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labor cost on turbo?

This is a discussion on labor cost on turbo? within the Forced Induction forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; i was thinking about a turbo for my 98 z28 conv. and was wondering how much will it cost to ...

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    labor cost on turbo?

    i was thinking about a turbo for my 98 z28 conv. and was wondering how much will it cost to have one put on and tuned.

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    Would really depend on if you're talking about a custom fab job or buying a kit and having someone put it on for you. If it's a fab job you can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $65 per hr for the work plus the cost of materials. If the guy is reputable you're looking at 10-12 hours for the job. The tune is another story, it all depends on the person and how they go about it. Getting the tip in on the car going then road tuning it correctly. That's just to get it to run right. Then it's dyno tune time.....and that depends on the shop that has the dyno....

    if it's a turbo kit then it may turn out to be less...but not by too much...labor wise that is...

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    easiest way to do it is... hedman tight tuck headers, turbos and acc. in hand go up to your local *but good* exhaust shop and get an estimate... they can do the piping for you for cheap and with quality material.. after that it's a matter of the turbo accessories and you taking your time to do it right...so about 500$ for labor and then cost of turbo and your time

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    hp turbo charges $1250 install and dyno tune

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    Quote Originally Posted by LS-T View Post
    easiest way to do it is... hedman tight tuck headers, turbos and acc. in hand go up to your local *but good* exhaust shop and get an estimate... they can do the piping for you for cheap and with quality material.. after that it's a matter of the turbo accessories and you taking your time to do it right...so about 500$ for labor and then cost of turbo and your time

    You would be FAR better served scrapping the idea of those junky hedmans that will crack and fatigue early and going with cast-iron manifolds (which have been routinely seen to be good at well over 1krwhp)...

    Also, 9 out of 10 local exhausts shops will be LOST in trying to fab up a kit. They'd prolly try and crush-bend the hot parts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frost View Post
    You would be FAR better served scrapping the idea of those junky hedmans that will crack and fatigue early and going with cast-iron manifolds (which have been routinely seen to be good at well over 1krwhp)...

    Also, 9 out of 10 local exhausts shops will be LOST in trying to fab up a kit. They'd prolly try and crush-bend the hot parts
    Clanton's exhaust and muffler did my piping perfectly he said he had done it before.. and my hedmans have done great by me... maybe i got lucky... when i originaly got them i got them for next to nothing... i was going to use them for the time being but since they worked why fix something that works ya know?

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    Cool deal then... as for here though, I have *never* seen any tig welding at our local exhaust shops so I'd consider myself blessed if I were you
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