I'll start this post by asking you NOT to tell me to use the search button. I've been doing that for about a week. I know there are a TON of articles about putting a turbo on a stock truck and I know somebody is going to tell me to use the search button. I did. I've been searching for days. I've mostly used google search to try and get specific answers. No joy. So I logged intoday and started searching via the site search feature. Still can't find wjhat I'm after.
Can anybody give me a parts list to put a basic turbo on a stock KA24E? Not looking for huge HP gains. Not looking to drag race. This is a daily driver truck and I just want a little more HP. Would like to stick with a very basic setup to keep costs in check and also to keep it as simple and reliable as possible. I'm not looking to dump 10psi of boost down the throat of this engine and rebuild it three times a year.
I have a 1994 Hardbody pickup. It's 4x4 standard cab with XE trim package. 5/spd manual trans. My engine blew a head gasket at 185k and it also needed a clutch kit. I wasn't too upset, because thats a lot of miles on the factory original clutch and the motor was good to me for all those miles. I bought a wrecked 1993 truck with only 64k miles and swapped the entire motor, transmission and transfer case. Put a new clutch in while it was all out of the vehicle. Engine idles with 18-20psi oil pressure using 5w30 Havoline oil. Highway oil pressure (3000rpm or more) is 65-67psi -- I know because I installed a mechanical oil pressure gauge when I installed the new/used motor. Overall, it's been a good motor. The swap wasn't easy, but I got it done and she fired right up after replacing a temp coolant sensor.
I did check the cylinder compression before removing the engine from the wrecked donor truck. This was with the engine at normal operating temperature. I had:
#1 - 178psi
#2 - 175psi
#3 - 176psi
#4 - 175psi
Checked it again when it was cold and had been sitting for about a week. Generally was about 10-12psi lower on each cylinder.
I replaced the valve cover gasket, spark plugs, rotor, cap, battery, air filter, oil filter and fuel filter at the time of the swap.
I'm looking for more power because we recently bought a small boat and the little D21 is struggling a bit when going up hills. I have to drop down to 3rd gear and wind the crap out of it to maintain 55mph on the highway if we come to a hill.
I have no idea what a T3 turbo is. I have no idea what a SAFC is. You might as well call it a 'switzelfart' valve, because I have no idea where to get the best wastegate or even what brand to buy. I have no idea what intercooler to use or where to get any of these parts. I'm not like you guys -- I am not addicted to modding my truck. It's just your basic 17yr old 4x4 truck that I drive back and forth to work daily. I change the fluids and take pretty good care of it. When you guys start talking techno stuff, I just get lost because this isn't my hobby. I shoot guns and hunt with my kids. I fish a lot and I fly airplanes. My truck is just transportation. But it needs a few more HP now that we got the boat. Can ya help a regular guy out?
Can I just get a basic parts list for this project?
ignition system or chip
spark plugs, wires, cap rotor
Anything else you know I would need?
Edited to fix a few typos