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Ford Mustang Turbo Buyers Guide - Expansion Team
We Check Out The Turbo-Kit Offerings For '79-'08 Mustangs.
The Garrett kit is a twin-turbo deal that's more customizable than some of the others we've seen. It revolves around two top-mount Garrett GT2860RS turbos and is completed with two cast manifolds: one cast and one fabricated downpipe, as well as all oil and water lines. The kit does require cold side plumbing, a charge air cooler, and tuning. It's perfect for those looking to create a unique kit of their own.
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Powerhouse Automotive's shop car was in our Three-Valve shootout a few years ago, and it ran mad quick with one of the company's bolt-on turbo kits. Since then, Powerhouse has perfected the kit for the Three-Valve mod motor, as well as coming up with a kit for the 4.0L V-6. The kit for the Mustang GT is adjustable from 450 to 675-plus rear-wheel horsepower and is designed with stock-like driveability in mind. The kit makes all of its power thanks to a Precision PT67 turbo.
The V-6 kit is similar to the GT kit, as it comes complete with everything necessary to make installation a snap. The differences are in the turbo department, as the V-6 kit is stocked with a Precision PT61 hairdryer. Also, the kit is not intercooled, though that option is available.
Arguably one of the bigger turbo companies in the Mustang market, Turbonetics offers an extremely nice bolt-on turbo kit for the S197 Mustang. It's centered on a T4 60-1 ball-bearing turbo that blows in enough boost for 550 hp. The kit also comes with a tune that Turbonetics developed to get your ride up and running as soon as the kit is installed and the programmer is plugged into the car's diagnostic port.