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    If the previous owner said that he changed the fluids himself, without a reciept of a shop or dealer doing it, I would be skeptical to say the least. Change them again, as well as all the milage maintenance due. Good luck, and congrats on the car!
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    Exclamation Engine pics

    Cant wait to get the car on the road. I am dropping the car off at a shop tonight, so hopefully I can get it back by Friday. Here are some pictures of the engine. Sorry about some blurry images, camera had a hard time focusing in tight spaces. Please let me know if you see something out of place guys.
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    For the most part it does look rather stock and complete. It is rather odd that they would have added a turbo timer and nothing else, but possible I guess.


    These two pics bother me though. What the hell is that cloth and table looking thing? Looks like a poor hose patch attempt to me.


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    Yeah, that was the only thing that looks out of place. Too bad I only noticed it this morning.
    Going to run Torqe app and see if there a boost leak, or something like it.
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    Here a Torque app shot. I was just driving around the neighborhood and according to the app my highest boost value was 15. Kind of surprised that it dropped so low -27, but that might be normal for WRX. My veloster's lowest value was -22; highest was 19. Im suspecting WRX might have a small vacuum leak.
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    So, she's still in the shop; when they tried to put on the exhaust, front pipe where cat-back would attach, is too rusted and was causing a leak at the joint. On monday the shop will try to get the part which appears to cost about $500 because it has a built in catalytic

    I was thinking about just getting Invidia catted downpipe, but I dont think that would get me through the emission inspection.

    Just saw this on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/MagnaFlow-2314...productDetails . Can save about $200 right there.
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    Well, Maryland is a CARB state now, so that means 'oem grade' cats are required.....BUT:

    Technically, you are only allowed to change your cat if your stock one is failing or damaged. Yours is, so covered there. (note that almost no one pays any attention to this law, but it is technically speaking against federal EPA law to remove any properly working piece of emissions equipment, even if you are replacing it with another working piece)

    It seems from the MD motor vehicle site that you should not be required to take a 'sniffer' test. They should basically just hook a device to your OBDII port and ask your ECU if it is running right. This means that you should be able to pass without issue with the Invidia catted downpipe. Note that you would need a tune for the high flow cat.

    This also means that you may be able to pass with a catless downpipe if you can find a shop that either will skip physical inspection of the exhaust system, or a shop that employs dumb techs that will think a resonator is a cat (trust me, they are out there).

    If you plan on modding and going stage 2, there is no point in buying a new OEM grade cat, then a high flow downpipe...just get the high flow one.

    Maybe we can get a few of our MD members to chime in with their experiences passing emissions. You could also drop a post on Nasioc's regional forum for the MD area for input or mod friendly inspection station locations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonWRX View Post
    Well, Maryland is a CARB state now, so that means 'oem grade' cats are required.....BUT:

    Technically, you are only allowed to change your cat if your stock one is failing or damaged. Yours is, so covered there. (note that almost no one pays any attention to this law, but it is technically speaking against federal EPA law to remove any properly working piece of emissions equipment, even if you are replacing it with another working piece)

    It seems from the MD motor vehicle site that you should not be required to take a 'sniffer' test. They should basically just hook a device to your OBDII port and ask your ECU if it is running right. This means that you should be able to pass without issue with the Invidia catted downpipe. Note that you would need a tune for the high flow cat.

    This also means that you may be able to pass with a catless downpipe if you can find a shop that either will skip physical inspection of the exhaust system, or a shop that employs dumb techs that will think a resonator is a cat (trust me, they are out there).

    If you plan on modding and going stage 2, there is no point in buying a new OEM grade cat, then a high flow downpipe...just get the high flow one.

    Maybe we can get a few of our MD members to chime in with their experiences passing emissions. You could also drop a post on Nasioc's regional forum for the MD area for input or mod friendly inspection station locations.
    Emission inspection stations in MD are run by the state, not private parties. So it would be difficult to "wing it". They also do a visual inspection of the piping, which is the main reason I went with MagnaFlow CCs. I am not going Stage 2 until spring and I am banking on some discounts on COBB AP around Christmas time.
    I know its kind of counterproductive and PITA, but I plan on keeping the stock DP to change out Invidia catted DP every 2 yrs for emission inspections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonWRX View Post
    These two pics bother me though. What the hell is that cloth and table looking thing? Looks like a poor hose patch attempt to me.
    Forgot to ask earlier, where can I find this replacement hose?
    I plan on getting http://www.rallysportdirect.com/Samc...Hose-Kit-Black, but I dont think this particular hose is included in the kit.

    Edit: So it appears that sponge wrap is a stock thing on 2006 WRX (http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...90&postcount=1) and Samco hoses will replace that piece. Although, I can get Mishimoto silicone hose kit for $122 on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Mishimoto-MMHO...MHOSE-SUB-INT6).
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    Smile Finally ...

    I got the car back from the shop, lots of work done on it. Including Invidia Q300 exhaust, which by the way is really nice. Quiet in the cabin, no drone at all, but it lets you hear that nice flat four engine sound loud and clear. Only other sporty car I can compare 2006 WRX to is my Veloster turbo. WRX handles almost as good as my Veloster, but the ride is more comfortable and WRX does not beat me up when going over small bumps on the road. Its faster than my Veloster, but it does not stop as fast and brake pedal feels a little too squishy for my taste. And OMG the clutch pedal is so freaking hard, I feel like I've done 200 squats on my left leg only.
    All-in-all, I am overly happy with the car, its too nice to start modding it.
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