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Old 01-05-05, 20:16   #1
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Turbo Conversion Reliability

Basically loooking to get my RB30E converted to a RB30ET. I use the car as a daily driver, so reliability its a huge factor to me.

I want feedback from people who have done this conversion, either in a workshop, or at home.

Where there any huge problems going through the stages of this conversion?

Have there been many problems after the conversion?

Did you get rid of the car because you weren't happy with the conversion?

How much did it cost ? (if you dont mine)

I've always been looking to converting my car, small factors have been keeping me from doing this, but its becoming a big reality now.

Recently i've been leaning towards a whole new car at the end of the year, but i love my VL's and i could easily throw 10-12k at it in december, for turbo conversion, lsd, breaks and paint etc. Which would end up cheaper and probably more satifiying in the long run. But I'm still not conviced of the conversion.
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Old 01-05-05, 20:20   #2
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mate throw the cash at it the numbers your talking i carnt see you having reliability probs.
Ive got 2 atm and one i converted its an old vl sl i put vlt running gear on it all standard stuff and no troubles mate especially as a daily and i use it as a flog car flat out all the way.
Dont let small factors get in the way of your dreams mate or thats all they will ever be.
Good luck with the conversion its piuss easy dude.
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Old 02-05-05, 09:38   #3
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mate throw the cash at it the numbers your talking i carnt see you having reliability probs.
Ive got 2 atm and one i converted its an old vl sl i put vlt running gear on it all standard stuff and no troubles mate especially as a daily and i use it as a flog car flat out all the way.
Dont let small factors get in the way of your dreams mate or thats all they will ever be.
Good luck with the conversion its piuss easy dude.
Thanks for the reply

Surely theres more people here who've converted...
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Old 02-05-05, 10:08   #4
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yep mate theres heaps of them but most wont say nothing when it comes to this subject coz they say ooh its been done do a search.
Sorry to put a downer on your idea.
Any questions mate you have just pm me and i will tell ya what happened.
Take it easy dude
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Old 02-05-05, 16:16   #5
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I'd like to know this too, I'd like to put the conversion gear (exh manifold, turbo, piping, cooler, oil pump, injectors, computer, etc) on my atmo NA, but I'd like to keep standard NA internals. Bear in mind I'm not after some insane power figure, I'd like to get say 6psi, 150rwrw on the standard CR. Hoping it will be ok for a NA 5speed too, don't really want to fork out for the turbo box. NA box will be rebuilt tho, and I'll go for an LSD.
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Old 02-05-05, 16:39   #6
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I've done the conversion, not yet complete, still running the n/a diff n auto, but I'll get around to it soon. All bolt on engine stuff inc. turbo pistons and injectors. No reliability issues at all so far, its been about 6 months on 15psi. I've got a cooler n exhaust though. Do it properly i guess and there is no reason at all, that you would have any more reliability issues than a factory vlt.
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Old 02-05-05, 16:40   #7
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i was looking to do that aswell, it is piss easy to bolt on or do , just remember wen u do it to make sure u so it right and dont cut corners

http://home.iprimus.com.au/chris_white82/

thats the best site , show everything and step by step
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Old 02-05-05, 20:12   #8
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Cheers fellas, keep them coming.

Ive seen that iprimus site ages ago. Good Info, but i'd still want more then 1-2 peoples opinions.
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Old 02-05-05, 21:06   #9
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i ve done the conversion, n/a bottom end and head... bolting on all the turbo stuff.
its got 600*300*76 fmic, pod, 3 inch exhaust and hiflow cat.
it has run without missing a beat unitil 2 weeks ago when i did a service, now having some trouble with it. it runs fine for a few minutes then stalls and wont start.

other than that it has run fine, daily driver on 9 psi no problems at all.
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Old 07-05-05, 19:10   #10
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buddy its new crank sensor for you ;-)
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Old 08-05-05, 07:41   #11
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yep, i put a new CAS in it and it went straight away,

so my conversion has worked out well, it goes to the shop to get surge tank, 044 and malpassi reg and 10mm lines fitted on thursday.

see how it goes after that.
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Old 08-05-05, 10:34   #12
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yep, i put a new CAS in it and it went straight away,

so my conversion has worked out well, it goes to the shop to get surge tank, 044 and malpassi reg and 10mm lines fitted on thursday.

see how it goes after that.
So you run 9psi on the standard compression ratio? Standard NA pistons/rods?
What box are you running? NA or Turbo?
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Old 08-05-05, 16:59   #13
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yes, standard n/a motor with turbo gear bolted on.
trans is std turbo jatco, its in ok condition slips a little, i got 2 trans coolers on it one big one and one medium one, both located up front in wheel wells, good position.

8/9 psi with hybrid style cooler and optimax fuel.

the conversion is easy. i am no mechanic, very little knowledge of cars and i did it, with help from my bro who is a mechanic, he just told me what to do and how to do it, he was busy working on his own car.

any other questions, i am happy to answer.
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