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Old 08-20-2013, 09:19 PM   #576
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Can anyone help me out? My car is currently in the shop and I would rather have the new parts put in while the car is down. Thanks everyone.


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Unfortunately this is not a for sure thing. It is claimed that it will happen at some point.
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I will be moving to SoCal from TX in a year and have a few questions. I plan on only living there for 2 years, will I need to get inspected and registered as a California vehicle?

I see everyone on here saying that a carb certified downpipe is necessary to pass. Is this true and what other parts will be necessary? Aside from that, are there known shops that are more lenient than others (maybe the Aloha Smog listed above)?

My car is an 02 WRX with a 16g and supporting mods.

Thanks everyone and I can't wait to be on the Cali mountain roads!


edit: While I'm at it... do yall know if bikes have a different inspection code and have to meet different standards?
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:53 PM   #577
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I ended up going to Yimi in Santa Clarita. I had a great experience with Yimi. In less than 2 hours they got me setup to pass smog and had me out the door.

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Old 12-18-2013, 05:41 AM   #578
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OK, I'm building a 2002 WRX EJ205 with a (possibly) STi crank and rods and (possibly) TGV delete. I say possibly because I don't think the owner realizes what hoop$ he has to go through to get it smogged. Let's call him owner A.

Brief history, I've built a previous EJ205 on a different car with the same mods and that car had no catalytic converters so the owner gets around the smog issue. Don't ask, don't tell. Let's call him owner B.

So back to the present day, I'm in the process of this build. Will the 2.1L stroker fail the smog result? Does the 2.1L need an open source tune and will that tune fail smog? Will the TGV delete and the accompanying open source tune fail smog? I just wanna get this straight because owner A may want fewer headaches regarding smog than owner B.

Thanks in advance!

Edit: Just saw the above post. Yimi did the first tune and will most likely do the second tune. I just wanna get the build right before I take it to them.

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Old 01-12-2014, 08:48 PM   #579
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How easy is it to pass smog with a ej207 twin scroll? What exhaust were you using?
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Old 01-24-2014, 06:37 PM   #580
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Quick question. My 04 wrx "stg 2" tune full tbe(no cats) doesn't pass smog(big surprise) so thinking about putting on aftermarket cats. How could it affect my car? My guess is increased back pressure on turbo but how about the engine as well? Any thoughts or comments?
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Old 01-25-2014, 03:51 AM   #581
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Quick question. My 04 wrx "stg 2" tune full tbe(no cats) doesn't pass smog(big surprise) so thinking about putting on aftermarket cats. How could it affect my car? My guess is increased back pressure on turbo but how about the engine as well? Any thoughts or comments?
Depending on the brand of the aftermarket cat.
Some aftermarket cats tend to corrode quick, they let off an amazing amount of heat to the point that they glow. This heat causes o2 sensors to read falsely and believe it or not o2 sensors can be victims of heat sink. as for back pressure, i have no clue lol besides the fact that cheap cats get restricted fast which results in high back pressure, which then results in performance loss. Just keep the cat less DP
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Old 01-26-2014, 12:01 AM   #582
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Depending on the brand of the aftermarket cat.
Some aftermarket cats tend to corrode quick, they let off an amazing amount of heat to the point that they glow. This heat causes o2 sensors to read falsely and believe it or not o2 sensors can be victims of heat sink. as for back pressure, i have no clue lol besides the fact that cheap cats get restricted fast which results in high back pressure, which then results in performance loss. Just keep the cat less DP
I would if I could smog it
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Old 01-26-2014, 01:42 AM   #583
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I am moving to CA in march from Utah and i have a modded car and this has been a concern of mine. A little bit stricter than the state you can commute to work on 4wheelers i bet.

Car: 2009 STI
Invidia catted dp
Invidia n1 exhaust
Cobb stage 2 map

Assuming i will need to revert back to stock map - do i need to get a stock exhaust again? Will be living on Orcutt, Ca.
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:28 AM   #584
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I am moving to CA in march from Utah and i have a modded car and this has been a concern of mine. A little bit stricter than the state you can commute to work on 4wheelers i bet.

