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    I suck at turbo swaps

    I am literally in the middle of a turbo swap, but cannot get the oil return line on the new turbo. I have tried countless times, but have little access for my big 8"+ hands and the hose refuses to sit nice for the return line. The job was going quite well, but I had to get out of the 95 degree heat (great day I picked for this!) after the numerous failed attempts.

    I am working with this writeup: DIY: VF34 turbo on WRX (with pictures!) Anyone know of others that might help?

    I have a neighbor who is a professional auto technician - he has offered to bail me out in a hour or so. I really wanted to do this all myself ...
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    does the hardline keep pushing the rubber line over/down? I used a liberal amount of WD40 on the hardline and inside the rubber line, and it kinda 'plopped' right in, after countless times of it just folding/pushing the rubber hose over..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogan View Post
    does the hardline keep pushing the rubber line over/down? I used a liberal amount of WD40 on the hardline and inside the rubber line, and it kinda 'plopped' right in, after countless times of it just folding/pushing the rubber hose over..
    Yes - it either folds it together or pushes it out of the way. Even if I could get everything to line up perfectly there is no way I can work the spring clip. Lube it, eh? I tried many times - had to walk away ...

    My helper says he has tools just for this problem. What could he be referring to? Skilled normal sized hands maybe ...

    I have no garage, so I stopped after the sun had made its way where I am working. In another hour or so it will be shaded again.
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    I as unaware you were installing a dirty ***** in your WRX.

    Congrats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 04.SPT.WRX View Post
    My helper says he has tools just for this problem. What could he be referring to? Skilled normal sized hands maybe ...
    maybe some long, angled needle-nose pliers.. that are kinda "cupped" on the end. I've got a set, but hard to e-describe..

    ahh, just like the ones on the right..



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    I GOT THE HOSE ON MYSELF!! Neighbor has been a no-show.

    I cannot get the spring clamp on now ...

    From underneath I have a little wiggle room, but cannot get the clamp to ride up over the hump. Just how crucial is the upper clamp? I have the lower one in place.
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    When i put my v34 i had an issue with those spring type clamps leaking.... use one of those screw type clamps on it..... p.S you don't want to dirty your engine bay

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    Update:

    Job is nearly done. My neighbor finally showed with his tools much like in the photos. He had the clamp on correctly in less than 2 minutes. It really helps to be a true professional.

    I got tired of working on the project - the IC needs to be installed and then the break in for the turbo. Tomorrow ...

    Quote Originally Posted by 4cyturbowrx View Post
    When i put my v34 i had an issue with those spring type clamps leaking.... use one of those screw type clamps on it..... p.S you don't want to dirty your engine bay
    Oh I hope no leaks ...

    The return line does not appear to be under any real pressure otherwise it would have some more substantial clamps on it.

    Yes, me engine bay needs some cleaning now ...
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    Nice Job Bill,

    I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of the improvements to the TD04.
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    Finished up a little while ago by putting the heat shield back on. No leaks and all seems OK while driving it. Will be following the break in procedure outlined here so the boost will remain at minimum levels until later this week.

    Quote Originally Posted by devilfluff View Post
    I as unaware you were installing a dirty ***** in your WRX.

    Congrats.
    A Deadbolt Monster TD04 with all of the spool fast options - dirty enough for you? A Protune in the not too distant future will make it positively filthy.



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    Thought you were installing a VF34 not a DM TD04... Anyway, I've got the VF34 on and haven't had a single leak aside from the radiator blowing the bottom tank off. Don't ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 04.SPT.WRX View Post
    A Deadbolt Monster TD04 with all of the spool fast options - dirty enough for you? A Protune in the not too distant future will make it positively filthy.
    Nice.

    You'll have to let us know how you like SM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 03CrazyTaxi View Post
    Thought you were installing a VF34 not a DM TD04... Anyway, I've got the VF34 on and haven't had a single leak aside from the radiator blowing the bottom tank off. Don't ask.
    Nope, just want quicker spool and a bit more bottom end. This should do that nicely.

    Quote Originally Posted by devilfluff View Post
    Nice.

    You'll have to let us know how you like SM.
    Don't care what I run - not sure JR does either (already asked him). No nationals for me anyway. Not a single trophy last year or this so far. Post Protune might be different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devilfluff View Post
    Nice.

    You'll have to let us know how you like SM.
    Since it still is a TD04, I doubt anyone would really care much regionally. Nationally is a different story.
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