hay im in the LA area and i have a 91 7mgte in my car and i didnt go to the smog reff. if you take your car to get smogged the only thing that throws the smog guy is the fact that you dont have a distributer. if you can find a smog guy that will look the other way when it comes to the visual inspection you will be fine. side note california is on a sliding exempt scale every so many years the legal year of smog exempt is suposed to jump. for instance right now i think its 1975 or 74 anything older than that is exempt. if you get your car checked by a reff then your car will be considerd a 88 89 90 91 or 92 thus you have to wait longer to get your free pass.