Car: 2009 STI
Invidia catted dp
Invidia n1 exhaust
Cobb stage 2 map

Assuming i will need to revert back to stock map - do i need to get a stock exhaust again? Will be living on Orcutt, Ca.
Moving in 8 weeks and do not want to have to deal with this when i get there. Anyone with input?
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:50 AM   #585
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Moving in 8 weeks and do not want to have to deal with this when i get there. Anyone with input?


You should be fine if those are your only mods.
Cobb maps dont affect the obd2 system check during the test.
Worst case scenario you'll fail the visual portion of the test due to not having the correct cat. When you take it to a shop look to try to see the age of the tech. Generally younger techs fail to properly inspect.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:55 AM   #586
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Never had a problem passing with cobb ap and high miles.
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:08 AM   #587
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Any updates on this? I have a RomRaider/EcuFlash map, non-OEM injectors/turbo/UP. No CELs. Always passed the sniffer in the past. Will need to smog around November 2014..
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Old 03-14-2014, 02:27 PM   #588
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Suggestions before I get my car SMOG. I got the "SMOG required" notice on my Registration Renewal this year.

2008 WRX with 74,000 miles
-Cobb Cold Air Intake
-Perrin Turbo Inlet
-Perrin Intercooler
-Cobb Downpipe
-Subaru SPT Exhaust
-Protune (Stage 2) Map

The car runs fine except for low rpm during idle before complete warm-up.
I have all original parts and don't mind swapping everything back to stock. I guess my question is, do I need to swap everything or just selected parts. I believe my Cobb CAI came with a Carb Sticker (which I have to find) but I'm still considering removing the whole set-up.

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Old 03-14-2014, 06:07 PM   #589
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Swap out the down pipe and the CAI if you can't find the sticker. I passed with a stage 1 tune on my car. Just make sure if you swap it out and reflash back to stage one, you give yourself ample time (100 or so miles) for your evap system to come back on. Or you can force it on with rom raider and a tactrix cable. Also have a full tank of gas when you do the smog or the evap system might be picky.

FYI-if you don't have a stock 08 DP you can borrow mine for your smog check. I am in Duarte off the 210/605.
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Old 03-14-2014, 06:37 PM   #590
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Swap out the down pipe and the CAI if you can't find the sticker. I passed with a stage 1 tune on my car. Just make sure if you swap it out and reflash back to stage one, you give yourself ample time (100 or so miles) for your evap system to come back on. Or you can force it on with rom raider and a tactrix cable. Also have a full tank of gas when you do the smog or the evap system might be picky.

FYI-if you don't have a stock 08 DP you can borrow mine for your smog check. I am in Duarte off the 210/605.
That's awesome of you for offering. Thanks. I have mine packed away in my old Cobb DP box so I'm good to go. Agree with the 100 mile or so time period. Gotta make sure the ECU relearns everything appropriately. So keeping the CAI on won't affect any readings?

Thanks for the advice.

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Old 03-15-2014, 10:55 PM   #591
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I am needing to smog soon but I have 740 injectors with a pro tune. I have the stock down pipe and air intake so visually everything will be good but my question is what map to run?
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:34 PM   #592
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I am needing to smog soon but I have 740 injectors with a pro tune. I have the stock down pipe and air intake so visually everything will be good but my question is what map to run?
So stock but with 740cc.

Just scale the injectors on the map and you should be good to go.
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Old 03-20-2014, 02:06 PM   #593
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Hey everyone. I have smog due next month. I have an 08 wrx. I currently have aftermarket catted DP, exhaust, CAI, TMIC, grimmspeed ECBS, and VF52. I still have the stock dp and intake on hand. Question would be, will aftermarket TMIC pass visual? And if I put the stock dp and intake on, should I flash my tune back to stock? I know I'll have to take it easy while driving around with the different turbo on, but just wanted to see what the best option was. Any suggestion are much appreciated. Thanks. Oh and I'm in the bay area and don't have to go to a STAR shop
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Old 03-22-2014, 03:57 AM   #594
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I'm in the Bay Area as well and I passed with an aftermarket tmic. You need to find a "friendly" smog shop. Maybe one that doubles as an actual shop might be a good place to start. Put your CARB sticker on your intake and you'll be fine with that.
If you're running 91 octane definitely put your stock down pipe on.

