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Old 11-18-2019, 01:50 AM   #26
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and you two have no connects left?

I have 1 lead to try this week.
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Old 11-22-2019, 12:09 AM   #27
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I'm going to need one in a couple months also... rip.
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Old 11-22-2019, 06:02 PM   #28
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Shop I had a lead to is closed and number disconnected.

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Old 04-12-2020, 04:50 AM   #29
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My guy stopped as well. Guess the California stepped it up and scared a lot of guys to stop. I need a place, if not them I gotta take of the turbo kit and buy some cats to get my tags lol
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Old 04-12-2020, 03:16 PM   #30
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This is true. The newest guy I met had the FBI raid him 3 months ago. -_-

Then again maybe we can use this pandemic to our advantage. Surly these cats need money
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Old 04-12-2020, 05:46 PM   #31
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I wouldnt want to do it either, the fines are very steep and not only does the tech get fined but the shop get fined and looses its license... not really worth it in my opinion. not to mention there could be jail time for defrauding the state
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Old 04-12-2020, 06:12 PM   #32
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On Facebook I kept seeing one guy advertising $180 smog pass or don't pay for cars 1999 and older. I tried hitting him up, he said he could do my 2001 for $230 but was slow to get it going. So I tried hitting up a guy that was in the 1st guys post comments saying he had a guy and to hit him up. So desperate, I messaged him and he wants $360 non negotiable because that's his friends price. Seemed sketchy so now I'm looking for an veteran member with a hook up lol. Found some catalytic converter on amazon for about $250. Might go that route. I read tuners usually have a guys , but I don't think they'd just give me their hook up. Probably gotta get a tune and then they might refer me. I guess I can just try asking but I doubt it
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Old 04-12-2020, 10:45 PM   #33
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Also keep reading here. There's some discussion about the checking for tuned ECUs. There isn't any hookup that can help you with that. I just hope going back to stock on an AP is sufficient.
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Old 04-14-2020, 05:00 PM   #34
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On Facebook I kept seeing one guy advertising $180 smog pass or don't pay for cars 1999 and older. I tried hitting him up, he said he could do my 2001 for $230 but was slow to get it going. So I tried hitting up a guy that was in the 1st guys post comments saying he had a guy and to hit him up. So desperate, I messaged him and he wants $360 non negotiable because that's his friends price. Seemed sketchy so now I'm looking for an veteran member with a hook up lol. Found some catalytic converter on amazon for about $250. Might go that route. I read tuners usually have a guys , but I don't think they'd just give me their hook up. Probably gotta get a tune and then they might refer me. I guess I can just try asking but I doubt it
before you buy it make sure it is CARB approved.. if not it will not pass the visual
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Old 04-16-2020, 02:55 AM   #35
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before you buy it make sure it is CARB approved.. if not it will not pass the visual
It's not carb lol. Carb one is like $380. I'm just going to a local junkyard and look for some cats in decent shape. Hope that would be the end of it
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Old 04-16-2020, 08:48 PM   #36
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It's not carb lol. Carb one is like $380. I'm just going to a local junkyard and look for some cats in decent shape. Hope that would be the end of it
good luck hunting hope you find one
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Old 04-19-2020, 02:52 AM   #37
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This is true. The newest guy I met had the FBI raid him 3 months ago. -_-

Then again maybe we can use this pandemic to our advantage. Surly these cats need money
FBI, thought they'd have more important things to do than raid a smog station

I'm sure they want the money but the guy I was talking to from the 370z forum says there more complex info being read now. So he said he has a dmv friend that hooks it up for a hefty price, but he wouldn't tell me the price. He wanted my info 1st so I backed out of that option lol. My car has been sitting since summer, almost a year now. I miss driving it, and I'm getting tired of driving a minivan daily. I think my testosterone went down and my estrogen levels went up driving this thing for so long. Looks down
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Old 04-19-2020, 03:53 PM   #38
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It's not carb lol. Carb one is like $380. I'm just going to a local junkyard and look for some cats in decent shape. Hope that would be the end of it
Junk yards arn't allowed to sell used cats in CA so I don't think that route is gonna work for you.
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Old 04-19-2020, 10:11 PM   #39
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Junk yards arn't allowed to sell used cats in CA so I don't think that route is gonna work for you.
Capitalism at it's finest! Somehow we voted for this, or were told we did
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Old 04-21-2020, 12:41 PM   #40
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Capitalism at it's finest! Somehow we voted for this, or were told we did
eh even if we dont vote for these things, our politicians seem to pass the laws anyways
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Old 04-24-2020, 09:37 PM   #41
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The do-nothing politicians we elected did it. Hope you all vote appropriately.
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Old 04-27-2020, 03:21 PM   #42
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Junk yards arn't allowed to sell used cats in CA so I don't think that route is gonna work for you.
I called and they said they do not . What do u guys suggest I do in my current situation?
situation?
1) I could go back to stock, pass and reinstall everything.(pita with working 50-60 hours a week and a family and living with in laws lol)

