im debating over a BEGI build and im a turbo noob
I want to apporach this setup in a one-two punch fashion
1st goal is 160-180 HP...whatever my stock clutch can handle to test the waters
2nd goal is 200-220 HP
get myself turbo savvy and finish off at 250-300+ HP
my car is a 96 NA with ~60k miles....with FM VMAXX stage 2 suspension package and SS brake lines
My plan is to get an BEGI S3 kit with a BEGI Fuel System...this setup should at least net me 160 HP..and keep me CA CARB legal
After that setup I'll shop around around leisurely and upgrade my clutch and ECU to Megasquirt...potentially getting me to 220 HP ish
Learn the ropes and start upgrading my exhaust, injectors, fuel pump, tweak ecu, etc and should be well above 250 HP
I would swap back in the BEGI Fuel System whenever its that CA smog time of the year.
Problem is this path seems like a pretty pricey setup....initially $4000 followed by ~$1000 clutch/ecu then more $$$
I was wondering could I easily attain the same HP goals with a much lower initial cost?
Something like a semi bare bone BEGI-S setup with options like larger GT2860 turbo, SS lines, SS downpipe with no BOV and no intercooler...Which is like $3300 instead
Then I add a BOV, intercooler, clutch, ECU, etc at the 2nd go around
For upgrades, I want to minimize the amount parts I have to swap out and rather addon parts, e.g. add cold air box greater then swap out mild steel downpipe for stainless steel pipe toss mild steel away :/
Any suggestions on a cheaper intial setup that will net me similar power goals? Or other parts I can shave off now and add on later in the 2nd pass.
I know it sounds like a "pay me now or pay me more later"' kinda deal but i prefer "more" later and less up front...like my car loan payments