Join Date: May 2004
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Truly bolt-on turbo kit?
Thanks for the responses regarding how loud a typical turbo kit is- here's my next dumb question: I've seen a lot of posts where skilled and experienced people have installed turbos on their zx10rs, people who obviously know if ins and outs of tuning and maybe turbos in general, or were well on their way to learning.
My question is, can a somewhat experienced garage mechanic bolt on a turbo and get it to work, maybe in a mild state of tune (like just to get another 30-50 HP, 3-5 pounds of boost)? If I did it, it would just to be a few month's project to get a hopped up bike, and not a drag/competition machine with new pistons, crank, valves etc. etc.
I could find a shop with a dyno to do some fine-turning, but I'm picturing ordering a complete kit from somewhere and spending nights and weekends just throwing it on and tinkering with it until it ran.
I'm no master bike mech, but I can strip bolts adjusting the valves in my Ducati, rejet carbs, clean the soot off the plugs 'cause it's running too rich, etc, so I have plenty of experience taking a perfectly good bike and turning it into a nightmare- is a turbo kit for me? Thanks for any thoughts.