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Old 02-29-2004, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default People running less than 6 psi please reply

Did a search, but haven't found the info I needed consolidated into 1 thread, so here goes:

#1. How much PSI are you running?

#2. How many miles have you been running with boost?

#3. How's the reliability been up to this point in time?

#4. How much $ have you sunk into your current setup?

#5. What parts/modifications are within your current setup?

#6. What kind of horsepower/torque increase did you observe from going turbo?

#7. Is all this work/worry worth it?

I like the body style of the GC6 too much to trade it in for a WRX or an STI. Thanks for your interest in this thread, replies are very much appreciated.
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Old 02-29-2004, 03:56 PM   #2
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you wont find all ur info in one thread man u gotta search through it all, i KNOW there are several threads which will answer all of your questions, easilly




botom line, from what ive read because my car isnt running yet, is if you have 4k plus and know about cars do it, if you have 6k plus and dont know about cars do it

good luck
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Old 02-29-2004, 04:11 PM   #3
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#1 4.3psi
#2 ~10k miles
#3 marginal (mostly due to development and refinement)
#4 4k? I dunno at this point
#5 custom td05h turbo setup
#6 not sure, wrx quickness
#7 depends, if you want to learn go for it

do a search, most of this info has been covered, but I thought I would whore a little
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Old 02-29-2004, 05:52 PM   #4
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#1 5psi with 6psi spike at WOT
#2 almost 5k
#3 Great once tuned, minus clutch slip
#4 maybe 2k
#5 Full WRX exhaust setup. Manifold, uppipe, turbo, TMIC, DP and Exhaust.
#6 Little faster than a WRX, with a new clutch even more speed.
#7 Never have thought twice about it.
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Old 02-29-2004, 06:37 PM   #5
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Default Re: People running less than 6 psi please reply

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Originally posted by Chim
Did a search, but haven't found the info I needed consolidated into 1 thread, so here goes:

#1. How much PSI are you running?

#2. How many miles have you been running with boost?

#3. How's the reliability been up to this point in time?

#4. How much $ have you sunk into your current setup?

#5. What parts/modifications are within your current setup?

#6. What kind of horsepower/torque increase did you observe from going turbo?

#7. Is all this work/worry worth it?

I like the body style of the GC6 too much to trade it in for a WRX or an STI. Thanks for your interest in this thread, replies are very much appreciated.


1 - 4.5

2 - 35,000

3 - engine blown up once (hence the name, but I think it was a fault of the people that installed my engine, didn't put all of the proper fluids back in after the turbo install, got some forged pistons now)

4 - $5000 not including the engine rebuild

5 - don't even remember anymore, keep putting little things on every month or so

6 - about 190 whp

7 - let's put it this way:
cost of a turbo kit -$2500
cost of and engine rebuild - $3000
cost of the look on the lexus owner's face when you blow past him - priceless
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Old 02-29-2004, 07:07 PM   #6
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1- im running 6.6 psi so I dont know if I apply

2- about 8,000 miles

3- broke second gear $2700, plus new clutch and flywheel left stranded two time at work because car wouldnt start (Link computer ill tuned, alot of people have this problem, or so Ive read)

4-Too much, it would probably make me cry. with a RST it seems like you car always buy something to fix something, its on going and adds up fast

5-Ludespeed stage 3 with link computer, STI RA 5sp gears, underdrive pulley, 5 Zigen cat back, Borla header, these are the go fast bits

6-I have no idea, right now it needs a major tune up, with a broke computer and a sick 02 sensor it is going to be a while before it is quick again.

7-If I were to do it all again I would look into a motor swap. If you like spending money and working on your car go for it. I like to drive my car more than tune it. It seems like I am always tuning it or messing with something. Ive said this before, it would be good to have a back up car.

chris
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Old 03-01-2004, 12:24 AM   #7
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#1 I was running 3.6psi, just switched to 5.8psi

#2 6,000 miles

#3 GREAT!! I've got a small oil leak on the turbo drain line, but that's it.

#4 $3,100

#5
Ludespeed Stage 2 kit (bought used)
-T3/T4 turbo
-Tial 38mm Wastegate
-Blitz BOV
-Vortech RRFPR (8:1? seems more like 7:1)
-J&S Ultrasafegaurd Ver. 2 (with DIY knock monitor)
-Walbro Fuel Pump
-Spearco Intercooler
-NGK Plugs
ACT Street Clutch
Autometer Boost, EGT, Fuel Pressure Gauges
TeamRip EGT probe
Dynomax 2.5" muffler
Thrush 2.5" glasspack
Custom Exhaust (welded it up myself)

#6 Gteched at 175 AWHP assuming about 185 Torque
Basically added 70HP at the crank.
Haven't tested the 5.8PSI setup yet.

