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    Up/Pipe Install.. DIY or Pay?

    Speedwerkz in Edwardsville, PA said they could install my up/pipe for $130.00 which seems like a really good deal. I'm also pretty handy and don't mind getting my hands dirty. Should I install my up/pipe myself or let a shop do it?

    I keep hearing about how much of a ***** it is to do the up/pipe so I'm wondering if it might be better to just let speedwerkz do it. I'm just worried that they will say around $130.00 and after it's done tell me $250.00.

    If I DIY it anyone in the area willing to give me a hand? I'm in Wilkes Barre, Pa. I have access to a garage and air tools put your basic hand tools. I have ramps and stands also.

    One last thing. I picked up a ERZ up/pipe but I keep heading don't use the gaskets that come with it. What gaskets should I use and where is the best place to buy them?
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    from what i hear its not that hard and its always great to learn a lil more about your car. there are alot of tutorials on a few of these impreza forums

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    DIY, I was thinking about haveing someone do mine too. Did it myself last weekend, was done in about 4 1/2 hours (including stg2 reflash) with no leaks, and no fitiment issues.
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    DIY, its a good learning experience. However if you don't have all the right tools it can be a real bear. The only good thing about having a pro do the install is if there is a leak you can go back and yell at them.

    I used OEM gaskets with some copper gasket sealer spray. Don't reuse your old gaskets.
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    Yeah I think I might DIY it. It will give me some kind of idea as to what is what in case I do the turbo swap myself also.
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    Im currently running a stage 2 with lowering springs, control arms, and front and rear sway bars. I've done everything myself BUT the up pipe. My friend works for Honda and he did it for $75 bucks and was done within an hour. Thats the ONLY thing I didn't want anything to deal with, but if you have the time and patience, go for it. Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith04WRX
    Im currently running a stage 2 with lowering springs, control arms, and front and rear sway bars. I've done everything myself BUT the up pipe. My friend works for Honda and he did it for $75 bucks and was done within an hour. Thats the ONLY thing I didn't want anything to deal with, but if you have the time and patience, go for it. Good Luck!

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    Yeah I just found a good writeup for it but man it looks like a pain.. I'm just hoping half way thru my friend isn't kicking my azz for not spending the $130.00 to get it done.
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    That's the tutorial I used. Also, there's a guide for tightening order of the bolts to prevent leaks I'll see if I can find it.

    Make sure you have all the tools!

    EDIT: Here's the Vishnu uppipe instructions, which include step-by-step tightening instructions: http://www.xmtp.net/cgi-bin/piki/VishnuUppipeDirections
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    Quote Originally Posted by 04blkWRX
    That's the tutorial I used. Also, there's a guide for tightening order of the bolts to prevent leaks I'll see if I can find it.

    Make sure you have all the tools!

    EDIT: Here's the Vishnu uppipe instructions, which include step-by-step tightening instructions: http://www.xmtp.net/cgi-bin/piki/VishnuUppipeDirections
    Sweet.. Thanks 04blkWRX..

    Now my only question is about the gaskets.. The ERZ up/pipe came with them (copper looks like) but I'm not sure if I should use them or buy new ones. And if I buy news ones which ones should I get?
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