After what seems like forever, I have some boost, and so I will make a build thread.
- 1994 C package with 155k miles. Red, obviously.
- 14b from an Eagle Talon
- Starion/Conquest Front Mount with modified end tanks
- Megasquirt; Standalone with fan mod and eventually EBC
- Complete 2.5" Stainless Mandrel Bent with cat and magnaflow muffler
- 2.5" aluminum ebay kit.
- RFL (Sounds like god sneezing every time I shift!)
- Custom stainless log manifold
We started with the exhaust, from the back. Check out that tip!
Once the back third of the exhaust was done, we hooked it into the stock exhaust and worked on the intercooler piping. (This is my only car and we couldn't finish the whole project in one weekend)
Cold Side standing under the engine looking up toward the passenger/front corner of the car:
Top view of that section:
Here's the intercooler from the front:
We didn't finish the hot side that weekend because we were missing a couple necessary couplers. Here's what we ended up doing with the hot side when we got the right couplers (Thanks for the idea TurboTim!):
Once the flange came, we could start making the manifold. I can't weld for crap so my friend did all of the welding and made me do the grinding (which I am also pretty bad at).
Here is a work-in-progress of the log manifold:
And a test fit before we cut the turbo-hole in it:
Test fitting the turbo (I was practically jumping up and down to see the turbo sitting in my engine bay):
Once the turbo was located, work could begin on the downpipe. Here's the dump flange with the first bits of the downpipe welded on. I call it the dump but I doubt that's right:
And the downpipe. It hasn't been ground yet, but that's on the list of things to do:
And the turbo, all installed and ready to run (I put a filter on it before it left the garage, don't worry). The oil line had to go up over the motor for now because I didn't have a fitting to fit on the driver's side. I'm going to find one and then the oil line will be routed properly:
Here's the garage my friend has at his house with my car all hoisted up for surgery:
I guess it's not a very detailed build thread, but I felt like I was taking a TON of pictures when we were doing the install. I do have more but they're not as good, or they're more angles of the same thing.
Right now, I'm running wastegate pressure, which is about 7psi. The flanges all leak because they need to be machined and have gaskets, so combined with the wastegate spring the spool isn't as quick as I'd hoped. Doesn't matter though, I have nothing to compare to so it's all good and will only get better when I fix those two issues.
The car has been turbo'd for ALMOST 24 hours now. The tune is still pretty rough but it gets better each time I drive it. I have no idea how I'm going to tune the spark table though.
There are still a few things that need to be finished up, obviously, but they are minor or cosmetic and so will wait a couple weeks. If you notice anything besides grinding welds and painting, and leaking flanges let me know and I may add it to my list if I think it is important.
Ok, discuss. What do you see that is wrong, and what do you like? What do you want more pictures of? And how do I make this post only show the pictures once?