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  1. I'm being a jerk? 😂😂😂 Why the hell would I donate to a forum full of people telling me the my mechanic is wrong and that I should have just gone to an "expert" in the first place when I went to an expert after the fact and they pretty much just confirmed that they would have just done everything that we've already done. You're all a bunch of absolute flogs, I'll be removing this post as soon as I can get back to my computer, don't think I'll be ever posting on this forum again either. Thanks for nothing all
  2. And go where? To a professional tuner that deals fairly exclusively in performance forwards? Someone like...say...NizPro?...Oh, wait. I was in the room when they were having the conversation, the bloke at nizpro pretty much admitted that they would do exactly the same testing that my mechanic has already done, the only benefit they would have is that they have a dyno machine and he doesn't, but what use is a dyno machine if the car isn't running properly in the first place? Everybody that's saying that I would have been better off going to a specialist in the first place has absolutely no idea what they're talking about sorry.
  3. Nope, not yet, we found that removing the boost solenoid and then scanning the car with a snap-on scanner for some reason fixes the issue, but the fix is only ever temporary. At least now we have one more symptom to work with.
  4. UPDATE: For the people that still actually care lol WE FINALLY MADE BOOST! The breakthrough came when disconnecting the boost control solenoid, scanning the car with a scanner for errors with a snap-on scanner and then re-connecting the boost controller, however, because nothing in this story has ever been easy, the fix worked for about 5 minutes and then we were back to square one. The hypothesis is now that the car's computer is engaging some kind of safety feature that is preventing the car from achieving maximum boost, removing the boost solenoid and scanning the car for errors appears to have reset something in the computer, but as I said above, it was short-lived. Now that we know how to fix the issue, obviously we now have to find out why. And before someone pipes up and says that it's clearly an ECU problem, the ECU was scanned by Ford themselves and they couldn't find anything wrong with it, the boost solenoid itself has also been checked and it's operating as it should. Following this somewhat of a breakthrough my mechanic rang the bloke's at NizPro in Melbourne, after a conversation that lasted about 45 minutes the consensus was that NizPro had absolutely no idea what the issue was and the only thing they could recommend was to try things that we have already tried, they also ruled out any possibility that a tune would fix the issue as it's been described, so all of those people have been saying that I should have just taken it to a professional tuner in Melbourne are wrong, and they're not my words, they're the words of NizPro in Bayswater who are, you guessed it, professional tuners that deal specifically in performance Fords. Over the next week, we're going to be going over some of the things we've already tried and see if we've missed anything but at this point where almost in the exact same boat we were 8 weeks ago, but at least now we know what it's not. I also feel like I probably need to address some of the comments that have been left after my last update. Firstly I'll address the claim that 'a professional tuner like NizPro would have had it diagnosed within an hour': As I said above, we actually contacted Nizpro and they essentially said that they would conduct pretty much the exact same style of testing that my mechanic has conducted, they also went on to say that they had never in the entire history of the time they have been doing Ford Performance tuning have ever heard of a problem this extensive, they went on to admit that taking the car all the way down to Bayswater so that they could personally look over it would probably be a waste of time considering they would only perform the same checks we have already performed, and this is coming from a professional car tuner that more than a few people on this thread have recommended. To the accusation that the mechanic 'caused the problem and they don't know how to fix it', very simply I will say this, everything was working perfectly fine before the turbo side induction kit was fitted, nothing else on the vehicle aside from the piping leading in and out of the turbo and the kit I supplied was touched, and it was actually my mechanic who originally alerted me that the car now had an issue, so I'm not entirely sure what he would have been able to do to cause this issue, especially considering that I have not paid him a single cent in labour or parts to this point and I have been guaranteed that when the bill does eventually come it's not going to reflect the work that has actually been done on the vehicle. To the photo comment left from Arronm, the turbo has been completely taken off, thoroughly checked inside and out to the point where the core has actually been removed and there were no issues, in fact, it was described to me that the shaft play in the turbo was so negligible that I will probably get at least another 100,000 km out of the current turbo, this is a car that has done over 200,000 km.
