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Old 04-10-2008, 08:44 PM   #1
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Turbo questions

Ok guys I as some of you may know I am in the process of turboing my Focus.
I have a few questions:

1) I know that the return line goes to the oil pan, however how do you secure it to the pan. Do you use a locking lug nut on the backside or do you buy a special adapter? If you buy a specail adapter where can I purchase one.

2) How much play is bad for a turbo. The spindle inside mine moves like 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch. More toward the 1/16. Is this too much play. If so how hard is it to rebuild a turbo for someone that has never done one before.?

3) I will eventually upgrade my exhaust, but i don't know what size to go with. Should I go with 3 inch or 2.5 inch. This car is my daily driver for the next 2 years while im in school so I am not looking for rediculous numbers. Prolly gonna run around 8-10 psi. I really like the HKS style but I have not been able to find a 3 inch exhaust like this.

4) Also anyone in Ohio get there focus tuned at a dyno shop in Ohio. I was gonna take mine to Big shot dyno in Akron because they said they tuned a focus before and it is like 30 min from my house.

5) When I get the turbo installed will I be able to drive it to the dyno shop if I keep it out of boost.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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1) Most people use a barb fitting that you find in home depot or mcmaster. just drill a slightly smaller hole and thread it in then use "liquid metal" around the outside. Best and most complicated is to drill and tap the windage tray, but most will use drill as high up the oil pan as possible.

2) a little side to side isn't bad. It is the in and out that you look out for.

3) honestly with low boost 2.5" will be fine, so if you like that 2.5" hks then get it. However, 3" is optimal.

4) if you don't mind the drive to Ill. then give Massive a call.

5) That is what I did.
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Thanks for the response.

It moves side to side a lil but not in and out so I should be fine then. Thanks again
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Toms is just as far as massive.....I would go there
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Yeah I know that massive and Tom are the places to go for focuses but I don't have time to drive there and back. I wanted to keep the dyno trip to under a day thats why I was going with the dyno shop so close to me. I just wanted to know if anyone else had a better place that is with in a couple hours of me.
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Big Shot is a good place for a tune. I've been there to get my mustang dynoed.
LaSota Racing in Columbus, OH is where I got my turbo Focus tuned, and I'd definitely recommend them!
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I would say 1/8'' is too much play. Remember that the turbo is spinning at 80000rpm+ so if the wheel is scraping the side then the turbo will quickly go out and destroy the wheel. I just pulled mine off for a rebuild because the oil seal went out. I should have gotten it rebuilt in the first place but I was being lazy. Trust me, do it now and have piece of mind.
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I would say 1/8'' is too much play. Remember that the turbo is spinning at 80000rpm+ so if the wheel is scraping the side then the turbo will quickly go out and destroy the wheel. I just pulled mine off for a rebuild because the oil seal went out. I should have gotten it rebuilt in the first place but I was being lazy. Trust me, do it now and have piece of mind.
If he doesn't have the turbo installed then it probably doesn't have any oil in it. When you have oil inside the turbo it takes some of that play away.
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Most turbo's have "floating" seals in them, when no oil is present they will have a little play in them.
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Yeah the turbo is uninstalled so that must be the case. i just checked it again today and it is prolly less than a 1/16 of inch of play. So If it is floating then when I install it, it should be good.
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