Recently, I had the fortune and opportunity to acquire an aftermarket exhaust for my bike.
Being one of the pipes that is not pre-approved, I had to send it to an inspection centre for the necessary certifications.
After searching the various threads here and getting mixed information, I've decided to set up a sticky thread based on what I did to get it certfied.
1. Items you will need to bring along for the inspection. Compulsory otherwise they will not do the certification:
- All documents & foreign certificates to be provided by the shop that you purchased it from. This includes the Europe Transportation Ministry certification or the JMCA (for Japan).
- The original receipt / invoice from the shop you purchased it from. If its local, get the local one. If its purchased online or from overseas country, get from them. This, I understand, is to certify that you bought the pipes and did not get it by illegal means.
- Letter from the authorized shop to inform that they indeed performed the installation. This is important also as it shows the pipe was installed properly. If you DIY, get the letter from the shop you bought it from nonetheless.
- Your logcard. Some shops never tell you that you need it and some inspections don't tell you either but it is still needed nonetheless. A friend of mine couldn't do his certification because he wasn't informed it was needed. DO NOT ASSUME THE INSPECTION CENTRE WILL HELP YOU. Forget about it. Trust me. Save all the time and troubles and print from oneMotoring.
- Your NRIC. If you can print both sides on one paper, makes it easier & faster.
2. What to do there:
- Choose a suitable inspection centre. Word on the street is that STA Inspection Centres are less strict and have competent people to do the certification pretty fast. Some also say inspection at out-of-way places like Tuas will be less strict also as the staff are more experienced in inspection trucks or heavy goods vehicles and not motorcycles and thus will just bo-chap with a bike.
- Approach a inspection technical officer. He will be wearing overalls. Don't approach the payment counter or cashier staff. They know nuts when you say exhaust inspection. Pass all your documentations to the tech officer. He will go through the items and ensure all the necessary papers are present and in order.
- Once the papers are in order, the tech officer will ask you to pay first. $53.50 is the present fee at the time of writing. Bring cash. Some inspection centres may not have NETS or credit card facilities.
- Once payment is made, the tech officer will call you to do the 2 exhaust tests: the emissions test and the exhaust sound test. They'll stick a sensor probe into the exhaust and let the detector check the emissions at idle. For the sound test, the tech officer will rev the bike to about 4-5K RPM and let the system rate the sound decibels.
- The tech officer will then take photos of your chassis (VIN) number as well as the pipe's serial number and general installation photos for reference.
- Once done, the tech officer will ask you to wait while he gets the final paperwork done. What happens is he will sign for and stamp the inspection centre's stamp onto the original EEC / JMCA certificates, to indicate it has passed inspection and is road-worthy. Some inspection centres may also issue you a letter to acknowledge you have sent the pipes for inspection at the time & date.
- Time to make some noise on the road. But remember to make copies of all the certs and bring a copy on your bike wherever you go.
All in all, it takes about 1 hour. Might be longer if there is a lot of bikes going for inspection or the centre is understaffed.
I hope this helps. Post here for any corrections or extra hints / tips I may have missed out.