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Old 09-04-2012, 12:57 AM   #1
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I just recently finished a turbo setup on my 1990 track/autocross toy that has been a long time in the making. I trolled this forum for quite some time before I began purchasing parts and I learned a lot from everyone on here and just wanted to say thank you to all those who have helped me. Specifically Reverant, ARTech, TurboTim, and Savington.

I wouldn't have been able to complete this setup without the advice and knowledge on this forum.

I'll start with the basics of my setup.

Turbo Setup Related Items:

Garrett GT2854r Turbo
Custom Absurdflow replica manifold
Custom 3in exhaust mated to 3in straight through Magnaflow muffler
Custom over the radiator intercooler piping
Cxracing ebay intercooler
Custom XRP lightweight braided oil and water lines
Turbosmart Comp-Gate 40 EWG
Turbosmart Vee Port Pro BOV
Turbosmart Boost Tee MBC
FIC Bosch EV-14 650cc injectors
Reverant Built MS3/MS3x
AEM Wideband O2
AEM Boost Gauge
TSE COP kit
TSE Inconel Stud Kit
ACT XTSS Clutch
Fidanza Aluminum Flywheel

That's most of the recent items, I've had this car for 5 years so here's the rest of the items that were installed over that time before I decided 100hp wasn't enough for me.

Chassis and Suspension related items:

Xida AST dampers
Swift main springs
Swift helper springs
Racing Beat 1.125in FARB
No RARB
949racing ARB Endlinks
15x9 6UL's
225 Hankook RS3's
HDHCDD Roll Bar
Kirkey Passenger Seat
Sparco EVO2 Driver Seat
Schroth Profi-II 6pt harness
Sparco 383 Wheel
NRG Hub and QR
AWR Motor Mounts
Energy Suspension Diff Mounts
4.3 Torsen Diff
Wilwood Prop Valve
Mishimoto Radiator and fan shroud setup
Custom Splitter and airdam
APR rear wing with custom endplates


That's most of what I can think of off the top of my head. Once again thanks to everyone who has helped me out I really appreciate it.

I had the car dyno tuned once it was completed and I reached my goal of 200hp at 10psi almost exactly. Final numbers were 200hp/175ft-lbs at 9.7psi. I'm very happy with the car it is a blast and now I just need to re-learn how to drive it since I have effectively doubled the hp and tq.

I will start migrating pics off of my phone and into this thread. Here are some pics during manifold fabrication.





















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Old 09-04-2012, 03:17 AM   #2
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Why did you decide to go with the oddball GT2854 and not, say, a proven GT2554?

I can't find anything wrong with the build.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:58 AM   #3
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Nice to know everything went well!
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Why did you decide to go with the oddball GT2854 and not, say, a proven GT2554?

I can't find anything wrong with the build.
Funny story actually, well not really. I had a GT2554r at one point and sold it, because I wanted to run a Tial V-Band housing. So I special ordered this turbo with a Tial V-Band housing from a distributor. If I had done my homework I would have realized that this has a different trim turbine wheel than the 2860etc. so the v-band housing isn't compatible. I wasn't able to return the items so I just decided to stick with this turbo. I was afraid it might spool too slowly, but I'm happy with it.

I also converted to sequential fuel and spark. Here are some photos showing some more fab work.

















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Nice setup, looks like you are one of the few that appreciates (and can afford) quality parts.

Seems kinda overdone for such low power, but that's not a bad thing. You can always freshen up the motor with some forged parts and turn it up later anyways.
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Nice setup, looks like you are one of the few that appreciates (and can afford) quality parts.

Seems kinda overdone for such low power, but that's not a bad thing. You can always freshen up the motor with some forged parts and turn it up later anyways.
Thank you and yes I have a spare motor in my garage, which I will most likely rebuild this winter. For now I'm happy with 200hp, but as most people suggest that probably won't last long.
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Here's some photos when I pulled the motor to install the new clutch and flywheel. Also took this time to drill the oil pan for the return and added some heat shielding so my feet wouldn't burn up on track. I noticed my feet getting hot sometimes under na power.













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but you didnt swap out the 1.6L.


sucks.
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but you didnt swap out the 1.6L.


sucks.
I certainly thought about it, the only thing that stopped me was that I actually have two spare 1.6L engines. My thought was if I blow one up, I can just plug in the next one and keep going. We will see what the future holds, I could always pick up a 1.8L, buy an absurdflow manifold and redo the downpipe. Anything is possible.
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Thank you and yes I have a spare motor in my garage, which I will most likely rebuild this winter. For now I'm happy with 200hp, but as most people suggest that probably won't last long.
Do it once twice, do it right!

Funny, but it seems to be a good plan. I still haven't decided if I want to turbo my stock motor or wait until I build a motor.
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Do it once twice, do it right!

Funny, but it seems to be a good plan. I still haven't decided if I want to turbo my stock motor or wait until I build a motor.
That's why it was an attempt at do it one do it right. I tried to take my time and plan everything out, but even then there are still things I wish I would have done differently. If I were to redo it again today, I would have a Borg Warner EFR turbo.
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Hey, sweet, I didn't even notice you are from Indy. I plan on going with the "home town turbo" (EFR 6758) but first I need a garage to build the motor in.
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I certainly thought about it, the only thing that stopped me was that I actually have two spare 1.6L engines. My thought was if I blow one up, I can just plug in the next one and keep going. We will see what the future holds, I could always pick up a 1.8L, buy an absurdflow manifold and redo the downpipe. Anything is possible.

been there, done that a few times.

the 1.6L just plain sucks. Even if you build it, it'll always suck.
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Very nice attempt to synthesize everything from this board. Your parts list looks like a lot of people's wish lists, I'm sure.

Please swap in a 1.8L with comparable turbo parts, then decide to start a new project and sell me this car for $0.50 on the dollar.
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I freeking looooovvee the sound of the turbosmart BOV, i have a similar one.
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I freeking looooovvee the sound of the turbosmart BOV, i have a similar one.
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What was the result of all the heat shielding? Any change?
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What was the result of all the heat shielding? Any change?

No.
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