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    That was close.... Up-Pipe cat coming apart..

    Since my mech hosed my timing belt change, and the resulting damage means that everything else is free labor at this point, I decided to go ahead and throw a new up-pipe on it in the process to eliminate the possibility of the stock up-pipe cat coming apart. I delivered the pipe last week, but since the heads were still out getting the new valves installed, he did not get around to doing it until today. When he called and told me I needed to come down and take a look, I knew there might be issues.....

    The cat was already coming apart.



    This is what was stuck to the turbo inlet from the up-pipe.. This is the first time I have ever seen catalyst melted and fused like this.



    After I got the above pictured piece removed, you could see a ridge of material also in the section towards the waste gate.



    This shows the bigger pieces of catalyst that I pulled out. These were all damn near welded to the turbo housing and not rattling around.... I pulled an amazing amount of material out of the housing that came out in pieces and dust.



    The vanes suffered a very slight bit of damage, but after spending an hour or so with dental pics and getting every bit of catalyst out of the housing, everything turns free and it appears that I just barely avoided losing the turbo as a result.



    My car is a 2003 WRX with 114K miles on it, and was stock mechanically. I only decided to do the pipe as a preventative maintenance measure, and I am damn glad I did! We would never have found this otherwise!

    When they recommend to change the up-pipe, there is a very good reason! Just do it!
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    You dodged a bullet. 114k miles is pretty good on a stock turbo. Since it is off you might want to just find a cheap stocker for sale and throw it on. A lot of people have their stock turbos sitting around in the garage because they upgraded. Might save you a little headache in the near future.
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    Still debating about doing exactly that......
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    That's crazy!

    As mentioned above, you should be able to find a stock TD04 for around $100
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    I'm at 116K and about to do the same thing....you have got me pretty worried right now! Perhaps I should step up the schedule on this.
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    I'm only at 89k, and just got a catless uppipe put on this past weekend. Looking at this, I'm damn glad I did....
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    hmm, i was gonna do up pipe this summer... but maybe i'll do it a little bit sooner then that.
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    Damn, now I know what's on my to do list this summer.

    Where can I find a decent good up pipe for a reasonable price?

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    I added a link to this in my thread.

    Personally, I'd buy another turbo. They're cheap enough that just for "peace of mind" I'd be happier using one that didn't go through that ordeal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    I added a link to this in my thread.

    Personally, I'd buy another turbo. They're cheap enough that just for "peace of mind" I'd be happier using one that didn't go through that ordeal.
    I was looking at them last night. Problem is I just went to see my tax company yesterday and I am getting ready to write a couple checks for about $6K which puts a hurt on my accounts.

    Looks like you can get a turbo upgrade for around $300 though. It's damn sure as hell tempting, but at this point I am going with what we have and then take a look at upgrading when I do the down pipe and exhaust. I will get a tune while I am at it then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoseCorpseGrind View Post
    Damn, now I know what's on my to do list this summer.

    Where can I find a decent good up pipe for a reasonable price?
    This is the one I bought RallySportDirect.com - Greddy Subaru Up-Pipe with out EGT Bung
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    I'll probably finish removing the cat from my stock pipe and sell it if anyone is interested. That or just reinstall that one and sell the up-pipe I bought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meanstrk
    I'll probably finish removing the cat from my stock pipe and sell it if anyone is interested. That or just reinstall that one and sell the up-pipe I bought.
    Don't bother gutting it if you want to sell it; you won't get any real extra money doing the work (and it's a minor PITA to do anyway) - catted and gutted OEM uppipes sell for about the same.

    Gut it if you want to reuse it, but otherwise, sell it as-is
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    Quote Originally Posted by meanstrk View Post
    I'll probably finish removing the cat from my stock pipe and sell it if anyone is interested. That or just reinstall that one and sell the up-pipe I bought.
    How much did you pay for your up pipe?
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    Bout $75 bucks.....
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