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Old 01-15-2001, 02:27 AM   #1
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Question questions on aircare

I've got a question about the aircare system used in vancouver. I had been thing about getting a WRX but the lack of a coupe has really bothered me. Plus I prefer the older body style. Only the turbo was selling me on a WRX but I figured I'll just add one to the RS. This would be just fine if I was staying up here in Prince George but I am currently looking for work in victoria/vancouver. So my question is will an aftermarket turbo pass the emissions testing I hear you guys have down south. Is it a question of simply having acceptable levels or must all parts be certified? Does anyone know where I can call to ask, if noone is certain? We don't have aircare up here, hell half the people don't have mufflers, so this is just another hassle to moving.
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Old 01-15-2001, 03:38 AM   #2
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THere are many ways of getting around aircare.. say if you are running a minnam turbo.. or upgraded turbo wrx, you can simply turn boost very low or off.. advance timing and pull back fuel delivery and you will be fine for aircare!

hope that helps..
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Old 01-15-2001, 03:43 AM   #3
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And since the car is AWD. They dont even run it to test it. Just an idle test, which is really hard to fail.
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Old 01-15-2001, 03:44 AM   #4
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actually charles. .all aircare has all wheel drive dyno's now. i just did mine a few weeks ago. stupid aircare fools burnt my clutch too!

search in our forum .. there was lots of talk about it a few months ago.
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Old 01-15-2001, 04:48 AM   #5
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I read the posts about the all wheel drive dyno's. Thats what made me think about the problems of getting a turbo through. Do they just reply on the dyno emissions test or will they inspect under the hood, and notice little things like an intercooler... Are there many vancouver area impreza's with turbos?
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Old 01-15-2001, 06:45 AM   #6
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there are already a handfull of turbo impreza's running around =)

when i went to aircare.. they did a visual check of the cats..

then they did an idle test.. then they drove the car to about 80km/h or so for a few mins and thats it.

my car passed with flying colours, the next day i took out my cats again =) ehe
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Old 01-15-2001, 07:44 AM   #7
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I posted the new airscare info about a month ago here. do a search and you should be able to find it. in case you guys are wondering, the new wrx uses 3 cats to control emissions.
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Old 01-15-2001, 12:46 PM   #8
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I have a buddy that works for aircare and he told me that if you come in with big wheels/low profile rubber (17+) all they will do is a idle test. Their new machines have some guards that go up to the wheel, so they don't want to be liable for damageing your wheels. I have yet to try this but my mom's subaru will be coming up in march. Also, they don't have to check under the hood, besides most of them don't know what is what! Been thru with an aftermarket top mounted intercooler.

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Old 01-15-2001, 09:53 PM   #9
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Cool.. Lets all chip in for a super cheap 18" rim and super cheap low profile tire and we put it on for aircare and take them off after aircare, and pass it on for the next person in line. =) j/k
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Old 01-15-2001, 09:56 PM   #10
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EASIEST way to not have to do the driving test.... run studded tires and they will refuse to test your car. (only valid in winter months though)

I hear a lot of serious street drag cars play this trick, and since they'll get sparks and stuff, they will NOT do the driving test if you have metal studs in your tires. (rollers are metal, and could you imagine an 800 hp V8 with metal studs on skinny snow tires ?!!! SPARKLERS !!! hahahahhahahaha : )

2. Grandhackmaster...I thought that if your car is not physically able to do the test ie: too low, they fail you ?

3. I hear of a very nasty rumour that they will be getting even more strict on 1992 and newer cars, and run the dyno speeds up to 80 km/h or so, and then lift off hard, and back on the throttle hard.... to try to simulate WOT throttle and decelleration where emissions are the worst in real world situations. GHM ask your friends if this is true ?

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Old 01-16-2001, 03:51 AM   #11
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My friend is a manager at aircare and he knows the "ways". Aircare has updated everything, including the computers. The new tests that they do are longer and simulate the car doing things like going up uphill etc. Not sure the details but will ask my friend on the weekend (I'm on night shift). I think they also presurize the gas tank or something like that.

I don't know about the too low thing but I know about the low profile/big wheels and that is what he told me. I will find out more details later.

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Old 01-16-2001, 03:59 AM   #12
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I did mine back in September and they just did the idle test for my car. At that time they already had the 4wd dyno. I guess they just changed their policies?
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Old 01-16-2001, 05:35 AM   #13
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The Gas pressurization thingy they dont do on new cars because it can set off a CE light. They do the OBII diagnostic test instead. Although the results of that test dont determine if u pass or fail, just for your own knowledge if it picks up a code. Another thing i noticed was my front bumper was almost touching the ground. I think if my car was any lower they wouldnt have even bothered dyno'ing it cuz it woulda scratched bigtime. =)

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