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Old 06-12-2016, 10:23 PM   #151
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Decent weekend. Got most of Saturday in the garage after helping my Dad with some things around his house. Started off wrenching on the intercooler after double checking fluid levels and looking for signs of drippage(none yet thankfully!). Some more looking over everything and tidying up some loose cables then the intercooler went on. Hacked the cap, filled the coolant and start preparing to prime the engine. Plugs pulled, but couldn't for the life of me get the driver side rear injector unplugged so I pulled the engine harnesses. Battery plugged up and this was a lovely site for sore eyes. Screen was good and clear, but phone's camera couldn't pick it up





Held my breath, clutch in, and turned the key.. NOTHING! Haha somewhat was expecting a fire to start in the engine bay so I'll take nothing!! Quick look over, forgot to hook the starter ground after giving everything it's last spit shine. Hooked it up and primed the 3 quick 5 second spins with some pauses in between. Turned off and unhooked battery.

All plugs/coil packs back on, harness reconnected and double checked fluid levels again(ocd habbit at this point). Mounted up the perrin intake next, damn filter/bracket was a pain. Once on, battery in, key on, and pump primed right up. Went ahead and primed it twice mehh. Hit the starter, she took her first breath. Started a little chunky then revs rose a bit. Didn't have any mid pipe on so straight off the downpipe. Shut it off and checked my CEL's. First round was 1446, 1491, and 0130. Cleared those and starter her again just to see what popped right back. 0130 and 1491 still hanging in there. Called it a night in the garage and headed home to research the codes. I know I bumped the front 02 sensor pretty well with dropping the engine in so it may have sent it over the edge. The 1491 had me scratching my head a bit. Was certain the pin was put back in the PCV connector.





Sunday I got back in garage and looked over everything. Still no drippage, but I did have to top off the coolant(still needs burping) power steering, and oil. Then crawled under to work on the catback. XL hangers worked like a charm and the axle back is sitting exactly like I was hoping for!





Hopefully the last parts I'll have to clean. Just used the last of my power purple refill jug. Some serious scrubbing went down here over the past year and a half. Going to take another year to get myself scrubbed 100% clean haha.



Moved to the midpipe(probably the wrong terminology?). After a little measuring confirmed it's just short of 4" too long. Luckily it was on the upstream end which is a section with no bends. After a little bojangling I pulled out the trusty hacksaw and knocked off a couple inches. Coupler worked a treat. I think since I still need a bit of whittling on the suspension I'll just drop it by a shop this week and get it welded off the car.







Who's got yer belly??




I'll probably file another mm or 2 off(gasket space) as my measurement was soooo accurate I was barely able to slip it in place. Midpipe will take a regular sized hanger, but should fit nicely. How I left her for the night. Planning to get back in the garage some weeknights this week. Over the moon to hear her first start since swapping and definitely put some extra wind in the sails.

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Old 06-13-2016, 05:21 AM   #152
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Hell yeah man! Glad the clamp worked out for you. Seems you have pretty good attention to detail, definitely shows in the final project!
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Old 06-16-2016, 09:42 AM   #153
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For sure, clamp couldn't have been better, and really 'preciate the props mang!! Wish I was free this weekend, but can't complain when you're heading to hang out with the family. I'm going north into WV to camp for Father's day weekend, and have a friends going away parts next weekend. Hopefully will make it out to the garage tonight and some nights next week.

Need to get down and start torquing everything, sort through brakes/e-brakes - Then I'll be nearing in on my first test drive!
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Old 06-16-2016, 09:14 PM   #154
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Finally got the correct bezel in and...



A damn dream come true!! Fitment in the dash is perfect, highly suggest it! Now to figure out what gauges I want to run and what type will fit best. Will definitely have a boost gauge, but I don't have a EGT in the invidia downpipe so debating what other I want to run. Suggestions?

Bolted down my diff/driveshaft covers, filed on the mid pipe a little more to flush it up and mounted it. I get a little leak from the clamp, but exhaust sounds perfect. The exact style, look, fit, and sound I was looking for. Once I do something with my headers I'll be exactly where I want this phase. It was still running rough with a really tough time idling smoothly.. Still throwing the same codes. I couldn't get the accessport to boot up the first time I started the engine so I was using my scangauge to read the codes. Decided to pull the AP back out and try again. Plugged in tight to the OBDII port and success!



Pulled it up and flashed to the stage 2. Much healthier now!! Idles like a dream and is smooth all around. The excitement is high to get her on the road now!! I cleared the codes one more 'gain and I'm now only getting the p1491. I'm a bit stumped by that one, the shorting bar is installed in the pcv connector so something is up.. I tossed the connector off the inlet after you break it off to remove inlet. May get one from a local friend. Maybe leaving it plugged it instead of just using the shorting bar will do the trick. Still reading up on it.



Ready to get back in there asap. Start torquing everything and put on my new ebrakes, pads and rotors. Still need to get the engine warm enough to open the tstat, blast the heater and do a final burping on the coolant. As well as change the rear diff oil
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That bezel looks great!
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Old 06-17-2016, 06:17 AM   #156
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that sound is GREAT!


i'd say afr gauge, but oil pressure would be good too. and the aem digi ones with the white side chosen (reversable face plate to black) looks good with the white OE dash gauges.
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Old 06-17-2016, 07:43 AM   #157
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Very cool! Should be on the road soon! Welcome to the swapped club
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'Preciate it! Really pleased with how its coming together.

AFR it will likely be.. unfortunately that means pullin the downpipe/blanket to cut holes in each :*( The aem gauges do look spot on though, thanks for the tip. Oil pressure would be nice, now where to hide it hmm. Will likely run the stock bezel until I get my gauges ready to install. Now to decide if I want to get gauges first or my alarm/remote start system. No key-less will be a PIA so I'm leaning that way
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the sensor itself is 'supposed' to be about 18-35'' from the back of the turbo, so you should be just fine with putting it in while it's all in the car.
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Old 06-17-2016, 01:49 PM   #160
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I been reading up on that. Lots of mixed opinions with some contradictory 'facts' online. I have the invidia divorced catted downpipe. My main concern was having it pre/post the hi flow cat in my downpipe.. I'll be riding on the road to WV shortly and will with lots of time to read over a few saved posts.
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