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Turbocharging my truck

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    Turbocharging my truck

    I have a 95 single cab short bed lowered 1500 that has a LS1 lightly built motor with turbo 350 tranny. I'm wanting to turbo it with as little money as possible but still having quality, looking to be around 550-600hp. I have a turbo, aluminum radiator with electric fans and stand alone harness. Also have some new high dollar fuel lines and such and corvette fuel pump. What all do I need as far as tubing, inter cooler and others? Is there a decently priced kit that will come with everything I need? Or do I need to look at header kits and tubing/inter cooler kits separate?

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    Turbocharging my truck

    Others will chime in, as I'm not boost savvy. I have read about people using, I think, 5.3 manifolds, installing them backwards so the flange faces the front of the vehicle and fabbing a crossover pipe to connect the manifolds to the turbo. Then routing a pipe from the turbo out the back of the vehicle, if not out the front fender, under the front bumper or behind the front tire.

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    I am not certain if anyone has ever posted up what kits or parts they have used to graft an intercooler onto their LS turbo system. As is, the 5.3 is a stout performer so a little FI on it is going to up the fun factor quite a bit. Do your research and ask questions to ensure that you obtain the correct parts combo the first time. Good luck!

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