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      06-17-2021, 03:07 PM   #1
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CARB approved charge pipe for n55?

Is there a CARB approved charge pipe for the X3 with the n55 engine? COBB has one that doesnít fit the X3.
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      06-20-2021, 09:30 AM   #2
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doubtful. the certification is too expensive for a small volume product like that. nobody checks them during inspections because it's not easy to get at nor see and most people wouldn't know the difference anyway.
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Thanks. Living in California the smog inspection is mostly a thorough visual inspection (they read readiness via OBDII) and anything not stock without a CARB certification is instant failure.

Since the charge pipe is a common failure I’m hoping to find a certified replacement as a preventative measure.

COBB is the only CARB certified one I’ve found so far and it doesn’t fit the X3.
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Thanks. Living in California the smog inspection is mostly a thorough visual inspection (they read readiness via OBDII) and anything not stock without a CARB certification is instant failure.

Since the charge pipe is a common failure I'm hoping to find a certified replacement as a preventative measure.

COBB is the only CARB certified one I've found so far and it doesn't fit the X3.
okay.

do they have one for an f30 n55 xdrive auto? if yes, buy it. it works just fine and is the same part
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I live in Socal and my x3 was smogged this year and they didn't say anything about my FTP charge pipe. As far as I know, it's not carb approved.
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okay.

do they have one for an f30 n55 xdrive auto? if yes, buy it. it works just fine and is the same part
No luck there. From COBBís webpage for the n55 charge pipe: **Will not fit F-chassis vehicles.**

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I live in Socal and my x3 was smogged this year and they didn't say anything about my FTP charge pipe. As far as I know, it's not carb approved.
Thanks for that information. Might be worth the risk for the peace of mind.
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Just get something that looks like OEM with no logos showing. The techs wonít know or care as long as it isnít flashy.
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Just ordered the ftp charge pipe. I’ll paint any logos with black high temp paint to help keep it stealth.
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Anyone with a COBB charge pipe on their 135 or 335 that doesn’t live in California want to get rid of your CARB D-660-31 sticker?
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Anyone with a COBB charge pipe on their 135 or 335 that doesn't live in California want to get rid of your CARB D-660-31 sticker?
Maybe you can reach out to Cobb and ask for one
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probably a bigger fine to falsify a CARB sticker than to fail smog inspection...
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probably a bigger fine to falsify a CARB sticker than to fail smog inspection...
Yea, probably is a bigger issue.

I was sort of joking, it’s just annoying that an OEM part with known issues is not legally replaceable with a stronger aftermarket part.

I pealed off the Ftp stickers, just a black pipe now. Just waiting to get it installed after having unscheduled back surgery last week. Currently I can’t even drive.
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