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Old 03-18-2009, 05:14 PM   #211
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Just an update.
The car is still running great with 12,000 miles on the turbo.
I just bought the SCT Pro Racer Package from LaSota Racing so I can make my own tweaks for better around-town gas mileage and future upgrades.

I plan on re-routing the ambient pipe that runs under the car so I have the option of FRPP or Eibach springs later on.
I may stick with a draw-through MAF, or go to a blow-through. I haven't decided.

I had plans of upgrading to a larger T3 turbo, but to be honest I'm still happy with this little IHI for 99% of the driving I do.

I did have a bit of a scare a week ago when a vac nipple dry rotted and created a boost leak before my wastegate actuator.
My boost spiked between 16-20psi, but the engine stayed together! :)

Thanks to everyone who has followed this build and those who have helped along the way.
For my first-ever turbocharged vehicle I'd say this project has been a huge success.
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:05 PM   #212
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great to see she's still running strong, your gonna love the sct PRP . I've just started playing with mine....

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Old 06-11-2009, 09:42 PM   #213
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So my overboost scare a while back did end up causing some damage that raised its head slowly.
3 of 4 cylinders are low on compression.
Rather than rebuild this motor I'm going with a 2.3 N/A build.
I wanted to do the turbo thing and I did and I feel this endeavour was a success.
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:22 PM   #214
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no turbo for the 2.3?

we'll see how long that lasts, lol
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:39 PM   #215
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no turbo for the 2.3?

we'll see how long that lasts, lol
Funny you're not the first person to say that. I just can't figure out why.
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Funny you're not the first person to say that. I just can't figure out why.
You know you want to, lol.
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Changed my mind. Going with forged internals in the 2.0.
Stay tuned for part 2 of my build thread.
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Changed my mind. Going with forged internals in the 2.0.
Stay tuned for part 2 of my build thread.
That's the spirit! Good luck with the build, man. I'll be lookin forward to seeing what all do with it.
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geez... wife says that you have to stop giving me bad ideas! LOL, can't wait to see how it goes. I have done a handful of home built engines and worked out great, including my Lightning. Anyway, I am looking at a Garrett T3 from an SVO w/ .63 A/R Exh housing :P
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I cant wait to see how the internals work out, its something i thought of doing to my focus. Keep up the good work man.
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