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Old 06-19-2012, 10:04 PM   #9
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I started installing the GT2871r today. The fit isn't as perfect as I thought, but it does fit. The turbine housing angle is a bit different than the IHI I built the manifold for and the result is a rather large gap between the block and the turbo. The new turbo is positioned up about 1" and out 1", putting the compressor housing almost against the coolant lines.
I did break one of the plastic coolant T's on removal so I'll be hitting Napa for another one. (PN 660-1593)

I'm still debating whether to dump the wastegate or pipe it back into the exhaust. I'll probably run it dumped at first.

I also broke off one of the nipples on the evaporator for probably the 4th time. I'm getting tired of gluing it back on.

- Remove old turbo
- Mock up new turbo and determine necessary modifications to piping

To do:
- Modify downpipe for 3" V-band
- Modify hot site pipe (eliminates a 90* bend)
- Modify ambient pipe
- Route coolant lines
- Mock up wastegate
- Weld in wastegate and route dump
- Datalog and tune

The gap. It's unnecessary but hey I'm not going to hack up my manifold if I don't have to.

IHI RHB52/16T hybrid vs. GT2871r

The new beast:

And one more for fun:
'06 forged, GT3082R turbocharged, meth-fed Focus. 12.43 @ 115
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