This is not true. The whole point of disabling the codes is so that the ECU doesn't trigger them in the event of a fault and allow the readiness monitors to be enabled. Obviously OP won't pass the visual, but as he already stated, he has a guy for that.
You'll pass just fine with regards to the codes being disabled. My WRX passed for years with some codes being disabled. As long as the readiness monitors are set, there's no machine that I'm aware of that can tell that a code has been disabled.
So I've played around with this stuff a bit, but need to retry to see if I can get better results, but in theory it allows you to more easily level out chip repairs: Langka Blob Eliminator. Once the paint has dried you basically buff it flat.
bought it from servoppf.com. pretty sure I got the Suntek ultra film. it's been installed for about a year and no issues so far. it was my first time installing, so it's not perfect (a few tiny dirt specs here and there), but from a few feet away it looks great. no edges lifting so far...
I DIY'd my PPF using precut sheets I purchased online. I did a partial sheet for the hood covering the front third, although I should have just paid for the full hood since I still ended up w/ a couple chips. The full hood piece gets pretty expensive since it's so large.
A good custom tune is almost always going to be better than an off-the-shelf tune, assuming the tuner knows what they are doing, especially once you start adding other power-adding mods. No downsides to a custom tune, but if you don't have the ktuner device, you won't be able to monitor your...
I have a set of those for my winter wheels that I bought off someone used. Thought they were pretty nice looking and the grey finish looks nice against my red. My only complaint is that the paint is bubbling a bit around the center hub.
I was chatting w/ Exedy and the guy seemed pretty confident that the stage 1 option would be fine for any "stage 1" type power. I'm not sure that I'm interested in using the DMF though since it's an unsprung disc. I know you can use it w/ their SMF, but I'm worried about driveability. Plus...
Failure of the DMF hasn't been a common issue that I've heard and rumblings about. The issue is the clutch disk and pressure plate can't hold enough torque for much beyond stock levels. Replacing just the DMF won't fix that issue.
Can't imagine it's worth much since most people who are going to replace the clutch are going to upgrade while they're at it, but good luck! Might want to post some photos so people can get an idea of the condition.