Originally Posted by drumjunky91
Hey bud, you can definitely pull the turbo without removing the pedestal. there are two bolts that fasten the turbo to the pedestal but you will still need the two o-rings that sit between the turbo and the pedestal. As for you up-pipe problem i'm not sure what you're saying by the turbo manifold. if you mean the y-pipe then yes it has to come off. By the way i definitely recommond the IH up-pipe kit from riff-raff diesel. their kit includes all the hardware and the o-rings and a turbo o-ring kit can be added as well. Good luck to ya cause those up-pipes aren't too fun to do!
So i figured instead of waiting for responses yesterday, I should just get under that hood and start pulling things apart. After all, the best way to learn is trial and error. So ya, as it turns out you can pull the turbo without removing the pedestal. So i pulled the turbo manifold (some call it a damn spyder) and the associated intercooler pipes, the intake, all of the BS wiring harnesses, and with a few F-bombs here and there the thing came off.
I'd say the biggest pain in the @ss was getting that damn clamp off between the Y-pipe and the exhaust inlet of the turbo! The thing was practically welded on.
I know it sucks but I didn't replace my up pipes while I had that beast torn apart. I know those donut gaskets are completely worn because I have a minor exhaust leak where the up-pipes meet the y-pipe. I'll have to save it for another day when my wallet fills back up. By then ill be a pro at taking that damn turbo out. I am not looking forward to that day.
I bet everyone's wondering why I pulled my turbo in the first place. It's all because of that damn riffraff Fuel Rail Crossover (FRx). I've got another thread goin in the 7.3 performance parts forum. Look for my update there.
-Thanks for the help guys