Originally Posted by k4thomas
Can anyone offer some suggestions on parts for my budget DIY setup? Im looking probably at used for almost everything. Any suggestions on a turbo i might want to use or a specific brand for a DP and manifold? How are the ebay downpipe and manifolds? I was thinking of just starting at 5 psi an gradually moving up to about 8-10 for now. Would I NEED an MSPNP for this or not? Thank you.
What year car do you have? Auto, 5-speed, 1.6 or 1.8?
I bought all the bandaids. And then decided I wanted to use my 550 injectors and sold them.
Check out the DIY section and click on the sticky (ALL your answers in one big post). I read it from time to time.
You don't have to buy MS. But if you want over 9 psi and gas mileage you probably want to look at your MS or piggy back options.. Ms will wind up cheaper if you have wiring abilities.
But There are several people running bandaids with no problems.
As for turbo's Im not much help. I just bought a complete used kit.
Everyone screams the ebay manifolds are crap. But for $50, I'm sure it is better than something I would weld myself. I would make some relief cuts.
I would look for a used manifold, and buy a used turbo that fits it. Manifolds seem to be harder to come by than turbo's around my area.
If you have a 1.6, Watch for a used greddy. YOu can usually get a used kit with an afpr for $480-1000.
If you don't have the extra cash to blow on clutches, exaust, injectors and what not. It will probably be a drawn out process. I would then go bandaids. And upgrade as you go. If you are thriffty and patient, you can get a deal on bandaids, and sell them for the same price when you are ready to upgrade.
My budget opened up with overtime $$$$$, So I decided to just go all the way. But I started out to do a slow build over time.
Go the route that you can afford, don't use credit cards.
Read the DIY stickies. That will help navigate your decision. It is all about budget. Don't start out to do something and run out of money halfway in like I did. You will be months and months into it. And your ride will be shut down as well.