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Old 30th April 2019, 10:31 PM   #121 (permalink)
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This looks great, I'm liking all the porting work. Are you matching the ports to the gaskets to get the most area or just opening them up a bit?
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Old 2nd May 2019, 02:43 AM   #122 (permalink)
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I’ve done it so the head matches, or is bigger than the gasket.(on the inlet side) I’m not going to match the rest as such but open out the intake sides so that the intake air always steps up into a larger hole and doesn’t hit a restrictive step.
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Old 14th May 2019, 05:17 PM   #123 (permalink)
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Iíve not got much done in the last couple of weeks but itís looking good. Hopefully il get time to put the cams in soon and il build the cam belt etc with my shiny HKS pullies.
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Old 29th May 2019, 06:48 PM   #124 (permalink)
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It’s all built up and ready to be put in. I’m hopefully looking at late next week and then to put the turbos and inlet on in my own time so I can make any improvements as I go. .0EAE6183-38B0-4D48-8309-F0D87A3F1B7E.jpeg
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Old 29th May 2019, 09:04 PM   #125 (permalink)
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Looks great! Coming together allot faster than mine. Look forward to seeing it back in your car.
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Old 29th May 2019, 09:33 PM   #126 (permalink)
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Me too!
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Old 15th June 2019, 10:53 PM   #127 (permalink)
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Engine all in, and alive!!!
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I've run it and done 50 miles so far, keeping the revs under 5k.
I'm not planning on getting it mapped until next year. I'm just going to enjoy driving it for now and let the funds creep back up again.
What an amazing thing to drive! Honestly I missed it and I didn't realise how much until I drove it again. Maybe I can take it to Silverstone classic.
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Old 16th June 2019, 08:41 PM   #130 (permalink)
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That looks awesome! Well done! Do the new parts make a big difference do you think?

Oh, how did you tighten the back turbo to manifold nuts? The front two are easy, but I'm worried the back two aren't tight enough on the front turbo. I haven't fitted the rear yet. I've ordered an open ended flexible ratchet set, it wasn't cheap but meant to be great at getting into tight spaces! Fingers crossed...
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Old 16th June 2019, 09:04 PM   #131 (permalink)
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Thanks!, yes it definitely feels smoother with a little more drivable torque but the tea really difficult to say. All I know is it wants to go!!
Rear turbo to manifold bolts... there is only one which is awkward, which is the rear most one closest to the engine. Go online and buy a couple of cheap spanners that you can cut short and bend in a vice. That’s probably the best advise I can offer!! I’ve made a few different spanners.
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Aww man, I can't wait to get mine together, so jealous! Lol

Yes, I have a bent 13mm which I used a bit, the Tomei manifolds are a bit bigger than standard, it has made getting the rear nuts down a real PITA. Maybe I should have bought some cheap 13's and bent / ground them down first... I may take the front turbo off and grind the studs a bit more, they shouldn't catch now (already taken them down) but I don't want to risk a leak after everything is bolted in!

Enjoy the car, you've certainly earned it!
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I think it deserves one picture of it all together including strut brace etc. (Still warm after some running in mileage)
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Excellent job mate
Now you can enjoy the fruits of your labour. Have fun!
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Old 19th June 2019, 10:17 AM   #135 (permalink)
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Aww man, I can't wait to get mine together, so jealous! Lol

Yes, I have a bent 13mm which I used a bit, the Tomei manifolds are a bit bigger than standard, it has made getting the rear nuts down a real PITA. Maybe I should have bought some cheap 13's and bent / ground them down first... I may take the front turbo off and grind the studs a bit more, they shouldn't catch now (already taken them down) but I don't want to risk a leak after everything is bolted in!

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They should be 12mm mate. The standard ones are. If you find some 12mm nuts with the correct thread it may make it easier. Iím talking 1mm so still will be a PITA but it could help. If you cut the studs down then make sure you donít cut them shorter than the width of the nut to get maximum amount of surface area on the thread.
I know you know this already but it may benefit anybody else reading too.
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Old 19th June 2019, 03:52 PM   #136 (permalink)
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I had a couple of nuts missing on the back of the old turbo elbows, I've nicked a couple of the old ones from the top of the turbo / manifold - I've realised like an idiot, I've put the 12mm on the front of the front turbo, and used 13mm that I had from work on the back. What a dummy... Had they have been the other way around it probably wouldn't have been a problem!

I'm not happy with how much I've taken off the studs anyway, so I'm going to remove the turbo (again) and grind them down more. I was a little on the cautious side when i did them the first time, but I know I can take more off. I have also ordered new, M8 x 1.25 12mm JIS standard nuts! I'm replacing the whole lot, ordered 2 sets of cheap spanners from ebay (8-22mm) for £22. New lambda sensors from Conceptua, an OEM radiator from Dave at GTR shop as the scoop won't fit with the Japspeed, proper lambda sensor socket and a few other bits.

Getting fed up with not having the proper tools for things I want to do, and I don't want to be taking the car apart again because of a gasket leak or hose weeping, etc. I'll be getting the covers off soon and dropping bits off for vapour blasting and zinc coating. Means things will take a bit longer, but I have a lot I want to do so I may as well crack on while the car is off the road anyway.

Thanks for the info btw, these things seem obvious with hindsight! Never done anything like this so I can't be too mad with myself for mistakes like that
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It’s all about having the right tools. You’re saving money by not paying for labour, so why not put it into building up a tool kit!
I sprayed this on my manifold to turbo gaskets too.
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I sprayed this on my manifold to turbo gaskets too.
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Yes this is what I've been thinking, it would have been quicker to get someone to do it for me, but it isn't really a project then and I wouldn't have got my R1 turbos either, so pros and cons! I'll have a look at that gasket stuff, cheers! I'll be waiting for other bits to arrive anyway so may as well get that ordered too.
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Any time mate. I’ve had a manifold to turbo gasket blow before a few years ago so anything that helps has got to be a bonus.
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I may have put a picture up of mine, it was more C shaped than an O, that'll be the odd noise then! I'll get some more pics up soon, I've been having a play with getting some of the new stuff test fitted to make sure it all goes together.
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