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    Looking for a DIY for a turbo swap!

    Hello everyone my name is Nate and I have 03 Subaru impreza wrx and I am looking for DIY instructions on how to swap out the turbo. Any sites or strategies will help thanks allot. If it matters I am just looking for a stock to stcok swap.
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    I can give you a simple play by play.

    1: Remove intercooler
    2: remove turbo heatshield
    3: remove downpipe
    4: remove uppipe nuts from turbo (there are only 3, don't waste your time removing the up-pipe mounts.
    5: clamp off coolant feed and return lines so you don't spew coolant everywhere.
    6: disconnect turbo oil banjo fitting, and just bend oil line away from turbo
    7: disconnect vacuum connections
    8: disconnect turbo inlet pipe at the turbo side
    9: remove turbo.

    To install, do the opposite in reverse. It's honestly not very difficult.

    The biggest thing to look for.. the turbo's oil drain needs to fit into the pipe that sits below the turbo. The clamp doesn't get touched. It's designed to slide on and off with a little pressure
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    Thank you very much Kevin. I want to have my turbo's guts re-built how can I tell what stock turbo I have so I can go ahead and order the parts. If it helps I have a 02 Subaru Impreza wrx any ways to tell so I can get the right set of guts that would be great. Once again that you for all your help!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate Hurd View Post
    Thank you very much Kevin. I want to have my turbo's guts re-built how can I tell what stock turbo I have so I can go ahead and order the parts. If it helps I have a 02 Subaru Impreza wrx with a VIN of **** any ways to tell so I can get the right set of guts that would be great. Once again that you for all your help!!
    There are rebuild kits available for Mitsubishi turbochargers, if that helps. Also, I would remove your VIN number from your post... no reason why we'd need to know.
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    Thank you Zach for the info I thought that the VIN might help determine what turbo I have. I understand that it is probably a Mitsubishi turbo but is there any way to tell what one it is due to I want to go ahead and order the parts so it minimize the time that the turbo has to be out of the vehicle. I was reading another post on clubwrx and I saw it might be a 13T? is that right for a stock 02 turbo?
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    it's a Mitsubishi TD04-13T
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    Thank you both. Hope you both have a nice holiday.

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    One key thing that wasn't mentioned is you should make sure you hit all of the nuts and bolts with penetrating oil prior to starting.
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    ^^ Specifically the up pipe and downpipe bolts. The others you don't need it
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