View Full Version : How do I remove an up-pipe?

29th July 2003, 12:42
And it is a complete b**tch of a job?

Car is an 02 STi Type UK, so no cat in the up-pipe which should make life easier.

The heatsheild on it has fractured at the turbo flange and the rattling is getting on my nerves http://bbs.22b.com/ubb/frown.gif


30th July 2003, 07:14
Take down pipe off, undo 5 studs at top of up pipe flange, 2 on downpipe side of turbo, 3 on inlet side of turbo.

remove 2 bolts at bottom of up pipe, after you have removed the shield around the drivers side header (4 bolts IIRC)

Loosen engine mounting bolt at turbo side (dont take off, just loosen to near end of thread), jack engine up at that side, slide up pipe out.


30th July 2003, 08:46
Thanks Steven, great stuff http://bbs.22b.com/ubb/smile.gif

I can do the down-pipe... the rest dosent sound to tricky.

My only concern is the engine mount. Is there a specific torque I should tighten it back up to?



30th July 2003, 09:16
Dont know, i am sure there is, but i just tighten mine up as tight as i can with a one foot ratchet.


30th July 2003, 15:33
Don't understand the engine mount thing - I was told when fitting Maxim headers (one piece header/up-pipe) that I'd need to do this. You don't with the Maxim - and definitely you don't need to to remove a 2 piece design.

Or is that just on LHD cars? http://bbs.22b.com/ubb/smile.gif


30th July 2003, 15:42
Getting out the OE pipe is the problem, it's really tight (it's got that nasty heatshield remember?) - but mine came out without lifting the engine (which is really easy to do anyway if you'd have to).


Jolly Green Monster 2
30th July 2003, 16:56
I get the impression there is confusiong between up pipe and headers.. looking at the other post of James also etc..


30th July 2003, 17:13
Nope, no confusion.
I am refering to the 12" item that goes from the headers to the turbo that on WRX's would contain a cat, but doesn't on STi's.

On my car the heat-sheild around the up-pipe should be attached to the turbo flange, but has broken away. A common fault on cars with aftermarket downpipes http://bbs.22b.com/ubb/mad.gif as there is no longer a lower turbo heat shield for the up-pipe heatshield to bolt to.


30th July 2003, 17:17
Also found these instructions for removing it...


All good stuff http://bbs.22b.com/ubb/smile.gif


Jolly Green Monster 2
30th July 2003, 17:57
Okay sorry..


30th July 2003, 22:30

Found the scoobymods thread all by yourself did you?

As I said in the SNet thread, I did mine when changing the turbo so just pulled it out upwards.


31st July 2003, 08:39
Chill Andrew,
I found it from your post on Scoobynet.
And as I said on that thread, thankyou.


31st July 2003, 09:52
I did sound a bit arsey last night didn't I, didn't mean to, should have been a bit more liberal with the http://bbs.22b.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://bbs.22b.com/ubb/smile.gif:;

Andrew...always chilled...

31st July 2003, 10:03
No worries mate http://www.pistonheads.com/include/images/cloud9.gif

I've decided in the end to take the car to xtremescoobies (http://www.xtremescoobies.co.uk) for the work as its the 1st time and im concerned about seized bolts etc etc.... They are local and offered a great price http://bbs.22b.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Still, this is great info for future reference!