I bought my worn-out, bone-stock 94 with 208k miles about 2 years ago, and since then, it's been in need of a wee bit more power. After completely redoing the suspension, steering, and brakes it was time for BOOOOOST. I've been collecting parts for about a year now and figured I'd wait to start the build thread until everything was actually assembled.
Power goal is 200hp or so and reliable enough to be daily driven, and based on what I've seen on others cars with this turbo, that's possible after I turn up the boost. The other goal was for it to be as cheap as possible but done right. I probably have about $2300 or so into everything power-related (MS2, exhaust, and of course turbo) so it's not a budget-busting project... especially since there isn't a car payment involved
The stuff you actually care about
- Baby Garrett turbo off an SR20
- Old FM/BEGi cast log manifold
- FM Downpipe
- FM ceramic coated turbine outlet
- 460cc RX-7 Injectors
- DIYPNP Megasquirt 2
- LC-1 WBO2
- Enthuza dual 3" exhaust
- Enthuza 2.5->3.0" cat
- FM "upgraded" intercooler
- Custom IC piping
- Bosch BOV set up for VTA
Everything assembled on my workbench. The turbo is small enough that it can be installed as an assembly with the upper portion of the downpipe with some creativity.
Test fit, hence the lack of hose clamps. The wastegate mounts to the compressor housing so I couldn't simply clock the thing down.
I was too cheap to buy the EGR fitting or the block off plate, so I just sandwiched a piece of aluminum under the EGR.
Hotside piping. The intercooler is friggin HUGE so the only option was around the rad.
Coldside piping. Again, around the rad.
Intake elbow. This is a cast aluminum piece that I just tapped for all my coldside fittings. Yes, I used threadlock
Cat installed. 2.5" in from the FM downpipe; 3" out to the Enthuza duals.
After the first test drive, I learned that a) the tune for my boosted cells is **** (hitting 8.5 AFRs with only a little boost!) b) that oil burning off the turbo/manifold looks like a giant exhaust leak and c) one of my stainless braid coolant hoses has a teeny tiny leak that showed up after I turned the car off. Dammit.