Thought I would throw up some sequential pictures of the turbo setup I just finished and installed about a week ago. I used hf-mx5t's manifold as inspiration, because I wanted it to be a short tubular manifold with the same turbo mounting position as my previous manifold (low mount). I made a jig from the previous manifold to hold the two flanges in place so that I could work on the manifold without the car.
It is completely tig welded, and I used mcmaster carr steel 1 1/2 inch bends to make the manifold, some short radius, some long radius. I had the manifold ceramic coated afterward.
The downpipe and exhaust is full three inch all the way, steel also. Next setup will be all stainless.
I started by making the manifold out of toilet paper rolls to help me visualize the whole thing and see how it would go together.
Next I made the front and back halves separately, so I would only have to deal with the collector two pieces at a time.
Then I cut each half to fit them together, and welded the manifold up.
Then I sandblasted the whole thing and drilled the hole for the watesgate and welded the flange on. I bought the wastegate used, and i thought i should machine out a slot for the little protruding ring to fit into, can you guys see that? In hindsight i think that flange is supposed to be flat to push the ring up to seal. I had to put a gasket on the flange into the wastegate to make it seal.
Done picture, and one with air box and filter back on, my favorite.
Downpipe all tacked together ready for welding. I still need to put a flex tube into the wastegate part, anyone know where i can find a 1.5 inch flex tube? I couldn't find one from a place I trusted online.
Exhaust pieces, a picture of how close it was to make the 22 inch magnaflow fit, a final exhaust picture, and a v band weld. The muffler was completely worth the hassle of fitting it in there.
Overall, I love it, it spools way faster than my old log mani, internal wastegate, and 2.5 inch exhaust.