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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Upping the Air Flow/upping the Fuel Mileage- But, is There a Way to Do It with an 08

So some of us on here are restricted By ARB regulations. Myself I'm hit by the CARB regulations (California Air Resource Board). I've hunted searched and bugged the day lights out of tons of car site modification specialists and have so far found absolutely ZERO CARB legal intakes or exhausts for my 2008 Cobalt LS 2.2L 5spd. Which is more than exhausting. So my hunt has finally found myself here saying, IS THERE ANYTHING FOR MY CAR!!!!

This all started with the basic personalizing of my car. which unless we are talking about body kits and rims we aren't talking about much. I thought to myself oh a shift knob might be nice... as we all know that ones not happening short of some serious fabrications or installing a short throw shifter.
fortunately a gentleman on here showed us all a neat way to personally modify the shift boot. I threaded mine with blue thread since I have the flash blue paint job. Looks sharp. then I thought well how about since I have the manual locks I could install a couple of those stylish knobs. Again, thank you chevy for your wonderful unconventional engineering choice. so I got a set of those blue valve stem caps (I'm gonna freaking do something to personalize my damn car by this point in time). Then I think hey a good old fashioned intake and muffler. I can do this myself for less than five hundred bucks and feel like I'm not driving a stock car... ARGH!!!! CHEVY!!!!! REALLY!!!

So guys jump in help me out and give me some advice. Is there anything I can do as far as an intake and muffler, or cat-back, or even a shift knob?
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why not just get an injen, and when you have to do emissions or whatever you do there, just replace the stock?
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cop pulls over on the off chance while I have the engine bay open and I'm paying a five hundred dollar ticket and tow and impound fees again. not doing that one again.
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wow its that bad there ehh. i just did agoogle search. K&N states many of them are street legal in all 50 states including cali. lemmy try finding out the model and if its legal for cobalt

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yup street legal in all states

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wait a minute

its street legal for year 2005 and 06... but not up? im confused. its the same engine

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only thing i can think of is if you use the carb number from the 06 and try explaining your case. depends on how bad you want it i guess
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That really sucks, I'll take frozen Winters over that silliness any day
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wow its that bad there ehh. i just did agoogle search. K&N states many of them are street legal in all 50 states including cali. lemmy try finding out the model and if its legal for cobalt

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yup street legal in all states

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wait a minute

its street legal for year 2005 and 06... but not up? im confused. its the same engine[COLOR="Silver"]
funny thing is, it's actually not the same engine. no real major modifications but several minor ones make the difference between the 05-06 the 07 and the 08. And as far as trying to explain myself to someone around here. I am not bashing on the local law enforcement but, ummm... they like to fund raise around here. And any little thing, like "illegal mods" are big ticket items for them.
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lol theyre all like that, just some places more than others :D

here they like to bust you for not making a 100% complete stop and wait 5 seconds at stop signs lol.
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lol theyre all like that, just some places more than others :D

here they like to bust you for not making a 100% complete stop and wait 5 seconds at stop signs lol.
off topic, but I got a failure to stop ticket for stopping a foot past the line about a year ago.

And back to topic. I went to the california ARB website and have discovered the answer is definitely an ugly No as of now. There are absolutely no modifications that you can do to this vehicle as far as the intake, exhaust, or cats in this state or any other state that has adopted the golden state's emissions laws. Hurray for progress...
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off topic, but I got a failure to stop ticket for stopping a foot past the line about a year ago.

And back to topic. I went to the california ARB website and have discovered the answer is definitely an ugly No as of now. There are absolutely no modifications that you can do to this vehicle as far as the intake, exhaust, or cats in this state or any other state that has adopted the golden state's emissions laws. Hurray for progress...
how is that progress? im missing the big picture here. CAI = better mileage. correct. therefore less pullutants? less gas? Fuller combustion?

how does it make sense to ban something that actually is good

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just thought of something. what if you do an airbox mod with a cone filter. maybe thats legal
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I think rocking the K&N SRI will be just fine, especially if it comes with an emission sticker. Not to mention, an SRI will help increase MPG, while a CAI will make more power, but not generally better fuel economy.

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