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11-17-2012 08:54 PM
PSUrivie If you're going to boost your car and DD it. I would HIGHLY recommend buying the FSWerks kit. It is very reliable.
11-16-2012 07:27 PM
Hughesy27 Never problems with the kit i built. All my headaches were tune related. Solved that problem and got a different tuner.

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11-16-2012 06:35 PM
ZXthrizzle05 But haventyou ran into a ess ton of headaches
11-16-2012 05:49 PM
Hughesy27 There have been plenty of people who have built their own. I built my own and have made some decent power with what I've got. I'm making 207whp and 192 tq on only 7.8 psi. Sure it would have been easier to just buy a kit but I was able to save a lot of money by doing it myself. My intercooler, piping, turbo, and flanges were all bought on ebay. Holding pretty good right now. The one thing about building your own kit though is tuning is not included. But all in all, I spent half of what their kits cost and that includes my gauges, Mafia, intake manifold and exhaust (stuff that doesn't come in those kits). But do whats best for you. There's plenty of research out there. Have any questions just check out my thread or pm me.
11-11-2012 06:18 PM
redfocusdrver In my opinion, if your looking for a good turbo kit go with fswerks like everyone else has said, but you cant really make a race car/ hot rod on a budget especially if your going turbo. Turbos, manifolds, sensors, any stock all break when adding more than stock hp and tq. Honestly do it right the first time, save about 5,000 rebuild your engine from everything to bearings to piston rings, do the head, camshafts, the whole thing. No reason to put a turbo kit on your car if you cant utilize its full power, especially when itll break down with a "ebay" kit. Take it from me I had to part out my car because it got to expense trying to repair parts from my "ebay" kit.
11-11-2012 01:38 PM
koke'sfocus There is sometimes when is more cost effective to make ur own turbo kit but u will have to make obviously custom work and if is ur dd and u don't have knowledge get a good kit
11-10-2012 04:21 PM
ZXthrizzle05 its a shame when people have to learn the hard way but at laest were all here to help people stay away from money disasters
11-09-2012 10:28 PM
paulg127 I agree. BUY A KIT!! I did the ebay turbo with a GT2871 ($375) and 'ramhorn' $250 manifold, $100 intercooler and $125 piping kit. No downpipe would fit, bought 3 different 5-bolt downpipes to cut and fit. Spent $250 on a techshop membership, $150 on classes for TIG welding, a $300 mig welder, $150 Co2 tank, and probably over $500 more on odds and ends to make it work...not to mention the waterjet cut flange for the down-pipe to catalyst and the 2.75" stainless that I had to weld up to get the exhaust into the cat. Of course the turbo barely fit, but the turbo exhaust outlet was 2.75" away from the AC compressor. Not too easy to make a good flowing bend in that space, so I don't have AC until I can fab up another downpipe this winter...
Trust me. Get the kit! You will save yourself a world of misery. I did a quick add and have ~2500+ without the injectors or boost control, not to mention any gauges of AF meter, oil pan drain, oil feeds, etc...
The kit is cheap given the piece cost and headache, and you get a much better turbo (usually), and maybe even a waranty. If you can get the tuning with the kit, from someone who knows how to tune (Tom) you will save yourself a motor too.
I can say that once you get the turbo installed and tuned, you will not believe how the car can transform into an amazing vehicle! It is very impressive what 7psi of boost will do!! I am a bit surprised that the turbo is still up and running strong after ~1500 miles. I have the boost up to ~9psi and it seems like it is holding up far... I plan on getting a garrett gtx2867 soon as a replacement that I sure I will need soon...but if I went with a good turbo from a kit in the beginning....
11-09-2012 06:31 PM
ZXthrizzle05 Look here in the section for threads with users names and says turbo BUILD next to them. Read and look @ all the posts and pictuures. Like my thread as well. Best way for a newb in theboost world is tofirst read then second buy a second hand kit. That way no messing round or customizing. Just bolt it tune it n go play. Only time u need to mess with fuel pump is if u shoot for over350 whp and juudging by the thread name u CANNOT get that on stock internals without hearing shattering clunking whinding nooises from under the hood. 6 to 10psi works great on stock motor. Get some #45 injectors with a diablo mafie with the kit and you'll be happy
11-09-2012 04:34 PM
Baldurs390 why oh why do people think it is okay to buy ebay turbo kits... almost everything that says universal fit is no goof for the ar... save up the money and buy a fswerks kit... they are in the focus busn. after you buy that kit your gonna have to put over a grand in to tuning it and might as well spend a little xtra and buy a good kit... also spend some time lurking around here and you will learn alot about turbos...

turbo is a very large investment... most people do intake exhaust and header with tune before they jump to the turbo
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