I passed smog this morning. I guess there was still some good luck leftover from my birthday yesterday.
I brought my car in Saturday to be tested. It passed emissions with flying colors, but failed visual. I decided to leave my headers on and the tech saw them (not sure how). That began the interrogation and proceeding lecture about CARB legal parts. Apparently he used to own an STi and knew exactly what to look for. I was called a liar, charged $50 and told to get retested.
Fast-forward to this morning. The OEM headers are back on the car, brought it into a different shop and passed everything just fine. After 7 years of living in California, I still can’t understand the point of emissions testing. It seems like an excuse for the state to collect more money, which it so desperately needs.
I’ll save that rant for another day.