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Old 04-07-2007, 04:47 PM   #1
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ok i have a question that i can't seem to find the answer to. i have an 03 wrx. i want to get the ECU tuned, but im afraid that if i do that then i wont pass the smog test here in california. is this true or will i still be able to pass with a tuned ECU???
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Old 04-07-2007, 04:49 PM   #2
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they're normally more worried about exhaust components. do you have all your cats?
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Old 04-07-2007, 04:51 PM   #3
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I heard you can get away with just the stock downpipe meaning if you gut or get an aftermarket uppipe you will be fine. or if you want, you can go stage 2 with everything catless and when it comes times to get emissions get your stock downpipe installed before. its a lot easier than the uppipe which is good.
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Old 04-07-2007, 04:52 PM   #4
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yes the exhaust system is still oem except for an after market muffler that was welded on the end. bought the car like that. would it change the read out of the smog test if the ecu was altered?
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Old 04-07-2007, 04:58 PM   #5
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You should ask this question in your local forum section, more specific answers can be found.

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Old 04-07-2007, 04:58 PM   #6
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also, even if you tuned your car with say accessport or even open source, you can always revert to stock, so i dont see you having any types of problems but i think stage 1 wont have any complications with passing smog. believe me, i am in the same boat as you, i just have stage 1, and have all my cats but i dont think smog will be a problem, good luck
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Old 04-07-2007, 05:07 PM   #7
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thanx for the info, california sucks big ballz, my civic is from minnesota and it wont pass cause i have no cat, owell.
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It all depends how youre tuned. Many people can tune their cars to pass the sniffer with no cats at all, but that wont work in Cali where you have the visual inspection.
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Old 04-08-2007, 02:23 AM   #9
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I heard the rule was changed for '03+ cars. Someone told me they won't have to get tested till 2012 or something like that.
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Old 04-08-2007, 09:30 AM   #10
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It all depends how youre tuned. Many people can tune their cars to pass the sniffer with no cats at all, but that wont work in Cali where you have the visual inspection.

gutted stock...?
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There have been a few people that have passed with only 1 cat.

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There have been a few people that have passed with only 1 cat.

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do all cars get the sniffer in CA?
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you'll pass if you have no cel. iirc all the 2000 and up cars are obd2 tested. they wont test from your exhaust, an engine bay check is all. from exprience
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you'll pass if you have no cel. iirc all the 2000 and up cars are obd2 tested. they wont test from your exhaust, an engine bay check is all. from exprience
Where and when did this happen?

They will look under the hood to make sure all of the emission parasites are still there. You don't need a smog till next year either by IIRC.

<---- has an '03 in CA never been smogged
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do all cars get the sniffer in CA?
Sniffer and visual just no dyno like the 2WD cars have to do.
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