Ok.... it's done..... and before I go in depth... there's just a couple words that need to be said..
HOLY FRIGGIN MOTHER OF GOD.
This car..... is so friggin fast..... I can't even put it into words.
You floor it.... BOOM... 18 lbs of boost....... you go from 20 to 90 mph is literally only a couple seconds. No exaggeration... it is that fast.
Before I start... I have to give credit to the 3 guys that helped...... they were here from 12:30, till after 8pm at night..... I could not have done it without them
JT (jtodaro), from stlsubaru.com
James (Impreza_GC8) from stlsubaru.com
Greg (local buddy.. no computer)
None of us have ever done a turbo swap before... all we had were some directions we found online.... and motivation. Thanks guys.
So... we started with these directions I found on Scoobymods...
for the most part, they were pretty good... although there were a couple things not mentioned that should have been:
1) The vacuum hoses... needed to be longer for the VF39.. had to take a trip to the parts store for that.
2) The FACTORY restrictor pill on the VF39 is the correct size. The only time you need to drill your WRX restrictor pill is is you're forced to reuse it.
3) The COLD side of the turbo is actually much wider on a VF39... yet the HOT side is actually skinnier.... strange.
4) The heat shield that fit the TD04?? Does NOT fit the VF39.... I spent the better part of 2 hours cutting the crap out of my COBB heat shield... I think James has some good shots of it.
5) The oil drain line is MORE of a pain in the ass than you think..... much more.
We actually had the whole thing installed..... cranked it over (with the fuel control unhooked of course)..... and it started POURING oil out the bottom. Why? Because you actually cannot see the line as it connects to the oil drain line when you install the new turbo.... at all. We "thought" it was good to go..... nope.
So.. luckily we were able to loosen the uppipe, loosen one side of the intercooler, drop the downpipe, and unhook the oil feed line.... and literally "manhandle" the line to where it was supposed to be. Once again... couldn't have done it without these guys.
Took it out for the first test drive...... Car runs like a screaming bloody raped ape on methamphetamines..... just INSANE fast (much faster than a stock STI)... but the first stop.... smoke starts billowing out of the hood.
Well.. we either "forgot" to hook up one of the coolant lines that run across the front of the intercooler.... or it blew off from all the pressure. Either way... coolant poured all over the turbo and made a stinky, smoky mess.
We got back home, and for piece of mind, we added some hose clamps (not installed on the car when it was stock).... and James and I took it out for another drive.
Everything..... without exception... is absolutely perfect.
I cannot possibly express the sense of accomplishment I feel today. Mu knuckles are sore as hell, my back is killing me... but it was well worth it.
My camera only managed to get one picture.,... so I'll leave you with that. Me, with JT, holding both turbos after the TD04 came out. Hopefully James will be quick to post all the ones he took later..... or I'll just post them when he sends them to me.
Thanks everyone... again.