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OP, my X is my daily. i dont plan on tracking my car either but handling is important to me so the DSG package fits the bill for me. like i said for 400 more it comes with FA500's with upgrade 9k/9k SWIFT spring rates, whiteline front/rear sway bars, whitelines front/rear endlinks, whiteline adjustable toe arms and whiteline roll centering kit.

If you want affordable i would say Apexi N1 ExV coilovers. There's someone on this forum that by the name of Razorlab, very knowledgeable guy knows his stuff, and he recommended these to me as a budget coilover setup. These are 8k/8k i believe. This is what he had on his X before he went on to ohlins. He posted better lap times with Apexi's compared to KW's with the setups that come out of the box. Just another option. this can be had for less than 1k
I looked up Apexi N1 ExV coilovers, but I can't seem to find people talking/reviewing on it online. But its nice and I like the color compared to FAs, plus its sub-$1000 . thanks!
 

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I don't want to start another thread for this question. And still related to my upgrade planning.

with my current mods, will I pass smog here in california? I heard people passed with HFC, exhaust, with E85.
If I add the following upgrades, is it going to be zero percent chance? What do you guys do to pass? reinstall some stuff back (which ones). I need to know before I pull the trigger because Next year is going to be my cars 7th birthday. I think DMV will start requiring it to be smogged. Bought it bnew on 2014.

Here are the mods I'm planning on getting that might/will hurt the emission results.
-AMS Wide mouth Downpipe
-GSC S2 cams (combined w/ beehive springs)
-MHI-18K turbo

For those who live here in california, how do you pass smog with all your mods?
 

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unless you know a guy that can look passed the visual inspection thats going to be tough. Especially in california. If not, you will fail visual with any sight of aftermarket parts. i have read, for example, the AMS logo on the upper intercooler pipe if it is the CNC logo. if its the sticker, remove that and youll have a better chance. If your intake isnt CARB legal, itll fail. and 1000% percent will fail if they see you dont have athr stock cat UNLESS you convince them that the HFC they are looking at is the cat. im not trying to scare you man but its really hard here. so many threads talking about this stuff that are worth looking up. comes down to how lucky you are. if they dont care about visual and you pass the emissions side then count your lucky stars. some people revert to stock or atleast put the stock cat and change their tunes to pass. once they do they throw everything back on. im sure theres an easier way

my car is stock minus a catback. my smog is due in september so im waiting til after to throw all my parts and get tuned. that way ill have two years until i worry about what to do.
 

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there arent many reviews on the coilovers but the ones ive found are positive ones. plus i would trust razorlabs recommendation after seeing his build thread and having experience with them
 

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unless you know a guy that can look passed the visual inspection thats going to be tough. Especially in california. If not, you will fail visual with any sight of aftermarket parts. i have read, for example, the AMS logo on the upper intercooler pipe if it is the CNC logo. if its the sticker, remove that and youll have a better chance. If your intake isnt CARB legal, itll fail. and 1000% percent will fail if they see you dont have athr stock cat UNLESS you convince them that the HFC they are looking at is the cat. im not trying to scare you man but its really hard here. so many threads talking about this stuff that are worth looking up. comes down to how lucky you are. if they dont care about visual and you pass the emissions side then count your lucky stars. some people revert to stock or atleast put the stock cat and change their tunes to pass. once they do they throw everything back on. im sure theres an easier way

my car is stock minus a catback. my smog is due in september so im waiting til after to throw all my parts and get tuned. that way ill have two years until i worry about what to do.
dang, I wish i can move to a different state that are less strict when it comes to mods. I grew up in the Philippines, and we can do whatever we wanted there with our cars! we can pass smog without even bringing the car. Even a blind person can get a driver's license there!! Not to mention when you get caught drag racing, all you need is $10 and the cops will go away! but that was then.....HAHAHA!
 

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yeah man, Living in california is great weather, beaches, etc but when it comes to cars its the absolute worst. another thing people do is register their cars in different states with less restrictive emissions laws like Montana for example. but that has its own set of drawbacks.
 

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yeah man, Living in california is great weather, beaches, etc but when it comes to cars its the absolute worst. another thing people do is register their cars in different states with less restrictive emissions laws like Montana for example. but that has its own set of drawbacks.
But im guessing upgrading the turbo does not have negative effect on emission,right?

I want more power, but i dont want to have TOO much trouble during emission. Switching the CATH and UICP are easy to do. But DP and CAMS are both pain removing.

Is it still worth it to upgrade turbo without upgrading DP and CAMS?
 

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Definitely won't pass smog, with the mhi turbo u most likely will get away with leaving it on(as it looks stock and won't flag any codes) but everything else you're going to have to swap back to oem, plus oem tune or find someone that does it illegal
As far as cams and downpipe, cams aren't needed but definitely get a downpipe
 

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On a side note, I've been running eibach springs on the stock shocks for 10 years now, it's no Coilovers but car looks great and handled good at the track last week
 

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UPDATE: because im worrying too much about emission, i decided to go with coilovers, wheels, and FMIC. Ill do turbo, DP , & cams maybe when i find a friendly smog shop.



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You can honestly run the stock exhaust system with an upgraded turbo. You won't get every bit out of it, but it is a compromise that will more or less hide mods.

You can also go the route Bryan (Razorlab) went, and have all your exhaust components heat shielded with ATP WRAP. It's an inconel shielding more or less identical to "turbosource" shielding and gives the components an OEM look. It's generally enough to fool just about every visual inspector. Here is a link to the turbosource site so you get an idea of what I'm referring to. The ATP WRAP company seems to be a little more affordable.

TurboSource Inconel Shielding
 

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You can honestly run the stock exhaust system with an upgraded turbo. You won't get every bit out of it, but it is a compromise that will more or less hide mods.

You can also go the route Bryan (Razorlab) went, and have all your exhaust components heat shielded with ATP WRAP. It's an inconel shielding more or less identical to "turbosource" shielding and gives the components an OEM look. It's generally enough to fool just about every visual inspector. Here is a link to the turbosource site so you get an idea of what I'm referring to. The ATP WRAP company seems to be a little more affordable.

TurboSource Inconel Shielding
Thanks! Thats a good idea! I think ill change my exhaust to something more quiet...🤫
 

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yoooo i knew those coilovers, wheels, and ams goodies looked familiar. i follow you on IG haha. if you really want to focus and complete the handling aspect then sway bars. as for the exhaust you can do an ETS quiet. if you want a single exit i think a slight step up from that would be a STM exhaust. i have that on now and i really like it. not obnoxiously loud like say a tomei exhaust.
 

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yoooo i knew those coilovers, wheels, and ams goodies looked familiar. i follow you on IG haha. if you really want to focus and complete the handling aspect then sway bars. as for the exhaust you can do an ETS quiet. if you want a single exit i think a slight step up from that would be a STM exhaust. i have that on now and i really like it. not obnoxiously loud like say a tomei exhaust.
hahaha thanks for the follow!! i got the coils installed. its my first coilover but im pretty happy with it. car handles good and the ride is better that stock. I still want to add more powah tho.... LOL. i might lower the car a little bit more this weekend. I watched some clips on youtube about the ETS quiet.... nice sound, definitely less noise than my hks.
 
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