On the other hand, Herr Hitler and his NSDAP actually won several elections in a row. And no, they didn't manipulate or forge the results.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GO OREGON!! Eliminate ricers!
        • 6 Years Ago
        and off roaders, street rodders, muscle car guys and people looking for better grip than OE tires.
        • 6 Years Ago
        thats foolish it would also eliminate EVERYTHING else cool..

        Want a set of drag radials for your Corvette or whatever too bad...

        or how about a nice lifted truck with some 40" mud boggers, oh too bad...

        This is a hard lesson that everyone is going to have to learn. We have never had such a liberal movement in this country. These democrats are not your fathers democrats, union guys. These dems are malicious and want to stop at nothing to run EVERY aspect of your life....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Low rolling resistance = low grip.

      Sounds like one hell of a way to green up the planet, stick every car on slick tires and let people kill themselves off.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Huh? In certain conditions, slick tires provide more grip.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure Oregon does not have the type of weather that would be conducive to making "slicks" a viable option for tires.
        • 6 Years Ago
        dang - no edit...

        And what I think he means is slick = slippery, rather than slick = no tread.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ kal326

        You obviously haven't spent much time in Oregon. In the summer you can get days, weeks above 80. Not uncommon to have days over 100.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ tuna - yes, slick tires can increase grip. However, slick doesn't equal low-rolling resistance.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, I meant slick as in slippery. Not racing slicks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One more reason for me to hate oregon, all they've given us is "Oregon Trail" and we haven't seen a new one of those in who knows how long.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This 'ban' should be easy to get rid of......here is the solution..........talk about how many jobs are created by speed shops and aftermarket parts.

      Find figures on how much sales tax is collected by the sales and installation of these parts. Then find out how much in taxes those employed by this industry pay to the state.

      Show that if this law is passed, this money is eliminated from the budget.
      Case closed!

      It's always about money..........
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oregon does have sales tax. But it would still be a heavy hit to their economy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Even better would be a law prohibiting car repairs. If ANYTHING on your car breaks you have to replace the whole car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess I'll just go to Seattle to get my parts now.
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