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So we moved to Texas about a year ago. The heat in Texas is outrageous and in turn made it so my original design just wouldn't work as it was way to close to the alternator which was causing rear bearings to fail. Finally we just got around to fabing up a new pipe. Here are some pics as we built it. Thought ya'll may be interested.










Let me know what ya'll think. BTW i didn't used to say ya'll until I moved to Texas. LOL
 

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WOW. talk about blunt.

The welds are solid they will last. Sorry you don't like the way they look. It's all stainless. They don't look like a roll of nickles by any means but they are solid.
 

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The breaker in the garage kept on popping so we couldn't do one solid bead either. Had to do a small one. Then start again and over and over. Thats probably why it doesn't look up to inis's standards.... Looks great to me though and I'm proud of it.
 

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There is def. something to say about opening your hood and saying I built that! rather than opening the hood and saying I payed for that. I guess the pics just don't do it justice. When you open the hood and see that pipe and the turbo it looks pretty mean.
 

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Sweet. Really like the wastegate bump out. Anymore pics of your boost setup?
 

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My engine is super dirty so don't judge to harshly. It's also been 20K Since I painted the piping so they are pretty dinged up from changing the BOV and bleeding my new clutch master. As you could imagine this piping makes it a pain to bleed the system.




 

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you are trying. wish i could weld. its a learning process.
Here is after 10 mins of practice, having never welded before ever. Not even touching a welder.

http://kctuners.org/forum/uploads/1238898920/gallery_2_78_270750.jpg

Thats 304 stainless

Heres about 20 mins of practice with aluminum.

http://kctuners.org/forum/uploads/1227157706/gallery_2_78_9043.jpg

http://kctuners.org/forum/uploads/1227157706/gallery_2_78_548019.jpg

This is on a miller tig machine, and my breaker is blowing to. I have a 50amp service to the garage, and need 85 or more.

Just saying. Not only do I bet those welds dont last...and eventaully crack, I bet they leak like crazy. The best weld can look fine, but if there isn't full penetration and weld is just sitting on top...it will leak.

If you ever get a tig machine or find someone with one..they can go over your welds and fix them pretty easily.
 

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This was done with a mig. A tig is much more controllable than a mig. The welds on my pipe went all the way through and are not going to crack. This is the third down pipe on my car. I have done some pretty crappy welds with $100 machines and they havent cracked. Not everyone is fortunate to have the equipment to make welds look that nice. I really don't appreciate you comparing your skills to mine and calling my work horrible... I can appreciate honesty but you are flat out being rude now.
 

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Here is after 10 mins of practice, having never welded before ever. Not even touching a welder.

http://kctuners.org/forum/uploads/1238898920/gallery_2_78_270750.jpg

Thats 304 stainless

Heres about 20 mins of practice with aluminum.

http://kctuners.org/forum/uploads/1227157706/gallery_2_78_9043.jpg

http://kctuners.org/forum/uploads/1227157706/gallery_2_78_548019.jpg

This is on a miller tig machine, and my breaker is blowing to. I have a 50amp service to the garage, and need 85 or more.

Just saying. Not only do I bet those welds dont last...and eventaully crack, I bet they leak like crazy. The best weld can look fine, but if there isn't full penetration and weld is just sitting on top...it will leak.

If you ever get a tig machine or find someone with one..they can go over your welds and fix them pretty easily.
Do you want a cookie? Ok so you have access to nice equipment is it necessary to knock others ability to fabricate.
 

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machine.

welds i do at home look like ass
welds i do at school look mint.

home i have a mig welder with no gas so i'm using flux core.
school has Lincoln electric and Hobart welders.

i would love a nice welder but they cost like 5 grand
 

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Here is after 10 mins of practice, having never welded before ever. Not even touching a welder.

http://kctuners.org/forum/uploads/1238898920/gallery_2_78_270750.jpg

Thats 304 stainless

Heres about 20 mins of practice with aluminum.

http://kctuners.org/forum/uploads/1227157706/gallery_2_78_9043.jpg

http://kctuners.org/forum/uploads/1227157706/gallery_2_78_548019.jpg

This is on a miller tig machine, and my breaker is blowing to. I have a 50amp service to the garage, and need 85 or more.

Just saying. Not only do I bet those welds dont last...and eventaully crack, I bet they leak like crazy. The best weld can look fine, but if there isn't full penetration and weld is just sitting on top...it will leak.

If you ever get a tig machine or find someone with one..they can go over your welds and fix them pretty easily.
Who gives a crap , so you can weld , I can weld better then you can does that make your welds crap NO

I give the guy credit for welding and doing it him self and as long as he has penetration they will be fine cut the guy some slack

Tom
 

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I simply stated the welds look like crap and wont hold over time. Then everyone got all defensive for him and said you have to learn sometime. I simply posted pics of me learning. Huge difference. I'm not knocking him, but from experience in person,and some watching online (alot of manifolds, some even yours tom!) those welds wont hold. They have to leak like crazy. But hey its not my car, if he's good with what he has..then so be it. To each and there own.

And the remark about him having good penetration, I see about half the welds with good penetration, and other half not. The half thats not is the same half thats going to crack, leak and whatever else. Splatter is a sure sign of no penetration...flux or not.

I hope it works out for you, but in the end...I see you redoing this later on. Good luck with your build.
 

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I don't post much here or anywhere for that matter. I'm one that goes by trial and error. If i'm desperate for help then i'll ask someone but if I think I can do it i'll just try. After the post from Inis I felt so put down that I nearly deleted the post and stopped posting on FF.

Maybe he is like Bones. Rude but doesn't realize it.
 

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Interesting setup. What made you run the piping that way?

I spy a F2 manifold? Been to the dyno for some numbers?

I like the design on the downpipe though; lots of flow for the internal wastegate.
 

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You spy correct! Thats the only thing on the car that is F2. I was at the end of my budget and realized that due to the mount on the wastegate i couldn't clock the turbo the way my old turbo was ran. Lucky enough the shop I was working through to get parts just happened to have a silvia intake flange that I was able to use so i routed it on top. I haven't been to a dyno since Tom's tune so I'm not sure what i'm at. I can only guess off the numbers everyone has. With the crap tune from the shop that about killed my car i was at 220/235TQ at 7 PSI
 
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