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HI all,

all right first let me say that all i know about a turbo is that it makes cars go faster. i was thinking about getting one for my 76 but have a couple of questions. 1.turbos kick in at a certain RPM, my car has a four speed and going down the interstate it stays at about 4000 so would the turbo just kick in and all of a sudden i'd be going 110 mph. 2.alot of people say that turbos are bad on the engine 3.what all would i have to do to get my engine ready for a turbo? I know that these questions seem simple but i have no experience with a turbo so any help would be appreciated!!!
 

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> HI all,

> all right first let me say that all i
> know about a turbo is that it
> makes cars go faster. i was thinking about
> getting one for my 76 but have a couple of
> questions. 1.turbos kick in at a certain
> RPM, my car has a four speed and going down
> the interstate it stays at about 4000 so
> would the turbo just kick in and all of a
> sudden i'd be going 110 mph. 2.alot of
> people say that turbos are bad on the engine
> 3.what all would i have to do to get my
> engine ready for a turbo? I know that these
> questions seem simple but i have no
> experience with a turbo so any help would be
> appreciated!!!

Hi, JZ

Those are all easy questions, but you'll find the more you learn the more there is to know. Check out Corky Bell's book Maximum Boost by Robt. Bentley publishers. I got my copy at Amazon.com

Tim
 

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> HI all,

> all right first let me say that all i
> know about a turbo is that it
> makes cars go faster. i was thinking about
> getting one for my 76 but have a couple of
> questions. 1.turbos kick in at a certain
> RPM, my car has a four speed and going down
> the interstate it stays at about 4000 so
> would the turbo just kick in and all of a
> sudden i'd be going 110 mph. 2.alot of
> people say that turbos are bad on the engine
> 3.what all would i have to do to get my
> engine ready for a turbo? I know that these
> questions seem simple but i have no
> experience with a turbo so any help would be
> appreciated!!!

1) The turbo on my '82 ZX kicks in at 3,000 rpm. As long as you keep your foot in it, it will keep pumping, but as soon as you let off, the turbo cuts out and the car runs normally. 2) If you run too much boost, it can be bad for the engine. Stock Nissan turbo Zs run about 7 pounds of boost, which is no problem. 3)Depends on what you mean by 'ready.' If you're going to stick some kind of aftermarket turbo in the thing, the turbo maker will have to help you out. If you want to convert to the setup found in '81-'83 ZXs, you pretty much have to replace everything from the engine to the exhaust to wiring to the electronic brains of the car. It's a huge, time consuming and expensive job with, in my opinion, relatively minor returns. You can do mods to the engine that's in your car to make it more powerful than the 180hp claimed for the turbo ZXs, and it'll be one less expensive (Nissan wants $1,000 for replacement turbos) piece of equipment to worry about.
 

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> 1) The turbo on my '82 ZX kicks in at 3,000
> rpm. As long as you keep your foot in it, it
> will keep pumping, but as soon as you let
> off, the turbo cuts out and the car runs
> normally. 2) If you run too much boost, it
> can be bad for the engine. Stock Nissan
> turbo Zs run about 7 pounds of boost, which
> is no problem. 3)Depends on what you mean by
> 'ready.' If you're going to stick some kind
> of aftermarket turbo in the thing, the turbo
> maker will have to help you out. If you want
> to convert to the setup found in '81-'83
> ZXs, you pretty much have to replace
> everything from the engine to the exhaust to
> wiring to the electronic brains of the car.
> It's a huge, time consuming and expensive
> job with, in my opinion, relatively minor
> returns. You can do mods to the engine
> that's in your car to make it more powerful
> than the 180hp claimed for the turbo ZXs,
> and it'll be one less expensive (Nissan
> wants $1,000 for replacement turbos) piece
> of equipment to worry about.
I put an 83 zx turbo engine in my 75 280z in December. I had a good running engine with ram air, headers, 2.5 exhaust that would do 130 mph all day on the autobahn. Now I have the turbo engine with 200 rear wheel horse power (German spec)and it is a lot better. I put the engine in with a friend of mine, with good prep. it went pretty smooth.

ddt
 
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