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Old 07-23-2010, 07:26 PM   #21
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Was the pipe bent from one straight piece? What is the process for you to get that done, or do you know someone with a mandrel bender?
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:49 PM   #22
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I bought a universal fmic kit and cut/welded to get what I want.

got tired of waiting on my dads TIG, so we rigged up a MIG to weld aluminum. Turned out ok. Not the prettiest welds but they're strong, and after sand/paint no one will even see them.
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Started cleaning and sanding down the ic piping to paint them black and cut my thumb almost to the bone...
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In for gore pics.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:25 AM   #25
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downpipe done
fmic pipes sanded and sprayed
should have the car started and running by thursday

only bad part is my exhaust won't be ready for about a week, so I'll have to rock stock exhaust til then. I guess It gives me time to dial in the new injectors and maybe throw together a decent idle/cruise map.
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:43 PM   #26
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Pics pics pics..............
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Old 07-27-2010, 04:57 PM   #27
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Yeah my fail phone died on me for the 1000th time so I didn't get any. Will get some today
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What day are we on?
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:16 PM   #29
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so far 2 days worth of work, about 5-6 hours per day.
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Tell me about the conversion for mig and aluminum. Did you just get a spool of aluminum, some argon then dial it in? Or, did you also change rollers in the machine? I have heard that it is best to change rollers to square groove, from the v-groove used for mild steel.

In for some pics of the welds.
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:10 PM   #31
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To be honest I don't know the specifics. My dad completely re-tweaked our weldpack to be able to weld both at will since its at home and the TIG is at work.

The little info I know is: the rollers were changed. He tweaked the wiring and I THINK changed polarity. I think its a tri-mix and not just argon but could be wrong. You won't see welds cause I sanded them and painted the piping. They are OK but not beautiful like TIG welds. A little clean up and they're fine.

I'm no welder but I'm learning. Slowly. He let me do most of the welding on the previous setup and I think I've gotten a bit better on this one. Less bird doo doo to grind off and cleaner welds = better
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:52 AM   #32
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muffler, bend and resonator I'll be using (actually I'll be using 2 resonators)


quick shots of intercooler piping and downpipe





fmic finally on the car and bolted up. piping hooked up too, except for 1 coupler.



more updates tomorrow
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Hell yeah man, **** looks good. keep up the good work!
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wow that IC piping is sexy, I'm gonna try and use that on my 00, coldside pictars?
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What paint did you ewes on the downpipe?
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I'll get more pics of coldside later, but its the regular "traditional" routing everyone does, except instead of a coupler its welded together so its 1 piece. You can kinda see it in pics.

On the dp I used 2000 degree VHT header paint.
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oh ok cool, one more question, I'm trying to keep my ac, iirc didn't you relocate your drier? How did you do that? I've been searching but can't find it.
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sooooo close

only a few things to take care of like hook up the oil feed and clean up a little wires, etc. tomorrow and it should be ready to fire up.









More updates soon
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Excellent. The new setup looks fantastic.

Couple of questions though:

1. What is the downpipe diameter? I see that is steps up.

2. Turbo looks mega pimp, how/what did you use to paint it black?

3. Well, I don't have anything else to ask...um, E.T.A. on start up???
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Expecting to start it today.
downpipe is a 2.5" tapering to 3"
coated with VHT 2000 degree
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