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Old 09-25-2008, 06:24 PM   #51
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Ive definitely done it alone up and down pipes in way under 5 hours.
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Old 09-26-2008, 08:41 AM   #52
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(the cat exploding...) I think i just heat tempered it or at least just made it mad, it is even harder now!!!
You're kidding right?

My mech and mihself took about 4 hours to get that uppipe installed. I guess the fact that it was late evening, and we had poor lighting, only added to our distress.
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Old 09-26-2008, 01:27 PM   #53
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i think it took 2 1/2, but i pulled the turbo.
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Old 09-27-2008, 07:50 AM   #54
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It took me and my buddy about 4 hours with a lift--he's a mechanic who owns his own garage--no stranger to car builds--he currently has a 10 second fox body mustang he built. Granted he'd never worked on a WRX before, but it was still a huge pain......
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Old 09-27-2008, 03:14 PM   #55
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That was a very well written piece in terms of entertainment. I know what you mean. I started my catless up pipe install at 10 pm and walked out of my garage to see the sun rising. I was extremly drunk and tired i dont remember much of putting it on or taking it off but it was done. The next day found 2 broken sockets a broken wrench, a half empty 1.75 plastic bottle of gordons vodka and odd sections of cut out heat shield.
ahaha i almost pi**ed my pants reading that
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Old 09-27-2008, 11:18 PM   #56
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bump for a good read.
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Old 09-27-2008, 11:25 PM   #57
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It took me a lil over 2.5 hours to install my up pipe catless dp and boost gauge on my 04 rex and that's with the dumbass subie delaership here cross threading 2 of my wastegate bolts when they replaced my dp for a cat code 2 months prior now take in mind I used a lift and air tools
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Old 09-27-2008, 11:56 PM   #58
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Lol, I did mine all by myself with only one arm. No joke, my shoulder (I'm a righty) had just been dislocated kayaking and a ligament was torn from my humorous. I had surgery and did the uppipe a week or 10 days later. First time, guess everything just went right

Friggin' hilarious story from the OP

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Old 09-28-2008, 09:19 AM   #59
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I had my up pipe up on by a friend of mine how is a subaru mechanic and he ended up having to cut off one of the nuts holding it to the turbo and took him 5 and a half hours to just get the one pipe off.

Glad I paid someone to do it instead of me trying it cause I would of been dumb founded
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Old 09-28-2008, 12:47 PM   #60
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Having the right tools is key...It took me the weekend because i broke the o2 sensor trying to remove it! It truly was a bitch to install though, defiantly not the easiest spot in the world to get at.
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Old 09-28-2008, 01:54 PM   #61
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I felt like i've just read a novel or smtg Nice writer.

Ohh and i did my uppipe installation by myself and it took me 6-7 hours.
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Old 09-28-2008, 02:34 PM   #62
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Having the right tools is key...It took me the weekend because i broke the o2 sensor trying to remove it! It truly was a bitch to install though, defiantly not the easiest spot in the world to get at.
O2 sensor removal is not part of the process. The 02 sensor goes into the header. You are talking about the EGT sensor in the uppipe.
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Old 09-28-2008, 02:41 PM   #63
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O2 sensor removal is not part of the process. The 02 sensor goes into the header. You are talking about the EGT sensor in the uppipe.
you sir are correct. the damn o2 sensor on the header was a pain in the ass to work around.
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Old 09-28-2008, 03:02 PM   #64
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You can just disconnect the sensor in the header from underneath the plastic cover up under the passenger side strut, and then just drop the whole header once its disconnected from the motor. You should be able to move the heatshield enough out of the way to do this. Once everythings out, just modify the header so that next time you don't have to fight it
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Old 09-28-2008, 10:27 PM   #65
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O2 sensor removal is not part of the process. The 02 sensor goes into the header. You are talking about the EGT sensor in the uppipe.
No, i was talking about the 02 sensor on the header, that i had to remove to get to the uppipe. I think there are a couple of ways to do the install though, mine involved removing the header and the headers o2 sensor.
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:35 AM   #66
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Just tell yourself this...."It'll be easier the second time now"

When I did mine, I had a lift and two other WRX friends helping. And we aren't slouches when it comes to mechanics.

It still took 5 hours
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:42 AM   #67
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That would be me if I tried to do work on my car. I always get hung up on stupid simple stuff.
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:04 PM   #68
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this is my next project since doing the tgv deletes and inlet,...starting to wonder if i should have a shop do this for me
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:43 PM   #69
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i have an 02 wrx and just got a catless UP & DP. DP install was a breeze, but im looking to undertake this UP install soon. i got 62k on my subie and it looks like its gonna be a TASK. quick question, with a catless UP will it throw up a CEL?
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:51 PM   #70
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the catless up pipe will throw a cel, but it can be very easily fixed with a 2.2Ohm resister fix

Sorry to hijack this thread, but people who do have an up pipe....do you think its worth it? I just ordered so i will find out soon i guess
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Old 09-29-2008, 02:38 PM   #71
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great write up!!
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the catless up pipe will throw a cel, but it can be very easily fixed with a 2.2Ohm resister fix

Sorry to hijack this thread, but people who do have an up pipe....do you think its worth it? I just ordered so i will find out soon i guess

so does the 2.20 ohm resistor just simply wire into the EGT sensor? thats what i think it does but im a visual person, and all ive had to go by was hear say
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Old 10-02-2008, 02:58 AM   #73
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...and I know of 2 guys working together that have swapped one in just under an hour.....after having done a few.

It really isn't a big deal if ya have all the right tools, ready, and the sequence down.


....and that one bolt at the bottom of the UP is a LOT easier with a 12" extention and a couple 'flex sockets' in 12mm and 14mm and a set of gearwrenches make the job a LOT easier.
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:13 AM   #74
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it took me and 2 locals under 4 hours to do my ewg uppipe, downpipe, CAI and some gauges. Only one of us had up experience. This was on an 02 with 90k and 6 northeast winters too
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Old 10-02-2008, 01:47 PM   #75
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....im extremely confused why people are scared and nervous to do this install. My friend and i did this install and a full turbo back in like 3 hrs with a few breaks for beers. i will say luckily no bolts broke so that was nice. just striped it all jack up the engine pound the f'er with a hammer and wam done. Ive dealt with much more annoying upgrades or maintenance then an up pipe i think people over react a bit.
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