Originally Posted by WhiteNA6
Anything that's a pain in the *** that I should replace now instead of having it on and taking out later?
Well, the clutch obviously. That is the biggest pain in the ***. And +1 on Ben's suggestion for an ACT Stage 1. After you replace that, drive the car for a while without the turbo in to make sure it's right. While you're in there, replace the engine rear main seal, and both the front and rear seals on the tranny. Cheap insurance. Also, rebuild the clutch slave cylinder while it's off. They fail regularly, and it's easy to do at this point. Buy a rebuild kit at NAPA- they're cheap and good quality.
Take all the nuts and bolts that came with the Greddy kit down to Ace Hardware and buy Class 10.9 replacements for them. Not stainless, Class 10.9. They're strong, hard, and resistant to corrosion. The stock hardware is garbage that will corrode, seize, break, etc.
Go to your FLAPS and buy a jar of copper anti-seize compound. Apply it liberally to ever fastener that you install.
Also, call FM and buy four of these washers
to attach the turbo to the manifold. Ignore the instructions and install the turbo on the manifold first, before installing the manifold onto the head. Those bolts are a thousand times easier to install with the manifold out of the car. Also, there is no gasket here. Don't freak out about it.
The BEGi downpipe is a good thing to do now if you don't mind spending the extra money for it.
Buy a set of NGK BKR7E spark plugs.
Go ahead and do all the regular maintenance items that have probably been neglected. Fuel filter, maybe the timing belt, etc.