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Old 01-13-2009, 03:11 AM   #21
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May I recommend you make sure, you definitely make sure, that you will have finances and technical expertise in line before you jump on turbo'ing a non turbo car, especially a 19 year old one.

I am 20 and in college, and I am finding how hard the whole project car thing can be, especially if its your daily driver. Keep all of this in mind.

My recommendation is to buy a base begi-s kit. Base. Keep it simple. No need to intercool or do a standalone. This way you can learn the car and slowly work from there. This is the fastest way to get turbo'd reliably and easily. This is the best bolt on solution.

On the other hand, if you want to learn a lot. Get a megasquirt standalone and learn the system. Learn how to tune your stock car. The megasquirt will control nearly every parameter you could ever imagine. Then slowly buy parts understanding it will never be plug and play like the base model begi s.

I went the wrong route, and without the expertise to diagnose every problem on my car, ended up dishing out a lot of cash I didn't need too AND went a long time driving the parents spare car.

Throw in do everything everyone else was talking about, make sure you have everything else in line, diff, tires, rollbar. Get a rollbar. You will be decapitated without one. I'm serious.

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Old 01-13-2009, 04:32 AM   #22
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Yeah, don't frustrate yourself by adding 50 or 60whp and then finding out your tires, suspension, wheels, brakes, and diff aren't up to the task. It sucks, but you really have to drop the coin on good supporting stuff to get the most out of the rest of your setup.

I have mabye $4500-5k into my turbo. It would be slow as hell and a nightmare to drive without the $10k in support parts that are on my car. You obviously don't have to get near those figures if you do your homework and keep the power levels a little lower, but it just illustrates the importance of the rest of the car over the turbo.
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My recommendation is to buy a base begi-s kit. Base. Keep it simple. No need to intercool or do a standalone. This way you can learn the car and slowly work from there. This is the fastest way to get turbo'd reliably and easily. This is the best bolt on solution.

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