Don't bother, my roommate was cleaning the garage and tossed it out
And there's an update coming to this
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Okay so a lot of work has been done since my last update, forgive my lack of pictures. I gave up on this thread for lack of attention, and it looks like there's a slight resurgence. anywho...
So the turbo kit is fully installed, after about a month on jack stands. The install wasn't terrible, the worst parts were getting the damn headers out and the shitty paper gaskets off that came with the headers. I spent probably 12 solid hours getting the headers out and getting the gaskets off. I had tried everything, I tried chipping away at them with my fingers, no luck there. Then I went and bought one of those plastic gasket scrapers, and whoever invented those might as well just go die in a hole because their invention caused me to curse more and louder than I ever have before. I then tried that 3m gasket remover stuff. It ate the paint right off of the can it came in, but didn't do shit for the gasket. I eventually bought a glass scraper and decided to take the risk of scoring the head to get the gasket off. Luckily for me I took it slow, and off they came (after breaking like 3 razor blades).
With the headers off and all the old exhaust piping removed to the over axle pipes, I went to install the new manifolds and..... well I couldn't fucking find the ones I got from faym (I think it was faym) so after a couple days of searching several forums, I bought a new set on eBay. When those got here, I started the install, and lo and behold guess what I found, the other set of manifolds. Funny how that works huh? Well it turned out I would need both sets because I was having issues with the new ones I bought sealing, and the old ones I had didn't have any of the hardware I needed. So I mix matched it all together and got them bolted up. My tiny little asian sweatshop worker hands came in handy getting that fucking starter back in.
Then I got the turbo manifold, turbo and crossfeed pipes mounted. That was a huge pain in the ass just because of how tight everything fits down there, and it didn't help that the v-band clamp I had didn't match the flanges right, making it difficult to make the crossfeed pipe match up with the manifold. I eventually got it to match up, but it gave me problems later on that I was hoping wouldn't happen. lol
Once I got the whole hotside mounted, which was supposed to bolt right up (it didn't, had to cut my over axle pipes, they were about 6 inches too long), I moved on to the cold side, and what a huge pain in the ass it was to do that alone. The bumper had to come off, which was easy I've done it a thousand times, the rad support was going bye bye, and so was the sway bar. I think the hardest part with all of that was just trying to support the radiator mount & intercooler on one side while the jack was holding the radiator, just to get the bolts in. Cue a lot more cursing and yelling. (at one point everything was going well and my roommate came in to check on me, he thought I had died because I wasn't yelling) I eventually got that bitch bolted up, but holy shit this intercooler has almost no wiggle room with the factory bumper in place. I felt like I was trying to park a cadillac in a doghouse, but I got it in there. After drilling and tapping a hole for the wastegate (why wasn't this already done S&H?) I got all the post intercooler piping in, which was pretty easy. The hard part came with the precooler piping. I got it all clamped on, but it didn't quite meet up. It was about 3 inches short, and it was incredibly frustrating.
I fought with the piping for a whole day and didn't make any progress. I eventually called S&H and they were stumped too. It turned out my turbo was clocked maybe 10 degrees off, and that made it come short. I clocked the compressor side just a hair more and it matched up perfectly.
After the hot and cold side came the vacuum lines, and the part I was dreading most, the coolant lines. The vacuum lines came first, and they weren't bad, the hardest part was finding all the places to hide it all, and where to tap in for what. I originally had the BOV and the boost gauge coming from a tee off of the fuel pressure regulator, with the boost controller and wastegate lines coming off of the cold side. That didn't really work very well. More on that later. Now the coolant lines, those were a bitch. I fucking hate dealing with coolant and oil. Now the coolant return line comes off of the turbo, and returns to the upper radiator hose, that wasn't too bad, the hardest part was cutting the steel braided AN tubing, that I didn't know was steel braided. Oh well, I got it all up and routed. Now the feed comes off of a spare plug in the side of the block and goes to the turbo. You'd be surprised how much coolant stays in the block when you drain the radiator. I probably took almost a whole gallon out when I removed the plug, and about half of it went in my hair, eyes and mouth. It was horrible. But nonetheless I got the feed line mounted and ready to go. At this point, the car was all back together and ready to start up. I loaded up the factory tune because I had taken off all the major mods to the car, and turned the key.
Listen to dat lope
but seriously the car was not happy. I tried loading up my old tune for longtubes and a big cai. This time it actually started and ran fairly well! it had a bit of trouble maintaining a stable AFR but it ran.
We were back in business! I decided to take her around the block to see how she behaved, and if all went well, I would drive it lightly to try and break in the turbo a little bit. At idle it runs lean but once you give it even a little throttle the afr's go to where they need to be.
After a little bit I noticed my tailpipes were hanging SUPER low. like an inch off the ground low. So I took my car to a local shop and asked them to weld in a couple hangers. They were cool af and we were talking about cars for probably 2 hours. Apparently they have a full on race team with like 6 cars. But anyway while we were under there we noticed my turbo was leaking coolant. We fought with that for a bit and got her to seal up. The whole time my car was in the air they were taking pictures of the turbo setup and asking me why there's no oil lines and stuff like that. It was cool lol car people were actually complimenting me on my car for once! It wasn't just old people and girls who have no idea what they're looking at! This was the first time the car was on a lift since before my deployment so I took a couple pictures of the setup.
After driving her around I noticed that on high rpm shifts (no boost don't worry) The turbo would make that choo choo choo F&F ricer sound. My BOV wasn't opening. So I took the car and ripped out all the vacuum lines. Replaced the BOV line with 1/4 tubing the whole way through. No dice, she still won't open. Then I decided to tee off of the brake booster line instead of the fuel pressure sensor line. No dice. I took off the bumper and took the BOV out and changed the spring, the old one was corroded to hell and it had slightly frozen the valve shut. I put in a lighter spring and it worked! now instead of the car going choo choo choo like thomas the retarded ricer train, it was a nice solid WHOOSH. I love it. All these new sounds have me grinning like a schoolgirl every time I drive it.
Now that the car was running well and what not, I decided to tackle some of the fuel system. Now on the current tune I can't swap out the injectors, but I can swap out the pump. So I dropped the top, parked her in the driveway and took out the back seat. Got the pump out and it was an easy swap. Got the pump in and took her for a drive to see how it worked. The car runs a little richer but not by much. The ECU is doing it's job. So I take it to the gas station and start filling her up. I had put in about 5 gallons and somebody else at the station looked at me and said "sir do you know your car's leaking" I look under the car and every single one of those 5 gallons had dumped out from under the car. So I immediately stopped pumping gas, and told the people that worked there. I went outside and pushed the car away, rip out the back seat in the parking lot and realize that the retaining ring wasn't on right. 2 or 3 of the little lips on the retaining ring weren't seated, causing all the fuel to vent out through the hat. Fun times. I fixed it right there and filled her up and drove her home in shame.
That's how the car sits now. I'm still waiting on a spot to open up at my tuners shop, and until then the car is barely being driven because the temptation to go into boost is just too much and I don't trust myself. Anywho, there's your update.