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    What makes you so certain it's not just burning off? I'll believe you if you tell me, but just about EVERY exhaust part is going to burn off some smoke for a few minutes after install. If there's no oil anywhere to be found prior to the cylinders (i.e., TMIC, intake manifold, throttle body) then it has to be something in the cylinders or after it. Rogan advised you pull your spark plugs and take a look's easier to do than dropping the whole intake manifold and will probably give you the same information. If they're bone dry I would basically move straight to the turbo. Check to make sure there isn't oil leaking from one of the banjo bolts...they're the brass colored bolts that screw into the center section of the turbo and have a hard oil feed/return line attached to them. They connect to the heads for their oil supply.

    If you remove the downpipe, where do you find oil? In the downpipe itself? Is it coming out of the turbine housing past the fan blades? A picture of the affected area taken in good light would help as far as having an idea of what's going on.

    If you went from a stock exhaust system to a fully catless system, you're definitely going to notice more smoke and stuff at startup...nature of the beast. If you had a pre-existing turbo problem, it would be WAY more obvious now that you don't have 2 stock catalyzers in the way soaking up the oil smoke that comes from the exhaust. I would probably double check all those things and if you still can't pinpoint a problem, make sure everything is assembled properly and take it for a 5 minute test drive. Keep an eye on your oil levels, if you're burning oil you don't want to inadvertently run out. For what it's worth, even if your turbo totally dies and seizes, so long as you don't run the motor out of oil or drive aggressively once this happens, it's unlikely you will blow your engine up. It is not unheard of for a stock turbo to get messed up and blow a seal. If you don't need the car right away and just want the peace of mind, you could uninstall the turbo and send it to Deadbolt for a full rebuild. . While they have the turbo, they could do a port/polish/ceramic coating that would net some good gains in spool up/topend.

    All the best.
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lafayette LA.
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not sure. Maybe 260 I guess
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spt intake,spt catback,Cobb AP stage 1
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mom Nero pedals/momo nero shift nob
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endure tech coilovers,Cobb sway bars front and back/ boost,oil,egt gauges/catless DP(Cobb)/17"x8" wheels???
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Very simple,don't need much. Love cars,kids,money,fiancé. I'm trying to learn as much about subies as I can. I was a former 7mgte owner.
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