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    Thumbs up Godspeed Uppipe Installed...tips and observations

    Took me 8.5 hrs...i consider myself a novice mechanic..had 2200 mi at install

    heres how i think is the easiest way

    unplug EGT connector under solenoid cover

    jack up the car..front right side only

    remove front right tire and fenderwall access panel

    remove rt exhaust manifold cover (i left the o2 sensor in so the cover was hanging), turbo heatshield and intercooler

    LIBERALLY apply bolt loosener to all bolts that need to come out

    let it penetrate for say, oh, two beers

    remove all bolts from the exhaust hanger (about in the middle) and the downpipe to turbo and let the downpipe down and out of the way

    remove the bottom and top bolts to up pipe

    remove turbo bracket bolts and pull out the turbo

    NOTE: the turbo coolant line needs to be plugged/pinched off or youll lose all your coolant like i did!

    pull out the uppipe and the egt probe

    put in new up pipe

    MOST IMPORTANT...new gaskets and do the BOTTOM up pipe bolts first, and make damn sure theyre tight

    put turbo back in place and line up the up pipe and down pipe with it before tightening bolts (i left the turbo heat shield off because theres a bracket welded to stock up pipe that it screws to)

    tighten it all down and then the downpipe to exhaust

    double check every bolt and torque to specs

    reconnect all hoses and intercooler

    plug in EGT connection, put ex mani cover back on and youre done!

    NOTES

    THE RIGHT SIDE BOTTOM BOLT ON THE UPPIPE IS THE TOUGHEST TO GET AT IF YOU DONT TAKE OUT THE O2 SENSOR...I USED A CLOSED END WRENCH TO HOLD THE BACK NUT AND GOT AT THE FRONT NUT WITH A DEEP SOCKET AND EXTENSION FROM THE FRONT OF THE CAR

    THREE OF FIVE OF THE TOP UPPIPE WERE FROZEN...IF YOUVE GOT MORE THAN 2000 MILES YOURE GONNA NEED A LOT OF PENETRANT...LET IT SIT FOR A WHILE

    USE A SIX POINT SOCKET....STRIP ANY BOLT AND YOUR SCREWED!

    DRIVING OBSERVATIONS:

    Spools quicker, revs smoother, seems like she wants to rev higher

    I SAY IF YOU HAVENT DONE THIS YET...DO IT...ITS WORTH THE SKINNED KNUCKLES
    Silver 2002 WRX...far from stock

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    How much did you pay for yours and are Godspeed uppipes as good as the best ones out there?

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    i think it was $200 (plus gaskets...forgot how much they were)

    as for quality vs the competition, i have no idea....havent seen any others

    its mandrel bent and very smooth, with a solid EGT bung

    i think that as long as the pipe is smooth internally it doesnt matter which brand you choose...the main point is the get the restrictive cat out of the turbos way

    i have no problem recommending the Godspeed uppipe...dan knows what hes doing
    Silver 2002 WRX...far from stock

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    i know a friend who got vishnu's- he's happy w/ it. i'm partial to dan, though. i've had his uppie for about 1500mi. no problem. in the words of 1984- "dan knows what hes doing".

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    Thanks guys. My uppipe is full 304 stainless down to the EGT bung with 1/2 inch thick flanges. Includes studs too! I did my best at building something that was both super strong as well as affordable.
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    Do you need the gaskets for install or what?

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    do aftermarket uppipes need expantion joints like the factory one? mrt uppipe has one.

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    The factory uppipe is rigid, no expansion joint.

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    Plat,
    (I know this is off subject but...) you say you're running 13.8's in the 1/4. That's an old time right? That's not since your more recent upgrades. Just wondering what you're times are now with all the goodies added in.
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    beast,

    Yes 13.8 is an old time. I'm going to the track tomorrow. I'll let you guys know how I do.

    -Jim

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    Originally posted by PlatinumWRX
    beast,

    Yes 13.8 is an old time. I'm going to the track tomorrow. I'll let you guys know how I do.

    -Jim
    Cool, thanks. I was hoping all that work you did didn't just get you .2 seconds off in the 1/4. Good luck tomorrow.
    -Jim

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    a point to getting the stuck fasteners:

    if you can drive the car and get the exhaust hot before you spray down all of the fasteners with liquid wrench or something, then the heat will help to draw the penetrant into the threads, and will also help in getting those stuck phukers off.

    be careful, it will be hot in there. 8^)

    --r

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    Wonder why god didnt include a flex hose in it, has it ever cracked? Im thinking about getting the one with the 321 stainless steel instead of the 304.
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    Does anyone know what the stock uppipe uses for steal? Is it 304?

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    I just received my Godspeed uppipe and Endless brake pads over the w/e. The uppipe is an automotive work of art. All of the welds are perfect and the pipe is much lighter than I thought it was going to be. I'm actually looking forward to the installation now, although I'll be doing the front brakes first.

    The main thing with uppipe is weld quality. You can use the best steel and cut everything perfectly, but the welds are the source of failure in almost every welded steel pipe breakage.

    -Jim

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