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Old 10-02-2008, 07:48 PM   #76
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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
i believe so,
http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/engine...istor-mod.html
this should help clear it up
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:55 PM   #77
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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.
Thanks for the tool list. Has anyone done a header swap? I am thinking to avoid trouble, I want to do the headers with the up-pipe. Since I have the 2008, I wont need to do the oil pan and pump change, it is said to be a direct fit with no mods needed. Looking for first hand experience as to the performance gains....
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Old 06-30-2009, 06:37 PM   #78
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I did my downpipe in 2 minutes. Its real easy when the tranny is 10 feet away, sitting on a bench lol. Screw Liquid wrench though. Get PB Blaster. Spray it on the night before and right before you start and it will save you a lot of tears.
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Old 06-30-2009, 11:52 PM   #79
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Holy thread bump!
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:11 AM   #80
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hahah BEST thread opener I have ever enjoyed reading..

And +1 to PB Blaster. It's die-rust-die in a can.
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:15 AM   #81
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:32 AM   #82
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My friend and I did the uppipe, injector install (GBOD), VF turbo, and fuel pump in about 4hrs. I remember cutting a section of the heatshield to get to the 02 sensor...all we had was a big oil wrench so no way it was fitting in that hole. Then the exhaust manifold bolts where frozen...so we torqued and torqued until they snapped.

The GBOD where pretty easy with ratchet wrenches. Dunno what the big deal about those are about it.

I have heard that gutting the cat is horrible though. My friend just ended up cutting the damn thing apart from the side, gutting, then welding the pipe back shut. He works at a muffler shop so he had access to all these tools, but he did mention even with that it was PITA and would never do it again.

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Old 07-01-2009, 12:44 AM   #83
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^^^^ gutting my up pipe cat was a pain...to any one gutting a up pipe anytime soon, go with a larger drill bit.
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:58 AM   #84
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The op is hilarious, It only took me about an hour and a half to do this with a friend on his car. I also had to drill a hole and weld a bung into the uppipe for the temp sensor.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:24 PM   #85
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Make sure you guys are cutting off the tip of the 02 sensor or it will break off into your turbo.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:24 PM   #86
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Also everyone saying they did it in whatever time. Gutting takes the most time. I dont think any of you can take it out gut it and put it back in in less then 2 hours.
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:08 PM   #87
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gutting an up pipe is an idiots task and fools errand

just get one with no cat and be done
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:14 PM   #88
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Did mine a couple times first one took 2 days cuz the guy before me didn't use anti sieze on the dp I used everything I could think of to get through them but alas I broke all 5 studs/bolts after that only took 3 hrs to take off then go get parts and what not got it cleaned up the next day. Since then I took 2 hrs on jackstands and 1.5 hrs on a lift to do it. Once you have done it it's not bad. And for God sake use anti sieze on everything you want to ever come off again
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:18 PM   #89
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gutting an up pipe is an idiots task and fools errand

just get one with no cat and be done
words of wisdom as usual
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:17 PM   #90
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Make sure you guys are cutting off the tip of the 02 sensor or it will break off into your turbo.
....or just not use a sensor at all in your uppipe.
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:34 PM   #91
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well yeah but if you plan on putting that sensor back in, the whole little thing needs to be cut off. Just a warning.

also uncle scotty that is true and all but not everyone wants to spend 100 dollars on a catless up pipe when the stock one is just as efficent when you gut the cat. Half way through mine i was ready to go out and buy a up pipe but i just stuck through it.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:47 AM   #92
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<i> not everyone wants to spend 100 dollars on a catless up pipe when the stock one is just as efficient when you gut the cat. </i>

You can get them on ebay including shipping for < $50. Granted, mine showed up with extra long bolts that had to be replaced, but I guess that's the price I pay for going on the cheap.

Nonetheless, my install took about 1.5 days. Ugh! If you don't run into any problems, I don't doubt it could happen in about 6 hours. However, I've never really had any repair that didn't have something unexpected happen in the middle.
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:45 PM   #93
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I alotted all day to do this and I'm still not done. It's not the turbo bolts or uppipe/ downpipe bolts. It's the damn exhaust bolts on the midpipe with the spring the 12/14 combo that snapped in half. PB Blaster is your friend, makes everything easier. I ended up having to cut a slit in the front heatshield to slid it off around the 02 sensor, even with a couple hours of resoaking the 02 sensor it just wasn't budging. I went and bought a 02 sensor socket just for this task, but there was no point. Maybe I'll be finished before 7
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:02 PM   #94
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up-pipe installation sucked! hands down, especially when you strip the bolt that you need to remove to lift the engine, try doing it without that step. it is a PITA!!! If i had to re-do my installations I would just pay someone to do that and do the rest myself. I got the 50 dollar one too shipped from ebay... it is good, but longs bolts as said, but does the job just like any other ridiculously expensive 1 in half foot pipe that people try to charge $200 plus. Why?
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:12 PM   #95
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yeah some cars have old rusted bolts and what not, my install took like 20 minutes and was actually kinda fun, i know but i had no trouble. Maybe using a lift is what helped out, i think putting the down pipe was harder.
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:44 PM   #96
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^ 20 minute uppipe install???? You = Teh liarz!!!!
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Old 07-09-2009, 09:19 PM   #97
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^ 20 minute uppipe install???? You = Teh liarz!!!!
So.... its not possible? I swear a lift is the way do do it. i also had 3 guys helping me though. I could imagine doing it in my drive F-that!
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:53 PM   #98
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So.... its not possible? I swear a lift is the way do do it. i also had 3 guys helping me though. I could imagine doing it in my drive F-that!
yeah i agree, there is no way an uppipe could be completed in 20 minutes! Video tape the next one! 3 experienced guys with a lift and all the right tools could probably go from start to finish under an hour if everything went perfectly.
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:31 PM   #99
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yeah i agree, there is no way an uppipe could be completed in 20 minutes! Video tape the next one! 3 experienced guys with a lift and all the right tools could probably go from start to finish under an hour if everything went perfectly.
An hour, dude are you serious? I was in a hurry that day so we attacked like no other, the thing that took the longest was lining up the engine mounts to screw her back in place. Oh in it was four guys including my self, these guys are crazy fast they have years of experiance working on wrx's and sti's.
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Wow... what a huge pain in the ass that was. The only bolts that gave me problems where the 12/14 mm bolts connecting the midpipes, the nuts were pretty much welded to the bolt and they sheared. Honestly the part that gave me the most problems was once everything was undone for the uppipe, actually gettting it out... I raised the engine with wood, but I ended up having to back it out from the top and drop it down by the trans to get the sucker out. I couldn't pull it out from the bottom as other have.

Definatley have a good set of 6 points for this install, and some PB blaster.

It's finally done though!
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