#7 I would say Heck Yeah!!! The car is frickin' fast now!!!
Now, I like to mess with stuff constantly and am generally pretty handy with cars. That and I have a good friend with much experience and knowledge on turbos (Portly)
I will say this, take the install one step at a time.
Do everything you can that allows you to keep the car NA first.
I had all my gauges, RRFPR, exhaust, clutch, fuel pump, and the J&S in before putting the turbo in.
The the last step is to drop the turbo and intercooler in.
It all took place over a period of about 4 weeks/weekends.

Just stay conservative on everything, don't try to run high EGT's to get more power, retard the timing a little more that it needs to be, etc.

Save the tranny by being gentle with your shifts, the smoother the better.
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Old 03-01-2004, 03:19 AM   #8
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Just wanted to say it's good to have all this info in one thread. Great idea. I understand there is a search feature, but it's nice to be able to search and find something that has a lot of info in it without having to weed out the gobbleteegook, or something. Anyway, sorry for the highjack, back to the conversation.

-Ryan
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Old 03-01-2004, 10:17 AM   #9
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Similar thread on low boost setups here:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=140739
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Old 03-02-2004, 04:29 AM   #10
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6psi on 9.5:1 motor

12000 miles, all good (117000 total)

turbo and engine never failed... all else well you better think about it...

$2900 for what I am talking about

all for the turbo: stage 2 (18t) ported TD04L, oil cooler, +70% injectors, Hi-Flow-FP, Saab 900 TMIC, HKS SSQV BOV, SAFC, EVCR and your own tuning...

twice the bhp

for me yes
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Old 03-02-2004, 09:19 AM   #11
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Default Re: People running less than 6 psi please reply

Quote:
Originally posted by Chim
Did a search, but haven't found the info I needed consolidated into 1 thread, so here goes:

#1. How much PSI are you running?

#2. How many miles have you been running with boost?

#3. How's the reliability been up to this point in time?

#4. How much $ have you sunk into your current setup?

#5. What parts/modifications are within your current setup?

#6. What kind of horsepower/torque increase did you observe from going turbo?

#7. Is all this work/worry worth it?

I like the body style of the GC6 too much to trade it in for a WRX or an STI. Thanks for your interest in this thread, replies are very much appreciated.

1. Was 6. Now 9psi.

2. about12k. (50k on car)

3. Good. haven't broke anything (yet).

4. $6500-$7000 (with defi gauges and misc upgrades and other wants.)

5. AVO Kit
GT25 BB turbo
AVO up and downpipes.
Hyperflow FMIC.
Walbro fuel pump.
NGK one range colder plugs.
HKS SSQV BOV.
Helix 3" cat-back.
Exedy clutch and flywheel.
Assorted Defi link gauges.
Link ECU.
Etc.

6. Don;t know actual hp/tq readings now....but lets just say the sunofabitch is fast!.

7. Depends. It is a constantly ongoing project of maintenance and failure prevention. But then again...I worry alot so I am always tinkering with my tune.
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Old 03-02-2004, 09:48 AM   #12
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This info applies to my 2000 Legacy:

1. 4.5
2. 20k
3. No problems
4. 3k
5. Ludespeed Stage 1
6. Unknown
7. Yes

The turbo kit combined with some suspension upgrades make this car a blast to drive while not risking reliability.

David.
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Old 03-02-2004, 10:46 AM   #13
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What I had been running....

#1. ~4.5psi
#2. 10k or so, this last time, maybe 2k before.
#3. 1st time was crap due to engine management, 2nd was pretty good, but car was showing it's age and wear and kept breaking little unrelated crap.
#4. Somewhere between $7-11k.
#5. Unable to list what had been on the car at last T'd time.
#6. Somewhere around 40-60hp to the wheels.
#7. Depends if you start from the right direction or not. Also depends on how much you like the car to begin with.
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Old 03-02-2004, 11:13 AM   #14
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1. 5-6 psi

2. First engine, probably around 6,000 miles. This engine, probably closer to 5,000.

3. It's been alright. Leaks here and there, loose hoses; nothing you can't fix in an hour or so. I've been have mucho tranny problems recently though, and it's been really sucky. It makes me hate the car but I know when I get them fixed that it'll all be good again. Right now I'm in search of AWD.

