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This is a discussion on I suck at turbo inlet pipe installs within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I installed a Samco turbo inlet pipe today along with the Process West TMIC and splitter. It seems I damaged ...

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    Angry I suck at turbo inlet pipe installs

    I installed a Samco turbo inlet pipe today along with the Process West TMIC and splitter. It seems I damaged a fuel line during the removal of the OEM and / or the install of the Samco. As soon as I started the WRX the unwelcome surprise aroma of gasoline filled the air. Sure enough there was a puddle of gas below the inlet pipe.

    I noticed nothing during the process indicating a problem with the fuel line(s). I'm assuming I damaged a section of the rubber lines as shown in this image from Scoobymods.

    I'll have a look tomorrow as I am totally spent physically (and mentally). At least I will be familiar with the removal process. I sincerely hope the intake manifold does not need to come off.

    Anyone have any insight / experience with a similar fuel line issue?

    Oh, don't miss the prequel: "I suck at turbo swaps".

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    I've read about people doing this or knocking on the TGVs and messing stuff up during inlet install. You're definitely not alone. And yes, it was probably a rubber part.

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    My neighbor is a professional auto technician. He said he will have a look at it tomorrow. I didn't look directly at the lines today - are they accessible without removing the manifold?

    It does not look good, eh?

    The image above shows the line screws facing downward. I'm thinking the hoses could be cut away ... I don't know.
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    That sucks... I did a air pump delete last weekend and have the worst time getting the inlet hose on the turbo with the ic.... arrgh if you search for easiest was to get the intercooler back on you'll see the way I did it... (sorry on my phone at work and can't post a link)... good luck
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    * Update *

    I nicked a steel line with the hacksaw blade while cutting out the OEM inlet.
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    Fixed

    This was way easier than replacing a section of rubber hose. I'm thinking this will last a while. I'm likely installing bigger injectors and pump before the weather gets too cold - the lines can be replaced then.
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    looks good a word of warning though those type of connections tend to still leak.... but if you car feels great then it's probably not. I know what I had to do with my car is use a brass fitting. Just get one that fits and tighten it down on both ends... it will work a lot better than rubber hosing and will be more air tight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Findus11 View Post
    looks good a word of warning though those type of connections tend to still leak.... but if you car feels great then it's probably not. I know what I had to do with my car is use a brass fitting. Just get one that fits and tighten it down on both ends... it will work a lot better than rubber hosing and will be more air tight.
    My neighbor seems to think should hold up for a while.
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    Have you tried using jp weld on it?
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    i just put a catless up and dp on my 04 and my inlet ended up ripping while i was trying to put it back on, so installed the perrin turbo inlet and aftamaf went smooth other than breaking the purge control selenoid which is now bypassed until i get one from the dealer on tues and having to figure out the perrin crazy vacuum line hook up. good luck it seems we need alot while modding...
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    Looks like you nicked it a few times, glad you got it fixed up

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    Glad you didn't have to take off the manifold! I'm really not looking forward to doing this - probably just sell it if I can get the turbo replaced without ripping it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy96gase View Post
    Looks like you nicked it a few times, glad you got it fixed up
    Yeah ... I wasn't thinking, just sawing.

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    Glad you didn't have to take off the manifold! I'm really not looking forward to doing this - probably just sell it if I can get the turbo replaced without ripping it.
    Both swaps were less than pleasant. I did learn from both; when doing a turbo swap be aware of and nice to the TGV sensor and there are really important things below the inlet hose.

    The TGV sensor seems to have fixed itself as I the CELs it was generating have seemingly gone away.

    Yesterday I jacked the front end up about 4 inches for easier access. Should have done that Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch View Post

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    I would think it would hold up fine. If not I have several sets of oem fuel rails laying around somewhere in the garage. I can get ya a replacement .
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