• Short of using nitrous oxide, turbocharging is the single most effective way to make horsepower. Building your own turbo kit can help to make it the most cost-effective, too.


    It is imperative that your engine have a strong set of pistons, with a compression no higher than 9.5:1.


    Selecting the right turbo can make or break the installation (so to speak). Exercise restraint when choosing the blower, since a too-large turbo will destroy your motor.

    Exhaust Plumbing

    Turbochargers depend on unrestricted exhaust to spool up. Use an exhaust manifold designed specifically for a turbo if standard-mounting or a good set of headers if you're remote-mounting it.

    Fuel Enrichment

    A turbo will require more fuel to stay out of detonation than your stock system will provide. Either refit and reprogram your entire stock fuel system, or engineer an auxiliary system that provides enrichment on demand.

    Ignition Adjustment

    Turbocharged engines require less ignition advance than naturally aspirated ones, so some means of retarding ignition timing under boost is a must.

    Source: Turbo Components DIY Turbo Checklist DIY Turbo Installation Guide


    Video: Home-Made Twin Turbo Setup on a Mustang

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