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Old 12-26-2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default How outdated is Maximum Boost by Corky Bell?

Hey guys. I picked up the book after seeing it mentioned in the forum. It was published in the late 90s but seems solid. I was wondering if there were any glaringly outdated sections of the book I should know about?
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Old 12-26-2013, 01:51 PM   #2
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I believe Corky has since changed his mind about intercoolers. Otherwise the book is a good read.
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FI theory is the same, EMS is what has changed mostly since then. And things like e85, etc.
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I know I can essentially skip over the ECU section, as stuff like megasquirts didnt really exist back then. But ya, it seems when the book was written, intercoolers werent exactly the norm.
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People reading Maximum Boost should be the ones that don't know basic FI theory and operation. It is the gateway you can say. Anything more than a basic overview will require additional research.

Great book though, I read it at least a couple times and I was already quite familiar with FI.
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I knew very little about FI theory when I got mine, but my suggestion is just to take what he says about particulars with a grain of salt and to research more on top of what he tells you in the book to get a more "modern" look on things.
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Most of the book is about theory. It teaches you how to read compressor maps, how to understand the dynamics of air mass vs. volume, there's a bit of math, lots of general principles... None of that stuff has changed over the years.

It's a book about turbocharging, not a book about engine management. There is some discussion of fuel and ignition management, but it's hardly the meat of the book.

I still keep this book close at hand near my desk.
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I don't own a copy.
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I'm waiting for my copy of "Delayed Boost" by Andrew Kidd.

Should only be another 20 years

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The equations in the book havent changed. Some of the theory and opinion isnt valid because technology has come such a long way in 20 years. Its a decent book, there still really isnt anything better out and trying to write something new on this topic would be silly with the internets.
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I knew very little about FI theory when I got mine, but my suggestion is just to take what he says about particulars with a grain of salt and to research more on top of what he tells you in the book to get a more "modern" look on things.
Great advice in general. Even experts are wrong sometimes. Anyone who tells you differently isn't as much of an expert as they think.
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Dammmnnnnnn Steve. That was deep, bro. :P <3
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Miataturbo should make a book called "All the Boost"
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I'm waiting for my copy of "Delayed Boost"
Trackspeed will release it right after they release their turbo kit, tomorrow.
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It's a bit outdated, but still a worthwhile read.
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It's a bit outdated, but still a worthwhile read.
When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result, his men were well motivated.
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