If you are a truck owner looking to improve your vehicle’s performance, you may be hoping to get a turbocharger installed. However, just because you have the equipment, it doesn’t mean your engine will immediately go turbo. If air can’t get into the exhaust out of the engine or your turbocharger efficiently, it will not work. To do this right, you may need to invest in some heavy duty-equipment like flexible exhaust tubing.
Swapping your truck’s stock muffler for a high-quality performance muffler that doesn’t offer much air resistance is a good first step – this prevents backpressure from building up, and upsetting the effect that the new turbocharger is meant to provide. When air can easily pass through the pipes, you can get as much as an extra ¼ mpg of fuel economy or even more from your engine.
As you can probably infer, a truck with a true dual exhaust system doesn’t just come with two separate pipes, but separate mufflers as well, thus ensuring that the exhaust is pushed out faster and more readily. This could even reduce exhaust temperature by as much as 50 degrees.
Efficient Exhaust Manifold
According to Overdrive Magazine’s Bruce Mallinson, another thing you should look into for a boost in your truck’s performance is the exhaust manifold:
“To enhance the air and exhaust flow in your engine, install a heavy-duty high-performance ceramic-coated exhaust manifold. This manifold flows 20 percent or more exhaust than a stock manifold, and it will lower the exhaust gas temperature by 125 degrees; it also will not leak at the joints.”
As for your air intake system, be sure to have two air filters mounted outside the hood for better air flow. Also, whenever you’re modifying your engine’s exhaust systems, use flexible tubing that can be fitted, bent or turned into any application without breaking it and losing its function. You should also get your engine parts like an exhaust elbow only from reputable suppliers like Global Parts Inc. to make sure that you don’t get conned into buying something substandard.
After you’ve improved the airflow and efficiency of your engine, you’ll be ready for a turbocharger. Doing these preliminary tips will help assure you that you can get the most out of your engine boost. Not only that, but you’ll be saving up on fuel cost as well (about $16,000 a year over a distance of 100,000 miles).
(Source: Running ‘free’: Another key to making turbo boost, Overdrive Magazine)