Originally Posted by crjohnson
damn those headers are close to the thermostat outlet. Not use if i mentioned but I also had some 10mm thick flanges laser cut to space my manifold 10mm out. It helped a fair bit.. Also how close to the sump are those pipes? Might need to put some wrap on the pipes?
Yeah it's a lot closer than I'd like. I thought about spacers but I don't like the idea of them. Don't know why.
There was plenty of clearance, I could still fit my hand between the headers and the sump.
Originally Posted by SoCoNoHa
Heat wrap the headers and the t-tstat outlet, an they can be touching. The radiator hose will deteriorate over time, I'd recommend a silicone one.
Yeah for sure. Before this car hits the road I'll be replacing the t-stat housing with a FB one, replacing the hose with a silicone one, and wrapping the header to the uppipe. That's still a while off though, but it will be done.
So this weekend was time to fit the turbo, and that meant dealing with the fuel regulator.
First things first the engine bay needed a clean. This was done as I loose sight of what I'm doing and feel terrible about the project if I feel like it looks terrible. So I showered everything with a can of de-greaser and then hosed it off to get the leaves and dirt out of the way.
Next was to remove the manifold. This was easy except for all the wiring that needed to be unplugged. And the plugs for the injector were being dicks.
One it was out I taped over the inlets to stop any dirt/water getting in there. You can see the grime that's built up over the past 424,000 km. I cleaned it up a bit later as that's just what I do.
So in a previous post SoCoNoHa suggested some great ideas, which I held as backups as I didn't like the idea of rotating it, and I'm to lazy to make my own right now. So I played around with bending location of the regulator a bit. I cut a mounting tab off and then pulled the regulator closer to the manifold, pushed it down, and rotated it so it sat under the turbo.
Modified item below
Doing this means that I have to loop a bit of fuel hose around. I might see it a can cut and flare it so the line doesn't have to loop. Any ways to flare it without the tool?? or do I even need to flare it or would the clamp hold it??
Before paint I cut off one of the injector cover plate mounting points to allow for more space around the turbo inlet.
Then I panted the manifold. Call me a ricer I like the red.
It's basically an STI now right? It's just placed there as I wanted to let it cure fully before handling it and mounting stuff. The downside to this is that I couldn't do anything else for the rest of the day. Oh well
I realised that I forgot to upload a photo of the turbo in place, but you can see it hiding in the last photo just behind the manifold. Next step is oil/coolant to the turbo, after reinstalling the manifold. Then inter-cooler piping.
I'm looking at 2.25 inch piping. Is that an okay size?, also do I leave the piping a metal finish with black silicone joiners or go red piping with red joiners. Decisions! Decisions!
That's all for now, if anyone has any suggestions with piping size/colour or any other aspects of the people I'd love to hear them.