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So I’ve changed the exhaust manifold gaskets due to the dreaded screech noise, that problem is solved, however, on buttoning everything back up, after a few hours of driving I noticed it had blasted oil all down the back of the block, the top of the turbo under the feed pipe was wet. I thought it may not have been tight enough even though I torqued it to spec (26nm) but didn’t feel like giving it any more would have helped the situation, I used new copper washers also. Now upon removing it I noticed it looked a little sorry for itself, scrapes in the face of the banjo and washer and a chip out of the oil channel inside the banjo itself. I’m now hoping that if I replace it with a mamba oil line, it will be sorted, however, is the bottom banjo easy to remove and refit? I didn’t disturb it for the manifold job, I read that 38nm is the torque spec for this, higher than that of the turbo end which seems odd seeing as it’s going into threads on aluminium, anyone done this job before? It seems that the top fitting for the turbo on the mamba line isn’t a traditional banjo loop and bolt, rather a two part screw in that will need an open ended spanner by the looks. Any advice would be great thanks.
 

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So I’ve changed the exhaust manifold gaskets due to the dreaded screech noise, that problem is solved, however, on buttoning everything back up, after a few hours of driving I noticed it had blasted oil all down the back of the block, the top of the turbo under the feed pipe was wet. I thought it may not have been tight enough even though I torqued it to spec (26nm) but didn’t feel like giving it any more would have helped the situation, I used new copper washers also. Now upon removing it I noticed it looked a little sorry for itself, scrapes in the face of the banjo and washer and a chip out of the oil channel inside the banjo itself. I’m now hoping that if I replace it with a mamba oil line, it will be sorted, however, is the bottom banjo easy to remove and refit? I didn’t disturb it for the manifold job, I read that 38nm is the torque spec for this, higher than that of the turbo end which seems odd seeing as it’s going into threads on aluminium, anyone done this job before? It seems that the top fitting for the turbo on the mamba line isn’t a traditional banjo loop and bolt, rather a two part screw in that will need an open ended spanner by the looks. Any advice would be great thanks.
Hey,..I just purchased a set of the mamba oil and water lines for the turbo on mine. I took it to Matt Lewis motorsports and to be honest they couldn’t be bothered to do anything I asked them to fit. I bought a turbosmart recirc and turbo actuator. They just told me not to bother fitting any of the above. They said they’ve had a lot of issues with the mamba lines and advised me to return them. I’m just going to fit everything myself.
 

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Hey,..I just purchased a set of the mamba oil and water lines for the turbo on mine. I took it to Matt Lewis motorsports and to be honest they couldn’t be bothered to do anything I asked them to fit. I bought a turbosmart recirc and turbo actuator. They just told me not to bother fitting any of the above. They said they’ve had a lot of issues with the mamba lines and advised me to return them. I’m just going to fit everything myself.
Just to elaborate on that,..my mate has had his turbo hybrid converted. And he fitted a set to his and not had any issues. Most of these performance centres will try an de cruces you by telling you their brand is better and hope you’ll buy off them. They tried to sell me a set of black silicone hoses for £400 but I said no I’ll get my own from my own source. There’s nothing wrong with my hoses but a pin hole in my radiator.
 

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Hey,..I just purchased a set of the mamba oil and water lines for the turbo on mine. I took it to Matt Lewis motorsports and to be honest they couldn’t be bothered to do anything I asked them to fit. I bought a turbosmart recirc and turbo actuator. They just told me not to bother fitting any of the above. They said they’ve had a lot of issues with the mamba lines and advised me to return them. I’m just going to fit everything myself.
Just to elaborate on that,..my mate has had his turbo hybrid converted. And he fitted a set to his and not had any issues. Most of these performance centres will try an deceive you by telling you their brand is better and hope you’ll buy off them. They tried to sell me a set of black silicone hoses for £400 but I said no I’ll get my own from my own source. There’s nothing wrong with my hoses but a pin hole in my radiator
 

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Hey,..I just purchased a set of the mamba oil and water lines for the turbo on mine. I took it to Matt Lewis motorsports and to be honest they couldn’t be bothered to do anything I asked them to fit. I bought a turbosmart recirc and turbo actuator. They just told me not to bother fitting any of the above. They said they’ve had a lot of issues with the mamba lines and advised me to return them. I’m just going to fit everything myself.
thanks for the reply, seen lots of forum pics of people with them installed, I’d think that we would’ve heard of any catastrophic failures by now 🤷🏻‍♂️ I mainly got that because it’s likely to fit fine, I ordered an OEM line which is in the cupboard now, then banjo bolts from Ford and well, for starters neither of the bolts fit the turbo side, too big, plus the washers don’t even go over the threads… not sure how that became a thing when I elaborated on exactly what they were for but there we go. I did think of ordering or walking into somewhere like a hydraulic shop to get the same sized bolts with washers but was advised to go to Ford, turned out to be a massive waste of time and money and now the car is sat doing nothing once again until the mamba line turns up.
 

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thanks for the reply, seen lots of forum pics of people with them installed, I’d think that we would’ve heard of any catastrophic failures by now 🤷🏻‍♂️ I mainly got that because it’s likely to fit fine, I ordered an OEM line which is in the cupboard now, then banjo bolts from Ford and well, for starters neither of the bolts fit the turbo side, too big, plus the washers don’t even go over the threads… not sure how that became a thing when I elaborated on exactly what they were for but there we go. I did think of ordering or walking into somewhere like a hydraulic shop to get the same sized bolts with washers but was advised to go to Ford, turned out to be a massive waste of time and money and now the car is sat doing nothing once again until the mamba line turns up.
That's probably because a lot of cheap **** works ok when first bought and nice and shiny (when people take their photos), often bought against wise advice from others. Then when it fails soon after they are a bit embarassed so no more is said.

My best advice would be to ditch the Mamba stuff and contact a specialist who could make you up some flexible lines with banjo fittings, probably for not a whole lot more money.
 
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