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  • Monstah's turdbo build

    98 Saturn SL2
    use - weekend driver / drag car
    goal - piss people off

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    As most do, I got my turbo first. After doing a little searching, and some advice from my friends, I got the Precision SC6152E.

    It came kind of rusty on the turbine side, and the compressor lacked that certain something, so I took it apart to polish the compressor....





    While I had it apart, I also wanted to coat the turbine side with something that would help to keep the heat in, and make it look better. I have an account with Techline Coatings, and picked up their Turbo-X coat. It's made specifically for turbine housings. It looks pretty good now.

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    Since I had the turbo, I wanted a manifold that was similar to some of the Pro-Am Honda top mounts that I had seen. I found a few pics, made a few sketches, then contacted Mike at Alpha Tuning. I explained to him what I was looking for, and he assured me that he was up to the task. I knew he was, but it was a little different from his other products, so I had to be difficult of course. LOL.
    He did a great job with the manifold. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a highly skilled welder, and manifold fabricator.



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    • #3
      well, since I had this nice new stuff starting to collect over here...I needed something new for under the hood. A new look for the new build. I had a few valve covers hanging around, and decided that I'd make a green cover for the Monstah.
      After the prep work was completed and the Saturn logo was shaved, I coated the cover in reflective chrome powdercoat.




      It's hard to believe that's a powder paint. It came out pretty even, and shiny enough for a base coat under the translucent greeen that I had in mind. (these powders are available from Eastwood)
      After the green was on there, I added a turbo emblem that I ordered at work. It's the turbo Sky emblem that goes on the back bumper.




      The camera won't capture the actual color due to it being a translucent...it keeps reflecting the chrome underlay and making the green look bright. you have to see it to love it.
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      • #4
        I was now enthusiastic about getting this done....I ordered a few more parts, and they started coming in.

        blowoff valve-HKS SSQV *EDIT* I swapped it out for a Turbosmart Race Port





        wastegate-Tial 38mm with 11lb spring (will be upgraded later, that's just what came with it)





        Intercooler I ordered online. I was looking for bar and plate core, and good solid construction for the best price, and I found Treadstone Performance. I got the TR8

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        • #5
          I started to test fit everything, making sure that when the time comes, all of the little adjustments have already been made.

          First, I fitted the manifold and turbo onto a spare block and head. (you can see what the turbo looked lke before I made it pretty)





          yep, fits good. I later test fit it in the car, and found that a few adjustments had to be made.

          The thermostat needed to be flipped around, and the bypass nipple extended and pointed away from the manifold. Mike welded the extension on the nipple for me. Thanks again bud.





          The front cross bar on the cradle was in the way of the manifold, and there was no way that the downpipe was going to fit in there properly, so that had to be modified a little.
          I removed the bar, and welded in some square tubing under the subframe where the crossbar used to be. A nice section was cut out of that, and lowered some more to make an easier installation of the downpipe.










          Again, to make more room for the mess, I put the fans (two 10" slim fans) on the other side. Probably not as efficient, but won't be in the way anymore. Look at all that room.



          update - I'm using a SBC radiator from Summit Racing, and the fans are now situated as one pull, one push
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          • #6
            got my "make it your damn self" oil cooler kit. It's nice...I got it from Maxspeed - they have a kit for Saturns if you're interested, but I wanted the oil thermostat with mine. It doesn't circulate through the cooler core until the temp reaches 180*, above 180 - the thermostat opens and it cools shit off to keep it right around optimal temperature. (180* - 200* range)

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            • #7
              got some special cut chopstix. I won't give out the specs, so don't ask. Let's just say, they're very agressive with peak power expected at around 7500

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              • #8
                You can't think about going faster without being able to stop faster. I finally got my rotors in (well, the fronts anyway - rears still a few weeks out) and picked up some new OEM rear calipers, SS brake lines, and some pads.



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                • #9
                  Well, after waiting 5 months...I finally got my block back from Golden Eagle. I had them sleeve it with their new "HD" series sleeves and had them o-ring the bastid. It looks awesome.






                  Oh yeah, got my new slugs in too.
                  Shiny new CP's - 8.5:1 Compression, .080" overbore.


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                  • #10
                    Christmas came early....FSR's manifold got here. This sucker is huge. 3" throttle body, fuel rail, and sensors included. SOLID!!!
                    I look forward to polishing this shit to a nice shine.




                    a little polish....





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                    • #11
                      I was looking to get one of those vacuum blocks from PR, but they don't sell them anymore....so I picked one up at Golden Eagle. They have a barb set too, so I had to get one.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Monstah's turdbo build

                        progress pics as of Feb 25.











                        my interior all apart, but gauges and AVCR in place
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                        • #13
                          Re: Monstah's turdbo build

                          I really suck at taking pictures.

                          you can see that the ignition system is a little different...that's Ford EDIS. It works well with the MegaSquirt, and has a strong spark. Ignition timing is also more acurate with that system.

                          Not pictured - Aeromotive A1000 platinum series fuel pressure regulator. It's on backorder.
                          Should be in soon (I hope)

                          And the battery is now in the trunk.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Monstah's turdbo build

                            Marc stopped by and took a pic with his camera. This looks alot better, but still can't get the color. This is the closest yet though.




                            put some miles on the car in September, officially boosting as of October 1st 2008. Running on Megasquirt v3, and ford EDIS ignition. Just running wastegate spring pressure (10 psi) for now for break in. I plan to run 12psi for the street, 20+ at the track.
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