This is a discussion on Attn '02-'05 WRX Owners: The Importance of the Uppipe Mod within the Engine Modifications forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Originally Posted by EJ257 Why not just use a resistor to disable it (about
The resistor fix disables the CEL associated with the uppipe modification. Since it is tampering with / removing emission control devices, it violates the Federal CAA.Originally Posted by '02 wrx
I don't know your inspection laws. Most likely, a gutted uppipe would have no issue passing inspection as long as there isn't a CEL (they don't know if the cat is present or hollowed out).Originally Posted by '02 wrx
as long as you put the heatshield and plastic back on the bottom of the car the only way they can see the up-pipe is with use of a mirror and some searching. i highly doubt the average mechanic knows there is a cat in the up-pipe any way
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If I put a catless uppipe and a Cobb AP, wouldn't the EM tune the car so it passes?
And the 05+'s are catless uppipe stock and they pass. Because they are tuned to be catless, yes?
I just don't get it then
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NYS does not require a sniffer test for passenger vehicle inspections. To pass NYS emissions, you must pass an OBDII check and a visual inspection of the emission control devices.Originally Posted by DirtModJunkie
The Cobb AP will disable any CELs associated with an uppipe. In terms of a visual inspection, many places won't even bother with it. Since you live outside the NYMA, an inspection is $21. Labor rate here is ~$80/hr, so in order for the shop not to lose money, they have to have the inspection complete within 15 minutes. The OBDII, lights, brakes, tires, etc. takes at least that. Even if a car is put on the lift, an aftermarket uppipe will most likely not cause your car to fail, because the inspector would have to know the car is supposed to have a catalytic converter there (which, many probably don't expect it to).
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If I am purchasing an 03 wrx and I am unsure if the up-pipe was replaced (from a dealership) for aftermarket what can I look for so I don't buy one and find out it already has an aftermarket or gutted OEM?
It would be pretty tough to spot a gutted OEM. Maybe someone else has an idea how to tell if it is gutted or not.
If it has an aftermarket UP, it would be visible from under the car or possibly from inside the right wheel well if you move some of the fender liner. The stock one has heat shields all over it but most of the aftermarket ones are just a pipe.
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So would this mess with emissions laws since your removing the cat? I am from maryland and we have to get tested once a year emission wise
Technically, tampering with emission control devices violates federal law. Will it cause you to fail? I'm not sure.Originally Posted by vlc92189
so im in the market for an upipe, and i was wondering, is the OEM STI one from an 04 ok? as in would it throw a CEL on my stock 04 wrx?
It would fit.Originally Posted by vlc92189You will not be reusing the EGT sensor, so it will. I explained how to deal with that in the original post.Originally Posted by vlc92189