Forced induction is one of the most effective ways to improve horsepower and torque in your car or truck. A turbocharger is an exhaust gas-driven compressor that increases the pressure or density of air supplied to an internal combustion engine. This improved density allows more oxygen molecules to be present in a given volume, thus providing better conditions for combustion. More oxygen means more fuel can be burned, and more fuel burning means more power.
Several turbo kits are available at JEGS, and choosing the right one is easy with the right information. When selecting a turbocharger kit, multiple factors go into play, and our guide will help you understand the most important things to consider before making your purchase.
Exploring Turbo Kit Options
From complete kits to individual components, getting the right turbocharger for your application is critical to maximizing performance. Selecting the turbo that fits your power goals and driving style will ensure years of trouble-free service and peak performance.
Choosing the right turbo size is one of the most critical aspects of turbocharging your vehicle. The turbine wheel and compressor wheel sizes determine the turbo size or housing. These wheels work together to provide a certain level of boost. The turbo size will affect both spool-up time and the amount of power your engine can safely produce.
For example, a smaller turbine housing turbo will spool faster than a larger turbocharger. This means less turbo lag and better bottom-end performance. On the other hand, a larger turbocharger can support more power at higher engine speeds. You'll need a larger turbo if your goal is to make big power. The only tradeoff is increased lag.
Determine What Turbo Fits Your Car
Twin turbos? Single turbo? Compound turbo? Each setup provides a different result in terms of power production and delivery. Additionally, engine size and displacement must be considered when choosing the right turbocharger.
A single turbocharger is the most common type of turbo system. A single turbo setup provides adequate power for most applications with compact engines, including inline four and inline 6-cylinder engines.
For V6 or V8 engines, twin turbochargers are often the way to go. This turbo setup is preferred as each bank gets its own turbocharger. This allows for shorter turbocharger piping and less turbo lag than a single turbo system.
Diesel engines are typical applications for compound turbochargers. A compound turbo setup is two turbos in series, with the first turbo providing boost to the second. This turbo system is capable of high power levels but can be more challenging to install and tune.
Consider Quality & Brand
When it comes to turbo kits and components, quality is extremely important. Choosing a cheap brand can lead to big problems, including turbo and total engine failure. That's why buying a turbocharger kit from a reputable manufacturer is essential. JEGS offers everything needed to get the build of your dreams from brands, including Turbonetics, Precision Turbo, Tial, and more.
Lastly, the installation process is critical to the success of your turbo build. While some turbo kits come with installation instructions, it's always a good idea to consult a professional if you're not comfortable tackling the job yourself. Once installed, tuning will be required to get the most out of your turbo kit. Spending a little more now will pay off in the long run with increased performance, longevity, and peace of mind.
JEGS is here to help with your turbocharger kit needs and has everything needed for the job, including installation tools, gaskets, turbochargers, wastegates, BOVs, and more. Get started on your turbo build today and get the power you've always wanted.