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Ford Mustang Turbo Buyers Guide - Expansion Team
We Check Out The Turbo-Kit Offerings For '79-'08 Mustangs.
B&G Custom Turbo
It may not look all that pretty in the supplied photo, but you can be darn sure that the B&G Custom Turbo kits are super nice-looking when done. B&G offers its Stage 1 and Stage 2 kits, with both kits coming with everything needed for installation, as well as being test-fitted on B&G's in-house chassis. No trimming is required with either kit, all accessories can be kept, and they will only work with hatchback engine mounts.
B&G offers the same kit for both the Two-Valve and Four-Valve engines. The twin-turbo setup is a custom application (call B&G for more info), but the single-turbo deal is a bolt-in kit. It requires slight trimming of the inner bumper to clear the intercooler, and you'll need to pick up the needed front suspension components such as an aftermarket K-member and coilovers. The kit was test-fitted with both D&D and QA1 K-members. You'll also need to supply an upper hard line and fill neck, as well as an overflow tank.
One more note: On '96-'98 cars, you must move the driver-side coil packs. When you call B&G, make sure you mention you read about all of its kits in this buyer's guide. You might have some money left over to buy lunch if you do!
Team Performance Products
Exile Turbo Systems
In collaboration with Exile Turbo Systems' Rick Head, Team Performance Products developed the Heritage GT twin-turbo kit for the '05-and-up Mustang GT. The kit uses a pair of Garrett GT2871R turbos to produce 470 hp in bolt-on form. For those wanting more power, the kit can be boosted with upgrades to make upward of 900 hp. The kit comes with everything needed to make it a true bolt-on system, while retaining use of the stock exhaust manifolds.
Blow-By Racing's complete turbo system for the '05-and-up Mustang looks as nice as it performs. The kit is designed to produce 450 hp at a mere 7 psi of boost. While it's capable of kicking out 650-plus horsepower at 15 psi, Blow-By recommends getting the engine upgraded with pistons and rods, as well as having it tuned by a knowledgeable tuner. Based around a 61mm Garrett turbo, this is one kicking kit.
Granatelli Motor sports
Granatelli Motor Sports offers an intercooled single-turbo kit for the '05-up Mustang GT that has been seen to boost power by 157 hp at just 8 psi of boost. The system bolts on in about 10 hours, and showcases a 76mm Turbonetics turbo, a Tial wastegate, and everything needed for installation. As for the intercooled portion of this show, a pair of Spearco 221 intercooler cores help chill down the air charge before it enters the intake manifold.
STS Turbo has a unique way of mounting its turbos. Instead of the tried-and-true underhood location, the turbos are located remotely in the rear of the car.
STS has three turbo kits for '05-and-up Mustangs. For the Three-Valve-equipped Stangs, you have a choice of a single or a twin-turbo setup. The single-turbo kit is good for 400 hp at 6 psi of boost, while the twin-turbo setup can ring out 500 hp on low boost, 650 hp at higher boost levels, and 1,000 or more horsepower on a modified engine.
STS also offers a kit for 4.0L V-6 cars. For now, the kit is only available in a single-turbo configuration, but expect horsepower figures to check out in the neighborhood of 250 at 5 psi of boost, and a V-8-slaying 313 hp at 9 psi of boost. Keep in mind, all of those horsepower numbers are dyno-proven on STS' dyno and measured at the rear wheels.