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rogan said:
In New Zealand coils are legal and don't affect insurance. And yes I've checked this out for myself.

I couldn't care less if anyone stays on eas or converts to coils. It's their car and they can do what they want. I do find some humour in those who constantly bang on praising EAS and belittling coils seemingly to justify the amount of time/money they've spent on their eas. Fine of you're a diy'er, but what about those people who have to pay for work to be done on the vehicle.

I'm not anti EAS, but I am pro informed decision making.
Heh Rogan, here we are again. We need to sit down over a beer or two one day to discuss this! :)

Whether or not it's legal, depends on who you talk to! I've talked to the VTNZ (the government approved testers) and they have said it is NOT legal. So some people are aware it is happening, but the info/consequences have not been fully dispersed to everyone(/all vehicle testers).

Almost 10 years ago, I brought a car over from the UK with me. I had trouble getting it approved/certified locally, until I could produce a document authored by Ford, showing the standards that all the critical components had been built to (for that particular VIN). If you start changing critical safety equipment that has never been tested by the manufacturer, you oblitorate the standards that the vehicle was built to. Without standards compliance, your vehicle registration is meaningless.

You've said your wife is something to do with lawyers/insurance, so you will probably argue again, but you should be putting it through a 'low volume certifier'. The only reason that it will be passing WOFs (safety tests), is that coils are what testers are expecting to see - airbags are probably less than 2% of all vehicles tested. So should a Rangie (built with airbags) but presented for testing on coils, it will probably just be accepted, because the testers aren't aware/don't remember that, actually, it should be on airbags.
 

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paul.adshead said:
rogan said:
In New Zealand coils are legal and don't affect insurance. And yes I've checked this out for myself.
Heh Rogan, here we are again. We need to sit down over a beer or two one day to discuss this! :)

Whether or not it's legal, depends on who you talk to! I've talked to the VTNZ (the government approved testers) and they have said it is NOT legal. So some people are aware it is happening, but the info/consequences have not been fully dispersed to everyone(/all vehicle testers).

Almost 10 years ago, I brought a car over from the UK with me. I had trouble getting it approved/certified locally, until I could produce a document authored by Ford, showing the standards that all the critical components had been built to (for that particular VIN). If you start changing critical safety equipment that has never been tested by the manufacturer, you oblitorate the standards that the vehicle was built to. Without standards compliance, your vehicle registration is meaningless.

You've said your wife is something to do with lawyers/insurance, so you will probably argue again, but you should be putting it through a 'low volume certifier'.
Lol. I went to Glenfield VTNZ and spoke to the head guy there. He thought coils were legal but wasn't 100% sure. At his recommendation I went to Neil Fraser who's a low volume certifier and used to own Fraser cars who make the Lotus 7 replicas. His opinion was it doesn't need any certification and is legal. I used Neil when I chopped a hole in my BMW rear firewall (ski pass) and had to get it certified. He's a good guy and knows his stuff.

Also rang AMI insurance and confirmed I had noted it on the file when I first insured it. Last time it got a wof from VTNZ I specifically told them it had been converted from eas to coils.

Wifey used to do insurance law, she's now specialising in leaky homes and council liability.
 

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I just stopped talking to mine about the truck. keeps everyone happy. :D
 
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