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Old 12-02-2008, 11:26 AM   #1
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Build or no build???

Come tax return time, I am going boosted. Here is my concern. My car is pushing 104K miles but still runs strong. I will be purchasing a "beater" car as a DD so tearing my SVTF down wont be a problem if need be. I only want to run roughly 8psi at the turbo (which would equate to about 7psi considering IC loss). Should I go ahead and pull the motor and "spruce it up" or leave it alone? I know my internals are forged anyways, so I am not sure which way is the best route. Any help is appreciated.


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Old 12-02-2008, 11:46 AM   #2
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It will take it. Why go turbo when you can get the JRSC??? It pushes about 8 pounds I believe, and no turbo lag.
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I want the efficiency of the turbo. Was considering PC S/C but thought harder about the turbo and that is the way I wanna go. The last S/C I would go with would be the JRSC. Not to talk bad about it, but I would want to keep intake temps down to a very minimum. I was thinking that my stock motor would handle the pressure of 8psi especially if I don't get on it very often. I just don't want to throw the turbo on there and then blow a motor.
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:59 AM   #4
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I go by the old saying "If it ain`t broke, don`t fix it". If your car has been well maintained, I wouldn`t worry about it. Get the turbo, have it properly tuned, and have fun. Unless you have money to burn, wait on the rebuild. Just my $0.02.
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Myself doing several different builds in the past, always plan on the unforseen and its future. You say you're only looking for 8psi? Why so low? How much hp you looking for? How much cash are you wanting to spend? Are you building the kit or buying a prebuilt kit? I personally have found out the hard way that by not building the block/ bottom end, they tend to fail faster. I'm no pro on these cars, but engines are engines reguardless what they're in, I've had better experience with buying an extra block and just totally building it from the ground up, ( shortblocks are the best in my opinion, with the bottom end already balanced and assembled) it costs more this way but taking your time, paying attention to details, taking no shortcuts and just being pateint with your build pays off in the end. Also, keep in mind that supporting mods are always a must, sooner or later. Also, building a seperate block let's you stay in your SVT, and not a beater, you have your factory block and rotating assembly as a back up, or next build. By not buying a beater you can spend that money on your build, and focus ( no punt intended) on your supporting mods. This is by far the best way in my opinion, let's you take the time to research more, get more in depth with your build, and you'll be happier with the end results. I have known a few that have slaped a turbo kit on a NA motor and have been satisfied in the short term, but most have went back later on and rebuilt it anyways, either by choice or not. Your foundation in a build is key to a great build, but that's strictly my opinion with 17 yrs of building engines.
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You could safely run 10-15psi on the stock motor with a very good tune.
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Keep the stock engine it will hold up fine and you couls run 12psi or more and still be reliable if you have a good tune (cough cough Tom)
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tom tune and 15psi would be bomb
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Why go turbo when you can get the JRSC???
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