Originally Posted by tj v. xj
I'm looking to see if someone else has done it without the kit. That's all
I am a big fan of turbocharging. Furthermore, I am also a big fan of doing it your own way rather than using a generic kit. I would love to see everybody have success at building a turbo system on their car... but I also know of the destruction that can happen when you get into boost and go too lean. I try to encourage people to avoid catastrophe, because when things don't
go horrifically wrong, they tend to enjoy the experience a lot more.
Full disclosure: I managed to take an '89 Dodge Caravan which ran low 18s stock at Salt Lake's drag strip, and then via the magic of turbocharging I made it run 13.5x ETs... and this while still using the factory block, crankshaft, rods and pistons. 24 psi of boost is a lot of fun, but it'll also ruin your day in a split second if everything (fuel, spark, charge temps, etc) isn't just right.
Even after those years of experience, I don't pretend to know everything about turbocharging. Still, I try to help others in their quest for safe, reliable power.