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Old 05-29-2010, 12:35 AM   #1
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Need Your Input about Turbo Install

I have been trying to judge how much work is involved in a turbo install for some time now. Those of you who have turboed your cars, did you do it yourself? What are the biggest time consumers during the install? After you have everything physically attached to the car what then? Is it just simply re-flashing the ecu to run with the new settings and then you can drive?

I am looking into the FSW turbo kit for my 2.3 and am trying to see if this is something I can do myself. I don't have a lot of experience working with engines so I am hesitant to try and do this myself. Any advice, help, personal stories, ect would be greatly appreciated!

Also if we could "focus" on the 2.3 or at least the Duratec engine, that would be best. Thanks.

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Don't have a Duratec, but installing any turbo kit is always the same.

It takes about 8 hours to install. You need your typical set of tools, all metric size sockets and extensions, all sizes of box wrenches, screw driver, etc etc.

Any normal person can do it as long as you pay attention to the instructions.

Since the FSW kit comes with tuning, yes, you would install the kit, load the tune, and drive.
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If you are looking at the FsWerks kit it has step by step instructions with pics to help you. The biggest PITA you will have is removing the stock header and putting in the turbo manifold. It should take you anywhere from 8-12 hours to complete, (granted cjohn364 and I did mine in 6 hours).

Also after you get the turbo installed and reprogram the ecu you must datalog and send to Randy so he can insure that the number look good before you go WOT. He will let you know when to do that so he can get it dialed in for you and then you should be good to go.
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:51 PM   #4
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I just put a turbo in my zx3 2.O Zetec last weekend.
Took friday to sunday but i had to work at my job every day.
I think it takes longer then 8 hours but i ran into a few problems.
Make sure you gave yourself alot of extra time, dont rush and get it done right.

If you can do basic installs, this isnt much harder. Just more time consuming.

Good Luck.
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