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post #1 of 18 Old 02-06-2019, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Help me pick a turbo kit

I recently acquired a 1990 LX coupe and am currently researching turbo kits. Some of the main things the car already has:

- Fresh built 357W (have specs and build sheet - 10.4 to 1 comp) - less than 500 miles on it.
- AFR 205 heads
- Ported Trick Flow R intake (not the box)
- 75mm TB
- 42lb injectors
- MSD Digital 6
- all supporting mods!

The car is currently setup with an intank 255 pump but I just acquired a Glenns Sleeper tank and a full Aeromotive fuel system good for 1000 hp. I just picked up a MegaSquirt 2 PNP computer as well.

I have been out of the Mustang scene for about 12 years and am trying to catch up on things! That being said, I am considering a turbo kit and need some recommendations on a setup that would work well with what I have. I plan on setting the car up to be ran on E85 and it is NOT a daily driver just a weekend play toy. I am open to all kits and am not limited by the need to get the cheapest one.

I would appreciate any suggestions you might have.


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you could check these guys out, looks pretty nice

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Pony Down makes very nice stuff, I have there twin kit on my 351 based motor, if you’re wanting to do a single, any down pipe larger than 3” I have no clue where that would fit if you plan on running tailpipes. From my experience and struggles I’d recommend twins with smaller 1 5/8” headers, 2.5” downpipes. Feel free to send me a PM so I can give you my number and you can call me if you want to discuss all of the issues I ran into building this car and making the turbo setup work.
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I agree. I have run two of his single kits and now one of his stage 3 twin kits. Jeff makes nice stuff and at a good price. ALWAYS be prepared to modify and fabricate stuff for a Fox Body turbo kit though. I've never had one fit perfectly without some sort of "tweaking" involved. Good luck!!

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I agree. I have run two of his single kits and now one of his stage 3 twin kits. Jeff makes nice stuff and at a good price. ALWAYS be prepared to modify and fabricate stuff for a Fox Body turbo kit though. I've never had one fit perfectly without some sort of "tweaking" involved. Good luck!!
I was looking at the Stage 3 twin kit, what kind of "tweaking" did you have, if you don't mind me asking?
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My old on3. Kit fit great, no modifications needed, but then again the kit I built fit perfectly too and cost me about half.

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I have the Stage 3 kit, if I could do it all over again I’d go with smaller headers and downpipes, might consider larger stuff on a 8.2 deck, but on a 9.5 there isn’t much room...

Hydroboost or manual brakes a must

Will need to custom make lower radiator outlet

Downpipes to catback gets tricky
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I was looking at the Stage 3 twin kit, what kind of "tweaking" did you have, if you don't mind me asking?
No room for air filters, had to run tiny filters and trim my radiator support area

Manual brake conversion

Put heat boots on plug wires and route them differently to protect from down pipes...this is typical with all turbo kits from what I've seen over the years.

Nothing major, just take your time and be prepared for anything and everything if you want it to be correct and reliable.

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I'm almost done installing my B&G twin kit. I have room for installing 10" air filters, keeping power brakes, 3" dp's, p/s and I can get to all plugs without removing amything. Kit fit very well, no surprises. It can be done!

I looked at every kit before I bought. I agree most don't leave you much room for an air filter. Filters are a must for me being I am a 100% street car.
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if you have any fab skills then just buy a good set of headers and fab the rest that way you can put the turbo wherever you want it

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I agree with fabbing up your own kit if you can. I just purchased headers and dps and used my cold side I dabbed up
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I run pony down stage 3 twin turbo kits, text for pictures. 3862168593. I have them on two different cars, both make north of 1050 tire on safe tune.
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I would look around for an old HP turbo kit. I ran one on my '90 coupe. I didn't have any problems that I remember. The downpipe is 3 1/2" that I connected to a single 4" exhaust. The air filter is inside the fender. Everything was ceramic coated. I had a UPR k-member and tubular A-arms.

If I could figure out how to add pictures, I could show you what mine looked like.
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I'm almost done installing my B&G twin kit. I have room for installing 10" air filters, keeping power brakes, 3" dp's, p/s and I can get to all plugs without removing amything. Kit fit very well, no surprises. It can be done!

I looked at every kit before I bought. I agree most don't leave you much room for an air filter. Filters are a must for me being I am a 100% street car.
I’ve never seen one of their kits in person. I’m currently looking to upgrade and reach the full potential of a dart CGI block.

As I don’t want to completely derail this guys thread, please make a Q&A/ install thread. Love to ask you some firsthand experience questions!

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I would look around for an old HP turbo kit. I ran one on my '90 coupe. I didn't have any problems that I remember. The downpipe is 3 1/2" that I connected to a single 4" exhaust. The air filter is inside the fender. Everything was ceramic coated. I had a UPR k-member and tubular A-arms.

If I could figure out how to add pictures, I could show you what mine looked like.
I can second that. I have one and the biggest complaint was cutting up inner fender for turbo and filter.

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I like the fit of my BG turbo kit, and the customer support. I wasn’t even the original buyer and Brian helped me out as if I was.
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Brian is a stand up guy who makes quality stuff, Im on my 2nd B&G kit and would not hesitate on another. Cant beat the customer service !!

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