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Old 12-22-2014, 09:10 AM   #1
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Homebrew Turbo

So after doing some wondering around the web, the only real full turbo kit is the one by FSWerks (formerly focussport). However, as a current college student I don't have $4,000 to drop. Besides at that price I might as well just buy a new car. I've decided to try and build my own turbo kit.

Has anyone else previously done this?
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Old 12-22-2014, 11:27 AM   #2
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Have you checked out tri point engineering? Or you might want to check out a speed3 for parts/piece's.
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Old 12-22-2014, 11:32 AM   #3
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It can be done. The question is do YOU have the skills to make the parts? welding, fabrication, etc. If so you can build the kit. REMEMBER tuning will be $800 OR MORE no matter what you do. If these things don't scare you off. Go to it.
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Moved to the Forced Induction section where you can find more info. & examples of what others have done.
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:17 PM   #5
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Save for another year and go with fswerks. Building your own would be difficult with a high chance of failure like many others we see on here.
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I have, and it's all documented in this forum.
That being said, it has been a never-ending hobby of tweaking and fixing. I learned a tremendous amount, but also spent quite a bit of money. Certainly more than just buying a kit off the shelf.
Do a home-built turbo kit for the fun and experience. Do not do it for the cost savings, because ultimately you will not save anything. Definitely do NOT try a home-built turbo kit on your only car.
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I have, and it's all documented in this forum.
That being said, it has been a never-ending hobby of tweaking and fixing. I learned a tremendous amount, but also spent quite a bit of money. Certainly more than just buying a kit off the shelf.
Do a home-built turbo kit for the fun and experience. Do not do it for the cost savings, because ultimately you will not save anything. Definitely do NOT try a home-built turbo kit on your only car.
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A DIY turbo kit is definitely a second car project. I'm not even sure if I'd do a premade kit on my sole daily driver. Nothing like having to work out "kinks" while having to get to school or work the next day.

Then you're gonna want supporting mods like a clutch, brakes, LSD...$$$$
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Yes, never ever do it with your daily. This is the perfect time of the year though. My SVT has been sitting with my homebuilt kit. But I disagree with the money aspect of it. Kits are generic. I guess it all depends on why you're boosting it. A turbo should go along with your cams/manifold and everything. You have control of your whole power band and you get it decide it all! It'll take time but you'll get a lot of hands on time with your car. Don't be afiard to ask questions or help. The hardest part would be tuning but Tom does that for 550! My car is finish but, sitting due to the last part =P.

Plus doing it yourself you can choose the parts you want! If you have some cash to throw at the project just buy the kit from Tom, if you're not able to weld or know someone that can weld, specially Alum might just be better of buying it from him!
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Old 12-24-2014, 04:37 PM   #10
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I installed the FSWERKS kit on my daily without major issue. I did have my bike to run though while the car was down. 4k since without any major problems (some minor ones due to my continued modding), but the FSWERKS tune has been pretty good. Customer support has been pretty good as well. A DIY you probably want a second vehicle first. Just keep in mind during your build, you usually get what you pay for.
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