It Pays To Know

Ed­u­cate your­self on ADR com­pli­ance

Motor (Australia) - - MUSTANG SHOOTOUT -

IF YOU’RE in the mar­ket for some good­ies for your new Ford Mus­tang – and they’re not from the ac­ces­sories sec­tion of the of­fi­cial

Ford brochure – you need to be ask­ing any and all after­mar­ket busi­nesses ques­tions about ADR com­pli­ance. This is the dif­fer­ence be­tween the wild west and a pro­fes­sion­ally run op­er­a­tion. And when the sher­iff rolls into town, you don’t want to be re­ly­ing on the cowboys to back you up.

Un­for­tu­nately, drilling into the par­tic­u­lars and tech­ni­cal minu­tiae of ADR com­pli­ance, and the dif­fer­ent reg­u­la­tions of each state, would po­ten­tially fill half this magazine, so all we can do is rec­om­mend you be a smart cookie and do your re­search prior to en­ter­ing the after­mar­ket to get parts for your ’Stang. Ask after­mar­ket parts and ser­vice providers if what they’re of­fer­ing re­sults in an ADR-com­plied car with ‘the bit of pa­per’ in the glove­box; or a car that could be com­pli­ant if you went and did it your­self.

Just be aware it can take an enor­mous amount of re­sources to get your car of­fi­cially street le­gal.

What­ever in­for­ma­tion you are pro­vided, seek in­de­pen­dent, pro­fes­sional ad­vice spe­cific to your state, on how the au­thor­i­ties might re­gard your pow­ered-up pony­car should you find your­self with red and blue lights in the rear-vi­sion mir­ror. It can vary sig­nif­i­cantly from after­mar­ket busi­ness to after­mar­ket busi­ness. And could be the dif­fer­ence be­tween years of has­sle­free en­joy­ment of your mod­i­fied Mus­tang. Or go­ing home in a taxi with a very big headache.

Also ask ques­tions about war­ranty and know how mod­i­fi­ca­tions af­fect your man­u­fac­turer war­ranty with Ford, and weigh that against what is of­fered by the tuner. It goes with­out say­ing, check all of the fine print of any war­ranty you sign to make sure you’re not go­ing to be us­ing the car in a fash­ion that the provider has listed as an ex­cep­tion in clause 6.2.4.

Happy and smart Mus­tang mod­i­fy­ing!

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