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Old 01-31-2006, 11:42 AM   #1
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Budget Turbo DIY

Okay, I get Sport Compact Car every month, and this month had a good set of three stories on inexpensive DIY turbo kits for two Nissans and a Honda. Pretty cool stories, especially with one of the cars getting a donor turbo from an old 90's Cummins turbo diesel engine. Like all SCC articls, this one had a good bit of technical detail on picking out correct turbo size, etc. Anyway, as a young parent of two wonderful daughters that can't afford killer project car, I am looking for modest gains with a budget turbo solution. This route seemed pretty appealing. Give me some feedback, and help me with the questions below...

1) What kind of "junkyard" turbo would you recommend for a 2.0L Zetec? What previous turboed engines have similar displacement and NA performance that could have a properly sized turbo? The key is to highlight older vehicles, as they are more liklely to show up in greater numbers in junkyards.

2) What options are their for an exhaust manifold that would work with both the turbo and the Zetec cylinder head? How much custom fab work would be involved? Do I need to look at a customer manifold?

The SCC article assumed custom piping, with new parts for the fuel pump, injectors, BOV, etc.


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Old 01-31-2006, 11:46 AM   #2
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For a budget, you may be better off with something like Jackson Racing supercharger, they are cheaper than most any other form of F/I and give nice gains and also are extremely reliable. I think you would probably get into your DIY project and end up spending way more than you planned.
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Old 01-31-2006, 11:58 AM   #3
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Yeah, plus the SC is 10X easier to install.
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I'd go with tom's stage 1 kit. it's less than $3k, 10 psi max, non-intercooled (you can always upgrade later to a full kit or add a meth injection for cooling). the kit comes with just about everything you need. I believe you just need to get a blowoff valve, injectors, and a boost controller (but only if you want it). it's a bit more expensive than the JRSC, pretty easy to install, and then you just have to get it tuned. overall, you're still spending less than $4k once you throw in the BOV, boost controller, injectors and tuning. and you'll probably make better power than the JRSC (which has very little in the way of upgrades besides the BBK) and it'll probably be more fun. good luck, happy modding
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I know how you feel I love reading SCC .....ah for the articles lol well anyways. You could get the manifold from tom I believe hee makes one but I would use parts such has tubing and other little peices he makes to make a kit. I have put some thought into this but I just had a baby (my wife not me) means I will have no money for a long time. So for turbo I would probably use one from a eclispe since it is so close in displacement to our zetec.
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Rember its the little things that will add up really quick
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Anyone worth his salt knows that turbo is way cooler than super.

Wssssshhhhtttt.... PSSHHHH! is way cooler than Vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv ush
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Anyone worth his salt knows that turbo is way cooler than super.

Wssssshhhhtttt.... PSSHHHH! is way cooler than Vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv ush

yeah, but everyone knows pretty quick when your running a turbo. the s/c they dont notice till ya kick it and it starts whining....alot more stealth
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Not if you stay below boost.
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http://www.jgstools.com/turbo/index2.html has a lot of budget options for exhaust stuff.

I would probably say "going cheap" on a used turbine isn't nessicarily a good idea, but you may be able to find one that is rebuildable. Personally I think the turbine itself should be the part you try and buy new.

As far as the rest of the piping, you should be able to find a good shop that can bend or weld (if you can't do that yourself) around here, or if you're looking to go real cheap, hit the dirty dirty D and look for a shop that'll do it for SUPER cheap. I'm sure you could find a couple shops in Detroit that'll be low low cost.

Good luck man, I've done a little research into this but decided it wasn't for me, so I hope it works out for you.
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