If you mount the turbo on the up pipe without the studs, it's much easier to install the turbo without damage to the inlet hose. The bolts are the same ones that hold the up pipe bracket to the block.
Oh, I also went with a stock inlet hose.
199,000 May 12 new ej257 short block, Aug 11 installed VF52 turbo, @20.8psi, 280whp, 300ftlbs. CHECK your oil, these cars use it.
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