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Well, that wasn't rocket science after all....lol
I simply removed the actuator and examined it well along with rubber hose and it's connections, all seemed ok, but the body of actuator is rusted well. Rod was almost perfect, like new for some strange reason? I pulled on it to see what sort of pressure was required to move it, and it was a good amount considering. I was thinking that the rod had an opening similar to the clutch actuator and dirt and debris would gum it up but no, it has a nice rubber seal to stop any of that. Next was to inspect the turbo, no free-play at all, which was very surprising. I was expecting it to be wobbly considering the life it had before me. Two younger people owned it and from what I saw of the guy I bought it from beat it well.
Sorry back to the actuator and the waste gate lever. The lever was easily free moving but it did get sort of stuck at each end of the travel. Like it was stuck to gum or something. So after 20 plus minutes sending it from end to end and soaking it in penetrating fluid it stopped sticking and felt like new. You could hear the wastegate clanging asit hit the stops. So reinstalled the actuator, set it up with slight pressure on the rod, maybe 1/2 a turn and tightened it down.
Time for the first test run.....DAMN, what a difference...! Why, I do not know why? But it has pick up now when you beat the stuffing out of it, wow! Went all the way up past 4000 RPMs once or twice to see if it would limp out....nope.!!! I was surprised to see 15.9 pounds of boost on the first try to set it up. So I'm OK with that. Time will tell if it requires another peek at it.
Seriously why would it gain power from simply doing what I did..? OR is it seat of the pants power wishing it to be faster? lol Probably is...lol
Any way that's it, easy simple job once you understand what it is you're playing with. No broken bolts, nothing...amazing! I did have to drive past 3 cops sitting on our street without a rear-end...lol. They didn't give 2 shits I'm sure...lol
I found the same about the flex pipe. Best to cut and clean both ends, install the exhaust into the mounts and support it with a jack stand to get the right angle, and then put the flex pipe in so it’s “loose” and tack it into place. That way it’s not under stress when you’re driving around later which leads to premature failure of the flex. I’ve got a video about it around here somewhere.
im sure ive seen wastegate actuators for cdi smarts on aliexpress
didnt change mine but i definitely remember driving around with no rear bumper so i could adjust the actuator rod after changing the turbo center piece
and i definitely remember adjusting the opposite way that i expected ...(i was also learning as it was my first experience with a turbo)