I paid to have it installed, I don't have the time to mess with it. I will have to say one thing about the ludespeed kit. The intercooler is huge and getting it to fit is a pain in the ass. As for the plumbing and all, it fits like a kit. Not perfect but good. the end results are awesome. the car kicks but. Before I would get the Stage 3 system, I would go with the Stage 2 and spend the money on engine management. All of the add-ons don't cut the mustard. You will have to get a new clutch, gauges, some type of timing controll and a set of diapers for your passangers.
I have also ordered the stage II turbo kit from Ludespeed but I also went ahead and purchased the J&S Ultimate safeguard. Tom has just been taking forever to ship it to me and its almost 2 months past the date it was supose to be here, but I am pretty excited.
What is this about moving the TMI under the lip ? and what should i be extra cautious about so i dont blow the motor?
I decided on the Ludespeed turbo kit because all I have heard about it (especially from ppl on this site) is that it is a good reliable kit "but it is somewhat tricky to install" but I am paying for it to be installed professionally. It is also pretty cheap (well, cheaper than the others that are similar to the kit). I also called Tom at Ludespeed to talk to him and ask him some questions about the kit and he seems very willing to make sure that you get the help that you need. I told him that I was very worried about my engine blowing so he told me to buy the J&S Safeguard along with the kit and he told me the web site that tells you all about the Safeguard www.jandssafeguard.com.
When I was looking for a kit I was checking EVERYWHERE on the internet for info and asking everyone- e-mailing ppl at Forced air tech, turbonetics, Ludespeed, XS, and a lot more. I was also interested in the FAT turbo kit but I went ahead and bought the Ludespeed just because its a little cheaper but i heard the FAT kit is easier to install and I also checked out some reviews of other ppl that had Ludespeed kits at http://www.subarureview.com/engine.php. Just scroll down to the turbo kits section. It's Just been taking a long time for the kit to get here.
The intercooler is so damn big it hits the back wall if you don't trim a little off the charge pipe. There is a little lip that holds a rubber gasket that the hood shuts down on. That is the lip I am speaking about. So, I had to move some hoses and wire looms to get enough space under the TMIC to allow the TMIC to fit under the lip. Once done the TMIC wont hit the lip and make a banging sound when you drive the car. In my opinion, the TMIC needs to be about a half inch shorter from the TB inlet to the back. I also think it needs to have a bracket welded to mount it to the block on the drivers side. This would keep it from teetering form side to side. So, if you do what I did, you wont have any trouble.
The car is running but I have to break the motor in for a thousand miles before I can realy tune it. So at the moment, it is running super rich and safe. I didn't hook up the boost control solenoid to the TEC 3 yet, so I am using te supplied 4.4 lbs spring in my Tial Wastegate. I have yet to take the enging up over 4000 rpms to see what it can do with such low boost. But so far so good. The motor is a little more noisy with the forged pistons and such. The knife-edged and lightened crank and exedy lightened flywheel allow the motor to tach up super fast. It's a brute! when I start to push the boost up to 12-15 lbs and lean it out, watch out! The car will be plenty fast for me. Tranny next....