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Old 11-30-2008, 02:56 AM   #1
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Hey. How difficult would it be to put a turbo in a '04 350Z?
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:57 AM   #2
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This is the second thread you've made about doing an aftermarket turbo on a car.....why....do you think boosted engines are somehow better than n/a or you just want the cool sound?

It may not be too hard but it wont be cheap.
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I'm just throwing ideas around, seeing what possibilities there are. Turbo just seems to provide easy power for some like me who does not have the knowledge needed to simply tune a car to peak performance. I'm learning, but I'm not on that level yet, and was just wondering. If it pisses you off, just dont post.
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:14 PM   #4
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I'm just throwing ideas around, seeing what possibilities there are. Turbo just seems to provide easy power for some like me who does not have the knowledge needed to simply tune a car to peak performance. I'm learning, but I'm not on that level yet, and was just wondering. If it pisses you off, just dont post.

Haha. Y'know to put a turbo into something which didn't originally have one will require definate tuning. You may get a little more power by just throwing a turbo on it, but to get the full potential out of your add-on will require a change in timing and air/fuel mixture which your stock computer probrably wont be able to handle on it's own.
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Yea, if you think turbo is "easy power" don't even go there, you will end up spending more money on a new motor in the end.
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As far as air/fuel ratio, couldnt you just get an upgraded ECU? I guess I really didnt think about the tuning of the turbo.
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:06 AM   #7
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As far as air/fuel ratio, couldnt you just get an upgraded ECU? I guess I really didnt think about the tuning of the turbo.
Tuning will depend on the turbo, fuel system, and pretty much everything else. I don't think you can even tune 2 identical setups on the same tune because every engine is a bit different, so you will need a standalone system and some tuning time if you want to do it properly. I don't know what systems are available for a 350Z, but even then to pay a tuner to program it for you is usually around 200-500 dollars in my area, and that depends on if you want a dyno tune, or a street tune, or how difficult the tune is, etc. Some tuners charge by the hour, others charge a flat rate, some tune and test on the road, others tune and test on the dyno....its not going to be cheap either way.
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Huh. Theres alot that I hadnt considered. I suppose its better for me to stick to the basics at this point. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 12-01-2008, 07:39 AM   #9
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Huh. Theres alot that I hadnt considered. I suppose its better for me to stick to the basics at this point. Thanks for the advice.
Think of it this way...a 350Z with an intake, good exhaust, and good headers will run close to low 13 second quarter miles if you know how to launch half-decently...low 13s is pretty quick IMO.
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Think of it this way...a 350Z with an intake, good exhaust, and good headers will run close to low 13 second quarter miles if you know how to launch half-decently...low 13s is pretty quick IMO.
You wont see much at all from bolt ons on a 350Z. The stock stuff is actually pretty darn good.

This is the reason so many people go boosted on these cars. To make good power N/A you have to go deep into the motor, cams, and heads.

I think cosworth does some nice heads for these but they are pretty expensive, you could mkae more power boosted for cheaper most of the time.
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You wont see much at all from bolt ons on a 350Z. The stock stuff is actually pretty darn good.

This is the reason so many people go boosted on these cars. To make good power N/A you have to go deep into the motor, cams, and heads.

I think cosworth does some nice heads for these but they are pretty expensive, you could mkae more power boosted for cheaper most of the time.
Ehh, I duno..my buddy has a white 04? and said he felt a good difference with a short ram intake
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Ehh, I duno..my buddy has a white 04? and said he felt a good difference with a short ram intake
Its called the placebo effect. he want it to work so he thinks it works.

he doesnt want to admit, that he paid for it and it didnt do shit.

All it probably did was make it louder.

Last I heard was about the only intake that gained hp for them (and a tiny tiny amount) was the popcharger (i think thats what it called). Im sure now there are a few that actually add hp but I seriously doubt any of them will add anymore than maybe 5.
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:18 PM   #13
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The VQ35DE already has 280 hp. If you want to put in a turbo kit it would cost you 4500 just for the kit (GReddy) But you would also need to tear down the whole engine to replace the rods that you would also have to buy because they are only made to withstand 400 hp before breaking. So I wouldn't call it easy or cheap to do what youre wanting.
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:26 PM   #14
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The best thing I can think of for you if you don't want to rebuild your engine is a cold air intake. 350z-tech has a lot of good information about what you can do for your car and they have AEM intake for 350 so I think that would be one of the easiest and cheapest ways to make gains IMO. Its definately cheaper than turbo but you wont see as much of a gain or get the "cool" noise.
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Old 12-05-2008, 09:14 PM   #15
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I wasn't interested in the "cool" noise. Those words were kinda put in my mouth. I was just wondering on a purely performanced base what a turbo would entail. Thanks for the info, but it seems to be a little beyond my reach at the moment, and from what you guys have said, it sounds like a poor option as far as cost.
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