If a stock turbo, manifold, intercooler, oil lines/fittings etc. came in under $600, sure I guess that'd almost be valid... except that cams aren't going to blow a 5sfe up, and strapping a stock turbo setup to it, and expecting the ecu to discern pressurized air from vacuum without a MAP setup or at least modifying it to respond correctly with a BEGI FMU or similar... would.Texas_Ace said:Forget the truck, it was just an example. I spent the money on these mods for when I was boosted, which they worked very well for. I am in the transition stage between supercharger and turbo.
I have never heard of or seen 30whp gains on a 5sfe from cams. If true that is not a bad dollar/HP ratio.
Tossing a stock 2nd gen turbo/manifold onto a 5sfe should only run you a little more then cams (we are only installing the turbo/manifold, just like the cams and letting the stock ECU figure out what to do just like the cams) and will net you a lot more power.
At least you can turn the dizzy on the 5sfe to accomodate some timing retard, so no ecu tinkering needed for minimal boost, but you'd still need a $200 ARRFPR like the BEGI FMUnit I mentioned, at minimum, and I'm not sure if stock injectors flow much beyond what you could do to one n/a with bolt ons/cams.
My setup would be an intelligent, proven to work, reliable, blast to drive setup... while your setup would be a hobbled together ricetard jack-stand trophy after the first week of hooning around in it. That's not what I'm going for... I have one of those already. This is to be a relatively cheap, fun, cool toy to putt around in and enjoy driving spirited or the occassional HPDE/auto-x fun in or day at mineral wells sliding. Without exceeding $8-10k, the NA is a much better choice of platform for my needs/wants.