4. The initial setup had around $2,000. Right now I think I'm just short of $3,000 after buying more stuff.

5.
EJ18 FWD with TD04
Turbo Legacy crossmember with WRX exhaust manifold
gutted WRX uppipe
Godspeed downpipe (3")
Stromung midpipe (3")
MRT axleback (3")
WRX fuel pump
370cc Silvia injectors
WRX intercooler with custom pipes (GC8 STI intercooler soon)
Forge BOV
SAFC
EGT, oil pressure, boost gauges

6. Close to WRX power.

7. The experience of doing it all is the best part in my opinion. The problems I've faced, the frustrations, the new engine; they all need to be expected, especially with the RS-T. It is all worth it though.
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Old 03-02-2004, 02:56 PM   #15
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so whats wrong with your tranny? bearing problems?
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Old 03-02-2004, 04:32 PM   #16
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I have no clue. The people in tranny forum were no help. Basically, it's almost like the tranny never goes out of gear when i shift. It goes into neutral, but the tranny still spins. It makes it nearly impossible to shift into first and reverse always grinds like hell. If I put the car in gear while the engine is idling, the car shakes pretty badly.
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Old 03-03-2004, 12:28 AM   #17
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thats kinda what happened on my broken FWD. The bearing had shattered and made this constant clunking yet scraping sound. When I tried to start it up again after letting it sit there for months (to take it for repair), the car made a loud bang and lunged forward when I put it into any gear even reverse. But then I jammed it in a few times and managed to move it at least but was still making that clunky/shaky sound.
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Old 03-03-2004, 12:32 AM   #18
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I never heard it make any bangs or snaps. As long as it holds up for another week or so. I'm only driving it about 15 miles to work everyday.
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Old 03-03-2004, 10:16 AM   #19
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#1. How much PSI are you running? 4psi

#2. How many miles have you been running with boost? about 10k

#3. How's the reliability been up to this point in time? Great (Knock on wood)

#4. How much $ have you sunk into your current setup? $4k?

#5. What parts/modifications are within your current setup? Ludespeed Stage I w/TMIC from Stage II, GReddy EVO Cat-back

#6. What kind of horsepower/torque increase did you observe from going turbo? About 40HP at the wheels? It is about as fast as a stock WRX and it is Automatic!!!

#7. Is all this work/worry worth it? Heck Yeah!
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Old 03-03-2004, 04:17 PM   #20
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1: 6 psi
2: me 2k prev owner 15k i think
3: no issues except smoke under boost and a bit of detonation
4: i bought car already turboed
5: borla header
ludespeed stage 3 kit with bigger turbo option
under drive pulley
rallispec clutch
sti ra6 gears
hks bov
full exhaust including osme custom work to up/downpipes as this is in a forester not an impreza.
6: dyno sheet from prev owner says 220 @ wheels, 240 ft/lb
7: worth it
for me right now yes, I have enough disposable income to afford a blown motor, and some continued upgrades to fix any reliability issues. I had a '00 impreza with a stage 1 ludespeed kit and had to sell the whole car due to financial reasons. If you dont have the resources to put 2-4k into the initial turbo kit, get it installed yourself or pay for the install, and have another 3-4k laying around as insurance for blown motors and trannies it will not be a pleasant experience. It is a money pit, there are many other ways to go faster, but it is a unique way to go fast that is worth pursuing if it is what you want.
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Old 03-03-2004, 10:43 PM   #21
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Default Re: People running less than 6 psi please reply

Quote:
Originally posted by Chim
Did a search, but haven't found the info I needed consolidated into 1 thread, so here goes:

#1. How much PSI are you running?

#2. How many miles have you been running with boost?

#3. How's the reliability been up to this point in time?

#4. How much $ have you sunk into your current setup?

#5. What parts/modifications are within your current setup?

#6. What kind of horsepower/torque increase did you observe from going turbo?

#7. Is all this work/worry worth it?

I like the body style of the GC6 too much to trade it in for a WRX or an STI. Thanks for your interest in this thread, replies are very much appreciated.
1. 6psi
2.15000
3. Not one problem except for o2 sensor buggin out
4.about 4500.00
5. Ludespeed Stage II W/ACT and SPT 3" exhuast
6. 207whp-215flbt Dynoed
7. I would go with a swap, people seem to get a better result.
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