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Old 10-10-2018, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by x_25 View Post
I buy almost all my couplers from speed daddy on ebay. Almost all the cheap couplers are going to come from the same few chinese factories.

Aluminum pipe is aluminum pipe if you are going to be cutting it.
Good call man, I ended up going with ebay for the silicone and siliconeintakes.com for the piping. Knocked about $50 the total vs if I had gone with all siliconeintakes stuff. Now I just have to suffer through waiting on ebay shipping....
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:41 PM
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hohohoho some of you are gonna love this.

I am waiting on my charge pipes and decided to mount the turbo. I hooked all the water lines up and the oil feed, but the drain was a bitch to get over the fitting I have. I spent like 20 minutes laying under the car just wiggling the hose on. After double checking all the connections I decided to start the car up and check for leaks. First though, I stuck the crossover tube and MAF/filter/snorkel back on upside down so I can have filtered air. It looks ridiculous but if its stupid and it works it's not stupid right? well too bad my **** doesnt work. After about 1 minute of idling i notice a little smoke coming off the turbo. I turned the car off and noticed a small leak at the oil feed inlet port on the top of the turbo (yes, I clocked it so the drain is straight down). I wasn't quite sure if that was what was burning so I wiped it away and cranked the fittings down. Then, I tried again with the same results (the leak lessened but the turbo smoked just as much).

My thoughts at this point are I have some sort of restriction. I think the most likely culprit is the drain line; I really had to smash it up against a thick coolant hose and I wouldn't be surprised if the small bend of about 10 degrees is enough to back the oil up. Tomorrow I will try flipping the drain fitting around to possibly give me a better, less kinky angle. If that doesn't fix it, I'll have to replace/move the coolant line.

I guess another possibility would be my coolant lines? The kraken kit came with banjo bolts but no copper washers so I bought some of those and cranked the bolts down pretty tight. would it be possible for the coolant to be sealed off resulting in a too-hot turbo? now that I'm typing this out it doesn't make much sense since I only ran the ran for a minute or two. the turbo did get hot enough too smoke nearly instantly though.

Alright go ahead and **** talk me but include some tips if youre going to bother with a reply
One big worry in the back of my mind is aluminum shavings from my drill/tap job getting into the turbo somehow. I used plenty of grease and replaced the oil afterwards but man that was a lot of ******* metal in my pan.
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:29 AM
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Are you sure it isn't just crap and finger oils and such burning off? Mine made some smoke on first idle and stopped after a bit.
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On a new install the turbo and downpipe can smoke for up to 30 minutes to burn off the crap and residue, nothing to worry about.

or you actually see oil sipping from the oil line fitting?
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Double check the fittings you are using. Did you get your oil feed line from Kraken? I don't know what they supply, but for the turbo you bought on the product page it specifically says:
  • This turbo requires a 3an feed line. A 4an feed line will NOT work.
As for the aluminum shavings, did you at least attempt to flush it? If you're that concerned about the aluminum shavings, you have bigger things to worry about then the shavings "getting into the turbo"

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Old 10-12-2018, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by HmoobDude View Post
Double check the fittings you are using. Did you get your oil feed line from Kraken? I don't know what they supply, but for the turbo you bought on the product page it specifically says:
  • This turbo requires a 3an feed line. A 4an feed line will NOT work.
As for the aluminum shavings, did you at least attempt to flush it? If you're that concerned about the aluminum shavings, you have bigger things to worry about then the shavings "getting into the turbo"
I'm using the -3 fitting.
I haven't flushed it, I wanted to circulate the oil and allow the filter to pick up some and I will just be changing the oil and filter this weekend.

In terms of the smoking issue: I re-ran the drain line around the other side of the radiator hose it was impeded by. The turbo itself no longer emits smoke but the tailpipe shot a few clouds out. It is likely that the original smoke I saw was indeed just chinese juices burning off. Either way, I ordered
this hose this hose
on the recommendation of a redditor on /r/miata in the hopes that I can replace the 2 rubber hoses and metal bracketed hose entirely in order to completely free up the space under the turbo.
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