  5. Disagree, I will also add to the fact that not all of us have the luxury of living in a big city where your nearest tuner is 15 or 20 minutes down the road, to take mine to an expert in Melbourne is an entire day off work, not to mention the fuel to get down there and then obviously whatever they charge, and while you say that they would have it diagnosed within the hour, some of the so-called experts on this thread have put forward their recommendations of what they think the issue is, of which we have then gone and tried, and surprise surprise, it hasn't been that. Thanks for your input but I think I'm going to take the opinion of somebody that's actually qualified over somebody on a message board thanks.
  6. I can completely understand why people would assume that, but I have to disagree, he is probably one of the more qualified mechanics in central Victoria, the bloke build his own engines for the race cars he races at tournaments like Springnats, Summernats, he also apparently does a fair bit of sprint car competition, and that's just him, he also hires three mechanics and between them all there is almost 300 years worth of mechanical experience, they're calling this one of the most frustrating jobs they have ever had to do in their entire careers, everything that the problem should be, it isn't, everything that it conceivably could be has been double checked and triple checked, they are being extremely thorough...
  7. To be absolutely honest, if I had a crystal ball and I could foresee that I was going to have these issues prior to buying the turbo side induction kit, I would have never done it in a million years. Credit to Antz performance though, they have been more than willing to help whenever I send them a message and they have never ducked the issue, they of course did get a little bit defensive when I asked them what their refund policy was going to be if I returned the car to stock and it turned out there was an issue with their product, but I don't think anybody seriously thought that returning the car to stock would actually change anything. Graham, mine mechanic, has actually been really good about it, he doesn't know how much all of this is going to cost when we do eventually figure out what the issue is going to be, but he has said that he would be willing to put the final figure on a payment plan, that's how much it's probably going to wind up being, that's partly why we're trying to avoid sending the turbocharger away to the professionals in Melbourne, because obviously I haven't paid a cent for any of this work yet and they're obviously going to want to be paid for whatever they do, which is completely understandable, but going on what Graham charges, the bill is estimated to currently be somewhere around the $5,000 mark, which at this point it would have probably just been cheaper to buy a brand new Turbo straight from the get-go. I'm going to ring him on Friday and see how his experiment bolting the turbo straight to the engine goes, but we both agree that if that doesn't work and we don't get the answers we want we're going to have to send it away to get checked before we talk about buying a new Turbo or even a second-hand turbo just for the meantime.
  8. UPDATE: so it's been a while since I last posted an update on here, and that is because unfortunately not much has really been happening, it's still at the mechanics and they unfortunately still don't know what's going on with it. Last time I updated you all myself and the mechanic were talking about sending the turbo away to a professional performance tuner in Melbourne who fairly well exclusively deals with Barra tuning, since then the entire turbo setup has been taken off the engine and thoroughly checked, just to absolutely make sure that it wasn't wastegate issue we actually bolted another wastegate to the turbo and put it back on, made absolutely no difference whatsoever. My mechanic says that the next step over the next week will be too plum the turbo directly onto the engine itself, no intercooler or anything like that, and see if it actually makes boost, at this point we're both trying absolutely everything we conceivably can before we admit defeat and send it off to the specialist, but at this time it's looking like the most likely cause is going to somehow be the turbocharger unit itself, which as we all agree absolutely defies logic because there was no issue with that turbo before the turbo side induction kit was installed. Current on hoist time is sitting at around 60 hours worth of labour, it's now been roughly 4 being roughly 4 and a half weeks. I will continue updating this thread and till we do get a definite answer, but at this point it's still the process of elimination, the only problem with that is there is only one more component to be eliminated and nobody believes that that's actually the problem.
  9. Pretty much straight after we figured out that it wasn't a boost leak and then subsequently that it wasn't the waste gate, pretty much from there we figured that it was going to be something we would have to liaise with experts in Melbourne about. My mechanic is on fairly good terms with the owner of Herrads in Thomastown, apparently 95% of his work is done on FG XR6 turbo's, tuning etc, apparently he has heard of this issue but it is extremely uncommon, so we're going to take the turbo off and if we can't find any issue with it we're going to send it off to him.