Good luck brother!!!!
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Old 04-01-2014, 06:29 PM   #595
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Anyone up in the Santa Maria/Orcutt/San Luis Obispo area have a stock WRX or STi exhaust kicking around? It's about that time for my swap to get smogged and I'm having a hell of a time sourcing a stock exhaust to throw on it.
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Old 04-01-2014, 06:53 PM   #596
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Suggestions before I get my car SMOG. I got the "SMOG required" notice on my Registration Renewal this year.

2008 WRX with 74,000 miles
-Cobb Cold Air Intake
-Perrin Turbo Inlet
-Perrin Intercooler
-Cobb Downpipe
-Subaru SPT Exhaust
-Protune (Stage 2) Map
I passed my inspection. Took off my Cobb DP and threw in a bottle of "CRC 05063 Guaranteed To Pass Emissions Test."

I kept all my other parts on. Went to an alley shop in the LA Valley during my lunch break. All Readings were surprising low compared to the average numbers listed on my read out.

Thanks for the help and support in here everyone.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:55 PM   #597
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Just for reference - passed smog at a Star station with an '04 WRX with:

2.5L hybrid build, low compression pistons, WRX heads
STI injectors
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Uppipe with resistor mod
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Old 08-16-2014, 12:32 PM   #598
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Hi guys,

Very helpful thread!

So, there's a possibility that I will be moving from NY to CA next year and I have read about the new DAD Smog requirements, which seems to resemble the OBD-II Emissions that we have in NY. Is that now the standard CA smog method? Has anyone had experience with it recently? Also, because my car is out of state, will I be required to go to a STAR station or will any smog station work? Do they still do visual?

I'm running a Perrin TBE, EL headers w/ up-pipe, and an AEM CAI (with CARB sticker)

I understand that people recommend putting the stock DP back on before going in, but with the new OIS DAD smog tests, my understanding is that if it's anything like the NY state emissions, it'll only check for CEL and readiness, in which case only visual will be an issue. Is this the case?

Thanks!
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:23 PM   #599
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Any help and or suggestions would be great. So what I got :
Deatschworks 800cc injectors
APS FMIC
APS Intake
Perrin inlet
Cobb cated dp
P&L Cb
Cobb sway bars
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*it's coming tuned from Chicago on 93 going to California. I'm active duty and acquired a 2 year temporary inspection waiver for the state of Maryland since that's my home of record and I can extend if I need to unfortunately Camp Pendleton base still requires the Smog inspection in order to get base decals to operate a MV on base.
What do you all see me having to do besides having it Retuned since I'll be running off of special cali 91. What will I need to buy/swap/temporary barrow to pass. I drove down the street to a shop listed on the site in Temecula call Millenium Motorsports... they don't tune anymore just mainly a machine shop/engine build type place which can do some servicing. What's the closest place anyone can recommend, Millenium recommend a place an hour plus up north. I'm located in Temecula. Thanks for any help -Supernewbiscoobi
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:50 PM   #600
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Welcome to the boards and to California Socalssti05. I'm not familiar with any of the shops located around SD/Temecula but a 45min to an hour drive up north, you have Forman Motorsports which does great service but I'm not certain if they do tuning. They are located in Costa Mesa. Vim is the guy that took care of me:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/forman-performance-costa-mesa

Cobb Tuning is located in Fountain Valley. I got my car tuned here about 3 years ago and also had a few parts installed. They also do very good work.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/cobb-tuning-...ountain-valley

Both shops have very honest mechanics who will explain everything to help you understand what they're doing. Both shops are quite a trek for me since I live in the LA Valley but I feel that they are worth the drive.

Now, as far as your set-up goes, I'm not certain if you'll have any issues with your injectors if you're tuned properly (someone else who knows should chime in). Your Intercooler, Inlet and Intake should be fine as well (if you're tuned for them and also have a visible D.O.T. Sticker for the intake. Some smog-checkers won't care about this, some will). The catted downpipe on the other hand may give you some trouble. You have to make sure you're driving around for a good half-hour before your test to warm up the cats. The problem with this is some test machines will still fail your car even after having your car/cats warmed up. Also, some stations may be busy, too busy in fact to run your car right away. To avoid this, I just took my Cobb Downpipe off and replaced it with my stock downpipe, uploaded an OTS map for my intake and passed my test. I hope this info steers you into the right direction. Good luck
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