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Old 09-17-2010, 04:09 PM
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X Wheel install w/pic or 2

Alright guys, ive got to say, the people over at XDP are great! When i origionally ordered my x wheel, it was pu on back order, they contacted and told me, so then the refunded the extra $7 that i put forth for 3 day shipping, AND i got a t shirt! Still took only 8 days from the night i made my order until the day it came! Even on backorder! great people!



It came with 3 full pages of instructions, i only used them to get socket sizes and such! My main resource was the .ORG and Taylor King(thanks bud!)

Im not going to tell y'all how to do it step by step, but its pretty cut and dry!

I DID NOT:

remove my intercooler pipes
remove my wastegate
remove my HOUSING(yea you heard me)
or my down pipe

I did:

remove my intake and what i guess was my mass air just to get it out of the way!

Those 8mm bolts arent that tough to get out, the bottom 2 are boogers though! I recommend some PB blaster or some wd40, helps. They top/front 3 bolts come out with ease, the bottom bolt thats more toward the front of the truck......i put the socket on there and slapped on a universal joint and just popped my powerdrill on low, worked like a charm! BUT, the bottom rear bolt gave me a fit. I did end up running to the parts store (Oriellys) and picking up a ratcheting 8mm wrench, my set only went down to a 10mm. BARELY had room for my hand to reach back there behind the turbo and put some leverage into it, but i managed.

This is the hardest bolt to get, used 8mm ratchet wrench


I didnt want to risk loosing the little clip that help the wasegate on, so i left the housing on, halfway! I stuck a wrench between the housing and the manifold and took my impact with the deep well socket, bumped it a few times, 3 to be exact, and it came off. So then i lifted the housing away a little more, slid the OLD wheel out and replaced it with the new X WHEEL and just reversed the whole process from there. Getting the wheel to snug down versus getting the old one off took a little bit of effort.



Started the truck and pressed the skinny pedal a bit and i can deffinatly tell it whitsles a "little" louder ha ill post back when i finally drive it(my honda is way cheaper on gas so its my DD)

Here are a few DO's and MAKE SURE's:
make sure you dont loose any bolts, your stupid and SOL if you do, dont take you gold valve cover bolt out and try to get that last 8mm out, it will leak oil everywhere, dont stand on your grill while trying to reach the turbo, and make sure you get the 2 black ruber seals back in place and make sure they are still in good shape.

Coming soon...........video of the whistle'n racket i got going on now
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Old 09-17-2010, 05:27 PM
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just for future reference or anyone needing instalation tips, heres where the 5 bolts to get the housing off are located
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Ahhh, finally had the chance to make a midnight Mcdonalds run and opted to take the truck very impressed!
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Wierd, I got my wicked wheel from them a few weeks ago and there were no instructions.
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yup easy nice upgrade. pulled my turbo when we did mine and did orings n such.
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once i get the egt gauge in my truck really planning on doing this. i think itll help the 4" straightpipe whistle a little more.
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Wierd, I got my wicked wheel from them a few weeks ago and there were no instructions.
mine had about 3 pages! all folded up in that tiny box ha

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once i get the egt gauge in my truck really planning on doing this. i think itll help the 4" straightpipe whistle a little more.
yea it does whistle a GOOD bit more
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so after having it installed for a few days what benefits have you noticed?
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Tha only benefit is the lack of turbo surge, it did cure mine.
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yes, cured what little bit of surge i did have

the whistle is very nice havent towed with it yet but it will probably be annoying for long periods of time ha

i still need to get a video of how she sounds now, ive got a before, just need the after.
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