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Old 07-17-2014, 11:05 PM   #1
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Any "How To Install" for Turbo Kits?

Hi All,

I'm currently working on getting Tom's Turbo Kit and was wondering if there is a good "How To" for installing a turbo onto a SVT. I found this link and it looks pretty good to follow to me. I do understand my parts will not be routed exactly like this as well.

http://www.turbozx3.com/howto/turbokit.htm

I could not find anything in the "How To Archives". Understand there might not be simply because there are likely no two complete kits alike. I have never worked on a car with a turbo or installed one myself.

I was wondering if there is anything I should know other than just simply bolting everything together. An example being how do I know I'm getting oil to the turbo properly, etc. Just making sure i don't destroy the new turbo or engine the first time i start up the car with the parts installed. . I am not a seasoned mechanic, but feel with a decent set of instructions can fix/install most items.

Also would this be a day or less installation? I'm going to go to a DIY garage with a lift and all tools i could need.

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Old 07-19-2014, 12:03 PM   #2
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I'm not going to make any specific comments, just suggest that the idea of trying to do it in a day at a DIY garage is a potential "recipe for disaster".

It's an involved task where you're likely to run into stumbling blocks & possibly need more tools/parts before you're done.

Then when completed, it's time to get it running on a base tune & probably datalog & re-tune before the first test runs on the street to continue refining the tuning/checking the operation.

Anytime you're under time pressure the likelihood of errors/issues increases dramatically, more so on a first time project than something simple that's been done before.

Multiple partial days is a better plan, but once you get deep into it the car is just a "roller" until complete. IIRC most plan a week to be without the car as a minimum.

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I just finished putting toms kit on my svt. If you have any questions let me know and I will hopefully be able to answer them for you
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I'm not going to make any specific comments, just suggest that the idea of trying to do it in a day at a DIY garage is a potential "recipe for disaster".
I had a feeling that might be the case. I don't really have any choices at this time. It's my only vehicle and I don't have a garage. The only good thing is i live walking distance to work. So I don't need it, but every day I leave it at the DIY garage it's $200 a day. So definitely incentive to get it done as fast as possible. But thanks, that is good advice on trying to work on it slowly over a longer period of time. Haha need to make some friends.
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I just finished putting toms kit on my svt. If you have any questions let me know and I will hopefully be able to answer them for you
Awesome thanks! I will probably bug you when I have all the parts in hand, incase some off my questions are answered just by seeing the parts.
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IIRC most plan a week to be without the car as a minimum.
ive been without mine for a year and a half lol
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ive been without mine for a year and a half lol
Wow, haha my confidence level just went way down. Is that because you are building up the engine too? or just slowly acquiring parts over time? My hope is to be able to install everything in 12 hours.
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some do it in a weekend others it takes longer.. you'll tend to run into problems most of the time lol

so def be careful with the diy garage since you might run into a hefty bill...

as far as the oil question.. tbh i have no idea.. maybe you can shoot tom a PM since it is his kit and whatnot
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Had another thought on the install.

Might do the intercooler & most piping one weekend, and look at/loosen & retighten some of the other critical pieces to check for issues - then do the rest another weekend.

Could even do the pan & plug off the return port
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