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Old 10-27-2012, 11:10 AM   #1
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I took my stock top mount off last night. I loosened the clamp on the throttle body and the clamp on the turbo 'outlet'. So the Y pipe was attached to the bottom of the intercooler. When trying to slide it back on I got it on but it seems stuck and won't seat all the way (on the turbo outlet) . Do most re-install it a different way? My first time. Yay!
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:24 AM   #2
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No, sounds like you did it right. You need a large screwdriver to push on the Elbow. Use the throttle body coupler as the pressure point to push on the elbow. If you look at the elbow of the IC you will see a tab on the corner. Thats what that tab is for, to put pressure on it and push it over.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:42 AM   #3
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Cool. I got the throttle body coupler back on and can see how I could use that for leverage. I also saw the tab on the turbo outlet coupler. Thx for the reply. I'm one of those ppl that **** never goes totally smooth, or I get frustrated when it takes more than 10 minutes to re-assemble.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:44 AM   #4
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I got the coupler to fully slide onto the turbo, it just won't pop fully onto there. Got about 1 inch left and it won't close the gap. I put a real light coating of Rotella on the turbo to help with friction but that didn't immediately change much (last night).
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:47 AM   #5
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:56 PM   #6
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:44 PM   #7
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I'll get a pic up if it's still down by the time I figure out where to host it etc.. I misspoke earlier. The coupler has cleared the tip or end of the turbo outlet, but it won't slide all the way on. I have just left it for now and will try to wrap it up tomorrow. Thx again for the replies.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:47 PM   #8
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Are you sure the entire hose has cleared the lip of the turbo outlet? Once it does it should slide on relatively easily, from the sound of it the backside might have been caught and folded back under itself.

TMIC install is a frustrating bitch on the 02-07 models. I don't envy those days one bit.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:02 PM   #9
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Take it back off dip your finger in oil and wipe around the inner edge of the pipe plus make sure the clamp is backed rite off. Then reinstall should slip back on like butter.

Just like what eggroll said the pipe could have folded under itself on the bottom.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:20 PM   #10
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Got it back on pretty easy after I took throttle body coupler off. Gave me the leverage/ angle to work with. Going for a cruise now. Yippeeee
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:30 PM   #11
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Got back fine. I am teh friggin man! IC looked nice and clean btw. I didn't need to take it off but now know how to.
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:38 AM   #12
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Yeah, re-installing the TMIC is a bitch. People say it's easy but in my experience it is always a PITA to get back on properly. I cut the hell out of my hands trying to get mine back in on Friday. Not fun.

Glad you got it all situated though!
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:43 PM   #13
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What is the hard line thing that runs across the front of the intercooler and the bov? Took that off as well to get a little more room. It had some buildup in it. Seems like a moisture line of some sort.
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I did mine for the first time the other day and the way I found to make it 1000% easier is to take the elbow off of the intercooler and put it on the turbo before attempting to reinstall. This way, the Y-pipe and throttle body connections are sliding on to both hoses in the same downward direction, rather than attempting to push sideways and down at the same time. The key to making this work is to just make sure the worm clamp on the intercooler side of the elbow is rotated in such a way that a long screwdriver can be used to tighten it once the intercooler is in place.
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What is the hard line thing that runs across the front of the intercooler and the bov? Took that off as well to get a little more room. It had some buildup in it. Seems like a moisture line of some sort.
It's the Y-pipe for the head breathers.
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:30 PM   #16
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Cool. Auto correct earlier. Should have said 'bpv'
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I did mine for the first time the other day and the way I found to make it 1000% easier is to take the elbow off of the intercooler and put it on the turbo before attempting to reinstall. This way, the Y-pipe and throttle body connections are sliding on to both hoses in the same downward direction, rather than attempting to push sideways and down at the same time. The key to making this work is to just make sure the worm clamp on the intercooler side of the elbow is rotated in such a way that a long screwdriver can be used to tighten it once the intercooler is in place.
Yea i think thatll only work on sti tmic's not wrx tmic.
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Yea i think thatll only work on sti tmic's not wrx tmic.
Good point. Forgot about that.
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Take it back off dip your finger in oil and wipe around the inner edge of the pipe plus make sure the clamp is backed rite off. Then reinstall should slip back on like butter.

Just like what eggroll said the pipe could have folded under itself on the bottom.
yeah this thing is a b*** to put back on. i find it easier to use that above method. id be careful with the screwdriver method to not puncture the hose could cause a boost leak.
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Installing a tmic is puppy$hit compared to doing spark plugs or engine mounts. Once u have had it off a couple of times its piece of cake. The main thing is to lube up the inner part of the turbo to ic pipe and for the bpv its easier to unbolt instead of removing the recirc hose. As for the steel breather tubes on the tmic its easier just to remove the vacuum lines.
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yeah this thing is a b*** to put back on. i find it easier to use that above method. id be careful with the screwdriver method to not puncture the hose could cause a boost leak.
Screw driver does work well if used rite
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:03 AM   #22
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Little afterthought: I stuffed a chunk of paper towel into the trans dipstick to keep it plugged and not whack the dipstick. I re-installed the TMIC but left the paper towel in the dip stick tube. Drove around 100 miles before remembering out of the blue that I never put the dip stick back in. Went to the car, popped the hood, and found the paper towel right where I left it. Whew! Little bit lucky.
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Little afterthought: I stuffed a chunk of paper towel into the trans dipstick to keep it plugged and not whack the dipstick. I re-installed the TMIC but left the paper towel in the dip stick tube. Drove around 100 miles before remembering out of the blue that I never put the dip stick back in. Went to the car, popped the hood, and found the paper towel right where I left it. Whew! Little bit lucky.
Weird, took off my tmic last night and found a paper towel underneath from when I installed my catch-cans.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:57 AM   #24
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The tmic is pain to remove/install in cold weather. It helps to heat the engine up a little before pulling it, that way the rubber hoses are a bit more pliable.
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