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Old 04-30-2005, 05:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone Im planning to build a turbo kit by myself because I really dont want to spend all that money. I wanted to know exactly what parts I need to be able to make this kit work. I drive a 325i automatic with about 106k miles which is running pretty good. Oh yea and if you happen to know, what do mechs usually charge to put it in? Well as for the stuff I need, if you could put it in a list for me, that would be nice.
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do a search for an e36 turbo kit and look at all the specs. it will cost u at least 7000 to get everthing even if u buy it yourself and if you want everything tuned right. mind as well get new cams cause a turbo kit is so expensive. you will probably look at around 1000+ to get your turbo put in by a mechanic.
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Old 04-30-2005, 01:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for you input, one more question though, I was reading around the forums i think either here or the other bimmer forums. It was saying something about you can use your stock headers and just use an adapter. That sounds kind of stupid but I was just wondering is there something about the BMW that I should know about before I put in a turbo? Oh yea, does anyone know where I can find a Turbo manifold? Used or new? just in good condition. Thanks
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you can use your stock headers. my auto teacher told me it would be easy to put a turbo in my car e30. he said just go buy small porch turbos(2) and heal help me put them in. but for me its not worth putting turbo, i like n/a engins!!!
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you can use your stock headers. my auto teacher told me it would be easy to put a turbo in my car e30. he said just go buy small porch turbos(2) and heal help me put them in. but for me its not worth putting turbo, i like n/a engins!!!
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your shop teacher have everything to tune your turbo once it is on? If not get ready to pay HUNDREDS of dollars and hour to get it tuned right... theres some many things you need to buy to get it to work...

plus on your car you will need a manual tranny.. turboing an auto would be lame and hard to stay in boost.

heres just a few things you will need (the list goes on and on and on)

of course your turbo
intercooler
exhuast manifold
major tuning
you will need all your tubing sleeves etc
you will end up getting a bov bigger mass air flow sensor
fuel injectors
i can add about 10+ mor things you will be buying.... its not like a honda where you can put a 3000$ turbo kit on and run 6 psi and be alright...

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Old 04-30-2005, 04:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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dam.. i referenced a 1200- diy turbo kit from an integra website. I just wanted to put the kit together myself because i thought it would be cheaper that way. Im not expecting to gain a huge amount of hp from the turbo im putting on, I just expect it to add about 10+ hp and be able to run smooth on my auto. I was thinking about getting a volvo turbo for about 170 and a XL intercooler for about 200. and the rest would be all used parts. I just wanted to know what you guys think. I want to make a turbo kit that doesnt require me to change my internals or mess with my electronics. Please help me out.
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dam.. i referenced a 1200- diy turbo kit from an integra website. I just wanted to put the kit together myself because i thought it would be cheaper that way. Im not expecting to gain a huge amount of hp from the turbo im putting on, I just expect it to add about 10+ hp and be able to run smooth on my auto. I was thinking about getting a volvo turbo for about 170 and a XL intercooler for about 200. and the rest would be all used parts. I just wanted to know what you guys think. I want to make a turbo kit that doesnt require me to change my internals or mess with my electronics. Please help me out.
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if you only want 10 hp get an intake and chip. that'll give like 20hp.
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Old 04-30-2005, 04:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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got that plus i just like the turbo feeling you get what i mean?
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if your looking for a boost feeling get a supercharger. why would u pay over 7000 for a 10hp gain and a turbo feeling. get some shrick cams like i said. turboing a bmw is not easy, if u dont tune it right. get ready to buy a new engine. plus bmw engines are made to be fast Na's the high compression ratio shows it. ur going to have to lower ur compression if u want ur turbo to give u a significant gain. 10HP!?!? cmon. people buy turbos to get 80+hp.... and your going to have to do alot of custom fabrication which will cost money with your plan.
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got that plus i just like the turbo feeling you get what i mean?
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10 hp? turbo feeling? DO NOT BELONG IN THE SAME SENTENCE dude... go research turbos for 3 days and come back and tell me that this is going to work... do you know how a turbo even works?

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You should get that tornado thing. Gives you better mpg, more power (9.91 hp), has a turbine, and has a turbo sound. Im not sure if it will give you the turbo feelin, but you can adjust your seat back while acceleratin so it feels like ur gettin pushed back.. err

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Old 05-01-2005, 12:52 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Wow im gettin flamed up over here. I just wanted a small turbo, people who want 80+hp off a turbo, thats their problem, I decided that i just want a small boost. I do know how a turbo works and all but I basically have no idea how a turbo will go with a bmw so you got me there. I dont know why I want turbo so bad but I do. I dont want to spend so much on one either, so if it just cost so much and if there are too many problems; then I simply wont do it. Anyway thanks for your input everyone i still need to decide what to do.
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Oh yea, my friends CL had that tornado thing and I dont really think it does much but thats my opinion.
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Oh yea, my friends CL had that tornado thing and I dont really think it does much but thats my opinion.
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this is absolutetly ridiculous. even if you build a turbo kit that only gave you 10hp you would not get a "turbo feeling." What are you wanting to feel? a powerband that comes on up high? the car already kinda has that. for what you are trying to get as a result you are just throwing money away, plus you have an auto, get a manual (maybe it will have more "turbo feeling" than your slushbox. better yet save your money and get an M3, but on second thought it might not have enought turbo feeling.
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