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Old 10-06-2004, 05:08 PM   #1
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Default How To: Install WRX Turbo/IC on a 2.2L

Hey guys, i was wondering if you could help me and my mechanic out. I have a wrx turbo and intercooler that i will be installing on my 97 2.2litre L. I have all the parts needed: turbo, IC, SR20DET 370cc injectors, 98-99 sentra injector plugs, custom downpipe, samco silicon y-pipe/BOV hose/throttle body hose/turbo inlet hose, stock or maybe get an aftermarket wrx full exhaust (minus uppipe), megan racing tinted DEFI gauges (boost/eng temp/EGT/oil pressure/oil temp), wrx fuel pump, wrx BOV. I know i need oil feed and return lines, but what else would i need. I'm gonna be running it at 6psi so im gonna use an Apexi S-AFC II as my engine management, for now at least while i run low boost. What i would like to know, is what other parts i will need and a brief, or very detailed explanation of the install procedure step by step. My mechanic is really into doing this, but is new to Japanese cars; he mostly works on German cars. Hes been the only mechanic to work on my car since i bought used.

Thanx a lot, and i hope you guys can help me out

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Old 10-06-2004, 10:36 PM   #2
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you'll need coolant lines for the turbo also....
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Old 10-06-2004, 10:55 PM   #3
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you'll need coolant lines for the turbo also....
yep, got that, but thanx anyway...does anyone out there want to write instructions on how to do this...it will help my mech. out a lot
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Old 10-06-2004, 11:53 PM   #4
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dont just have any person do it. they need to have subaru experience. instead of taking 10 hours to do the job its gona take 40, and you will be paying for it.
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Old 10-07-2004, 02:50 AM   #5
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Old 10-07-2004, 10:34 AM   #6
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dont just have any person do it. they need to have subaru experience. instead of taking 10 hours to do the job its gona take 40, and you will be paying for it.
yea i understand what u mean. theyve done a turbo upgrade on a new WRX, so they kinda know what theyre doing. also i live in berlin, ct so theres not many subaru shops that i know of other than xxtuning which i refuse to go to because when i stopped by looking for SR20DET injectors and asking him about doing the install, he didnt seem too enthusiastic about doing it. my one experience with them turned me away cuz theyre a bunch of jackasses.
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Old 10-07-2004, 10:35 AM   #7
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a turbo upgrade on a WRX is nothing like putting the WRX parts on an RS. XX tuning, KTR performance, there are tons of shops in New England.
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Old 10-07-2004, 03:51 PM   #8
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a turbo upgrade on a WRX is nothing like putting the WRX parts on an RS. XX tuning, KTR performance, there are tons of shops in New England.
yes, but i dont want to drive too far for this
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Old 10-07-2004, 05:19 PM   #9
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wow, do it yourself, if the extent of subaru know how for this guy is a turbo upgrade he is at the same level as me. Dont give this guy a dime a turbo upgrade is nothing like turbo charging a RS. Take it to a real shop, your going to end up paying for it in the end when this guy dosent tighten your up-pipe bolts right and you have a up-pipe leak, or installs the injectors wrong and you have a unnoticed fuel leak and your engine leans out. dont let this guy f-up your car, do it right you will be much happier in the end.
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Old 10-07-2004, 07:07 PM   #10
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They are going to have to cut down the TB and the IC maybe even bash in the fire wall a bit to get your IC to fit. Then they are going to have to cut up that Y pipe and add in a section or two of pipe. Most shops will not be to excited about this.

You never said you had an up pipe?

Has this guy installed an SAFC before? they can be complicated, and if he has never tuned one it then its not going to do any good.

And you might think you have all the parts but you dont. There are tons of little things that you need.

My advice is go by a real turbo kit and install it yourself. It will cost a little more but with the price of labor for a custom it just seems worth it.

Most places charge 60 bucks for labor. if it takes him 40 hours that is 2400 bucks, then tax and paying for all new fluids and all that. A turbo kit will run around 4k and should have everyhing you need. If he cant get the car running and keeps working on it then you are gona have to keep paying him.

The other shop is smart in telling you that they would not do it.
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Old 10-08-2004, 12:38 AM   #11
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thanx for all the input...im thinking of just getting the sti engine thats posted up for sale for $5k with tranny and like 3500 without.
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thanx for all the input...im thinking of just getting the sti engine thats posted up for sale for $5k with tranny and like 3500 without.

A swap would be hard as well. But there is tons of documentation on doing a swap.
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Old 10-08-2004, 11:18 AM   #13
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A swap would be hard as well. But there is tons of documentation on doing a swap.
yea, i may just end up going to XXtuning cuz he said 6-8 hours for motor swap times 85/hr makin it $510-680...or if they do the turbo install...around $1700, plus the little hoses theyll need, like oil send and return, etc...
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