Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 13:17:50 -0700
From: Justin VanAbrahams <jvanabranopsamnet>
Subject: Re: Aftermarket Turbo

Adam Smith wrote: > > Is there anyway to turbocharge (or supercharge) an '86 saab 900S? I heard > there was, just checking. Thanks in advance > > -adam Not really... I have been coming up with a list of parts needed to do a turbo upgrade to a non-turbo car, and the list is simply too extensive... Aside from the obvious turbo, you'd need all the plumbing, the intercooler, the exhaust manifold, lower compression pistons, oil cooler assembly, and the "top end" of the exhaust system. If you wanted to do it the right way, you'd also need all the electronics, including an APC solenoid and box, and the related wiring as well the gauge cluster from a turbo car. You might also need a new fuel pump. All in all, you'd be looking at in excess of $1500 in parts, plus all the work to install them. In general, you'd be better off just buying a turbo to begin with. One thing a couple people and I dicussed would be the possibility of an LPT (light pressure turbo) system for an 900S... At rhat point you would only need the turbo, exhaust manifold, and intake plumbing, and you could get that for well under $1000, and it wouldn't be hard to install. A 5 or 6 psi LPT would add a substantial amount of low-end power without having to worry much about hurting anything... -Justin

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