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I am moving to San Diego in about 6 weeks for work and I am trying to get an idea of what mods are going to cause headaches for me. I have an intercooler, catback exhaust and an intake. I also have 25% tint on everything but the front windshield.

I have done a bit of reading and I’m pretty sure the intake is an issue because it’s a PRL intake and it’s not CARB certified. I also think the tint is going to be a problem.

I am trying to condense my belongings to fit into my hatch and I don’t want to bring my OEM intake with me, so I’m trying to figure out if California has mandatory inspections and how quickly I would have to get one after moving there.

Also, how strictly is tint darkness enforced? Any real world experience about dealing with modifications and local laws would be appreciated





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California resident here. Exhaust, Tint, and no front license plate is the biggest concern. If your exhaust is just slightly loud, you can get pulled over and they can have you pop the hood and check your intake for a carb sticker. The same goes with tint. It definitely kills a lot of the fun of car modding here. Hope that helps, but regardless enjoy the weather here :)
 
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California resident here. Exhaust, Tint, and no front license plate is the biggest concern. If your exhaust is just slightly loud, you can get pulled over and they can have you pop the hood and check your intake for a carb sticker. The same goes with tint. It definitely kills a lot of the fun of car modding here. Hope that helps, but regardless enjoy the weather here :)
I have a stock downpipe so the emissions should be fine. Does anybody in the state have experience with the AWE touring exhaust? Is that considered too loud?
 

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The above is correct. As far as tint enforcement goes, it’s hit or miss. All my buddies have limo tint and have never been pulled over. On the other hand, a family member tinted their Mercedes and got a ticket the very next day. The same goes for exhausts. A lot of my buddies have v8’s with exhausts, headers, etc, and some haven’t been pulled over while others have. They still have after market exhausts though.
 

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I am located in the north SD county. I think it depends on the area, cop and how you drive as well. I have an FK8 and pretty modified 240sx but haven’t been pulled over in either of them (pictures below). I have been pulled over for exhaust and other things in other cars but I was usually driving like an idiot.

Good luck with the move!

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I think it depends on the area, cop and how you drive as well. I have an FK8 and pretty modified 240sx but haven’t been pulled over in either of them (pictures below). I have been pulled over for exhaust and other things in other cars but I was usually driving like an idiot.

Good luck with the move!

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that makes sense, kind of the same in Baltimore. I’ve never been pulled over for tint

that 240 looks so good, nice build. My buddy has one that he got from somebody at his office, 65 year old woman, bone stock with 60k miles. She drove it a few miles each way to work
 

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Thanks man!

That sounds awesome. I got this one in a similar situation haha
 
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It depends where you are, etc. I lived in NorCal for 18 years but it was prior to noise regs really being enforced (it was the Fart Can and Whistle Tips era). If you aren't WFO the Touring system is pretty mellow.
makes sense. I obviously hope to take advantage of canyon cruises but while I’m in the city I’m not going to drive like a maniac
 

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Is this a permanent move or temporary?
My soon to be brother-in-law uses his Wisconsin residency as a workaround for having his modified cars in California. Cars registration and his DL remain issued by WI, so he tells me California CARB and registration laws don't apply.
Could be complete BS, money isn't an issue to him, so who knows. Might be something worth looking into.
 
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Is this a permanent move or temporary?
My soon to be brother-in-law uses his Wisconsin residency as a workaround for having his modified cars in California. Cars registration and his DL remain issued by WI, so he tells me California CARB and registration laws don't apply.
Could be complete BS, money isn't an issue to him, so who knows. Might be something worth looking into.

I am probably going to be there for a few years, not sure how long I would be able to pull off that approach
 
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It's sketchy... the CHP is definitely on to that game.
Yeah I don’t think that approach would hold up for several years. As far as passing some sort of inspection, I don’t think the car would fail with a stock downpipe and the AWE touring exhaust. My brief research also suggests the intercooler will be fine. Sounds like I might have to put the OEM intake back on though.
 

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