Installing a turbo kit is one of the best yet most expensive ways to improve your vehicle's performance. It will let you experience the excellent performance of much larger engines without you actually replacing your engine. But given its cost and importance in your ride's performance, you have to be careful and follow the correct instructions in installing the kit. Here's a step-by-step installation guide to help you out:
What you'll need:
- Oil pan
- Motor oil
- Jack stands
- Hydraulic jack
- Socket wrench set
- Complete turbo kit
- Combination wrench set
Step 1: Raise the vehicle's front end.
Use a hydraulic jack to raise the front end of your vehicle and secure it by placing two jack stands under the vehicle's frame, right behind every wheel. Raise the stands high enough to accommodate you underneath and lock them in place, then carefully bring the car down until it sits on top of the jack stands.
Step 2: Drain the motor oil.
Get the oil pan and place it underneath the engine and drain the motor oil. Put the oil drain plug back once the oil has been drained completely.
Step 3: Remove the front bumper and stock exhaust manifold.
Now, it's time to take out the front bumper. Check your vehicle's manual for instructions on front bumper removal because how the bumper is secured in place may differ from one vehicle model to another.
Step 4: Make room for the turbo kit.
You can free up some space for the turbocharger by taking out the exhaust header. Your stock exhaust header will be replaced by the turbocharger manifold.
Step 5: Install the kit.
Connect the turbo kit's exhaust manifold into the flange of the catalytic converter before bolting it in place of the original manifold using the gaskets and bolts supplied with the kit. You can secure the connection between the catalytic converter and the exhaust manifold by installing the turbo kit down pipe in place. Attach and bolt the turbocharger into the exhaust manifold flange.
Step 6: Route the oil lines, hoses, and pipes.
Once the turbocharger, the manifold, and downpipe are in place, you can now route the oil lines. To be sure, check the turbo line routing diagram. This may be supplied along with the kit. You can also check it out in your repair manual.
Step 7: Mount the intercooler.
Attach the mounting flange of the intercooler into the radiator stay. Connect the downpipe of the intercooler to the intercooler inlet and the turbocharger outlet. Hold it in place using the hose clamps and rubber adapters that come with the turbo kit. Now work on the intercooler downpipe. You have to connect it to the throttle body and the intercooler outlet.
Step 8: Install the blow-off valve.
This valve is installed onto the blow-off valve flange of the intercooler's up pipe. Connect the kit's lining into their designated connections on the piping of the intercooler.
Step 9: Double check bolts and oil taps.
Make sure all the bolts, sensors, and oil taps are reconnected and secured in their respective places before reinstalling the front bumper and filling the engine with new oil. Lower the vehicle and test drive it.
In some vehicles, you may need to replace the stock ECU with an engine management system that's tunable.