I'm in the process of selling the 99 Outback to a work buddy of mine. We're of course, hitting snags with CA laws.
the 99 was a 2.5 that has been swapped to a 1996 2.2 with matching EGR so as not to throw a code. The engine is performing beautifully but since CA requires that a referee give a sticker to approve any car that has had an engine swap, it had to go in for approval.
The cost is only $8.25 and this means no more questions on the car ever for smog tests so it's worth pursuing.
The car was denied for the following reasons - 99 manual cars were non-EGR and this has EGR.
The exhaust on this car has 3 cats and the 99 2.2 would have had only 2 cats.
Never mind the fact that California has all these asinine rules in place to improve air quality and both EGR and a third cat make the car run cleaner - it absolutely has to match stock 99. (Even more infuriating was that they hooked it up and it passes emissions standards)
So the exhaust should be no problem. A 96 legacy exhaust should have 2 cats and bolt right in correct?
Can we do a successful EGR delete by the following?
Plug the EGR pipe in the drivers side head.
Swap non-EGR intake manifold and such.
Swap non-EGR Engine computer
Will that work to avoid check engine light? Anything else to do?