The visual is just a preinspection to make sure you don't have something that's going to obviously fail you before they hook up. Most places will do a free or very cheap visual inspection so you don't waste your money if you're going to failSomeone out there is smarter than I am, so please correct me if I am mistaken. But I think that in CA, it is all visual now with a chance of OBD hook-up (to check for non-CEL equipment eg. AGS). So, if it does not look aftermarket, it should pass the visual. I would say, stick with plain black intake piping so it would not look aftermarket. cheers mate!
Yeah just do this. Intake kits on this car are mainly for noise anyway until you go with a different turbo. Right now I myself just tossed an AEM filter on mine, no RS lid as I cannot find any reasonably priced at the moment.All I did was installed the RS airbox lid, and a AEM dry filter, which is CARB legal. Airbox bottom section RS/ST are the same so need to change it. And if you break it you have a spare. The stock system is really a good product, plus the air is cool since it enters in front of the radiator, their isn't a resonator on the intake of the ST, it has a small oem scoop.
Got the idea from Montune.
Bought oem RS airbox on line from Sunrise Ford, and aem filter Amazon. Cheaper then Montune.
Took my car in for 1000 mile break in oil change, dealership, said nothing about the setup.