Not sure what line of work YOU are in, but I'm in Charlotte, NC, and can't find anything that pays substantially more in IT - especially when considering the cost of living difference. Most of the experience-appropriate jobs I've seen in California (20+ years IT infra engineer with cloud experience) pay substantially less than I make here in NC. It's also right on the border of South Carolina, which has no vehicle inspections of any kind - for better or worse! Just playing devil's advocate.True, that's likely what I'll do. Would just have to find a buyer for my VF58 twin scroll conversion kit if I go that route.
We love the outdoors in California though. Mainly, my wife is a nurse and California pays better than any other state. She makes ~2.5x what she made on the east coast.
If you did decide to sell your conversion kit, I'm looking for a VF58 setup now (just picked up my 6th STI, a new 2021), and have cash ready to go. I'm not sure how much you've got into it, but I could guess - and definitely isn't a pittance! If you decide not to move forward with it, I'd love to take the project off of your hands, so we can see what this thing can do.
For reference, I'm a big OEM+ guy, like you. I have the JDM STI mirrors, which I bought new before I knew they were being discontinued, just finally found the start button with illuminated 'STI' logo, JDM horns, and a number of other little things... Currently deciding whether to go suspension or power first, with all of the S-car chassis stiffening bits in my cart, and deciding which springs and struts to go with - or to just go for the Ohlins R&T.
So, two best-case scenarios - move here, make what you do in Cali with half the cost of living (or less), or sell your stuff to me, fly out once it's done and tuned, and drive the thing!