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I want to go turbo on my stock 8th gen si, I am a broke high school kid so I don't have the money to blow an engine. so I have been doing my research so I don't run the risk of anything happening and do everything right the first time, but I have been puzzled on one thing that has been stopping me from buying these parts, and it's oil cooling. I see a lot of concerns for cooling in general when going turbo on 8th gens, but I can find anything on oil cooling and I haven't even seen kits specifically for the fg2/fa5 so it makes me think it's not a common problem. but I don't have the money to find out if it's a problem and I personally want to go turbo just cause its cool. I'm not trying to make crazy power, just shooting for the 350-500 range for some fun daily driving. I know you shouldn't daily a turbo build but tbh I don't care, so that's why I'm wondering if an oil cooler is something I should do right away for reliability reasons or if it's fine because the k20z3 has an "oil cooler". i put it in quotes because I don't know if it's a true oil cooler or if it even has one so I need help pls
 

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If you don't have the money to replace a blown engine then definitely don't turbo. Any reliable kit will cost around $4k, and if you are looking to put down 350-500 horsepower you are looking at extensively more money into it. Enjoy the car for what it is until you can afford to make it into what you want it to be, I am in a very similar situation except I am a broke college student and want more out of it, but forced induction is a give and take situation. Lets just say this, you have 3 options and you can only choose 2 of them at a time, affordable, reliable, powerful. Throw luck in there and you could have all 3, but I never bet on luck.
 

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Umm yea I agree you should not go turbo period. It is not cheap to boost a car in general it’s not just the turbo kit that comes along with a ton of other parts to make it work

turbo kit
Hondata
Tuner
Installation cost
Clutch
Fuel pump
Bigger brakes
More cooling

the list goes on and on to make it reialible. If you
Can’t afford to blow your motor never boost any car period cause werid things can happen that will damage a motor including overheating. Not
To mention Si are known to have weak transmission synchro gears so plan on doing a built transmission or better gears shooting for 500. Until you get your money right avoid turbo or supercharger.

I’m fully built turbo and transmission cheap was never on the menu nor let’s not blow the motor. Did that already. Stack your paper up for sure
 

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I think the question should be why you wouldn't want an oil cooler. If you have an 8th gen si it already has an oil cooler on it. It is a true oil cooler. You'd be fine going turbo with the oil cooler that's on the car. I mean hell people have bought stock k24s and turbod them without putting an oil cooler on it which is stupid because of all the extra heat an oil cooler adds. You can find kits on Amazon or online for oil coolers, I'm sure there's kits out there you just have to search, otherwise you just buy a kit and modify what you have to to get it to fit. I'd also suggest a oil catch can as well. Going turbo or building a motor is not cheap. If you want to turbo your car go for it and don't listen to the people saying you shouldn't. Just make sure you install the kit or have it installed right and take it to someone who knows how to tune to dyno tune it and just save your money up along thr way so you have some cash to fix parts if something goes wrong. I'd highly suggest doing a compression test and a leak down test before going turbo though so you know you're rings are still good. The good news is that if you do blow your motor you could rebuild it or buy a used stock k24 with 50k miles for like $800 and swap in it on an 8th gen si pretty easily, I know because I put my k24/k20 in for my build. 300 on up is great power for these cars as with fbos you might hit 220-230whp and that's it so 300 on up is crazy good lol. My car with my setup is around 300whp, of course I'm on e85 and tons of other mods but ya. I'd also suggest putting some cams in it if you're going to go turbo but it's not needed you'll just make more power. Hope this helps.
 

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thank you for all of the feedback but I blew the motor without the turbo so those plans have to get pushed off for now. so my plan was to do the Frankenstein build with a jdm k24a that i found but since this is a much bigger challenge then undoing some bolts and screwing them back on with the new part i want to just go with a remanufactured z3 and only have to swap over the intake, headers, and trans and jus not deal with timing and a bunch of other nuances that come with the frank build. im really only going with the remanufactured engine because it just gives me reassurance that as long as I provide a proper break-in period I'm going to have no problems in the future with my turbo plans. any advice would be great and i guarantee i will be back on this site making stupid decisions and asking for help in no time.
 

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Well a k24 swap is a very easy swap. As long as you swap over your alt, water pump and idler pulley and all that you'll be able to use your oil cooler from your z3 the only other thing you would need is a passenger side crv motor mount which is a triangle shaped mount and I think that's it you'll just swap your sensors over and you'd be good as k24 and z3 sensors are interchangeable. I've done the k24/z3 swap. You could always get your z3 rebuilt but good luck buying a z3 they are very expensive as they are getting rare I'm talking 2k+ for a z3 with 100k miles when you can get a k24 online with 50k miles for 850$ but the k24 you want is the k24a2 as it has the upgraded rods. If you don't I'd get your z3 rebuilt. Definitely reuse your oil cooler from your z3 or get a new oem one as they are pretty good. I'd also get a oil pressure sensor as that's always handy, I got mine from prosport gauges. I'd also get a aem wideband sensor as well especially if you are going to go turbo and a water temp sensor would prolly help to for going turbo too.
 

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If you have to do a motor then you better be building it. Not throw a stock motor back in there and boost it later. Take the time to do it correctly and be done with it. I agree Frank motor if you have time and guess what building a motor takes Time!!!!
 
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