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2007-12-11 14:24:03
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HOW TO: How to go about a turbo install
Original thread started by Ben.



I've seen this happen too many times now. Mark did it, Eric Tucker did it, John Minnic did it, probably many others.

Turbo+clutch+ECU/injectors+intercooler system+MAF+ (edit) head swap+ES bushings all around, etc, all this crap should NOT be put on at the same time. If after you put ALL this in and it doesn't run right, then what did you monkey up? You have NO idea because you installed too much at once. You NEED to do a turbo install in STEPS.

This is assuming you have a stock clutch and no turbo system yet (stock injectors).

Step 1: The first thing you should do is put in the clutch. Break it in 500 miles. No less, and baby it. After 500 miles, test it. If it seems EXACTLY how you want it (clutch cable adjustment, no gritch, etc) then go to step 2.

Step 2: Get the proper JWT ECU/injectors/MAF combination and install them, NA. Run that around for a week or so, again, WITH NO TURBO SYSTEM. If this runs well, then go to step 3.

Step 3: If you are installing cams, do that next. I expect the ECU has the S3/S4 program already in you ECU that you installed in Step 2 so your idle will be good. And it's NOT JUST FOR YOUR IDLE QUALITY, it's ALSO to make it easier to set your timing properly!!!

Step 4: Now, and only now, is it time to install your turbo system. Manifold, turbo, oil feed and return lines (drilling and tapping could have been done anytime in the past, but it's ok to do it here too), intake and intercooler piping, wastegate (if external), recirculation valve (have to be politically correct in the Nissan world, can't call it a blowoff valve), boost gauge, downpipe, possibly more gauges. Now if it doesn't run right, it can be attributed to the mere components you just installed.
2007-12-15 03:10:27
#2
Haha, i've never actually read this until now. Maybe the title should be changed to Steps to install a turbo. Because to me (2 years seeing this and never reading it till now), I assumed from the title of the thread that someone eFFed up their car. An it was a story an how they tuned it wrong or something of that nature.
2007-12-15 03:16:02
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Originally Posted by KR4P11
Haha, i've never actually read this until now. Maybe the title should be changed to Steps to install a turbo. Because to me (2 years seeing this and never reading it till now), I assumed from the title of the thread that someone eFFed up their car. An it was a story an how they tuned it wrong or something of that nature.

agreed..

Fixed
2007-12-15 09:43:52
#4
Originally Posted by SE-Rawkus
agreed..

Fixed


Sweet. Now hopefully more people will catch the title and we'll have less fucked up engine questions. haha
2007-12-15 14:30:51
#5
Here's another good how to:
http://www.brazosport.edu/~lshadoff/turbo/index.html
2014-01-02 19:22:45
#6
can't agree more...
2014-01-02 19:33:32
#7
This has to be one of the biggest thread revives ever......

six years and eighteen days.
2014-01-02 22:37:08
#8
^ for real I forgot I even started this thread lol.

Back when I did this a whole lot of info was being deleted and most pics or the host were gone .

This however was a good base starting line .
2014-01-03 00:57:27
#9
I think that is is one of the better threads that is straight to the point and does provide lots of good information in an easy-to-digest way. Shall I nominate for Manifesto status??
2014-01-03 02:53:48
#10
This is old, now days there are easier ways...

Step 1. Buy a Subaru
Step 2. Enjoy boost the same day
Step 2.1. Enjoy full throttle traction in 1st gear in ran.

I hate to say it but now days it's almost cheaper to just buy a turbo scooby then to turbo an SR20
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