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Old 01-02-2013, 07:22 PM   #1
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Default Plz Help w. Harman Motive TBE install issue (09 STi)

Please help . This is my first exhaust install and now I don't know if I should continue.

I installed the DP and torqued the bolts to 31ft.lbs so I'm pretty sure that's good.

But the DP bracket on the bottom doesn't line up. The DP sits ~1/2 inch too high (see pictures). This is causing everything else to not line up; e.g.; midpipe is touching the heatshield causing the midpipe to not mate up to the DP properly.

Question: If I pull down on the DP (I would say ~25lbs of force - which I think is a lot of stress on something...), I believe everything will line up. BUT is that healthy for the turbo (or whatever else) taking that stress?

Is this normal for an exhaust install - or do I need to get a new DP?


DP too high on DP bracket:


DP touching heatshield (next to DP bracket):


Midpipe (near resonator) touching heatshield:


Flange not matching, if I pull down on it pretty hard I'm sure it will line up (haven't done it though)


Overall problem...
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:37 PM   #2
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Loosen up everything and start over. Leave the entire system loose while installing. Your problems should go away when there is some wiggle room on the table.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:44 PM   #3
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^What he said. Tighten the turbo-dp bolts and then just fit everything together. once you have it fitting how you want it to, tighten everything up and you should be set.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:12 PM   #4
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Darn, I thought I was doing the right thing to torque the DP to Turbo first, then do the rest loose until lined up (but wouldn't line up).

I'll loose it and start over tomorrow. Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:36 PM   #5
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What everyone else is saying, you don't want want one thing snugged up...well cause nothing will line up as you have figured out.

Once you loosen things up again all should line up.

Edit: sorry didn't see the op just reply.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:53 PM   #6
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All of the above should help, but pulling it down right now and then sticking the bolt through should be fine as well. The turbo/uppipe is held to the engine block by solid steel brackets. The motor is mounted via smushy rubber mounts. So you'll just be pulling the motor slightly back/down (probably to where it was in the first place). I don't think there's much risk unless you're putting a LOT of force onto it and it's not lining up. Just make sure to get the bolt lined up properly so you don't cross thread it.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:39 AM   #7
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Well, that is much better.

I loosened the DP to Turbo and started lining it up. I also had to slide the muffler all the way back onto the hangers (pushed muffler toward the front of the car) so the slip joint would only have a 1" gap.

I started it up and it sounds great

Thanks for the help.

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