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Old 01-04-2013, 05:02 PM   #18
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:14 PM   #19
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There is going to be just as much cost doing your own R&D manpower to create your own kit. I don't see in any way how you can "literally save thousands". Fabbing your own header? Ducting? Measuring clearances? Buying components?

Unless you are unemployed and free access to a supply of straight piping, CNC tooling, and metal bending equipment, there is no way you will save significant money doing a turbo kit yourself.

In addition, without tested and proven R&D, what's to say your homebrew kit will be reliable and work properly?

Nonsense
Well I am one that believes in proven results, and my kit can be considered a "home made turbo kit" and I have had this kit installed for over 2 years and run mid to low 11's all day long. The only thing that has broken were stock OEM parts.

And my total out of pocket cost was just around $5700- that is going from stock to fully tuned at the race track running 11's. Find me another twin Turbo kit for that same price installed and tuned and I will agree with you.

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Old 01-05-2013, 07:03 PM   #20
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:47 PM   #21
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There is going to be just as much cost doing your own R&D manpower to create your own kit. I don't see in any way how you can "literally save thousands". Fabbing your own header? Ducting? Measuring clearances? Buying components?

Unless you are unemployed and free access to a supply of straight piping, CNC tooling, and metal bending equipment, there is no way you will save significant money doing a turbo kit yourself.

In addition, without tested and proven R&D, what's to say your homebrew kit will be reliable and work properly?

Nonsense
How is that even logical? It costs way more to pay someone to do a job than to do it yourself... Like I said "if you have the means" fabbing it yourself is way cheaper! Most cost is from labor, not parts! I'm not saying parts themselves are cheap or free, but in a turbo kit most of the cost is not the parts themselves. Measuring/bending, etc. of pipes costs you absolutly nothing but time if your doing it yourself and you can buy a turbo for anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. The piping is only a few hundred more dollars, and an intercooler will range in cost just like a turbo, and then a few other odds and ends for hardware and a BOV/wastegate. So if your smart about it and you do your own labor you could most defenetly have a kit built and installed and tuned ($500-$700) for less than 1/2 of what most of the available kits cost. It all depends on if you are able to do it yourself.

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Well I am one that believes in proven results, and my kit can be considered a "home made turbo kit" and I have had this kit installed for over 2 years and run mid to low 11's all day long. The only thing that has broken were stock OEM parts.

And my total out of pocket cost was just around $5700- that is going from stock to fully tuned at the race track running 11's. Find me another twin Turbo kit for that same price installed and tuned and I will agree with you.

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My point exactly... and this is a twin turbo, so a single turbo would be even slightly less than this.
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:22 PM   #22
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It's a win win situation either way if you ask me.

Pre-made kit - someone's taken the guess work out of it. You get all the parts, brackets, hardware etc, bolt it on, tune it, and bam you're done. Usually ends up costing more but it saves you time.

Homemade kit - more legwork on your end rounding up parts, planning mounting locations, tubing work, etc. However...a lot of times when I am installing other people's kits (anything, doesn't have to be f/i) I think, this would be so much better if _______... So you have more leeway in making it as perfect as you desire.

Whether or not you save on cost doing it yourself just boils down to what you feel your own time/labor is worth. When I do things on my own (not just cars but house stuff, whatever) there is also that sense of pride that I did it with my own two hands, that's worth a lot to people too
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:43 PM   #23
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Couldn't have said it better myself. Here's a a breakdown of my costs...

Piping- $250
Fittings and flanges- $100
Braded oil lines-$200
Scavenger oil pump-$400
Turbos-$2200
Ls9 MAP sensor- $50
KB BAP-$400
Wastegate-$300
BOV-$250
Injectors-$400
Dyno tune-$500
Misc tools and resources needed(including food and drinks)- $500
Time it took to fabricate and build- $priceless...

End result was 635hp/640tq on most aggressive tune- 565whp/560tq street trim.

Yes I don't have an intercooler so that would have costed about $400 more if I went that route. But decided I liked the stealth look.


