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Old 03-16-2017, 11:21 AM   #51
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The average smog tech wont even see a aftermarket uppipe. They will check the down pipe and cat though. its really not difficult to swap a down pipe every two years. Besides use it as an opportunity to inspect the turbo for shaft play/leaks.

This assumes you have a place to work on the car.

Oh and congrats on the BAR Sticker! This makes the car worth way more if you ever intend to sell it.
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Old 03-22-2017, 05:47 PM   #52
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As long as the Rex computer doesn't make a fuss you should be golden.
Is it that cramped with the turbo gubbins that it's not worth disassembly biyearly?
Honestly, I'm getting old. The thought of replacing all that stuff every 2 years, just to smog, then reverting, sounds really lame. Might as well do the work now to make it where I never have to think about it again.

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The average smog tech wont even see a aftermarket uppipe. They will check the down pipe and cat though. its really not difficult to swap a down pipe every two years. Besides use it as an opportunity to inspect the turbo for shaft play/leaks.

This assumes you have a place to work on the car.

Oh and congrats on the BAR Sticker! This makes the car worth way more if you ever intend to sell it.
Probably not, but I'd rather do it right. JDM down pipe and exhaust might squeak me by, so it's worth a shot.

Thanks! The thought of selling it makes me sick though. Far too much has gone into making this car to ever consider selling it. Almost 7 years in and it's only just now getting to the (really) fun part!

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Old 04-04-2017, 01:38 PM   #53
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Old 06-02-2017, 09:32 AM   #54
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Been a lull of work as I moved cities and had to deconstruct and reconfigure my garage. Good news is I should be able to finish even more projects - the garage is in a better configuration and I'm now living with a long-time friend who races E46s and hand built his E21.





I bought some old school OMORI gauges which were shipped to me terrible - the boost needle fell off, an oil pressure gauge was half falling apart, all but two of the bulbs had died... basically unusable in the condition they were sent in.

So I decided to tear them apart, recalibrate the boost gauge (using CO2 I use for brewing beer), and replace all of the burnt out bulbs with LEDs.







Originally I was going to stuff them in the factory hood for the compass pack, but it would require cutting it to fit the gauge bezels. Not really a problem, but after some research I decided I *also* want the factory compass pack.



Conveniently replaced the long standing broken middle vents while I was at it.

Next up will be re-doing the exhaust for better flow:
  • Up Pipe (non-catted)
  • JDM Downpipe (one cat)
  • JDM Midpipe and muffler

Since I'll be in there, I need to address:
  • All 4 coil packs (maintenance, they work fine)
  • Passenger side valve cover gasket seeping leak
  • Rear differential (not sitting flush and is grinding under decel)

After that will be suspension, interior, and paint (finally). But, that's all a ways off.

-TC

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Old 06-03-2017, 05:09 PM   #55
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I have a Jdm downpipe from my v5 swap. You can have it for cost of shipping. Have the stock catless up pipe too if you want it.
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Old 06-04-2017, 03:23 PM   #56
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I have a Jdm downpipe from my v5 swap. You can have it for cost of shipping. Have the stock catless up pipe too if you want it.
Still have the JDM downpipe left over, but I'll buy that up pipe off you.

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Old 06-04-2017, 05:57 PM   #57
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Pm me adress and I'll find a box and send it out. Let you know what the shipping cost and you can PayPal me whenever.
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:11 PM   #58
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Sweet!

I got that up-pipe from WhiteScooby - thanks bud!



... And then I went full boost with low fuel and killed my fuel pump. Aeromotive pump inbound.

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Old 07-12-2017, 09:24 PM   #59
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Hey TC! Its Jan from Mann.

Come bring the car back by the shop and I can show you my new toys!
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Old 07-13-2017, 09:06 AM   #60
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For sure! Hopefully you get some quicker spool
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