Reader Question: I am looking to purchase a Mitsubishi Eclipse GS. It is really easy to find turbo kits but my research has raised questions of needing to improve the pistons/rings and connecting rods.
Would this really be necessary, and about how long does it take (knowing mechanic prices/hour vary by area)?
Which parts would be best to upgrade to shore up the engine for a turbocharger? Can I just drop a kit in and be ok? If I do need to upgrade parts, what do I want to look for? I am thinking I will not need anything more than a stage 2 certainly, and probably only a stage 1, eventually to have an intercooler added on.
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I have no experience in this area. I have seen cars with turbo kits, but have never tried to do it myself or looked into what it takes to do it.
I would see if there is a Mitsubishi car club in your area and talk to those guys.
I would bet someone has done what you are trying to do and could save you a lot of time and money. Do a Google search for them in your area and look on the Google and Yahoo message board and groups to locate them.