Interested in purchasing a cold air intake system for my 2012 LFX. Narrowed it down to a few but now read that they are not "CARB exempt," thus making them illegal in CA. How do my fellow Californians who have let say CAI, INC deal with this? Do you guys just switch back to the OEM intake to pass SMOG? Thanks in advance.
I don't have a "full" cold air intake. I have the SLP intake (tube) which looks stock so I'm pretty sure it will pass visual inspection (5 years from now.) If you don't have to cut into the stock parts (like I did) you can just put back your stock intake back when you have to smog it and reset the computer (make sure you drive it around a bit first so it can re-learn the stock AF ratio) before you smog it. I'm not sure any other way around having a full setup like CAI Inc unless they have a CARB EO#. Some stations "may" pass you if that's all you have on the car and it looks fairly stock.