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If I change my turbo to the IHI VF52 from the TD04, how much would that be in labor? I have to get my tranny rebuilt anyway...so i was kind of thinking if it's not too much more in labor to just go ahead and do the turbo while I'm at it.
 

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Not sure how much it will cost in your area. You will need a tune though and depending on your model year some supporting mods. Do your homework before jumping to a new turbo.
 

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The VF52 is bolt-on. Since Subaru didn't change the engine at all there doesn't need to be any other mods as far as the turbo goes. I read a better fuel pump is recommended, but not required, that the only requirement is an ECU tune. I'm just looking for a ballpark. The turbo itself is $1100. Pretty cheap new.
 

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Since I changed my turbo in 3 hours, $600 seems high.

That said..

A turbo upgrade is worthless without a downpipe. I would also think you would need a new intercooler as well. And, like others have said, you need a tune.
 

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This car is really bumming me out. So I'd have to spend another $800 for a newer tmic, probably another $1,000 for a new exhaust, another $500 for a protune, $1,000 in labor to do the intercooler and exhaust, $2500 to rebuild the tranny, so for the low price of $5800 I can have a car that's at least as fast as the 2009 WRX? lol.

I'm wondering if it wouldn't make more sense to fix the tranny and trade the car for a 2009 WRX. Mine's still worth around $15,000 for trade.
 

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This car is really bumming me out. So I'd have to spend another $800 for a newer tmic, probably another $1,000 for a new exhaust, another $500 for a protune, $1,000 in labor to do the intercooler and exhaust, $2500 to rebuild the tranny, so for the low price of $5800 I can have a car that's at least as fast as the 2009 WRX? lol.
Unfortunately, that's what it amounts to. Subaru can build a car more economically than you can. Just as it's cheaper to buy an STI than to buy a WRX and upgrade it to STI specs. If it was cost effective, Subaru would never sell an STI. Only you can say if it's worth it to trade your car in. If it's economically viable, I would do that over trying to make your car something it's not. Just my opinion
 

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Since I changed my turbo in 3 hours, $600 seems high.
Multiple shops quoted me between 4-7 hours of labor. Depending on labor rate $600 is right where it sits. Granted thats on a bugeye but its not much different
 

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Unfortunately, that's what it amounts to. Subaru can build a car more economically than you can. Just as it's cheaper to buy an STI than to buy a WRX and upgrade it to STI specs. If it was cost effective, Subaru would never sell an STI. Only you can say if it's worth it to trade your car in. If it's economically viable, I would do that over trying to make your car something it's not. Just my opinion
I have kind of high miles on the car so it probably makes more sense to trade it in for something else. I'm still on the fence if I want another WRX, though. I like my car, there are days when I love it, but there are days when I hate it, too, like every winter when it snows more than 8 inches, or when I need to put something large in my car. Those days I wish I had at the bare minimum a Jeep, or, more preferably, something like an F-150 FX4. If I had the cash and could have any vehicle under $50,000 I'd probably go for a Ford Raptor. I'd have WRX speed, with rugged off-road capability like an F-150 has.
 

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The VF52 is a direct swap onto the 2008 WRX, so the fueling/cooling components are fine. However you should get it tuned to make sure that it's behaving properly.

But if you are going to do that, you may as well just go Stage 2 while you are at it with a TBE or downpipe.

Why don't you just do the work yourself? Swapping these components (transmission work aside) isn't really that hard. Just grab a case of beer, buy lunch, and have some friends help. Sounds to me like you'd save a couple grand in labor costs.
 

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The VF52 is a direct swap onto the 2008 WRX, so the fueling/cooling components are fine. However you should get it tuned to make sure that it's behaving properly.

But if you are going to do that, you may as well just go Stage 2 while you are at it with a TBE or downpipe.

Why don't you just do the work yourself? Swapping these components (transmission work aside) isn't really that hard. Just grab a case of beer, buy lunch, and have some friends help. Sounds to me like you'd save a couple grand in labor costs.
It's my only car, and while some of the stuff like the exhaust looks simple enough, if something goes wrong, I don't have a backup car. PLUS, the one friend I have who is allegedly a mechanic screwed up my brakes the one time I asked him for help.
 

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Man If u was in my area I would do it for 100 bucks and a six pack. Turbos are easy , just do it your self and save the money for a down pipe or a Cobb AP


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I would be very weary with who I let swap my turbo. Having done it myself its pretty obvious there are a lot of things that can go wrong with a simple mistake and I don't trust the vast majority of shops to do it right. The cheapest shop in Colorado I would trust charges $85 an hour but they also want 6 hours of labor for a turbo. Never would I trust a 4X4 shop to do a turbo. Axles, absolutely but very few people other than myself touch my motor
 

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My reasoning for only going with seasoned pros with these cars is the fact that another shop may tentatively quote you 4 hours. But when they start trying to get the inlet to mate up without bending or the oil return line on properly or the intercooler back on it can be a big pain and then all of a sudden they want 6 hours of labor
 

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A local Subie specialist with slightly above-average pricing charges $200 for a turbo swap. So it kinda depends on where you live and how competitive the market is in that area.
 
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