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Old 01-06-2013, 03:49 PM   #24
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Couldn't have said it better myself. Here's a a breakdown of my costs...

Piping- $250
Fittings and flanges- $100
Braded oil lines-$200
Scavenger oil pump-$400
Turbos-$2200
Ls9 MAP sensor- $50
KB BAP-$400
Wastegate-$300
BOV-$250
Injectors-$400
Dyno tune-$500
Misc tools and resources needed(including food and drinks)- $500
Time it took to fabricate and build- $priceless...

End result was 635hp/640tq on most aggressive tune- 565whp/560tq street trim.

Yes I don't have an intercooler so that would have costed about $400 more if I went that route. But decided I liked the stealth look.


:-)

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Did you make a build thread? I'd love to see pics.
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:02 PM   #25
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I do have one on here, but its a little out dated due to me having my own website so i update it on there more. Here is the link to the one on here, and the one on my website

updated build thread

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Old 01-06-2013, 05:42 PM   #26
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Say what you want about Syckss's parts but it is clean and it works! I've seen it in person and at the track where it counts, I'd just wish he'd get an intercooler lol J/k the meth is working good lol. Can't wait to line them up in the spring bud!!
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:00 PM   #27
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:02 PM   #28
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Haha thanks man. I do appreciate that. I should get my username changed on here too I guess.

And we will see about that intercooler this year. Got a couple tricks up my sleeve this winter so we will see if I will make that jump too. I can't wait to get back to the track, this winter is taking forever! We are in the process of adding a set of turbos to my buddies '00 TA right now. he still really wants to see yours.

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Old 02-14-2013, 09:29 PM   #29
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wtf is a "home made turbo"?

This isn't chicken soup, it's car parts. They require precise fitting and measurements. Significant engineering and testing.

And there is no such thing as a cheap turbo setup.

Please share with us these "awesome results" you have seen.

I smell a troll thread.
I've been out of pocket for a while.....you obviously haven't been around cars very long...this is a common practice. I obviously wasn't referring to building a turbo...really dude??
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My kit is 100% custom.

Meaning that I did not buy a pre-made kit and just bolt it on. It was all completely fabricated, fitted, and mounted by my buddy and now sponsor of my car.

I would agree with an earlier post that I probably paid 1/2 to even less than what a pre made kit would cost to purchase, be installed and tuned.

The things you have to consider are...

*the downtime( because we did all the bending, welding, and designing it takes a lot longer)

*Parts
*Labor (which is where most of the cost really comes from)

Things you pay for are convinience for just being able to bolt on with minimal downtime and all the time it took fabricate the kit in the first place. I can tell you that even with a basic design it can take weeks sometimes month to bring it all together to make sure its perfect. So that's where its up to you. I had another mode of transportation so I was able and willing to not drive my car during the frabrication stage. It was hard but saved me a ton of money.

Just my 2cents. I enjoy being involved with the complete building process.


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Sorry man, I was out of pocket for a while and didn't respond.... This is exactly what I'm looking for! I had a buddy that used to buy diesel turbos and modify the waste gate, and throw them on all kinds of cars. Your threads are very helpful!
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Sorry man, I was out of pocket for a while and didn't respond.... This is exactly what I'm looking for! I had a buddy that used to buy diesel turbos and modify the waste gate, and throw them on all kinds of cars. Your threads are very helpful!
Thanks man I appreciate that.

I actually know a buddy that did just that on his prelude. Diesel Turbo with the modified wastegate..amazing results on his setup.

But it can be done and you will be good. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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I do have one on here, but its a little out dated due to me having my own website so i update it on there more. Here is the link to the one on here, and the one on my website

updated build thread

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Great write up man!
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:45 PM   #33
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Thanks, I just updated it fully now. So take a look at it now, it has a litte more detail

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Put a turbo on my friends car for under $400 found a Volvo turbo at the junkyard and searched everywhere for all the pieces needed and even had to weld some stuff. Been running for almost 2 years now and no problems

so for ever one who thinks you need to spend a tons of money your wrong you just have to be patient,learn how to weld, and do your research!!!
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