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I have a 93 LX-E I am looking to turbocharge. It is my daily driver. I am not looking for mega HP. Just looking to drop my 0-60 time a little. Would a VJ-11 make a good choice for me? I would like to run maybe 6-8psi. any comments?
 

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thescortgt said:
it takes more than just a turbo to turbocharge an engine lol
Finally, somebody with a little sensibility on the boards. You start with fuel, then you move to exhaust, then you move to intake, then you turbo.

The VJ20 is such a good turbo for the GT because it spools up quickly and makes up for the poor bottom end power in the 1.8L BP.

If I were to do a turbo project, I'd use the VJ20. It won't give you an insane turbo whistle or an orgasmic BOV, but it will really give your car a nice, useable powercurve. I'm tempted to put a GTX engine in my GT. Very tempted.
 

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---but Siragan...my BOV is orgasmic, what are you schmokin?

Yeah if 300 is a hard jump for a turbo...dont turbo you're car. Just in parts plan on close to 2k bucks...to install and tune plan on buying a bus pass if its your only car.

Seriously I turbo'd my scort like two years ago and I havent gotten a reliable daily driver back....not yet, at least.
 

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Well, orgasm or not, I think that money is much better spent on handling than on engine mods.

My recommendation:

1. New shocks/springs
2. New swaybars
3. Strut braces
4. Bushings
5. Wheels/tires
6. Brakes

THEN

7. Fuel system upgrades
8. Turbo/exhaust/intake

In my opinion, a great handling car is far more fun to drive than a powerful car. Anybody who slaps on a turbo first is just doing things bass ackwards.
 

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yeah, i'd have to say my first major mods are going to be my suspension.... it handles ok now, but i drove through this really nice neighborhood today with LONG windy, hilly roads, with hairpin turns and stuff (NOW THAT WAS FUN.... I FELT LIKE A RALLY DRIVER ALMOST)
and well, it just doesn't handle as well as i would like.. so before i even really think of turbo-ing my car, i'm going to get it to corner/handle how i want it.... then i'll just save up for a GTX engine if i can find one :wink:
 

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BOOST IT!!!!

The GTX swap is not as hard as everyone is making it out to be. I put mine in about a year ago, and it runs great daily. Along with running low 14's on sreet tires, and through stock exhaust. I just got a custom 2.5" exhaust installed last week with electric exhaust cut-out (the only part I did not do myself). And I believe with my new drag radials it will easily dip into the high to mid 13's. Then the Starion front mount is next. I'll keep you posted with updates!!
 

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Can you put a T3 on a GTX? I dunno if the flange would be right...


I'm seriously considering a GTX swap for my GT at the end of the summer if I have the money. I think it would turn the GT from a decent car into a nice car. The extra 50 ponies make a huge difference. Anyway, did you have to do anything fuel-wise?

Also, did you get a new tranny for it?
 

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Yeah yea yea... I know. I was blessed with the opportunity of driving a VW GTI recently, and it's about the same weight and power that a GTX GT would be... and I'd have to say that I really liked it. Sure, I could get another GT for the price of the swap, but then again, the money I've spent in rims, tires, and suspension could have eaisly gotten me another GT.

So I figure that if I'm going to mess up, I may as well mess up big. :D :D I shouldn't have bought the suspension and wheels, but they were a slammin deal that I couldn't pass up, so I did. And I figure while I'm at it, I may as well make it a little nicer.

Most GTs I wouldn't do this to, but mine is in really exceptionally good condition, and I take extraordinarily good care of it, so at least it's a sound investment.

I know I know... eat my words.. make fun of siragan... horrendously hyprocritical siragan...

Can you put a T3 on a GTX though?
 

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I'm curious where you guys would obtain a GTX, how much it was, and what additional things you needed (like injectors, ECU, fuel pump, exhaust manifolds, etc).

Because yeah... I'd have to say that I am interested. The GTX seems like it would be very well mated to the GT.
 

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siragan, GTX's are rated at 180hp... it doesn't mean thats what it puts out.

50hp isn't going to make a mid-high 15 to low 16 second car a 13 second car :p

well tuned GTX swaps on stock boost are capable of high 13 second timeslips :)
 

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I've heard of KLZE engine swaps... (Mazda engine) which are rated at 210. I think that the VJ20 would also be adaptable... I must research this more.
Let me know if you're interested, I'll seriously get back to 'ya.

-Josh
 
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