12-02-2006, 11:28 AM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
Total Cats: 145
Yeah Baby!!!! I love a good convert!
Tell us a little more.
What kind of setup are you planing on?
Do you have a power goal?
What year car is it and do you have any other mods? P/S or A/C?
What kind of resources/tools/garage/skillz do you have?
Since this build is going to take awhile, I'd buy the parts you can install along the way first. The MS is a good first choice, you can get it installed, running, and tune it while still NA to work any bugs out. You can also do a dual feed fuel rail, mount the IC, cat-back, drill and tap the oil pan next oil change (just plug the barb). You can build your cold side IC piping and mount a BOV to it along with the idle air hose.
Your hot-side will have to wait until you actually get a manifold and turbo and know the locations of the compressor outlet/inlet. I would however be sure to buy all your IC piping/couplers at the same place (to make sure everything is compatible and to save on shipping). 2.5" stuff is pretty standard.
If you source a factory turbo off a donor car, it might come with some sort of factory feed lines for both water and oil. Factory water lines are almost always barbed on the end and will terminate far enough away from the turbo that heat isn't an issue and you can just use heater hose on them. Most factory oil feed and drain lines bolt into the block and won't be compatible with where you need to tap the source and drain... but the guys are correct in saying WAIT until you have the mani and turbo and know the exact location for sizing. Most of us run somewhere between 22"-24" I think depending on whether you go straight up the dipstick and over the top of the turbo or route along the firewall and over to the brake reservoir and then coming in the side (my vbGarage shows my routing).