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Old 11-15-2002, 01:49 AM   #1
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Default What makes a right-hand drive car illegal in the US?

Now I realize you can legally drive a Skyline here w/ RHD. But w/ all those JDM enthusiasts out there... one would have figured that there would be a lot more people doing RHD conversions in their Hondas. Does anyone know exactly why people can't convert their cars to RHD?
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Default Re: What makes a right-hand drive car illegal in the US? (PyroVTEC)

It isn't illegal driving a RHD car in the U.S

Mailtrucks and the cars meter maids drive are all RHD.
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Default Re: What makes a right-hand drive car illegal in the US? (PyroVTEC)

The question is, why would you want to convert anything LHD to RHD? The conversion process is a pain in the ***, and its unpractical as heck.
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That's the point--it's JDM! For the JDM diehards, I would think that would be a goal in their mind. And perhaps for lefties too--they oughta love a RHD car!

Meter maids and mail vehicles--government vehicles. As we know, there's a double standard for anything government! Click the image to open in full size.
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That's the point--it's JDM! For the JDM diehards, I would think that would be a goal in their mind. And perhaps for lefties too--they oughta love a RHD car!

Meter maids and mail vehicles--government vehicles. As we know, there's a double standard for anything government! Click the image to open in full size.
maybe the fact that it's a bitch to learn how to drive a RHD car? not to mention they'd have to redesign the interior, i'm pretty sure any safety precautions will go to hell too. Imagine a JDM diehard having to learn how to autox a rhd car after driving normally all of his life? it's just not practical.
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maybe the fact that it's a bitch to learn how to drive a RHD car? not to mention they'd have to redesign the interior, i'm pretty sure any safety precautions will go to hell too. Imagine a JDM diehard having to learn how to autox a rhd car after driving normally all of his life? it's just not practical.
Don't know, never driven a RHD car before. People who have usually say its not that bad is not that hard to get used to, so who knows until you try it. I'd give it a try if it was a pratical thing to do, but it is not so I will never know.
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Default Re: What makes a right-hand drive car illegal in the US? (ijjz)

IMO that would be pointless and a waste of money to do, but if you have nothing else to spend your money on, go ahead and do it
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Driving an RHD car on LHD is not safe.
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Driving an RHD car on LHD is not safe.
true, how would you pass....? you'd have to look way around to the left lane from your right side....
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And perhaps for lefties too--they oughta love a RHD car!

thats why i want a RHD car! it would be a hell of alot easier to shift
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my goal in the next few years is to find a 5th gen RHD Prelude SiR-S an have it impported. i really don't know what i want a RHD car so badly, i just think it'd be cool as hell to black out the windows, and when some stnna rolls up on the right side and revs at you, you could roll down the window and be like a foot away and be like,"what the **** do you want riceboy?"

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That is one of the funniest things I have ever read in my life!!!!!! what a mental image!!!!! LOL
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That is one of the funniest things I have ever read in my life!!!!!! what a mental image!!!!! LOL
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Default Re: What makes a right-hand drive car illegal in the US? (sackdz)

there is a guy by my house (maryland) that has a R33. IT is very uncommon around here considering there are no JDM importers around here. the Guy had it shipped from MotoRex I think.
If I had 38grand I would undoubtedly buy a r35, I would love to drive a RHD vehicle.
My only question is: what is the gear layout of the tranny? same as ours ? I.E. 1st is all the way to the left and 5th all the way to the right. or is it reversed?
I know that the pedals are still the same: clutch...break...gas.
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My only question is: what is the gear layout of the tranny? same as ours ? I.E. 1st is all the way to the left and 5th all the way to the right. or is it reversed?
I know that the pedals are still the same: clutch...break...gas.
I've wondered this also, I've tried hard to see the guys shift in the Options/Drift Tengoku vids but its hard to tell, I say its the same since when you have, say an SR20DET imported, you get the same transmission....its the same as ours then, I guess.
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think about it.... if you buy a JDM swap, all the gears are as they should be, right?

they are still laid out the same
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Default Re: What makes a right-hand drive car illegal in the US? (George Knighton)

Driving RHD isn't hard, but it sucks for about 95% of daily driving. No Taco Bell drive thrus, can't use ATM, can't pass on a 2-lane road, etc...
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Default Re: What makes a right-hand drive car illegal in the US? (George Knighton)

RHD it self is not illegal in the US. Go to this site, it should answer all your questions about greymarket vehicle imporation:

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import/

The cliffs notes for this site are: Unless you want to import a vehicle older than 25 years, or setup an operation on par w/ MotoRex, forget about doing it legally for street use.

busse - who owns a legally imported and titled RHD grey market vehicle (under the 25 year grandfather window)
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Ive driven a coupe RHD in scottland, and my dad has a mail jeep. Its not that hard to get used to. Driving the jeep is pretty easy, but yeah..if you want to pass you have to pull out a bit. The fiats Ive driven in scottland felt kinda different at first, but after a week or two...it juts becomes second nature.

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RHD is healla JDM y0!

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How do you make left hand turns when there is a huge SUV or bus opposite of you making a left too?
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driving an RHD isnt hard. Ive driven a couple old Ferraris and Jags that were RHD. Took me about 3 minutes to get used to it.
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Yeah it doesn't seem too hard to do.

I've always wondered well, if MotorEx has already gotten the paperwork thru for the Skylines... and it's already been approved by the federal gov't... can't you import your own Skyline and register it for street-use because MotorEx has already done the work?

Apparently, MotorEx is trying to levy a hefty fee to "help you" register a Skyline brought in by someone other than them.
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