As usual, my projects get out of control.
My fab materials have all arrived and I have almost completed all of the piping. I decided to keep my tomei EL headers and modifiy them instead of building a set from scratch this go around. I cut the clumsy 3 bolt up pipe flange off and welded on a 2.25" v-band instead. Makes assembly a ton easier. I then made my up-pipe out of 2" sch10 304L with a cnc'd t4 turbo flange. It turned out great! Very happy with how the large turbo sits.
I then went to work on the down pipe. I ended making in shorter than normal because I decided to add a 12" removable v-banded Vibrant resonator to tune the exhaust note a bit. The ease of install and removal with everything being v-banded is really quite the time saver!!! I then slightly modified my aluminum exhaust slightly to fit with the new piping. I bought an aluminum v-band flange that I tossed on the lathe to machine out an inner lip so it would seat nicely with the male lip of the resonator.
Now I just have to build my new unique intake setup and things should sing quite nicely. This is where things are getting carried away even more than normal. I will list it in point form so that I don't ramble on forever. I also welded a 4" aluminum v-band flange to the compressor cover inlet and a 90 degree elbow to the outlet.
Here is a neat comparison of new vs old.
-doing abs delete and brake line tuck
-shaving engine bay
-possibly paint interior shell
-fabricate new coolant overflow and washer fluid
-tuck bay in general
-hood exit ewg (the way the ewg is mounted, it is easily spun around and it can be run under the car if I want)
-and a million other miscellaneous things
-powder coat swaybars, brake calipers, coil springs, turbo
-ceramic coat turbine housing, up-pipe, down-pipe, dump tube
Also while I was removing my calipers I was lucky enough to tear the threads out of 4 holes and snap a bolt off in the 5th. That's a project for later haha.
I also bought a new steering wheel and am just waiting on my new hub to arrive for install. I will see if I can modify it to integrate my cruise control.
Its going to be a very busy winter.