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  1. Started up the car for the first time today and she ran!! Stupid me forgot to tighten the oil feed line on the engine block and made a huge mess,lol. Other than that I have two leaky fuel injectors and still need to extend the o2 sensors wires and replace the timing belt again. There is a small tear and must have gotten hit during install.
  2. Hey guys. I'm very familiar with the phase one and phase two s40s and currently in the process of building up a holset powered s40. The car is a 2003 USA edition volvo s40 with the automatic tranny that comes with the td04hl-12t. The car has a manual 5speed swap in the future but would like to get it running smooth before I spend the cash on the m56 swap. I got a few parts together so far, here's what I have; phase one motor swap(stronger sleeves and better engine all round for more horsepower )Holset hy35 turbo, tial 38mm external wastegate with screamer pipe, 3" high flow cat, stainless oil feed lines,egt gauge,wideband gauge. I followed mitchyboy01 testing on the holset with the stock map and was impressed. I originally was going for a td05-big 16g but after coming across a almost brand new hy35 for half the money I'm going for it! For those who don't know the hy35 has a 9cm turbine housing and expect spool to be in the mid/high 3,000rpm range. I'm a welder and metal fabricator by trade so most of this will be done all custom and hoping you guys can help out a fellow volvo nut,lol. Right now I'm on the exhaust manifold and external wastegate fabrication phase. Can anyone shine any light on where to start here? Here are my thoughts.... First I would still use the stock exhaust manifold and I would make an adaptor to bolt on the external wastegate. Like this---> I'm going to run a low boost 7psi spring to get things dialed in with tuning. As far as engine management goes thats going to be the last thing I buy at the moment. Appears VEMS is a popular choice but would really like some first hand experience at this point in my build. I didn't go nearly as far with modding my old s40 I had last year. She had around 210whp with the stock 12t, and a few bolt ons. Never ran it at the track but gave wrx's and mustangs a run for their money,lol.
  3. Car is 95% complete. Really wanting to do a wire tuck when time permits and a rear battery kit to open up the engine bay.
  4. Exhaust is complete. Went at a different approach, decided to paint it black to protect it from the salt during the winter. I also adapted a 3" stainless pipe to the stock muffler for now. Down the road I'll be gutting it out and straight piping inside the stock muffler it to give it the stock(sleeper look) and approved state inspection look to it.
  5. Just curious, why not get a td05 turbine with a 16g or bigger compressor wheel? You'd have great airflow to keep up with high rpm.
  6. Welcome coldstart. I come from the jap crowd too. I use to own a 1990 eagle talon tsi fwd 5spd and a 1990 eclipse gsx awd 5speed. You have a great platform to work with. What kind of driving is this car going to be put through and what are your goals; 1/2 mile, 1/4 mile, track use, horsepower? Like Gregs T5R mentioned, good idea to get those rods done to avoid the bent rods on boost spike with an approach of tuning the car with a bigger turbo.
  7. Supra needs some traction,daammn,
  8. Damnnn. My 2nd gear doesn't come anywhere near 100mph,lol.
  9. Intake plumbing is all set pretty much. I just need to get some rubber gromments for the lines that connect into the intake tube. Soooo close to being done, wont be sleeping to much tonight knowing she'll be running most likely tomorrow!!!!!
  10. Full 3" stainless steel exhaust and aluminum intercooler piping kit came in the mail finally. Running a full 3" turbo back exhaust with a 3" 180 degree aluminum pipe on the cold side and 2.25 on the hot side. Using the left over intercooler plumbing for the intake tube routing to the maf sensor.
  11. Milled out a hole in the manifold today. I'll be welding on the pipe and flange this weekend.
  12. Update on the car btw everyone. Got my oil pressure line figured out. Was kinda tricky because of the standard and metro combo. Looked online for a few days with no luck. I called up a hydraulics company and got a fitting made up for a very fair price and at my door in two days!
  13. Damn, that's a wide tire on a s40,lol. Did you have to cut anything out along the way? I'm going to be building around the hy35 turbo and a 235 tire would be right in line with my build setup.
  14. Awesome info! Thanks
  15. Nice ride man! What are your tire and rim specs? As far as power goes I won't be pushing it hard at the moment. Limited with my auto transmission but long term want to swap the m56 in.
  17. Manifold is the next hurtle. All is left is attaching the flange I made to the header and wastegate set-up.
  18. Made a little more head way. Flushed out a my old 500mile radiator, tranny cooler and intercooler in gasoline and got it installed along with hooking up the coolant system . All is left is fabbing up the exhaust manifold, external dump, making the intake tube from the MAF to the turbo, hooking up the oil feed line and return line, custom downpipe and weld a wideband bung on exhaust, custom 2.75" axle back exhaust with modified stock muffler. It will live again!
  19. Have you done a leak down test and compression test?
  20. If your still looking for that water/meth kit find what your tuner feels comfortable with. You definitely don't want any hiccups on a water/meth kit on a stock internal motor if you didn't know already, your motor may very well bend a rod and blow the motor. I want to run one myself as soon as I reach over 250bhp on my '03 s40 to make the investment worthwhile. Do you have a wideband o2 sensor or datalogger of some kind to track your air/fuel ratio?
  21. Hey guys. I got the motor in with some very light clearances, literally rubbing both sides on the way in,lol. Here's a link on the install. Fabrication process - Turbo needs reclocking as the oil drain plug is way off alignment and the compressor housing as well.
  22. I can hear crickets chirping....... I'm from the united states, wish I could help ya man. Best of luck.
  23. Motor is finally out!
  24. Hey everyone, happy new year. I'm ready to pull the motor on my 2003 s40 but those t50 converter bolts are fighting me biiig time. I spent over an hour trying to get one off without damaging it but I can't get any good bite on the head. Is there a specific type of t50 I need? I'm going to try and take another stab at it tomorrow after letting it soak in pb blaster overnight. Any tricks or suggestions getting those off? All I need is the converter bolts off and the motor will come out at this point.
  25. Got the bolts out!