You could slap an Ebay turbocharger on your ride and call it a day. But then comes failure and after a couple of hours it may go boom! Or you could do it the right way by taking it to a garage to remove the turbocharger and sending it to turbo experts like us here at Turbo Dynamics.
In this video Engineering Explained walk through the many different steps and components which should be addressed when installing a turbocharger whether its the turbocharger, intercooler, oil cooling, fuel injectors, fuel pump, ECU mapping/chipping, cooling, spark plugs, compression ratio, and so on! They’ve got it covered.
Once you have your car you’ll need something very important which leads us to the first point.
1. You’ll Need A Turbocharger.
Duh! of course. As an example in the video they use a Garrett T3 T4 turbocharger which means it’s a hybrid so the compression side is different than the exhaust side.
2. Upgrading Fuel Components.
“In most cases the stock fuel components meaning fuel pump in tank, high pressure pump (if it has one) and fuel injectors are probably not enough to deliver the extra quantity of fuel that your engine’s going to need. We’re pushing more air into the cylinder and we need to back that up with more fuel.”
3. Proper Engine Management.
“You’re going to need a computer that can compensate for this increase in air and this fuel demand. Simply puttting new injectors in it is not going to get it done. In fact it’ll probably in some ways make your car run worse.”
4. Cooling (Air, Oil & Water).
“One common thing about most factory turbocharged cars is they have a charge cooler whether that’s air to air or air to water like other ones. Adding an intercooler is not mandatory you don’t have to do it but it’s more efficient. If you’re going through all the trouble to bolt on a turbocharger you might as well put a little extra work and cool that air coming into the engine.”
5. Other Things To Consider.
“If you have power you’ll need brakes that can handle that power as well as tyres that can handle that power. You may even want to size your exhaust appropriately because you have additional flow. These are also some of the other obvious ones:”
• Spark Plugs
• Compression Ratio
For a full list and in depth discussion about these 5 steps simply watch the video below: