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Old 01-11-2021, 08:28 PM   #1
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Default CA State Ref Sucks

Long story short, I got hit with my first state ref for code VC27156(b) ‘Air Pollution Control’, put every stock part back on, and I am now in search of an independent tuning shop that is able to recalibrate the ECU to OEM spec on a 2002 WRX local to the Ventura county area.

I was able to finally get in contact with a ref via “virtual appointment” which took around a few weeks. Sent them the required info: citation and DMV registration form and within a few hours I get an email back saying my car has failed(I HAVEN’T EVEN BROUGHT THE CAR IN YET). Well apparently the ref had an “engineer” look at my most recent SMOG check data from back in March of 2020(which I passed)and they said that they saw my ECU has “modified programming”. Which it most likely did because the previous owner said he had a tune for the catless downpipe that came on the car when I bought it.

Now they’re having me give some kind of proof from either a Subaru dealership or an independent shop via invoice that my car has had its ECM recalibrated to a stock map. I called my local Subaru and they said it would be a $235 charge to do that AND they said they might not even be able to do it. Basically I’d have to fork over all that money just to have them see if they’re able to reflash the ECU back to a stock tune. The Subaru advisor said on the phone that there’s “a 20% chance that we’d be able to do it”

I know I could go anywhere or even buy a tactrix cable and reflash a stock map by myself but the thing is they NEED proof from a shop that it’s been reverted in order to make an in-person appointment with the ref to do the visual inspection and ultimately get the certificate for the car saying it passed.

If anyone knows a tuning shop local to Ventura county that is 100% able to revert the stock ECU back to OEM calibration please let me know.

Other advice on the matter is welcome too.

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Old 01-13-2021, 12:26 AM   #2
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You gotta play by the rules. Ive heard Documentation needs to be from an authorized Subaru dealer.
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Old 01-13-2021, 12:48 AM   #3
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leave CA if you can...
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Old 01-13-2021, 04:06 AM   #4
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You gotta play by the rules. Ive heard Documentation needs to be from an authorized Subaru dealer.
I was worried that would be the case.

On the email sent to me by the State Ref step 1 says:
“Restore Engine Control Module (ECM) programming. (Can be done by a dealer or independent shop.)”

It states it can be done by an “independent shop” as long as there’s paperwork to prove it’s been done.
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Old 01-19-2021, 03:21 AM   #5
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Sorry to hear, can you buy a stock ecu off eBay?
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Old 01-19-2021, 05:09 PM   #6
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wow that's crazy, so what part of Cali do you live in?my thinking is you have a recipt saying you got it done
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Old 01-19-2021, 06:41 PM   #7
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Sorry to hear, can you buy a stock ecu off eBay?
I’d like to but it seems that would be the more expensive route. I’m going to see if I’m actually able to get my current ECU flashed to the correct OEM tune. I was quoted $80 by a local tuning shop to have it done. If all else fails I will most likely try to buy another stock ECU.
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Old 01-19-2021, 06:43 PM   #8
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wow that's crazy, so what part of Cali do you live in?my thinking is you have a recipt saying you got it done
Southern CA Los Angeles area.
I haven’t been able to get the work done yet on the car so I do not have the reciept.
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Old 01-19-2021, 06:47 PM   #9
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leave CA if you can...
Best advise possible. Modding in CA sucked when I left 10 years ago. It seems infinitely worse now.
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Old 01-19-2021, 09:45 PM   #10
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Southern CA Los Angeles area.
I haven’t been able to get the work done yet on the car so I do not have the reciept.
talk to yimi in santa clarita either that or try to find a stock ecu so you dont run into this problem again
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Old 01-22-2021, 02:37 PM   #11
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I’d like to but it seems that would be the more expensive route. I’m going to see if I’m actually able to get my current ECU flashed to the correct OEM tune. I was quoted $80 by a local tuning shop to have it done. If all else fails I will most likely try to buy another stock ECU.
Stock ecu on eBay should run yah $100-180. But a simple flash from a shop is probably cheaper.
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Old 01-23-2021, 04:44 PM   #12
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Stock ecu on eBay should run yah $100-180. But a simple flash from a shop is probably cheaper.
but he needs the reciept from the dealership or shop that says they fixed it
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