So I decided to start my turbo install this morning around 10 am. Got my tools all set, and got going. Pulled everything off to get to the turbo, no problem. I got this. Oil feed line, no problem. VGT sensor connector, piece of cake. UGH, the dreaded clamps on the pipes. Down pipe, loosen 'er up little pry, starts to move. Some choice words, little more prying..boom, done!. Okay, pedestal bolts, got the front 2 out, little search and found that last little sucker, outta there. Then the trouble, the clamp on the uppipe called a few people for some advice, called my sister to tell her to buy me an 11 mm ratcheting wrench and bring it to my house...she did. Okay, got the clamp loose, sucker don't want to budge. At this point my shoulder pretty much gave out. So cussing and ranting and raving I "quit". I went in the house to cool down and when I get back outside my girlfriend had come home from work, and with my sister there I find the 2 of them working on it
they ended up getting the clamp off, we lifted the turbo out after a little work, and got the new one in. After a few tries and a couple phone calls IT LINED UP!!. Down pipe clamp, a little wrestling and it goes on. The up pipe clamp, we worked on it for nearly 2 hours, lost 2 bolts (used spares from my old turbo boot clamps) and at 4:30 I finally called it quits. Sun went down, it was getting cold and I was standing around while my sister and girlfriend worked on the truck. At the very least I owe them dinner.
So if you've read the tale of woe above, is there a trick to getting the up pipe clamp on?