Originally posted by ddonaca351
I am hoping to mount it on the pass side where the air box and MAFF are ( try not to move the alternator if I can help it ) any thoughts on if this is feasable....
Would I be in for say a like a T44E, or a T61 (i think it was), what do you reccomend given the desired results listed above?
How about the new Garrett "GT" series that I have been hearing about, any thoughts or experience?
Oh I can make my own, but does anyone make a front mounted intercooler with the intake and exit port on the SAME END...Ill need that configuration if I mount front right....
Dave, I'd mount the single turbo on the driver's side, therefore the intercooler piping will be much easier to accomplish. Having the turbo on the pass. side will involve lots of tubing bends very likely making overall system efficiency less. That's the problem Vortech's have, they're mounted on the same side as the throttle body and piping loss with an air to air intercooler is considerable, thus Vortech's compromised decision to use water to air (street duty only).
I'd go with a 60 series turbo right from the start to get your power level you want and very possibly not have to buy a larger turbo later. Not that the TE44 is a slouch, it isn't, but the bigger turbo is really alot better all around IMO. Pricewise, either turbo is not that much different.
The new GT series turbos are the latest craze, and I'm sure they're pretty trick, but have you priced one out? Damn, nice or not, they are some costly. Let's get a GP going and I'll buy one then. INCON basically went out of business hawking these turbos their price is so steep. IMO, at power levels less than 600 HP, are they really that necessary?
For a custom intercooler I suppose something on EBAY might be a source, but you could always take 2 smaller IC's and weld them together, say like 2 GN cores or those small IC's off a Diamond Star car (Eclipse, Laser, etc). Of course, Spearco, Cartech, Procharger, and many others make new ones to fit your needs too.......just very pricey.
I say run without an IC for now, keep boost below 10 psi, set timing conservative, give it plenty of fuel, go with T64 or larger turbo (keeps boost temps down), and of course........WHHHOOOOSSHHHHH!!