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Old 05-28-2014, 08:34 PM   #1
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248xxx miles....should i turbo or not?

I've got a 03 svt zx5 with 248k. Compresion is to spec and it does not smoke. I was thinking about adding a turbo.
Should i turbo as is and wait untill i have motor problems or should i pull it and rebuild.
Who makes a good kit? I only want to make around 220-250 hp to the ground.


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I would personally not feel comfortable installing a turbo on an engine with that many miles if it hadn't been rebuilt. Seems like it's just a ticking time bomb.
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To be fair, to do it correctly you should build a motor properly before going turbo anyways no matter if it has zero miles or a million. Miles also do not matter if your car is running like a top.
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:34 PM   #4
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Any suggestions as to what parts I should use when I build it.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:04 PM   #5
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At that mileage, the least I'd do is a complete teardown, hone cylinders, new lower-compression pistons and forged con rods, new timing parts, valve seals & water pump.
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:12 PM   #7
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take the engine all out. re surface the head, bore and hone the cylinders and replace all bearings with oem spec. bout 2 grand later its a brand new engine
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Old 07-01-2014, 02:57 AM   #8
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or you can just get a good tune, save some money for a while, and not fix what is not Broken.

I've driven cars with 200,000 miles that have better engines than ones with 20,000.
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:00 AM   #9
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:31 AM   #10
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if you have problems now, go turbo it wont be any different lol. If it runs well, maybe reconsider (?)
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