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Were you able to get the turbo to fit without it hitting the back of the engine where the trans connects? The up pipe was moved to the right (via the flex section) maybe 1/2 inch because the turbo wouldn't fit any other way. That's why I slotted the bracket to allow the adjustment.
It was a tight fit there and with the TGV housing during the original install:
If anyone's wondering, the intake tube is APS; there aren't many choices in the Subaru aftermarket. It does fit but just barely (see first pic in this thread).
And of course I was pretty disappointed in how the coating looks after only a year and 1k miles of use. That really wasn't worth doing at all. I've had rattle can paint stand up much better on DSM exhaust manifolds.
There's a "bump" in the aluminum that prevents the P&L oil adapter from being rotated further clockwise. I've been told this isn't present on all 2.5 blocks. If it can be knocked down with a grinder it may make the turbo's oil & water connections a lot easier. That area is really crowded, although it'll be a bit easier with the engine out.
That's all the input I've got for now. I can't wait to see the next installment of my "Extreme Car Makeover"