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Old 11-19-2012, 07:07 PM   #1
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Question Dead IFI VF40 in my '05 Outback XT

Looking at replacement options now that the turbo has been pulled and it's demise confirmed and I would appreciate input on the repair. This is my daily driver and I'm not planning to ever do any major mods to it (I'll use the Impreza for that).

The current front runner is getting a BNR VF40-EVO16G w/ filtered oil line kit and doing a basic tune. This is pretty cost effective and provides a minor performance and reliability boost which is great.

The other contender is sourcing a take-off bolt-on option, still doing a tune but basically leaving it in stock(ish) configuration. This option has the upside of being the least expensive and possibly the quickest/easiest, which is good.

As a side note, the oil line coming out of the bottom of the turbo was in horrible condition, so brittle it sheered during removal of the turbo. We also think this part may have been leaking some oil anyways so any reccomendatios on replacing this part as well. I'm assuming its the oil return line btw.

Thanks for the input, it's appreciated.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:31 PM   #2
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Unless you've got back up motor/or funds, I'd stick w/ something as close to stock as possible ,Especially if it's your DD.. Just my .02
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:20 PM   #3
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I'm running a VF-52 on my 09' OXT since it was basically plug, tune and play.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:56 PM   #4
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I'm running a VF-52 on my 09' OXT since it was basically plug, tune and play.
I'm interested in the 52 but they seem harder to source and I don't know if they are plug and tune on my '05 OXT. What time did you do for your OXT btw?
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:08 PM   #5
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I'm interested in the 52 but they seem harder to source and I don't know if they are plug and tune on my '05 OXT. What time did you do for your OXT btw?
I am not sure what you are asking (bold).

Does the 05' OXT have a y-pipe from the turbo into the intercooler or does the turbo mate-up right with the TMIC?

Here is a WRX style TMIC, turbo outlet attaches directly the left hand side (left in the photo)


STi style TMIC with the stated Y-pipe with the turbo outlet attaching to the open end of the blue hose.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:17 AM   #6
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Double post.

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Old 11-20-2012, 12:55 AM   #7
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Switch out time for tune, sorry about that.

The intercooler connects directly to the turbo, no "y" on my '05 OXT. It does connect from below the intercooler via a 90 deg bend, not straight out like the pic above though.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:52 AM   #8
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I run the 52 on my 05 lgt. The BNR 16g is another great option. Can't go wrong either way with a good tune. Our motors are identical and use the 08+wrx style top mounts. Go with infamous performance oil line kit.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:02 AM   #9
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The BNR is a nice choice, essentially a new turbo.
Contact a member called jibber. Josh can give you a nice, no hassle road tune in Gig Harbor.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:43 PM   #10
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Ordered the BNR 16, changing the oil line and doing a tune (still deciding on where to get the tune, leaning towards Infamous). We'll see how the install goes next weekend.

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Old 11-22-2012, 12:37 AM   #11
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Shamar is great, he's done a couple of e-tunes for me. Even a pain in the ass hydra on a built 2.0 with a gt30...
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:16 AM   #12
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Cool. I hope the set-up gets you what you are looking for. My OXT is up for a re-tune Tuesday after a new DP install.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:28 PM   #13
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The challenge will be finding the place to do the third gear pulls for the tune.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:33 PM   #14
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Well scratch that, Brian at BNR has the turbo on the way, should be in plenty of time for weekend install and all other parts are on the shelf waiting. He was also great at getting me some info regarding the OEM oil line. Infamous was also great getting the oil line kit out and getting me the basic info for the tuning process. I highly recommend both companies, would do business with them again.

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Old 12-01-2012, 10:31 PM   #15
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Turbo from BNR installed and running with the Infamous oil line kit, seems to be good to go.

About a five hour reinstall but a big chunk of that was the oil return line from the turbo (horrible design) and a fitment issue (2cm) getting the new oil line installed without taking the exhaust manifold off. It worked out in the end, we did an oil change and put in new coolant, primed the oil lines and turbo and went for sandwiches at Meconi's.

Thanks to everyone for all the input and to BMR and Infamous for some quality parts. Notice the difference driving it already, it should be really nice following the tune.
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Old 03-06-2013, 12:48 PM   #16
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I'm doing this exact same upgrade. My BNR should be here next week. What did you end up doing for a tune? I have an access port and need at least a base tune for the new turbo.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:28 PM   #17
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I talked to the people at Infamous, they can do a remote tune. Otherwise you have to find someone local.
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