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Would you buy a CARB legal upgrade kit? (multiple choices enabled)

  • YES! No questions asked. Where do I sign up?

    Votes: 10 26.3%
  • Yes, but it has to be for the right price.

    Votes: 14 36.8%
  • Maybe, but it would take a lot of convincing.

    Votes: 5 13.2%
  • No, not interested at all.

    Votes: 10 26.3%

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Re: 400whp CARB legal turbo kit!!???

A little in-house work and some existing parts would make up the kit. I considered the frailness of stock ej's as well and came up with the 330hp kit which would essentially be like the typical stage 2 kit and produce similar hp.

Subscribed for the Stage 2 California Legal Basic Kit

Your basic kit must be at a Minimum like UKs Subaru STI 330s (1/2 second quicker with 325bhp and 344lb ft of torque). I don't know what that car has but it's running on the same US 2.5 liter engine.

As a side note,
Shooting for 330 WHP mark is the equivalent of 390 BHP (when using the 15% power loss.. though I think Subaru's AWD drivetrain loss is more like 20%+)
 

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The reason you'd fail smog for visual is because you're talking about cats that don't have an E.O. (executive order) excluding them from failing the visual test. If you have an E.O. it would not be a problem. With this kit you'd pass smog easily. The test I have to go through to certify the kit is a ridiculous version of the smog test you're used to. If I can pass that test I assure you you'll never have a problem passing smog.

One of the reasons I want to create a kit is so I wouldn't have to take anything off and put it back on for smog tests. I'm a busy man and swapping parts is a waste time.
I hear ya and that would be awesome to have some sort of E.O. that says my exhaust is ok. But from what I have researched in California, I don't think that is even a possibility. I believe the law says that any change to the stock cats is illegal. However, if you know away around that (i.e. an executive order) I would be very interested as I don't want to go through that hassle either. Looking forward to what you come up with.
 

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If two cats are just visual then you just need a second bump in the pipe. Can't imagine there aren't people doing this now. :) not that it helps, but if you pass emissions no one should care anyway.
I was actually thinking about modifying the stock heat shield on the second cat and bolting it up to make it look like there was another bump there. Curious if anyone has tried that. I agree, if the car passes the sniff test that is all that should matter. It makes no sense at all. CA is a joke as far as smog goes.
 
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