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Old 12-16-2008, 02:02 PM
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you must be young

Myself I can't stand to work in the cold at all anymore.
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:08 PM
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Haha yea.. my 23 year old body dosent mind yet. Truth is im used to working in a 120 degree engine room wearing a full boiler suit.. so its a welcome change to be freezing my *** off instead of sweating my *** off.
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Myself I can't stand to work in the cold at all anymore.
Funny, I was just thinking how I could never do that anymore. Those days are luckily over. Nothing worse then busting your knuckles in the cold.
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:28 PM
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Nothing worse then busting your knuckles in the cold.
+1000 Jon this looks great!! i wish I would have been able to get around to something like this. There is always next year.
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:07 PM
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Don't forget those air-oil separator seals!!!
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Old 12-19-2008, 03:27 AM
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A few more small things done to the car today. I was hoping to get the positive battery cable between the alternator and starter put in today, but i really didnt have the time. With the current weather situation, it will probably be a couple days before ill be able to get under the car again. Anyway today i finally cleaned out the intercooler. Removal is pretty straight forward, but that plastic duct is a little annoying. I really had to muscle the intercooler out, all the while fearing that shroud was going to break.

I know prior to putting a catch can on the car i was getting alot of oil in the intercooler pipes, which means that was also in the intercooler also. I bought $2 of gas which worked out to be .8 gallons..which was actually the perfect amount to fill the entire intercooler once. I filled it up and let it sit about an hour, then sloshed it around and dumped it into a bin. What came out was pretty much black nast...it looked alot like black coffee right out of the pot. Afterwards i filled it up with dish detergent and hot water, then proceeded to flush out the intercooler about 10-15 times. It seems to be relativley clean now.

Here is the black nast that came out..



I also fixed the fiberglass wrapping on the downpipe. Wormhole (whom i bought the turbo from) included the downpipe with the turbo and it was prewrapped. It was a bit loose on one end and starting to fray a little in the center. I used safety wire on the frayed portion to keep it intact and replaced the clamp on the end to secure the rest of the fiberglass sleeve. One thing i noticed everytime i moved the downpipe around was the fiberglass dust floating around in the air. So i bought a can of the 2000*F ThermoTec paint for the covering. The paint is supposed to seal the fiberglass making it more resistant to fluid soakings and also hardens the fiberglass a little so there is no dust floating around. So we are now emphysema free.





With 6-7'' of snow expected tomorrow, rain the rest of the weekend and sub 30 degree days in the forecast, i dont think much else is going to get done. I still need to order the rest of hte parts i need anyhow.
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:46 AM
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If I were you I would upgrade the downpipe at this point - perfect opportunity and you will gain back some spool up that you lose with the bigger hotside
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:59 PM
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Yeah bad weather coming. This is going to be my first real winter mike please pray for me.
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Old 12-19-2008, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by 944CS View Post
If I were you I would upgrade the downpipe at this point - perfect opportunity and you will gain back some spool up that you lose with the bigger hotside
Believe me, i thought about going with a true 3'' downpipe. But this is what it came down too. The downpipe is $350. I thought to myself, if i go with a bigger downpipe, why not v-band flange the connection between the downpipe and the midpipe. Cost is now $430. If i go with a 3'' downpipe, then i minus well get the true 3'' SFR midpipe that does not have the reducer right by the downpipe flange, there goes another $650, granted some of that can be made back by selling my current SFR midpipe. So a 3'' downpipe effectivley would have put me another $900 in the hole until i atleast sold my current exhaust.

Truthfully removing the turbo was not such a horrible job, i can probably have everything apart again in the sub 4hr range. Plus everything will probably go apart a little easier having received liberal amounts of antiseize and the correct torque values! Next winters project, i am thinking a 2pc crossover, rod bearings and other associated bits for the bottom end. If i can afford it, then maybe ill do that 3'' downpipe also.
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Old 12-19-2008, 03:23 PM
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i don't think you need a v-band for the downpipe to midpipe, those 3 bolts are easy to get to
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Old 12-19-2008, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Techno Duck View Post
Believe me, i thought about going with a true 3'' downpipe. But this is what it came down too. The downpipe is $350. I thought to myself, if i go with a bigger downpipe, why not v-band flange the connection between the downpipe and the midpipe. Cost is now $430. If i go with a 3'' downpipe, then i minus well get the true 3'' SFR midpipe that does not have the reducer right by the downpipe flange, there goes another $650, granted some of that can be made back by selling my current SFR midpipe. So a 3'' downpipe effectivley would have put me another $900 in the hole until i atleast sold my current exhaust.

Truthfully removing the turbo was not such a horrible job, i can probably have everything apart again in the sub 4hr range. Plus everything will probably go apart a little easier having received liberal amounts of antiseize and the correct torque values! Next winters project, i am thinking a 2pc crossover, rod bearings and other associated bits for the bottom end. If i can afford it, then maybe ill do that 3'' downpipe also.
Exactly what I was thinking.. I do wish I had at least 3" after the downpipe (I currently have a 2 1/4 tip on my muffler. stupid PO) but damn it gets expensive\


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Yeah bad weather coming. This is going to be my first real winter mike please pray for me.
One of these days soon we should get together for coffee/beer/lunch/whatev. Van and VoodooGTX are all pretty local + you've got George B right in Ulster Park. I'm in Kingston all the time (15min away) and just finished the semester so I actually have time.

Enjoy the snow. What do you think so far?
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:06 PM
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A few deliveries today, received the new hardware and the LR turbo oil filter. Im still waiting for crush rings on the exhaust and a few other seals / hardware so i can finish the install which should arrive tuesday. The weather is going to be decent the first few days of next week so i am hopeful i will have everything done by Tuesday night.

The filter kit is pretty simple in terms of parts..



This is the actual filter assembly, just a very fine mesh screen on the inside. My only complaint is there is no flat section machined onto the body of the filter to fit a wrench or anything.. so you essentially need to put it in a vice to hold it tight enough to remove the end caps. Not a big deal, but if your big on keeping everything looking perfect the finish gets messed up.





New studs and copper locking nuts from ATPTurbo.Com



I had to use a tap (M10x1.5) to clean up the threads on the hotside to get the studs to thread in completley..



I also cut down one the studs slightly to make it easier to put the downpipe on.





Wrapped downpipe with new hardware..

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Old 12-27-2008, 09:29 PM
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nice progress.
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Old 12-27-2008, 10:24 PM
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I am a fan of this thread. Nice work and very well documented.

FYI - I sprayed my exhaust wrap with the same spray and it puts out a lot of smoke for the first few heat cycles. I originally thought it was an oil leak, but just some strange smelling smoke from the wrap spray.
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike Murcia View Post
I am a fan of this thread. Nice work and very well documented.

FYI - I sprayed my exhaust wrap with the same spray and it puts out a lot of smoke for the first few heat cycles. I originally thought it was an oil leak, but just some strange smelling smoke from the wrap spray.
Thanks for the heads up Mike. I was actually a little worried after spraying it about the paint burning off. I looked up a few threads on the Subaru forums about painting the heat wrap and all of them said something similar. I was more afraid of it igniting than smoking a bit, hence my paranoia. The car isnt going to get much more more than a few minutes of idling until March when i reregister and insure the car. It will be tempting to not for a quick run around the block..but ill have to resist the urge .
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