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Car Mods. What papers are needed?

Hi everyone..

I heard that I need some sort of special paperwork for any part I install in my car. In this particular case, I want to upgrade my 19" stock wheels on my Mustang to 20" ones.. if I were to buy them here in Switzerland I'd easily pay +4k CHF.. whereas in US they are about $1800 shipped to Switzerland..

What sort of paperwork or licence or whatever is necessary for any part I install so I can have it approved by strassenverkhersamt?
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Re: Car Mods. What papers are needed?

if they are OEM parts then you don't need anything. If they are not OEM then you would need the swiss conformity certificate, and if the parts are not available here then you have a snow balls chance in hell
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Ofcourse it is not OEM.. otherwise what's the fun in it?
how am I supposed to get a Swiss conformity certificate for a non OEM part imported from the US? ..
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Ofcourse it is not OEM.. otherwise what's the fun in it?
how am I supposed to get a Swiss conformity certificate for a non OEM part imported from the US? ..

if they are available here then someone has already certified them, you need to see if they will give you a certificate, I recon I know the answer lol

or you just risk it and play dumb if you're pulled over
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Ofcourse it is not OEM.. otherwise what's the fun in it?
how am I supposed to get a Swiss conformity certificate for a non OEM part imported from the US? ..
You answered your own question :

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if I were to buy them here in Switzerland I'd easily pay +4k CHF..

Crazy isn't it?
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Re: Car Mods. What papers are needed?

oh jeez..
I am driving a 2011 Mustang 5.0.. the sequential indicator lights were canceled out by the dealer and I wired them again. 2 days later I got pulled over by the police and was told it was illegal.. I mean how sad it is that you've gotta change the indicators to make the car legal!

anyway.. i will take the risk.. get those beautiful 20" chrome Saleen wheels. Screw paperwork!
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oh jeez..
I am driving a 2011 Mustang 5.0.. the sequential indicator lights were canceled out by the dealer and I wired them again. 2 days later I got pulled over by the police and was told it was illegal.. I mean how sad it is that you've gotta change the indicators to make the car legal!

anyway.. i will take the risk.. get those beautiful 20" chrome Saleen wheels. Screw paperwork!

just remember to put the correct ones back on for the mfk

good luck!!
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Re: Car Mods. What papers are needed?

And also, don't crash. I doubt the insurance company would pass up a chance like that to avoid paying out.
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Re: Car Mods. What papers are needed?

oh my god!
I can buy a set of 4 of these wheels in the US for about $799..

Similar 20" wheels are $1200 per piece in here!!
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Re: Car Mods. What papers are needed?

isnt there something with making your car a type X which makes adding things alot easier.

thats about all I know about that tho so you d have to do some research....
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oh my god!
I can buy a set of 4 of these wheels in the US for about $799..

Similar 20" wheels are $1200 per piece in here!!
Ok, didn't you manage to read between the lines:

Step 1: Find out which US brands you are interested in are available in CH. Price doesn't matter at this stage. Call the importer up, tell him you just moved over here with your US car and you would need Swiss papers for your existing rims. If the Swiss model is the same as the US one, he will send you a copy of the papers for a two digit amount of CHF.

Step 2: Buy the rims in the US, send them here, pay the import duties... get them on the car.

Step 3: Bring your car with US rims and CH letter of approval to your nearest Strassenverkehrsamt and get the wheels written into your cars papers.

Easy... well, no. But probably worth it.

P.S: Same holds true for EU parts as well if you happen to be not into the US gangster chrome stuff... they didn't invent alloy wheels in order to slap heavy chrome on them. From an engineering perspective the opposite of sensible.
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