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Old 11-26-2013, 07:56 PM   #12
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Join Date: Apr 2006
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Bends epic singletrack
03 WRX 6sp wgn
'12HondaFit, C Bronson


The car being low is no big deal. Straight pipe and catless won't fly, you'll get stopped for being loud and then they may take a look at the exhaust. Smog control is extremely strict. If I were you, I'd definitely get a muffler and catted downpipe. You won't be able to register your car without them, due to the smog check.

I grew up in Marin, just North of SF, I'm down there frequently. I was stopped for speeding and was given some grief about my tint, by the CHP. I have a catted DP and 2 resonators in my exhaust, so there was no mention of that. The 2 front windows can't be tinted, the back 5 can be as dark as you want. Technically, your wagon is considered a SUV so you can limo tint the rear windows.

There are lots of modded cars, you just need to fly under the radar and you'll be good. The police have their hands full with gang activity and more serious crimes, don't draw attention to yourself. If/when you do get stopped be extremely polite and cool. I've been let go numerous times for, what could have been, serious offenses because of my demeanor. Cops don't want to bother with the paperwork for the trivial ****.

FYI, definitely have full coverage insurance. It won't be cheap in SF but there is a fair bit of car theft and vandalism. Unless you're paying extra for a garage, your car will be on the street.
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