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    I know this is not right!

    So here is what it looks like under my hood can I get some 02WRX pic responses of whClick image for larger version. 

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    I don't understand your question. Are you wondering what engine parts are modified?

    If so, here's what I see:
    *Aftermarket turbo inlet (the stock ones commonly crack, could have been replaced due to age)
    *Aftermarket BPV/BOV
    *Hose to boost gauge, I'm guessing
    *Amplifier battery cable
    *Missing washer fluid bottle cap
    *Missing cover over boost control solenoid
    *Judging from the markings on the turbo and the factory heat shield, I'm guessing it still has the stock TD-04 turbo.
    *DIY intercooler intake. Does it have an STI hoodscoop?
    *Aftermarket grill
    *Not sure what the cooler thing is below the grill. Oil cooler, maybe? Never seen a cylindrical one on a car though.
    *Tow hook cover missing
    *Damage to driver's side fog light housing
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    trying to figure out what it looks like stock with everything in the right place so I can undo the weird crap going on

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    I bought it like this and the rally shop pointed out a few things but I want her to be put together proper

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    Google images, people here's photos and albums.
    Start a stock Bugeye picture thread, may be hard to find.
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    The stock bypass valve is not visible in its normal location.

    In this picture, you see the lines coming from the turbo to the white T, then straight across to the wastegate actuator. The one coming off perpendicular should be going to the stock bypass valve. It is probably going to a manual boost controller instead, or possibly another boost controller. Your runaway boost is associated with that or a leak in these lines. Follow the one from the T and post what you find. Also, you should be able to feel the restrictor pill in the line from the turbo to the T.


    Also, while you are trying to figure it out, you can just run a line straight across from the turbo to the actuator and that will put you at a safe ~8psi max for now. Just take the T and the two lines that run straight through it out and replace it all with one longer line from the turbo to the actuator. Don't throw out the T or the restrictor pill if it is there as you will need them to fix it right.
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    .....umm no restrictor pill found

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    So where does the line going left from the white T go? That is the important question.
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    one end goes to the actuator one to this little beat up looking sensor and the last from the turbo itself it looks like

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    Yes - post a pic of the beat up sensor thing.
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    Dude, if you just get back in to your thread I was about to figure out how to fix your car.
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    sorry been busy prepping a move over to the coast

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    Ah, sorry - I just hate when we get half way through and then someone just leaves and never comes back.


    So, that "sensor" is a stock boost control solenoid, not a manual boost controller, so that is good (it just isn't in the normal location anymore). Did you just replace the lines with the blue ones? Just to point out as I am not familiar with those, they have to be the stock inner diameter for this to work well ultimately. Has that made any improvement though? The last thing there is to make sure the correct size stock restrictor pill is put back in the correct line. However that is not bringing your boost up - it would actually be low without it once you get this all fixed.

    Now grab the arm of the wastegate actuator with pliers - can you pull it open against the spring at all (pull the arm away from the actuator)? If someone adjusted it too tight you may need to remove the turbo heat shield and back it off a fair bit. If it is frozen or bound up you may need to replace it or free it. If it doesn't open when it should that is the ultimate direct cause of runaway boost.

    Most unlikely is the boost control solenoid because they usually stick closed which causes boost to go down. If it is stuck open it would be a problem.

    If/when all of the above is sorted pretty much the only option remaining is a really bad tune but we can fix that with an off the shelf stage 1 map, a laptop, and a cable.
    Last edited by mycologist; 09-30-2014 at 03:43 PM.
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    the lines are replacements old ones were tore up it definitely improved performance and throttle response but didn't help the issue the actuator arm when I pull it has very little play and is hard to move but gives a little unsure of wether it has been tuned

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