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Old 04-03-2009, 10:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question t3/t4 turbo ebay good or not?

t3/t4 turbo ebay good or not,I know its ebay,but what do you guys think of these turbos is it crap? will it blow up my motor? do I need to mess around with anything else like ecu chip,gas pump,injectors.Please if you don't know anything about turbos dont answer my question,lol because that will only make it two of us that dont know much about turbo set up's ,and I'm considering buying a turbo for my car.Oh guys keep in mind this car is only a weekend driver not everyday work car.
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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as for quality of the turbo systems i have never seen an ebay system in person, and a link would help someone better determine that also. I do know for a fact though if you do go turbo you are going to need to get your car tuned to that turbo because the turbo will force air into your engine causeing a very dangerous lean condition if you do not.
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ok ,I was also thinking about the air fuel mixture after adding a turbo,but thats what I mean do I buy a turbo even if its not an ebay product and thats it or do I have to spend more money on tunning and other parts? you know I think the best bet is just getting some exhaust headers/performance muffler ,the chip I already have and some sort of k&n filter.The rest of it can just come later.
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You're going to want a lot more than just the turbo--exhaust manifolds, piping, intercooler, injectors, and software.
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pretty much if you don't know exactly what your doing.. best to just buy a kit.. as terrible as that sounds.. It'll probably be worth the money you go through blowjob things up. to just go with the kit. Might sound expensive but seriously, things start to add up really quick if you don't do it right the first time. You get what you pay for..
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pretty much if you don't know exactly what your doing.. best to just buy a kit.. as terrible as that sounds.. It'll probably be worth the money you go through blowjob things up. to just go with the kit. Might sound expensive but seriously, things start to add up really quick if you don't do it right the first time. You get what you pay for..
ok well you guys are all right about turbos it cost $$$$ for sure,but how would you guys go about getting some extra power,my car has 168 factory but I'm sure theres less now from all the miles.What would you guys do if you wanted more power minus the chip already did that.
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I'm looking to gain in the 200hp would be nice if it were at the rear wheels.
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do your research man. you dont just ADD A TURBO. you have to read about the different compression turbo motors put out versus non-turbo. then there is fuel demand. you have to know how it works. if your looking to slap something on there, go buy some NOS.
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do a straight pipe, easy 15-20 horsepower instantly
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200 extra bhp? The m20 motor will make that much, but only if you know what youre doing. Otherwise you'll just be in the market for a new engine, too. Start with baby steps.
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I guess guys but its almost that time to figure out what I want for sure,but it will be close to 200hp.
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with a turbo or a s/c u have to lower your compression on the motor. but forced ind. will raise your compression up past what it is in stock trim. so if u leave the engine as is and slap a turbo on u got compression high enough to blow your motor. i've heard of people using thicker head gaskets to achieve the lower comp. needed for turbo/super. either way u have to do your homework first. or like previously mentioned u can always to a 100hp shot of nitrous which will still place a higher demand on the engine but not all the time like the forced ind. options.

just my .02 on the matter. i'm going turbo on my e39 but i have to research what compression etc. the motor has stock then i have to get the cash...lol
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you mean adding a turbo to a non-turbo engine? that won't work good, as a matter of fact I would say it's a very bad idea. no, i wouldn't do that myself. nope... there are several other ways to add horse that would work much more better than a turbo...i would not do that myself
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you mean adding a turbo to a non-turbo engine? that won't work good, as a matter of fact I would say it's a very bad idea. no, i wouldn't do that myself. nope... there are several other ways to add horse that would work much more better than a turbo...i would not do that myself
It's actually very straight forward and easy to gather the nec parts once u understand how turbos work. I've several friends in the mustang/camaro community who add turbos to non turbo motors. and the import market in BOOMIN with turbo upgrades on little 2 liter motors. pretty reliable too if done correctly.
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actually, it's not very straight forward and I do understand very well how turbos work as I have owned 3 of them over the years, both intercooled and non-intercooled and have replaced 2 of them, so I dig how they work and to attempt to attach a turbo to an engine not designed for a turbo is a very risky venture....very risky.....
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