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Old 08-19-17, 03:15 PM   #1
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Default Air pump delete

Well, I put my car up on jack stands and was going to replace my steering rack today but.... it hasn't shown up yet . Since I've got the car up and some idle time, was thinking about getting rid of that pesky air pump. Problem is, I don't have the block off plates.

For those of you with more knowledge on this engine than me, what problems would you foresee with removing the pump and plastic piping, and then cutting metal pipe to the block about an inch from the flange and capping it with a plug and clamp? Does this area see much vacuum/pressure?

Before you blast me, it would only be temporary until I order the block off plates. Wouldn't be doing it this way if I hadn't planned to spend the weekend working on the car only to have parts not show up.
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Old 08-23-17, 09:18 AM   #2
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Wait until you get the plates, not worth the risk.

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Old 08-23-17, 05:17 PM   #3
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I made my own block-off plates. It took about 15 min to cut them out of a 1/4 inch piece of aluminum, file and drill.
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Old 08-24-17, 05:51 PM   #4
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Buy block off plates, then do it.
I got iag plates, fit perfect, i used new gaskets.
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Old 08-24-17, 05:55 PM   #5
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You can plug the hose and remove the pump, then disable it in the tune. I've done this for a customer in the past where he wanted it gone, but didn't want to do the work to remove the whole thing.
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Old 08-25-17, 05:11 AM   #6
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Got into it last night. Ended up ordering OEM EGR block off plates, part number 14754AA050. ~$5 each (for 05-07 Outback). Had over drill the holes to get the driver side plate to line up with the holes in the heads. Left the passenger side tubing connected and blocked it off where it normally connected to the solenoid. Fit perfectly.

Only hiccup was getting that damn passenger side solenoid out of there. Was finally able to get the bolt holding the bracket after breaking loose the plastic tray beneath the IM and using a small 1/4" ratchet with a 12mm socket and lots of tiny tiny turns. Then all it took was lots of prying and cursing to get the solenoid out from underneath the manifold.

Good to go now!

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Old 08-25-17, 05:12 AM   #7
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** used new gaskets as well. Cost just as much as the plates!
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did u leave the other solenoid intact with the air pressure sensor? or in the least, cut the sensor off that solenoid and replug the sensor back in?

i heard bad shit if u dont have that sensor running.
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Removed the solenoid, cut the sensor off the top. No problems yet. Just need to get the codes removed since accesstuner race doesn't work anymore
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You can grind the drivers solenoid right where the metal is holding the plastic together, plug the left over part back in for a temporary fix, mine is totally missing how ever it was tuned out.
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