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Old 11-01-2015, 03:43 PM   #1
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Hey guys,
I'm learning how to weld while I'm at college and I've been dreaming about fabbing up a sweet low-mount unequal length header that's shifted forward a bit for downpipe flow (and that sweet exhaust note). I took a look under the hood and it's pretty tight between the steering shaft, firewall and coolant tube. Does anyone move the coolant pipe on the front/right of the block to get extra room for the turbo? I'm about to go practice TIG but I can take a pic of what I mean in a bit.

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Begi makes a piece that faces inlet to the water pump forward instead of backwards. I will try to snap a picture of it a bit later today. Should be pretty easy to copy.
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Yeah the begi coolant neck goes out between the power steering pump/ ac compressor and block.. Then it goes down close to the sway bar where it uses metal tube because of the tight fit.

Pics when I get home.
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Weld the hole. Flip it around and tap the other end for turbo coolant return.

there are a few more pictures in my build thread.

Put a T in the lower rad hose and send the heater outlet back to it.

If you can weld its free.
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Thanks guys. I couldn't find the front tube on Begi's site, only that slick reroute spacer for the rear. I wonder what he does with the heater core return.

I can't really tell where your heater return hose is in your pic either, aidandj. It's pretty busy down there.

Here's a shot down the side of the engine, really shows how cramped it is in there


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Do some more searching. I have a lot of pictures of it in my build thread. Curly did it too.

Here is a video of how I ran mine.

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Thanks, found it.
Here's my header design if you were wondering. I'll see if I can draw it in CAD
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Looks unnecessarily complicated. I prefer the short runner low-mounts. Good spool, good flow.
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Aidandj's pics. Tell me why I should do this beyond removing the heater core return line, which I don't see as totally necessary unless there's no heater core in use.





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I did it to fit my turbo. And just make things easier down there.

hi_im_sean did a much ballerer version.
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You still have a heater core? If so, where does the return dump back into the system?
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You still have a heater core? If so, where does the return dump back into the system?
Look at my video again. It goes into a T in the lower rad hose.
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OK thanks. Will look at it for a first time haha

Edit: Obv after watching, thanks!
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I have begi neck and it reroutes the water from the heater core into the upper radiator hose.

I am unsure but have been told it's a semi effective reroute option especially with stock vvt head gasket.
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Neck is hard to see.
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^dont do that.
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^dont do that.
Why? It's the way the car came with 1.6 from begi.
Seems to work fine and my research on here seemed to indicate it was fine.
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Another option.

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Why? It's the way the car came with 1.6 from begi.
Seems to work fine and my research on here seemed to indicate it was fine.
It ***** with the car warming up. There is a reason the coolant that bypasses the thermostat goes straight to the motor.
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It ***** with the car warming up. There is a reason the coolant that bypasses the thermostat goes straight to the motor.
OK thanks. In texas where it rarely gets below freezing when I drive the car it is not a problem but I appreciate the feedback.
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