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Old 11-27-2013, 12:27 PM   #18
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Join Date: Feb 2005
Chapter/Region: BAIC
Location: San Francisco
2008 Impreza
02 WRX 247k RIP


I drove on MA plates for almost a year after i moved here so it can be done but i did drop down to stage 1 with just a catback exhaust to not draw attention.
Definitely do not go straightpipe/catless, there is a huge fine and they can impound your car i believe if you have no cat.
Even with an intake you will have to prove it is carb legal.
You will not be able to pass with check engine light and you can't just clear it either or they will know. Like someone mentioned probably have to put 100 miles on the car without the light coming back on in order for it to pass.
They ride height of the car doesn't seem to matter too much out here, they didn't even check the lights or anything on my car.
And yes, watch out for the random roadside smog checks, they can be avoided though.
Good luck, and welcome to CA! (If you have any questions regarding SF, PM me)
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