LONG POST (even for me):
This guy flagged me down in the p-lot at BestBuy today... "Hey man, is that thing boosted?" "Yah, wanna see?" "Dude, I'd love to. We just installed a turbo on my buddies car and it won't run." UH-OH! So they all came over and I ran them through the basics for about 20 minutes and then we went around the corner to where the storage lot where the car was. SKIP TO THE BOTTOM IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ MY REVIEW OF THE TURBO-SPECIALTIES KIT.
This is the exact kit:
Actually, the manifold, turbo, and IC seem to be all right... but the rest of the pieces and overall engineering is for crap.
The water hard-lines splice into the heater lines going into the firewall... which means your heater now works REALLY WELL! And those lines run directly across the top of the turbo and DP. Because of that, there is very little room or method to heat-shield anything short of individuall wrapping everything.
The oil feed comes via a sender under the intake manifold (which made zero sense considering where we usually take our feed). They do have instructions to tap the pan (and they recommend in the kit instructions to remove the oil-pan for this, actually citing the Haynes reference for removing the crossmember and lifting the engine). No menion of simply tapping under PS motor.
The BOV is chrome plastic crap... can't see how it will hold any boost at all. The couplers and vacuum lines are all the cheapest hard-line crap or NO-**** made of rubber.
The IC piping is that really crappy metal stuff that you swear is really plastic with a light metal coating. There is no port for the IAC hose... in fact, his IAC tube was still on the IAC, but just sitting there unattached to the intake. I told him to expect a slight idle problem.
The vortech-style AFPR (not shown in the pic) was chromed and looked like it would fail with just stock fuel pressure running through it.
But all that being said, if you knew what you were doing... you could probably make this thing work fairly well for awhile. Things are going to start breaking immediately, but upgrading should be straight forward. The turbo is a Garrett 2554r, so it's good to go, but I would be surprised if anything else in the kit lasted longer than 5k miles. He also had the SAFC installed, so fuel control should be "easier". He had nothing for timing... I enlightened him. END OF REVIEW
So, they wanted me to help diagnose the problem. He turned the key. I could hear the solenoid click and the starter clearly engaged... but the motor wouldn't turn. "Your battery is dead." So I backed up and hooked up the jumpers... same thing. Starter is engaging with plenty of juice, but it won't crank. So we got out a socket and tried turning the crank by hand... WON'T BUDGE... even with a cheater bar. He said on their first attempt to tap the pan, they drilled to far back and then redrilled further forward. They plugged the original hole with a bolt that they say currently extends about 1" into the pan. Check the pic. QUESTION: Would a bolt sticking 1" into the pan in either YELLOW circle hit anything, like the crank? I know the forward one might hit the oil pickup, but that's their current tap, not bolt.
I told them to charge the battery overnight. Then see. If it won't crank, rap on the starter with a hammer while trying it. If that doesn't work, take the battery and starter in and have them checked. If they are good, pull the pan and see if the bolt is hitting something. I didn't say anything about push-starting it.
CAN ANYBODY THINK OF ANYTHING ELSE! An improperly wired SAFC wouldn't keep the motor from cranking, would it? He said it ran 100% perfect prior to the install and that it's only been about 3 weeks since then.