i managed to get the intake to fit under the hood with the stock radiator. cutting the upper core support and cutting the fan mounts off the top of the radiator made it fit just low enough.
made the intake out of aluminized and pie cuts bc its what i had laying around. the coupler is blue bc i had it in my attic and didnt have to buy it. i plan to get a black one soon enough
i welded some 8an fittings on the valve cover and drilled out all the passages in the cover to get the engine breathing a little better
until now i just had a small filter stuck on the iac. i got to thinking about it and wasnt confident that it would be holding boost back or becoming a boost leak at wot. so i redid that and now its pulling from the charge piping.
the hood pins are nice but man they are nerve wrecking to install lol
i have all the fittings and flanges ready to install the hx35 now i just have to find time since i have to cut the manifold, dp, and run the water lines
i have been running the cheap ebay journal bearing gt3582r knock off for a couple weeks. i actually surprised with the spool up and im no longer worried about the hx spooling to slow. the gt35 will hit 12psi by 3700 in 2nd but only at wot. the small turbo would spool at part throttle so thats disappointing. the gt will only spool if you push it hard. the small turbo was fun around town with out pushing but not the gt35. how ever merging onto the interstate the gt will absolutely fly. im hoping the hx will be in between