  10. Update: Returning it to stock it absolutely nothing! So yesterday my mechanic finally got around to and doing everything he did in relation to the turbo site induction and battery relocation kit, return the car to the exact condition it was in before the induction modifications were done, as some of you guessed, it did absolutely nothing. Unfortunately we are now in the predicament that we have tested absolutely everything it could possibly be, both logically and illogicality, and unfortunately there is only one component on the entire car left that has not been tested, and that is the turbocharger itself. The issue with all of this of course is the fact that there was no problem before the induction modifications were done, and now apparently it's a problem that's here to stay. The turbo will be taken off the car in the next coming days and inspected, but as I have previously said there is no logical way this could have happened and there's absolutely no explanation that anybody can come up with to explain how or why this has happened.
  11. To be honest, at this point we're just throwing it at the wall and seeing what sticks. I mean, he has checked absolutely every conceivable thing it possibly, is logically could be. The manufacturer has never heard of this problem in all of the years they have been distributing this product, apparently, my bloke called Ford and spoke to one of their technicians and they don't know what it could be outside of what we have already checked. He's going to return it to stock and see how that goes on Monday, but he's 99.9999% sure it's going to do absolutely nothing, in which case it would infer that it is an internal turbo issue, which it can't be because it was working perfectly fine before the conversion. It's honestly been one hell of a headI <3 Bananas for absolutely all involved. The other avenue that we're exploring is that it could possibly be overboost, but considering that the boost has never been moved from stock and the car has never been modified. The only reason he's saying it possibly needs a tune is because ever since the kit was put in it's slowly developed a bit of a rough idle, and my fuel usage has absolutely skyrocketed, I was getting 12/100, the computer is now saying that's more like 17/100 and my driving style hasn't changed at all. But the ECU has been checked and nothing has changed, a cylinder compression test was conducted to make sure it's not a bottom end issue and all of my cylinders are as they should be. It's one hell of a headI <3 Bananas mate.
  12. Update: it's NOT the wastegate! During my last update I told you all that the ECU and the wastegate were going to be checked next, both were checked and both came back clean, the wastegate is operating as it should. So just to catch everyone up: every single inch of intercooler and turbo piping has been checked, the ECU and the wastegate has been checked, the catalytic converter has been checked, the battery and the ground wire has been checked and the intercooler itself has been checked, all of the above have been ruled out as the cause. The next step is that my mechanic is now going to talk to a tuner in Melbourne and see if there is any possibility whatsoever that it could just possibly need a tune, this is despite the fact that it has never had a tune before, and according to Antz Performance, the addition of that it doesn't require a tune at all. My mechanic is also ruled out that there could be any internal problem with the turbo itself, this is based on the fact that the turbo was running perfectly fine before the addition of the kit, and now for whatever reason isn't. Both Antz Performance and my mechanics have said that they have never in their entire lives ever seen this issue, and all of the regular things that they would do to fix this issue doesn't apply in this situation. It's definitely confusing stuff and we're no closer to an answer.
  13. As I said in my original update last night, they checked the ECU last night, that came back clean, they also checked the catalytic converter just to make sure that there was an an excess build up, that was fine, and today they're checking the wastegate to make sure that that's operating as it should.
  14. In regards to it needing to be tuned after the turbo side conversion was done, I have asked both the mechanic that conducted the work and Antz Performance themselves and both are in agreement that because it has never had a performance tune before, theoretically with just the addition of a turbo side induction kit, it shouldn't need one now, on top of that, Antz Performance says that they have never in the entire time they have been producing this kit, have never had anybody complain of this issue, regardless of whether their car has been 100% stock like mine is, or whether it has been extensively modified, so it needing a tune is really a moot point. In regards to Skidz recommendation that it's a leak that is emanating "right near the turbo", every single hose and every single pipe that is leading into and out of that turbocharging unit has been inspected, taken off and then refitted, there is NO leak, three different mechanics have now confirmed that. In regards to having a "sh*tty factory intercooler restricting the flow", I completely agree, but once again according to both the manufacturer and the mechanic the did the installation, these kits are designed to work with factory parts,they were designed assuming that the person installing them had done absolutely no modifications to the vehicle whatsoever. I will, however, be looking at a bigger intercooler in the coming months, but at this point I don't really have the funds to be able to justify buying anything more than one of those eBay jobbys for $600, and because I live in country Victoria and there isn't a Dyno tuner within my immediate vicinity, I would have to go to Melbourne to get it tuned, that's an entire tank of petrol and that's an entire day off work, on top of the $600 for the unit and however much it would cost to install it.
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