I know this is a little different than what most of you guys drive but I love this damn truck.
I've got a 95 Dodge Dakota, 5.2 V8, 5 speed, 4x4, as seen here. I decided it needed boost, so I built a remote turbo setup.
I didn't build this to race or break any records, just to have fun and learn, this truck is also my daily driver. I picked it up for $1000 in Feb 09 with a dying tranny. Since then I did the usual bolt-ons, M1 intake manifold, Harland sharp 1.7 Roller rockers, Mopar PCM, ported TB, 14" air filter, and an Aero Turbine 3" muffler (I highly recommend these mufflers, worth every penny) with side exit.
I Started collecting parts a little over a year ago and finally over the last 3 weeks I went to work and got it up and running. Estimated investment is around $2500.
I'm running a Holset H1C turbo with a 21cm turbine housing. Ebay 44mm wastegate, Ebay 38mm Greddy Type RS knockoff BOV, Aeromotive digital FMU and MSD BTM. Cold side is 2.5" aluminized tubing. Oil is pumped back to the valve cover with a scavenging pump. Check valves are using in the supply and drain line to prevent oil from pooling in the turbo when not running.
Beginning of the work. welding the flange and WG V band on the up pipe.
Cold side mockup
FMU mounted in center console
BTM knob on dash (and my RD mute button)
More cold side.
cold side with BOV
Gauges. The LC-1 took a **** and was replaced with an AEM UEGO.
FMU pump and BTM
Going to town
Tacking up-pipe in place
Turbo and WG
Rear shot with filter (AEM dry flow)
Pulled exhaust to weld it up, I despise welding exhaust under cars.
Done and done
Rear shot, completed.
Oil pump with check valve.
And video of pulling it out of the shop for the first time.
And short video of boost.
Wastegate is currently set at 4psi and I'm still working on tuning it but I'm happy with it so far. The turbo sound is ridiculous, no exaggeration when I say it sounds like you're riding in a semi.