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    Turbo or torque convertor!?!?!?

    I got a 02' WS6 automatic..... ok I have narrowed down what I wanted to do with my car, I was looking to get a Turbo Kit and than of course all the nessicary options to go along with it... I am told the automatic works well with a turbo.... But I am also curious about the torque convertor route... like the TCI streetfighter 3500 stall, with the cam, headers, shift kit, and trans cooler... I dont know which set up would give out the most hp... could somebody help me out a bit? I want the better set up of the two and need some others to kinda guide me a long a bit since Im kinda new to the LS1.. thanks!.... (by the way, I have around 3 grand to spend on whatever set up I choose, so for any advice the turbo kit has to be cheaper or around that price)
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    the turbo kit will not be cheaper. the cheapest kit you can find is the sts rear mounted turbo which is an awesome kit. its starting at aound 4 grand. then you have to upgrade your fuel injecotrs, fuel management, etc. i would go the torque converter heads cam headers route. to get your turbo goin on your car the right way its gonna cost you around $5500 bucks with the sts.

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    its all going to be very expesive especially if your not installing your self.

    heads/cam/headers/converter route= $3000 + installation and dyno tune ($1200) roughly 4200 bucks

    Turbo route= $5000-5500+ installation and dyno tune ($1200)
    roughly $6700

    just guestimates based on the guys that do the work on my car.

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    well if I take the torque convertor route I can do it myself, but if I get a turbo kit i rather have somebody do it for me because im not too familiar with it.. but I found a decent turbo kit on ebay and i priced everything out to be $2200, but I am still looking at what has the better performance, idk which route would give more hp because I know I can get what I need for under 3 g's if I do some shopping around. but thanks for the help!

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    the turbo is the best option.
    if you can get a good price on one, go for it.
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    I would go the TC/heads/cam route.. just got a 3800 vig myself and its awesome... just wondering why you would not get a TC with your turbo setup also?

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    do both either way your going to need a TC

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    I went the STS route first, but I have a torque converter sitting in my living room just waiting to be installed.
    My tune for my turbo was only $600, but I did get the injectors, pump, plugs (they have to be regapped anyway) and a set of gauges (absolutely required). I also got the upgraded turbo and the pressure switch so I can run a lower boost on the street (5 psi) and kick it up at the strip (8 psi).
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    if you are gonna drag racde., torque converter, otherwise, TURBO.. dont even think about torque converter'

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    I don't get this whole thread. Turbo or tc???

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