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Took me 8.5 hrs...i consider myself a novice mechanic..had 2200 mi at install

heres how i think is the easiest way

unplug EGT connector under solenoid cover

jack up the car..front right side only

remove front right tire and fenderwall access panel

remove rt exhaust manifold cover (i left the o2 sensor in so the cover was hanging), turbo heatshield and intercooler

LIBERALLY apply bolt loosener to all bolts that need to come out

let it penetrate for say, oh, two beers

remove all bolts from the exhaust hanger (about in the middle) and the downpipe to turbo and let the downpipe down and out of the way

remove the bottom and top bolts to up pipe

remove turbo bracket bolts and pull out the turbo

NOTE: the turbo coolant line needs to be plugged/pinched off or youll lose all your coolant like i did!

pull out the uppipe and the egt probe

put in new up pipe

MOST IMPORTANT...new gaskets and do the BOTTOM up pipe bolts first, and make damn sure theyre tight

put turbo back in place and line up the up pipe and down pipe with it before tightening bolts (i left the turbo heat shield off because theres a bracket welded to stock up pipe that it screws to)

tighten it all down and then the downpipe to exhaust

double check every bolt and torque to specs

reconnect all hoses and intercooler

plug in EGT connection, put ex mani cover back on and youre done!

NOTES

THE RIGHT SIDE BOTTOM BOLT ON THE UPPIPE IS THE TOUGHEST TO GET AT IF YOU DONT TAKE OUT THE O2 SENSOR...I USED A CLOSED END WRENCH TO HOLD THE BACK NUT AND GOT AT THE FRONT NUT WITH A DEEP SOCKET AND EXTENSION FROM THE FRONT OF THE CAR

THREE OF FIVE OF THE TOP UPPIPE WERE FROZEN...IF YOUVE GOT MORE THAN 2000 MILES YOURE GONNA NEED A LOT OF PENETRANT...LET IT SIT FOR A WHILE

USE A SIX POINT SOCKET....STRIP ANY BOLT AND YOUR SCREWED!

DRIVING OBSERVATIONS:

Spools quicker, revs smoother, seems like she wants to rev higher

I SAY IF YOU HAVENT DONE THIS YET...DO IT...ITS WORTH THE SKINNED KNUCKLES
 

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i think it was $200 (plus gaskets...forgot how much they were)

as for quality vs the competition, i have no idea....havent seen any others

its mandrel bent and very smooth, with a solid EGT bung

i think that as long as the pipe is smooth internally it doesnt matter which brand you choose...the main point is the get the restrictive cat out of the turbos way

i have no problem recommending the Godspeed uppipe...dan knows what hes doing
 

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i know a friend who got vishnu's- he's happy w/ it. i'm partial to dan, though. i've had his uppie for about 1500mi. no problem. in the words of 1984- "dan knows what hes doing".

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do aftermarket uppipes need expantion joints like the factory one? mrt uppipe has one. :confused:
 

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Plat,
(I know this is off subject but...) you say you're running 13.8's in the 1/4. That's an old time right? That's not since your more recent upgrades. Just wondering what you're times are now with all the goodies added in.
-Jim
 

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beast,

Yes 13.8 is an old time. I'm going to the track tomorrow. I'll let you guys know how I do.

-Jim
Cool, thanks. I was hoping all that work you did didn't just get you .2 seconds off in the 1/4. Good luck tomorrow.
-Jim
 

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a point to getting the stuck fasteners:

if you can drive the car and get the exhaust hot before you spray down all of the fasteners with liquid wrench or something, then the heat will help to draw the penetrant into the threads, and will also help in getting those stuck phukers off.

be careful, it will be hot in there. 8^)

--r
 

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Wonder why god didnt include a flex hose in it, has it ever cracked? Im thinking about getting the one with the 321 stainless steel instead of the 304.
 

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Does anyone know what the stock uppipe uses for steal? Is it 304?
 

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I just received my Godspeed uppipe and Endless brake pads over the w/e. The uppipe is an automotive work of art. All of the welds are perfect and the pipe is much lighter than I thought it was going to be. I'm actually looking forward to the installation now, although I'll be doing the front brakes first.

The main thing with uppipe is weld quality. You can use the best steel and cut everything perfectly, but the welds are the source of failure in almost every welded steel pipe breakage.

-Jim
 

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hey 1984, thanks for the detailed instructions! this gives me confidence that i can do the up pipe install myself. i was going to get someone to do it for me because it required me to do thingx that i was incapable of doing. i was just wondering, but do you have to jack up the engine or did you just get under it and take the up pipe off? thanks in advance!

Peter
 

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There are two ways to remove the uppipe.

One is to remove the turbo and take it out from the top. (What s/he did)

The other is to jack up the engine so it can be removed through the bottom. (What I did)

Jacking up the engine is no big deal, you loosen one nut, grab a block of wood, put it under the oil pan and jack it up a little. *shrug*
 

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