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YOUR F0RUM SUX
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Ok here is the thing... Gotta SE-L.. and I want to turbo someday. I don't plan on getting rid of the car anytime soon. I want to keep it as long as I can. And I'm slowly working on it as I can afford it. It has 106k miles on it and runs great.

What i want to know is... should I turbo the stock engine or should I just drop in a new one? I have like 5 payments left on it... So I will have the money to save up after that. Plus... I want some power I want to put out at least 250.. And I don't know if its worth it on a engine with such high milage

What do you guys think?

Also... i'm going to do all the bolt on.. but I would like to do this all at once.. And make sure everything is all well before I start a nice new life with her. :)
 

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Me likes Big Ol Booties!
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Turbo the stock engine. SR20DE can take it!

Just make sure you take your time, piece together what you want, then install/get it installed.

Side note...you could always go to a shop (isn't that AD Fab in FL?) and get to know exactly what you want (for 250whp you can easily get a T28, gt28r, etc).

I know that some places will let you send deposits and keep that credit running for you and a maybe 6 months down the road, you will have exactly what you want and not have to come out of pocket $4k or whatever all at once. Just a thought.

Now, 2nd option is to buy the sr20det motor, then slowly buy bolt-ons (pulleys/cams). It all depends on if you are doing this yourself, or will be going to a shop to get it done.
 

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YOUR F0RUM SUX
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So you think 106k miles if not 110k would be ok? My man concern is that I can still take the parts later in time if still good, and swap them to a newer motor.

And I do plan on haveing a shop do the work. Seeing I don't have the space or resources to do the work. I would love to be able to do it myself. But don't have much of any idea what I would be doing.

I know of a short parts list that I would need. I.E. motor mounts pullies... etc.. just to name a few non-turbo bolt ons. From what i have heard good and bad.. JGY is a good place to get turbo goodies. But don't really know. I guess when I get around to getting the money and list together that would be a good time to start looking around at someone to get the parts from.
 

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Do a search on here, I've seen people post that they've gone more than 110k before turbo'ing. Just make sure you go to a reputable shop. I had mine done at JGY and I highly recommend them, but you are way down in FL. I would just pick a closer shop (why I recommended the AD Fab) and let them handle everything. It's not very good to buy parts, then go to a shop to get it installed. That's like swearing in church!!! There is no guarantee on parts and if something fails, it's a b.... to get it fixed. Since you have 5 more payments to go, just search some in the turbo section and see what other people have and when Spring comes around, start picking out the pieces you want.
 

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ima most likely turbo my sr20 this winter, it should hold 250whp at least.i say go for it put a turbo on but take it easy tapping the oil drain.
 

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turbo'd mine 20k miles ago.. still running fine. u'll be satisified with a t25, but u'll want more power later.
 

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There are countless posts and threads on the forum, stating how some members are boosting there high mileage sr20's. As long as you have done the scheduled maintainace ie: oil, tuneup etc...You should be fine and you could also do a compression test to check your motor but, I think you will be fine. Just research and research again to find out exactly what you want to do as far as setup, mods and how much you are willing/want to spend. Let us know how your turbo project goes!!
 

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ive herd of some real high milage still seeing track time and putting down very impressive number, so i think i will be fine, planning on doing the install this winter so when spring time rolls around ill be able to roll around in my new toy.
 
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