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Old 08-15-2012, 06:21 PM  
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Lightbulb turbo sami project

Long have I wanted to turbocharge the Sami. I figured since I haven't yet done the wiring for the 16v motor and tranny swap, now would be a good time. I know that others have had the same idea so I decided to document my progress. Of which there is very little so far But I have started the turbo header for a T3 turbo. I was given several turbos while I worked at my last job and was given a blow-off valve by a friend at my current job. I will post pictures as I complete each step but to get started is a few pictures of the merge into the inlet flange. I had a local shop laser the inlet and outlet flanges for the turbo for $10 each and I'm reusing the exhaust flange from my old Calmini header.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:46 PM  
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I've made a little more progress on the header. Overtime and laziness have slowed me down but I'll have it finished next week. Then it's on to other things like an intercooler. Can't find one that will fit in with my plan (at least not at a price I'm willing to pay for) so it looks like I'm going to make my own. Pictures of the almost finished header
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:42 PM  
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Default trans mount

I know it's not common to use the Tracker trans, so I thought I'd throw this pic in here. This is the mount I made for the transmission.
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:30 AM  
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Nice work, I'm looking forward to seeing how this progresses
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:41 PM  
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Thanks Rhinoman, although I'm doing this for myself and posting to give others ideas, it's still nice to hear some feedback
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:26 PM  
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Default intercooler problem- solved!

Haven't yet finished the header although it's closer than it was. Only have 2 hours after work I can use the shop for myself and overtime has been getting in the way. It wasn't that big of a deal because I didn't yet have an intercooler to continue on to the next step which mounting the radiator and intercooler. Found one today though. I was looking for a 9X9X4 core to build my own, but the cheapest I found was around $250. Today I found a CXRacing intercooler for $105 shipped. I'll cut one end down 1.5" and put the inlet and outlet on the other side facing back towards the engine. This core is 9X7.5X4. Sounds small, I know, but I'm only looking to get 150 HP out of the Sami right now. That might change later on, but for now I'm just trying to get it back on the road. I've driven it once in the past 2 years, and that was when I drove it to my old shop to yank out the 1.3L.
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Default cost so far

T3 inlet/outlet flanges $20
header bends $160 (would have been $20 cheaper if I had ordered correctly the first time)
BOV $20 (from a friend)
intercooler $105
universal intercooler pipe kit $95
turbo free
exhaust flange free (off old header)

Not looking too bad so far
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Very interesting project... Something I would never consider attempting. I will enjoy following your progress.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:53 PM  
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Finished the header, although before I actually put the Sami back on the road I'll probably have it E-polished. But I'm eager to continue so... on to the intercooler.
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Very cool project, good work so far.

Thanks for the pics of the transmission mount. I bought a samurai recently with a tracker tranny swapped in with a very poor mount. Just wondering why a person swaps in a tracker tranny to begin with. I've noticed in comparison to my friends samurai that the position of the shifter is better and its a bit smoother but other then that I'm not sure. Any input on why you went with the tracker tranny might help me understand.
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