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Newbie wants to do front mount turbo

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    Newbie wants to do front mount turbo

    I have just purchased a 1998 SS ,automatic with 125,000 mi, it is 100 % stock and I am looking to install a front mount single turbo system. I need to keep the A/C RE: the area I live in sees 90 to 110+ temps 7 mo out of the year. Looking for your input on part #'s and sources for the parts I need and where to buy them from, and of course what not to do, Thanks.

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    No one is going to reply until you change your car info to 'CamAro'... not 'camero.'

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    Guess I need parts advise and a spell checker,

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    Not to many people willing to give advice...

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    go grab a used sts turbo kit from ebay

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavdeepWS6 View Post
    go grab a used sts turbo kit from ebay
    Pretty sure OP wanted a FRONT mount system.

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    what kind of performance r you looking 4. I hope you have outstanding credit. Do your homework on front mounted turbos or turbo and shops in your area. Also check the shop's track record 4 doing that type of work don't 4 get warranty. You will need a rotating kit. You can buy cars with FI already installed.

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    the c6 manifolds will keep ac just like the kits i build

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    What kind of performance are you looking for?
    And what kind of budget?
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    Other that that, all stock.
    Best ET so far, 11.91 @ 114.47 w/1.60 60'

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavdeepWS6 View Post
    go grab a used sts turbo kit from ebay
    Not a bad idea!..the f body is a tight place to build a turbo kit unless you have tons of money or can live without ac...good luck on your build..the sts will be an easy way to get boost and keep it under 10-14 grand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will@apf View Post
    Not a bad idea!..the f body is a tight place to build a turbo kit unless you have tons of money or can live without ac...good luck on your build..the sts will be an easy way to get boost and keep it under 10-14 grand...


    Listen to this guy. He know of what he speaks. He has built many turbo cars including mine. APF does turbos right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick67 View Post
    What kind of performance are you looking for?
    And what kind of budget?
    Would like to see 600 - 650 WHP expect to spend about 9k for everything, I have made a list from all the articles I have read , I think it is pretty complete but you know there is always something at the end

    turbo, intercooler, piping , flanges, guages, fuel system, radiator, hoses, H P Tuner, colant , front x member,

    still havn't decided on which block / crank / pistons / rods to use

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    Quote Originally Posted by need4speed069 View Post
    I expect to spend about 9k for everything, I have made a list from all the articles I have read: turbo, intercooler, piping , flanges, guages, fuel system, radiator, hoses, H P Tuner, colant , front x member, still havn't decided on which block / crank / pistons / rods to use
    Going to be very tough to to net everything you need to build a reliable turbo system for under 9Gs... especially without having a built motor all ready for FI. Not to say it's not possible, but FI is not a place to cut corners IMO. Hope you're able to meet both your performance and price goals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImportIntimidator View Post
    Going to be very tough to to net everything you need to build a reliable turbo system for under 9Gs... especially without having a built motor all ready for FI. Not to say it's not possible, but FI is not a place to cut corners IMO. Hope you're able to meet both your performance and price goals.
    x2.. Don't mean to burst your bubble but PLEASE save your money for a while longer... i see people all the time that get a turbo/motor set up for "cheap" and it turns around and bites them, either the car blows up or never performs the way they expected it to. I build turbo cars for a living and you can take my advice or not, i just want you to have some honest input before you spend your money.

    Ball parking it - Parts Only for a quality reliable motor/turbo build should start at around 12000.

    And I highly recommend having a reputable machine shop (that is willing to consult with you) build and assemble your motor for you!
    Last edited by Will@apf; 11-05-2009 at 12:25 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by need4speed069 View Post
    Would like to see 600 - 650 WHP expect to spend about 9k for everything, I have made a list from all the articles I have read , I think it is pretty complete but you know there is always something at the end

    turbo, intercooler, piping , flanges, guages, fuel system, radiator, hoses, H P Tuner, colant , front x member,

    still havn't decided on which block / crank / pistons / rods to use
    That looks all fine and dandy. How do you expect to get that power planted to the ground?
    It's on jackstands.

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    with that kind of power your gonna need alot more than a built motor and a turbo... one of the first thing's to go will be your tranny or the rear end.. the stock drive shaft's are good for a stock motor but tend to break when you start getting into the 450rwhp range..
    on a stock ls1 I have seen people run 7psi and be fine with a damn good tune.. and they are getting around 510 to 515hp at the rear wheel's. at 5psi around 420rwhp on a 100% stock block.. but as far as building one for 600+rwhp the car mite run a week or two at the most before you have to replace every thing under the hood just to get it running again..
    if any thing I would at least put a good set of rod's and piston's in it and replace the valve spring's..
    good luck with your build man...

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