2) go back to stock and sell all the turbo bits. Drive around stock, until I can do a proper bar'd swap

3) keep searching for sketchy person to pass me and have to do it again in 2 years lol

I'm kind of leaning towards option 2 lol. Also it's either $500 shipped for new cat section or would u guys recommend buying new say magnaflow carb legal cats and having a custom cat section made? Might be about the same price in the end but have better quality cats than the amazon Bosal cat section?

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Old 04-27-2020, 08:24 PM   #43
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I called and they said they do not . What do u guys suggest I do in my current situation?
situation?
1) I could go back to stock, pass and reinstall everything.(pita with working 50-60 hours a week and a family and living with in laws lol)

2) go back to stock and sell all the turbo bits. Drive around stock, until I can do a proper bar'd swap

3) keep searching for sketchy person to pass me and have to do it again in 2 years lol

I'm kind of leaning towards option 2 lol. Also it's either $500 shipped for new cat section or would u guys recommend buying new say magnaflow carb legal cats and having a custom cat section made? Might be about the same price in the end but have better quality cats than the amazon Bosal cat section?
option 3. there are some places that dont even look. i had a 20g, and a catless exhaust on e85 and still passed with flying colors. Its literally visual that will fail you and thats manually entered in that you passed visual. If it looks stock it probably is. If you have something screaming i'm modified like an hot air intake you better pay up. Right now I don't even have a US spec engine and they couldn't even tell. ECU says cats are reading and all sensors work as usual. My scanner even says everything is good to go. Just keep looking. Go to the sketchier part of town if you need to, or make friends that have highly modified cars. They have to get smogged somewhere.
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Old 04-27-2020, 08:43 PM   #44
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Carb changed the machines in November 2019 so it's almost impossible to do a 01'+. If the visual doesn't get you the live data feed back directly to carb will. They are looking for all Pids in the ECU and monitoring the ranges of the data supplied back to them while the car is running. They did it to cut down on people getting around the system.
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Carb changed the machines in November 2019 so it's almost impossible to do a 01'+. If the visual doesn't get you the live data feed back directly to carb will. They are looking for all Pids in the ECU and monitoring the ranges of the data supplied back to them while the car is running. They did it to cut down on people getting around the system.
strange, i did it in december on my 06
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Old 04-28-2020, 02:13 AM   #46
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Maybe it didn't kicked in, in 2020 so you were still good. Which makes me kick myself in the ass because I should have hit my guy up before 2020. He probably could have still helped me out. I turbo'd my ej251 and installed a cxracing fmic, it won't pass visual lol. I tried hitting up some local tuners, they say they don't know anyone lol.

I was thinking of purchasing 2 of these and having a shop weld me up a cat section

https://www.amazon.com/MagnaFlow-334016-Universal-Catalytic-Converter/dp/B00BF2WX8Y/ref=mp_s_a_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=carb+catalytic+co nverter&qid=1587903434&sprefix=carb+cata&sr=8-9#aw-udpv3-customer-reviews_feature_div
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Old 04-28-2020, 03:36 AM   #47
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Hit up the car show scene. Obviously they are not stock and smogged
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Old 04-28-2020, 09:27 PM   #48
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Hit up the car show scene. Obviously they are not stock and smogged
Sounds like a lot of w0rk . I think I'd rather go back to stock haha.
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Old 04-29-2020, 03:45 AM   #49
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Honestly with what's going on, you have a better chance to find a shop now then you did in January. Sadly I am sure a lot of these places are hurting for money / at home and can use the extra on top of a regular smog. So will you find someone? Probably. Are the feds a little pre-occupied right now? Yes.

You got this homie.
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Old 04-29-2020, 10:24 AM   #50
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This whole thread makes me laugh cause it validates a concern I've had for so long about buying modified cars (particularly Subaru's since I love Subaru) on the used car market in CA. I see people every day trying to sell WRXs and STIs with countless mods and showing dyno sheets of their cars putting down 400 hp etc. I respect it but then they are asking for $25k + (sometimes much much more) on a 10+ year old or more car that needs major labor put into it just for it to be able to pass a smog check. "130k on chassis but only 5k on new build!!"

I wish you guys luck on finding a solution to your issues, but we all know the cost of modding our cars in the great state of CA.
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