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      12-07-2012, 05:47 AM   #1
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Very Different N54 turbo upgrade - pic inside

Looks like some people overseas are having fun with the n54.

Setup looks pretty wild from a visual standpoint, but they seem to be pulling off amazing #'s before even tuning it properly. They're currently working on turning up the boost and dialing it in with Cobb and will probably have more #'s soon.
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Thats not inefficient or anything lol...
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that is the official rube goldberg machine n54 turbo upgrade kit
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Thats not inefficient or anything lol...
Whats inefficient about it?
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Thats not inefficient or anything lol...
Whats inefficient about it?
Very serious bends and look at the length of the piping.
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Looks...intersting. Needs a video
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Looks like the Taiwan manifolds from their build thread.
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third new turbo setup i've seen this week...next year is going to be interesting for the n54
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What the heck is going on in all of that manifold piping?? Do you have any more pictures of this?
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      12-07-2012, 11:00 AM   #10
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I'd like to see the electric bill from all that welding. If they're planning to go into production with that, they might consider some tight-radius bends for starters.
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No bends? Child labor? 2nd hand turbos?
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Was the idea an equal length manifold?
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It's getting a little old with forum users posting NEW turbo upgrades from various vendors..... Until the VENDOR makes the thread & takes some pics, I'm calling
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Very serious bends and look at the length of the piping.
With the exception of the rear turbo cold side pipe, which appears to just head into nowhere, everything else looks on point. Are you new to forced induction? Many old school JDM tuners used to use the same pie-cut and weld practice to build manifolds. Those bends are a great alternative to a "log style" of manifold, and will help greatly with keep exhaust velocity high.

Not defending this set-up, as i know dick about it, but everything looks "ok" as far as i can tell.
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With the exception of the rear turbo cold side pipe, which appears to just head into nowhere, everything else looks on point. Are you new to forced induction? Many old school JDM tuners used to use the same pie-cut and weld practice to build manifolds. Those bends are a great alternative to a "log style" of manifold, and will help greatly with keep exhaust velocity high.

Not defending this set-up, as i know dick about it, but everything looks "ok" as far as i can tell.
LOL, oh look somebody on e90post has a brain I guess the crowd over here is a bit inexperienced and don't realize how simple a turbo HARDWARE kit is for any car, it's the software part that causes the problems.

If you go on other forums there are people sitting in their garage with a 2-4 of beer fabbing manifolds for cars running a lot faster than the n54.

It might not give the best results possible, but that doesn't negate the fact that it will still be an upgrade and fairly large one.

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I'd like to see the electric bill from all that welding. If they're planning to go into production with that, they might consider some tight-radius bends for starters.
I don't think it's something that's going into production, the owner of a shop did it on his own personal vehicle for his own fun.

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It's getting a little old with forum users posting NEW turbo upgrades from various vendors..... Until the VENDOR makes the thread & takes some pics, I'm calling
What difference does that make? Tons of vendors have posted bs around here, all it takes to be a vendor is a quick online payment, how does that change anything? I made a post to share a pic and the pics infront of you.

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Thats not inefficient or anything lol...
Might be inefficient, but functionality and efficiency are two diff things.

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No bends? Child labor? 2nd hand turbos?
Turbos are from the same mitsu fam as we're all fairly accustomed to.
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wow i like it !!!!!
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At least someone has dared to fab up piping for the turbo inlets...funny thing is it probably works pretty well

If be curious to see a Dyno of this thing
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Hell yeah, i'd like to see this in the engine bay. Fortunately this one appears to be another hardware option not tied to a single tuning option. That's a VERY good thing.

I hope we find out how things go and if they too start encountering misfires.
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What the heck is going on in all of that manifold piping?? Do you have any more pictures of this?
looks to me like equal length header into the turbo
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Looks like some people overseas are having fun with the n54.

Setup looks pretty wild from a visual standpoint, but they seem to be pulling off amazing #'s before even tuning it properly. They're currently working on turning up the boost and dialing it in with Cobb and will probably have more #'s soon.
This set up was posted months ago and has been the topic of debate quite a few times now. They have posted Dyno numbers and those we disputed as well as being corrected flywheel numbers, etc. If you search a few of the sites for Taiwan you will find it.
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