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Old 11 Dec 2011, 01:05 pm
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I own an 03 limited and I'm wondering what adjustments I would have to make to add a turbo. Best scenario, I find a scrapped gt and put it's turbo on mine. What would I have to do, if anything, to my Engine?
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Old 11 Dec 2011, 02:00 pm
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You will grenade your engine, even at the tiny 8 to 9 pounds of boost you'll get out of that turbo. That engine is not set up to handle the pressure you're going to put on it. As always suggested, you'd do better finding a wrecked PT with a turbo engine and doing an engine swap.

I would suggest contacting Chris at TurbosUnleashed.com, he's a great guy, an honest vendor and very helpful. Please tell him I sent you, I try to keep sending him as many people as I can, he's helped me out greatly in the past so I'm trying to return the favor.

Now, one other place I'd suggest you go to ask this very same question, that is PTCrew.com. While this site is fabulous for information and assistance, the guys and gals at PTCrew are more into engine building that a lot of us are here, in my humble opinion this site is great for modders, that site is great for racers. They are way more outspoken than we are, and you'll get some really honest advice there. Tell them RobinH suggested you drop in!
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Old 11 Dec 2011, 07:22 pm
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I'll definitely check em out.

A gt engine would fit in a stock compartment, right?
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Old 11 Dec 2011, 07:27 pm
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Yep!;

Guys can and do turbo 2.0 SOHC & DOHC and the 2.4 stock.
Some get quite a bit (relatively) out of them, however, as Chrome said,
even a turbo engine is easy to break pistons if it goes lean.
Rods are great in NA form, but tiny for boost.

You can use a stock block, guys use old Stratus engines all the time.
Guys bought TONS of SRT pistons / Rods from Mopar, and they raised the price

I'm not intimate with turbos, I'd give the Neon turbo forum a look too, lots and lots and lots on your engine over the years

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Most use Mega-Squirt, very good and inexpensive, but it's a lot to learn.
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Old 13 Dec 2011, 05:48 pm
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I've been looking around, my engine has almost 200,000 miles on it and I'm thinking about getting an SRT. Since Neons have them, and the pt is damn near close to a Neon I'm thinking it would easier to just go with that.
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Old 14 Dec 2011, 05:45 pm
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Got a couple of old toots who I've raced against who are running SRT4 engines in their PT's. They said it wasn't that difficult to match them up, but personally I don't know about that. They look pretty good to me, almost identical to the GT package.
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Old 15 Dec 2011, 10:47 am
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Hopefully it is easy. Because that engine is going to be the first to go, with nearly 200,000 miles on it, she needs a new heart.
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Old 15 Dec 2011, 11:33 am
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I'd beg to differ; The 2.4 has great longevity, only normal items may need to be replaced; headgasket / rod bearings.
I don't really like this engine, but reliability isn't the reason why.
I'd suspect everything else on a vehicle of that age/mileage before engine-
and keep in mind all that other stuff will be there after engine is replaced.
And any other engine is also an 'unknown.'
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SRT and GT engine are the same basic engine, just a different intake mani and some small stuff.
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