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Old 11-18-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
Steve Knob
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2006 WRX STi

Question Bolt-on turbo replacement. Can I do it at home?

2006 STi went south today for as yet unknown reasons. If I get a bolt-on replacement, can I do the installation myself? Any hints, special tools, or things I need to check to make sure the new one doesn't decide to eat itself too? Any recommendations as to a good (i.e. "afordable"), not crazy replacement? I'm not looking to make 500hp. Stock or just slightly better is fine. I have done a lot of work on my own cars for over 35 years, but have never installed a turbo. I'm also looking for a new (to me) front bumber cover and rear wheel arch covers if anyone has some laying around (or knows a good source).
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:59 PM   #2
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You can absolutely do it by yourself. Only "special tools" you need are various breaker bar and pb blaster for stuck bolts, extensions, locking vice grips (I used them to pinch the coolant lines a bit before removing them. Make sure you prime the turbo before you first start the engine.
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