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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-18-2011 Thread Starter
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turbo's on 3.8l

ive been thinking about putting at least one turbo on my 3.8l, but im just curious will that 3.8l handle the turbo? and can i just use a diesel turbo or do i have to buy a turbo kit thats made for my car?

just some questions i would like to know the answers too

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-18-2011
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Do a search on the turbo question and you'll turn up tons of posts that will help you here in the V6 Sections. There are some guys running them here as well.

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The stock bottom end can handle up to 10-11psi for a while.
The stock fuel system will not be able to go over 3-4psi.

There are no kits out there right now. TMATurbo is getting ready to make kits again sometime this summer. I believe his basic street kit is $3,900.

There are several turbo cars on these boards , shinerstang and Shine1stang, that are pushing well over 600rwhp.

Short answer is, yes you can turbo the car. The stock bottom end is fairly tough and no one has cracked a stock 3.8L block on higher boost yet.
 
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The stock bottom end can handle up to 10-11psi for a while.
The stock fuel system will not be able to go over 3-4psi.

There are no kits out there right now. TMATurbo is getting ready to make kits again sometime this summer. I believe his basic street kit is $3,900.

There are several turbo cars on these boards , shinerstang and Shine1stang, that are pushing well over 600rwhp.

Short answer is, yes you can turbo the car. The stock bottom end is fairly tough and no one has cracked a stock 3.8L block on higher boost yet.
It is the block that is strong. The rods are the weak point on a stock bottom end.....

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It is the block that is strong. The rods are the weak point on a stock bottom end.....
So replace the rods with stronger ones for a stronger bottom end? or can you not just replace the rods? Im just curious may wish to add supercharger one day and wouldnt want the bottom to give out on me. (Heck maybe Ill just purchase a 03 Mach 1 heh)

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If you want a strong bottom end you want to get a forged crank from a Thunderbird Supercoupe, forged rods, and forged pistons.
Shiner can give you details on what exactly you need to get.
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thanks for all the answers, ill be sure to look into it. i just wanted to make sure the 3.8l would handle it
does anyone have or heard of a programmer for the 3.8l? just wondering if its really worth the money?
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Heard of, yes.
Have one, yes.
Worth it, very much yes.

You can pick up 20whp with a 93 octane tune.
I suggest SCT.
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If you want a strong bottom end you want to get a forged crank from a Thunderbird Supercoupe, forged rods, and forged pistons.
Shiner can give you details on what exactly you need to get.
You don't even need the supercoupe crank.... There are maybe 2 v6 guys running s/c cranks the rest of the 600hp guys have 4.2 cranks or 3.8 cranks.

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