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Time To Turbo, Where Do I Start?

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Hey guys,
After a long thought one cruisey night (and many others lol) i came ot the conclusion of turbocharging my car, heres the details on her and some questions i would like answered. So im aware its quite a pricey job, but il afford it over time piece by piece!
Thanks to all in advance :)


The Car Details:
5spd Manual
3.8L V6 Buick (180,000kms)
Stock Intake
Stock Exhaust
Always run on BP Ultimate

Questions (Very detailed replies if possible please):

Exhaust, what needs to be done here?

What specific parts will i need?

What turbo should i use?

Is it better to just buy a kit for $4000(ish) or buy piece by piece?

Anything internal on the engine that should be advised?

Do i need to upgrade any other parts so my engine is compatible?

Is there a certain oil to be used in the engine one it has been turbo'd?

I plan on installing all parts myself, as an apprentice mechanic i know a bit, good or bad idea?

Who would you advise to talk to about any further questions concerning my plans?

Thats all ive got so far so yea we'll start there :p
 
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good for you man i hope you come through with the goods..

now basically the first things on the agenda is twin or single?? both have there ups and downs on each one.

alot of things varie depending on what you are after power wise and budget wise.
if it was me
1.Rebuild Motor with Lower comp and forged pistons
2. Select the right cam and injectors and rockers to match your power
3.the right ecu for your requirments.
4.Rising rate fuel reg.
5. Stock intake will do for a lower budget but there are twin throttle manifolds which would prob be the go.
6. of course depending on your setup a 3 inch exhaust or twin 2.5 but then that also depends on the power you are pulling and if its single or twin.

Thats a basic basic step guide by what I would do alot of other ppl will give you different opinions, tips etc etc

good luck dude go for it!
 

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good for you man i hope you come through with the goods..

now basically the first things on the agenda is twin or single?? both have there ups and downs on each one.

alot of things varie depending on what you are after power wise and budget wise.
if it was me
1.Rebuild Motor with Lower comp and forged pistons
2. Select the right cam and injectors and rockers to match your power
3.the right ecu for your requirments.
4.Rising rate fuel reg.
5. Stock intake will do for a lower budget but there are twin throttle manifolds which would prob be the go.
6. of course depending on your setup a 3 inch exhaust or twin 2.5 but then that also depends on the power you are pulling and if its single or twin.

Thats a basic basic step guide by what I would do alot of other ppl will give you different opinions, tips etc etc

good luck dude go for it!
Well as for the rebuilt motor, i was going to go with the curent status of the engine seeing as the condition of it is quite good actually, so the idea was to stick with external only other than possibly upgrading as u said, the rockers and injectors.
As for power i honestly dont know what type of power level im looking for really, shes currently sitting on around 120kw and i would really like to start pushing 170-180 if possible, that would also depend on the costs ofcourse, would really like a range of power to price if possible :)
Moving onto the fuel rate reg. can i buy aftermarket ones of these?
And also the ECU, who can reformatt mine and how would it be reformatted eg. what would they change?
The twin throttle manifolds, where can i get my hands on these and what price are they, can i put them on myself like just a simple bolt on or more sophisticated?
So now that you know the power range, do you recommend a 2.5 twin or a 3, because unless im hitting boost, the 3inch would have no benefit imo..
Thanks,
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Well as for the rebuilt motor, i was going to go with the curent status of the engine seeing as the condition of it is quite good actually, so the idea was to stick with external only other than possibly upgrading as u said, the rockers and injectors.
As for power i honestly dont know what type of power level im looking for really, shes currently sitting on around 120kw and i would really like to start pushing 170-180 if possible, that would also depend on the costs ofcourse, would really like a range of power to price if possible :)
Moving onto the fuel rate reg. can i buy aftermarket ones of these?
And also the ECU, who can reformatt mine and how would it be reformatted eg. what would they change?
The twin throttle manifolds, where can i get my hands on these and what price are they, can i put them on myself like just a simple bolt on or more sophisticated?
So now that you know the power range, do you recommend a 2.5 twin or a 3, because unless im hitting boost, the 3inch would have no benefit imo..
Thanks,
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I know Mace sells a twin throttle manifold for VR/VS commys
 

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if your running anywhere between 1-5 psi boost the motor will be fine but if you boost it up a fair bit thats where lower compression, pistons and other features come into play.. if you were after those sort of kilowatts why dont you try stroking the motor instead. consistent power (no lag) and maybe a bit cheaper option depending on who you talk to or what your after.
I know Pro stroke in Heathcote can definatly help you out for any budget. Pro-Stroke Engines
im not sure if come racing do a kit for it either but either way you could get one of their packages and build it yourself or they could do it.
 

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this would have to be one of the easiest setups ive ever seen delcohacking.net • View topic - Turbo VN V6 only requires one passenger manifold to be fabricated a new crossover pipe from the stock drivers side manifold to the rear of the new passenger manifold ,a waste gate ,a turbo T3/T4 or T70 or KKR380 or similar, 1 intercooler and pipe work ,3" exhaust ,BOV and 30lb injectors.dont go the aftermarket rising rate reg waste of time and money and a pig to tune with and most of them never hold constant pressure.check it out clint does over 100km a day to work on a stock $57 ebay engine and it runs at 16psi.
 

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if your running anywhere between 1-5 psi boost the motor will be fine but if you boost it up a fair bit thats where lower compression, pistons and other features come into play.. if you were after those sort of kilowatts why dont you try stroking the motor instead. consistent power (no lag) and maybe a bit cheaper option depending on who you talk to or what your after.
I know Pro stroke in Heathcote can definatly help you out for any budget. Pro-Stroke Engines
im not sure if come racing do a kit for it either but either way you could get one of their packages and build it yourself or they could do it.
Well im unssure of what boost will obtain what source of power, and how exactly do you change the boost? like for example if i want to thrash around for a bit i would be running 5psi, otherwise just 1 for usual driving right? Id prefer turbo mainly because i crave that blow off valve sound, the kick in power at a higher revs rather than off the spot and also that stroking it out is alot louder..

this would have to be one of the easiest setups ive ever seen delcohacking.net • View topic - Turbo VN V6 only requires one passenger manifold to be fabricated a new crossover pipe from the stock drivers side manifold to the rear of the new passenger manifold ,a waste gate ,a turbo T3/T4 or T70 or KKR380 or similar, 1 intercooler and pipe work ,3" exhaust ,BOV and 30lb injectors.dont go the aftermarket rising rate reg waste of time and money and a pig to tune with and most of them never hold constant pressure.check it out clint does over 100km a day to work on a stock $57 ebay engine and it runs at 16psi.
wow thats quite interesting, if this is so cheap why doesnt everyone resort to it? whats the downside?
 
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from what i have been told, a 3 inch exhaust on a 3.8L turbo is illegal in all states, so to be on the safer side your probably better off with the twin 2.5's as you will get a much nicer sound from it in my opinion, 3 inch pipes are generally used on the smaller engines like subaru and lancer 2.2L's and gives off more of a rumbling sound, had a 3 inch exhaust on my old Lancer, it did sound nice but it also caused a few minor power issues :(, but the option is upto you i've only ever heard the twin 2.5 exhausts on v8's so dont know how they sound on the v6
 
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