Adding a turbo

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Adding a turbo

Post by dave3lions » Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:48 pm

This is on my list of things to do so I'm curious as to the general consensus for adding a turbo. I imagine it's frowned upon by many, but have you done it, would you recommend it or is it an absolute no no and it all went boom?

A quick google search brought up these guys http://www.vwturbokits.com

My bus is running a 1600 twin port Beetle engine. I'm not looking for F1 performance, just a little "wolf in sheep's clothing".

Thoughts please?

Thanks, David.

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Re: Adding a turbo

Post by NikC » Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:52 pm

Are you on facebook, Brian Galpin has puts lots of pics and info on his turbo job in the facebook group.
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Re: Adding a turbo

Post by dave3lions » Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:52 pm

Sure am. I'll head over there and link to this thread. Thanks.

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Re: Adding a turbo

Post by tufty65 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 2:21 pm

You'd be better off just updating the motor to something a little bigger.

You could just slap a turbo set up on it (it's been done) but to do it properly you need to think about balancing the bottom end, lowering compression etc etc as these old standard motors don't like being revved much past 5k and with a turbo on boost you'll be revving a lot more than that!

There is nothing stopping you from putting a turbo on but I wouldn't expect a standard 1600 to take abuse for long.

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Re: Adding a turbo

Post by modifiedbrian » Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:36 pm

My thoughts exactly Simon.
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Re: Adding a turbo

Post by flatbeat » Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:04 pm

Wouldn't want to bolt one of those kits to stock 1600 tp.
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Re: Adding a turbo

Post by mclarni » Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:40 am

I am building an engine with a turbo at the moment. It will be 1776 or more though using the Renault 5 turbo set up and a VW speedshop header.

I'm aiming for a good pulling motor, not a racer. Will be keeping standard weight flywheel, 69mm crank etc and balancing up bottom end of engine.

I've had a lot of turbo cars in the past and know my way around them. Should be good fun building an aircooled turbo lump.

I know that VWGillyBilly had a decent kit on a 1600 on his Samba using the Renault 5 turbo set up. That was running about 10psi of boost and was achieving 130bhp. It wasn't a standard 1600 and had been "built" with the intention of fitting the turbo kit.
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