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Old 06-12-2015, 03:19 PM   #1
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Figured I'd drop in and say hello. I just purchased my first miata a few days ago, and I may have bitten off more than I can chew.

Its a 99 anniversary model with a hardtop, FMII gt2560 turbo kit, full 3 inch turbo back exhaust and MS3 standalone. It has the coolant reroute kit and the upgraded radiator and fans and a stage 2 FM clutch. Dyno from previous owner shows it making about 215 whp and 200 wtq. Most of the stock parts were included with the vehicle as well.

I picked it up for $8500, without even realizing the vehicle would not be able to pass emissions, which is a serious problem for me since I live in an emissions county. I didnt do my research and forgot to ask, I assumed it would be emissions compliant since it was in an emissions area

After I put it in the air I noticed it has some rust holes towards the front of the frame that will need patched, and it has a small coolant leak at the turbo.

It is also setting in that my knowledge of turbos and tuning is virtually non existant.

So now I have a dilema on my hands. The way I see it, I have 3 options here:
1) Put the vehicle back to stock to pass emissions - lots of hassle and probably not possible with my knowledge/skills.
2) Sell or trade the car for one that is emissions compliant - least work, most time probably.
3) Try and register the car somewhere else - fair bit of hassle and probably illegal.

So I am feeling mighty foolish at the moment and would appreciate it greatly if anyone could give me some suggestions. Located in Phoenix, AZ.

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Updated, thanks for the tip
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What kind of emissions test? Visual (can pass if the inspector is an idiot and/or really cool)? Sniffer (can pass this with a good tune)? OBDII (you are screwed)?
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