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Old 28 Jun 2011, 10:46 pm
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Default Installing turbo in my 1994 Honda Civic.?

Alright where to start. I have a 1994 Honda Civic with a 1.5 SOHC. This car is my baby and the car is perfect and nothing is torn or beat up. I wanna put a turbo but have never done this before so I was wondering what should I do? What extra would I have to do? And about how much would it cost installed. (Tampa Fl Area)


is it even worth a turbo?
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Old 28 Jun 2011, 11:01 pm
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A quick answer would be that its not worth the turbo. Turbo setups cost $5000+ as there is labor, parts, tuning, etc.. They are very expensive and I doubt your car is worth even that. What you should do is save up some money (that you would spend on a turbo), sell your car, and look into a newer, faster one. I'm also pretty sure that they do not make aftermarket turbos for your model civic, meaning you would have to go custom which bumps the price up a lot.
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Old 28 Jun 2011, 11:16 pm
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While Matt was mostly right, there are a couple inaccuracies. First, you can get a basic turbo kit for your car, and it'll run you about $3500. Second is that yes, you will need some extra things, but what things will depend on how complete the kit is. Edelbrock had a turbo kit for your car I believe, and it was about $4000, but came with basically everything you needed, and none of it was cheap stuff.

The other things you have to think about is this. That car is 17 years old. The engine is 17 years old. It wasn't designed to be turbocharged from the factory, so it's definitely not going to respond well to it afte 17 years of being driven, even if it is in good shape. Turbochargers are a great way to make a reliable commuter into a lawn ornament in a short amount of time. Plus, even if you did all that, then you would have a turbocharged engine, in a car with brakes designed for the stock power and suspension designed for the stock power, not the elevated power levels from turbocharging.

And last, even a basic turbo kit is $3500. Your car in perfect shape is worth half that.
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Old 28 Jun 2011, 11:31 pm
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everyone is right... it will cost some money. i do know that greddy makes a turbo kit for your car for $2500.. but that doesn't include your tune, and wastegate, etc. My previous car was a 93 si, with 210,000 miles on it. I did turbo it and it lasted 2 years, but if it was up to me to go back i would have never done it. i loved that car and the turbo ruined it. If your car is perfect i would keep it how it is. if you wanna do anything to it then just do a mini me swap. Put a z6 head on your current block. but good luck! Think it through
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