Well after researching as of 2012 you are correct, however at one Point Anchorage, Fairbanks and the larger muni's did in fact have emissions. Spend a lot of time in Alaska, Anchorage and the surrounding Kenai, Eagle river, Central Matsu are very modern and Im quite certain they have building codes. Thanks for the input.Sorry, but there isn't even building codes in Alaska. As far as I know, there is zero emissions requirements for Alaska as a whole.
Extremely helpful thank you! I've had the Volant CAI since day 1. Put a powercore in it last year. Other than I am stock. Appreciate the outlook.Similar questions have been discussed on the site. This thread may be helpful to you: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=62649
Take a look. In that thread and others I have posted some detailed responses to the best bang-for-buck performance mods.
But to summarize:
A tuner is either the FIRST or LAST mod you want to do. If you plan on doing mild performance modifications - i.e. cat-back exhaust / CAI a standard tune is a great place to start. They are all about the same, from Hypertech, Bully Dog and Superchips. With the exception of Bully Dog providing transmission monitoring capabilites. They provide noticable bang-for-buck since they remove the throttle restriction the X has under 40mph. Plus used ones can be had for around $200 - making them fairly cheap as well. In addition to being easy to install.
Now, should you plan to go a little further in performance mods, even as simple as a full exhaust or IMS, let alone injectors, pulleys, superchargers, etc - you'll want to go custom from UPREV. And you'll want to do this after most of your mods have been completed as an UPREV tune is done specifically to your X and what's been done to it. I have written about UPREV here: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=55624
As far as exhaust goes IMO its the least bang-for-buck mod and depending on your threshold for noise, the most annoying. Don't get me wrong, an exhaust is worth it to enhance other mods (everything works together) - but to start with it and the costs associated with them, to me, its not worth it. I went through a few exhaust setups - detailed here: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=51565 In the end, I would go custom for the cat-back and perhaps go with short tubes. Also I did not have the best experience with pre-runner parts or the DT system. Not bad, but not good either. Others have had great experiences, so take it for what its worth.
A CAI is decent. I've outlined them here: http://www.thenewx.org/forum/showthread.php?t=49565
And lastly my other favorite mod for noticable, useable, everyday driving gains, is an IMS. It will work OK, should you use a standard tuner - or even a stock setup, but once you have an IMS + a few other things, you really want to be custom with UPREV.
Looks like I wrote a long reply when I meant to be short... oh well I hope this helps.