well, thanks to a new exhaust manifold gasket that i picked up for free from xskape (thanks a ****load brad), i had enough motivation to get up off my ass and take off my exhaust manifold+turbo+dump pipe all in one big package. took about an hour all up, and it wasnt hard at all. i must say, my turbo is in sweet condition (touch wood) and has about 1/4mm play in it. had a look at my exhaust valves and they were a nice dark brown colour (she runs a bit rich). i get the bolt tap today which im gonna get matched to the studs i picked up. it should be back on the road either tonight or tomorrow...... I CANT WAIT! fingers crossed that there no hiccups!