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I'm in the market to add some horses to my CR-Z. I was wondering if anyone had any idea:

When a kit will be available?

Who should I get it from?

Typical costs for installing a setup like this would cost?

Any information that would affect my honda warrantee?

Also, is there anything else out there in the meantime to increase the power of this awesome ride?
 

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Some of the experienced tuners like Shatner can probably answer the technical details but expect kits soon. Prices probably similar to the choices for the Honda Fit. Figure $3000-$5000 depending on where you buy from if you get it proberly tuned for power.

Warranty is the same with most aftermarket. If something breaks and Honda can prove it was due to the aftermarket kit your screwed.
 

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If you're really serious about turbocharging your car I'd not get a kit. Kits are very limited in what they can accomplish. If you just want a turbo, yo, get a kit. I'm not sure of any out yet, though.

What are your goals? HP, TQ, spool time, etc.

Are you looking for high boost (>10#)? You'll need to possibly look at building your block (rods(!), rod bolts(!), pistons, new bearings and a sleeve, or at least a block guard. But if you're only looking for ~4-5#s you can get away with a smaller turbo and probably a stock block. It all depends on your HP goals.

I would buy everything separately at this point and build a bad ass custom turbo system.

First and foremost, you'll need a turbocharger exhaust manifold. Turbocharger- Maybe a variable vane (turbochargers.com, Forced Performance, etc.), Waste gate(TiAl), Blow off(TiAl), Stainless mandrel bent piping- the size will depend on the turbo, FMIC (front mount intercooler- Air to Air), rubber couplers, oil pan tap, oil line to the turbo, water line if it's water cooled. Also a new fuel pressure reg. (Aeromotive), Fuel pump, lines and fittings (Aeromotive), maybe new injectors and possibly new fuel rails if the new injectors won't fit in the stockers. You'll also need an EGT guage(Exhaust gas temp.) and a boost guage. An oil pressure guage won't hurt. Don't forget the tune!!!

A lot of people will tell you to get a wideband 02 sensor. Don't bother; they aren't meant to be driven long with and will burn out the sensor. And they aren't cheap. Your tuner will have one and use it when it counts, while he's tuning. An EGT guage essentially tells you the same thing. The hotter it is, the leaner you're running.

You'll need miscellaneous nuts and bolts. AND tuning!!! I'm honestly not sure who has a tuning system for this, besides a whole new stand-alone. Which if you're in a state that does emissions testing and a plug in to the stock ECU, you'll fail.

If the turbo charger you choose is water cooled, you don't necessarily need a turbo timer, but if it's solely oil cooled, you will.

As far as the waste gate, you'll only need one if the turbo you buy doesn't have an integrated WG. Which I recommend. If you go this route, the dump pipe off the WG can either be plumbed back to the exhaust or dumped right out the side, behind the front wheel.

Do you know how to install a full turbo system? Including the new fuel system? If you're not comfortable doing this, I highly recommend having a reputable shop install it.

What's your location? I may be able to refer you to someone.

Here are some websites that may help:
Aeromotive:
Aeromotive*|*Serious Fuel Systems

Turbochargers.com
Turbochargers.com | Turbo and Supercharher Specialists

TiAl:
Welcome to TiAL Sport.com

Intercooler:
ETS - Extreme Turbo Systems - Custom Intercoolers, Intercooler Kits and Performance Parts I'm sure they'd be happy to make one for the CR-Z.

Gages: Autometer are great, despite what people say. The Nexus line has 'peak hold', warning (for over boost/boost creep, oil temp, oil pressure, water temp, etc.) and even data logging with an optional piece of software they sell. I had these on my GT35R'd (1.15 A/R [BIG]) STi and LOVED them. Mounting is your choice.
Auto Meter - Gauges

Any other questions feel free to ask.
 

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Shatner, thank you for the info! I am in the Maryland/DC area and I do not know how to install this system. Granted it will ALSO be used as a daily driver. Perhaps you know someone around there?
 

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Shatner, thank you for the info! I am in the Maryland/DC area and I do not know how to install this system. Granted it will ALSO be used as a daily driver. Perhaps you know someone around there?
Maryland Performance Center is a place I've worked with on a very challenging install. It was an MKI Supra w/ a 2JZdeTT swap. We had to shoehorn the engine in there with all accessories taken off. When it was all buttoned up, except the new single turbo conversion, plumbing, etc there was absolutely no room to put the afformentioned parts.

These guys made it happen. Can't remember who I worked with, or I'd refer you to him.

All I can say is these guys do a great job, from design to install to tuning. They mostly do engine dyno tests, but I'm pretty sure they have a chassis dyno.

Maryland Performance Center

There's also JE imports. I've never done work with them but a lot of people on the subaru forums love this place.

JE Import Performance :: JE Import Performance


Don't forget new spark plugs (copper). They'll have to be changed more often than Platinum or Iridium, but they offer a much better spark.

Edit: Forgot to say. You can get away w/ a smaller turbo. YOu don't HAVE to go big. Try to match the boost mapping/flow charts to your engines Volumetric Efficiency; you'll see much better results. Any shop worth their salt will be able to do this for you and pick a turbo.
 
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