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Old 06-16-2009, 04:00 PM   #1
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How fast are these things? I met one on the highway the other day and we pretty much tied from 70 to about 110. I know I need spark tuning like nobody's business, but I am still a little shocked that this thing could keep up as well as it did. It also made noises I didn't think stock cars made... like VTA BOV, and very audible turbo spool.
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It wasn't stock...
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They are a very popular car to upgrade. The factory supported that with it's staged upgrade program that kept the warranty intact. Pretty common for these to be putting 300-400hp to the ground.
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They take to mods like a stripper takes to hooking.
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The Mopar BOV is a very popular mod and is very loud. It sounds almost like air brakes. I have it on my PT Cruiser and it is much more noticible and easier to set off than the one in my Miata.
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The Mopar BOV is a very popular mod and is very loud. It sounds almost like air brakes. I have it on my PT Cruiser and it is much more noticible and easier to set off than the one in my Miata.
more info on the boosted PT?
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I have an '05 SRT4, and they're not that fast stock. If you could hear his turbo spool, then he wasn't using the stock exhaust, and probably had other mods.

4155: You know that boosted PTs were offered right?
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4155: You know that boosted PTs were offered right?
I've seen one with TURBO on the back but it was riced so I didnt take it seriously. Any good?
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They made one with the same engine as the SRT4 (or more correctly, they made a Neon with a PT cruiser engine...), but with a smaller intercooler, so a lower power claim. They also made a low boost version to sell in the PT cruisers. One of the reasons the SRT4 engine is as strong as it is is because Chrysler was desperate to increase PT sales, so they went a little overboard on the engine.

Interesting note - the SRT4 and PT cruiser use the same exhaust manifold with the turbine incorporated to save space, because there's not much room beneath the hood of the PT.

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where does the turbo go on that manifold?

I've run one that claimed 450whp and I walked him from 50mph to 135.
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The turbine housing and manifold are one casting hustler, take another look.
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so the wastegate port is the size of a tennis ball?
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is the turbo a v-band (left side of manifold at top... you see v-bandage?)
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Ya I have a 2003 PT Cruiser GT. I has the HO 2.4 turbo rated at 215hp, 245 tq. This engine was actually designed for the PT and later found its way into the Neon. It's great fun for what it is, and I have surprised a few people with it. Probably on par with a stock NC. But it's doen't seem nearly as much fun as it used to now that my Miata has a turbo on it!
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I dislike SRT4's just because of the FWD aspect, not to mention the drivers that are usually douching up the streets in them.

PT cruisers are by far though the worst car on the road. I hate them so much sometimes when I'm near them in traffic I actually think about smashing into them and pushing them off the road.

No hard feelings though if you drive either
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so the wastegate port is the size of a tennis ball?
Nope, that's the first part of the downpipe. It's a weird design...

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is the turbo a v-band (left side of manifold at top... you see v-bandage?)
What you are looking at is the CHRA side of the turbine housing.

Maybe this will help orient y'all to the pic:


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Nope, that's the first part of the downpipe. It's a weird design...



What you are looking at is the CHRA side of the turbine housing.
Dude i'm so confused on how that works! Diagram? Better pics?

A guy at my school has one that you can hear the turbo whirring noise on but has the stock intercooler. I'll try not to pick on him cause I dont wanna get whooped up on by a Neon haha.

Edit: now I see. Very weird. Cool though

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On the stock turbo they can run a little over 300whp, low 13's @ 110ish typically. It's a car everyone loves to hate, but for what it is, it's pretty quick. I ran one pretty much dead even in my old SC S2000, made me want to cry.
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Last I remember the stock turbo record was 10.9 w/ slicks.
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Last I remember the stock turbo record was 10.9 w/ slicks.
They have some major problems hooking up on street tires. The stock wheels are 6" and I've rolled the fenders for a guy that was trying to fit 225's on an aftermarket wheel. 10.9 is very impressive though, must have been running some serious meth injection and pushing the turbo way beyond it's limits. I've seen a few friends trying (unsuccessfully) to crack 12's on the stock turbo and street tires.
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