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Old 05-16-2020, 07:19 PM   #1
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I have been stuck trying to figure out how to get the bottom right nut off on my downpipe. It is an Invidia downpipe. The big problem is my external wastegate is in the way for any easy solution.

Does anyone have any weird tools to get in there before I end up cutting the nut off with a dremel?
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Old 05-16-2020, 07:21 PM   #2
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Will removing the wastegate provide more space?
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Old 05-16-2020, 07:50 PM   #3
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Will removing the wastegate provide more space?
It really would. But I canít remove the wastegate unless thereís something Iím missing on using to remove it. Getting an 8mm socket and a stubby ratchet on the nut and the Allen key on the knob to try and break the vband loose is almost out of the question. I got up in there with it but felt like I was going to snap my Allen key.

I would unbolt my uppipe to let it down an inch to give more room to get a variety of wobble extensions on the socket for the downpipe but The downpipe to turbo flange blocks the last uppipe bolt to get a socket on. I tried breaking it with a wrench but rather almost broke my elbow.

This is all in order to pull the engine.

Iím about tempted to pull it with the downpipe still on as I think I can clear the subframe.

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Old 05-16-2020, 07:58 PM   #4
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Old 05-16-2020, 08:34 PM   #5
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It's hard to see from that perspective, but are you able to use the closed end of a wrench on the down pipe bolt?
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Old 05-16-2020, 08:59 PM   #6
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It's hard to see from that perspective, but are you able to use the closed end of a wrench on the down pipe bolt?
I am able to get a stubby 14mm on it. But the problem is that it is a stubby without any room to add a second wrench for leverage
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Old 05-16-2020, 09:18 PM   #7
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i was able to get mine off with a 14 stubby sucks having a 44mm wastegate lol i wasn't able to get that nut back on and just left it off but i don't have any leak their lol
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Old 05-16-2020, 09:28 PM   #8
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i was able to get mine off with a 14 stubby sucks having a 44mm wastegate lol i wasn't able to get that nut back on and just left it off but i don't have any leak their lol
Wow lol well that gives me hope. You also have an external wastegate? Did you use the open or closed end on your stubby? Also did you break it loose with the stubby? This setup has only been on the car for 12k miles so itís not rusted to death or anything. But man you gotta break your back to break that lose with a stubby.

Iím pretty sure this nut will stay off when I put it back together lol.
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Old 05-16-2020, 09:32 PM   #9
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You mentioned you're removing the engine. If you have an engine hoist, you can get creative with the hoist and some baling or other strong wire. Place the stubby on there, run some wire around it, use the hoist to pull up on the stubby to crack the nut loose.

Sounds super janky but as long as you don't break anything...

Of course, get creative at your own risk. If you're not gonna put the nut back on, a better way might be the dremel.
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Old 05-16-2020, 09:37 PM   #10
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Very good. I thought about using the hoist and some cable to break it loose. But at that point I was too aggravated to try anything else. Iíll give that a go tomorrow and see if I can get it. Would rather get the nut off then to cut it off if I can manage.
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Old 05-16-2020, 10:14 PM   #11
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i used the open end, for some reason i couldn't get the closed end on the nut with my downpipe i have an invidia dp catless
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i used the open end, for some reason i couldn't get the closed end on the nut with my downpipe i have an invidia dp catless
Yeah same here. Iíll give it a go again.
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Old 05-16-2020, 11:03 PM   #13
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Try removing it from the bottom, Jack it up and slide under there and give it go. Thatís how I did it.
I have a Cobb DP and itís definitely a lot thicker than the OEM. So only way I can get it off is from the bottom. I use a wrench just for that one bolt. You can also try to attack it from the other side of the car(driver). Remove the Intercooler and try that.
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Old 05-16-2020, 11:46 PM   #14
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you won't be able to get it from the bottom with wastegate and dump tube in the way...
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Old 05-17-2020, 01:36 AM   #15
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From the picture you posted it looks like a wobbly socket on a short extension like 4-6" would work just fine. Should be able to get plenty of leverage with that.

Good luck.
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Old 05-17-2020, 12:25 PM   #16
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Wouldn't be a problem with bottom access with my 2' 3/8 drive extension ans universal socket. Busting loose.
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Old 05-17-2020, 06:31 PM   #17
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Got it off this afternoon. After trying every swivel, wobble, bring it around town crap I decide to go back to the stubby. Could only get the closed end on. Took a break bar and fit it in the open end and pulled up like a dead lift. Man what a job. But feels good to have it done.
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