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Old 01-09-2017, 06:11 PM   #1
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I'm really interested in turbocharging my 2011 Lancer ES. The problem is that I don't know if the parts will fit since the parts are off a used EVO X. The bore and stroke of an EVO engine is the same as my engine. The compression ratio of the EVO is 9:1 but mine is 10. The person I'm buying from however is selling me the downpipe, manifold, turbo, and intercooler for $540 which is a steal. I know lots of people would say just upgrade to an EVO instead but I'm only 17 and my family and I don't have that type of money. If there's anyone here that has experience with turbos and installation, please let me know. Thank you!
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Old 01-09-2017, 06:21 PM   #2
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Evo X and RA parts fit just fine. I would suggest to get a thicker head gasket in order to lower the static compression ratio.
You would need much more parts than those 4 listed.

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If you don't have those money, don't do this project. It is more expensive to do what you are about to do than to buy a salvaged evo and restore it.

Seriously. I know only one EXPENSIVE successful build that was fueled by simple restriction in Australia for owning a turbo car before you are 25 or something along those lines and not financial struggle.

Aside from that you will need:

Boost regulator, intercooler piping, proper exhaust, gauges, tune and everything related to it, and most like a new ECU as well. Also, you will need BPV, all the piping and routing for one, etc... And in the ened you will be stuck with FWD and torque steer... seriously, just don't. save for Rally Art or an older used Evo.
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:16 PM   #4
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I don't have any experience in this department but I did a couple of Google searches. There's this thread on Project Lancer that lists many of the parts and steps on how to install a Turbo on the base Lancer models:

And some others from here and the other Evo forum:

Plus some more:

Don't forget you'll need to tune the ECU as well, and like LiX said above you'll need more parts than the ones you're buying on the cheap. It can be done and has been done, but make sure you know what you're getting into before you spend money on parts; it can end up being a more expensive experience than you expected, and if you mess up, you might end up with an undrivable car until you find the money to get it fixed.

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I have a turbo lancer in my garage right now and I must say that the project is not for the faint of heart or those with shallow pockets. Since you're 17 I'm assuming this is your DD. A turbo lancer done on the cheap will not be reliable. I know from experience.

I'm not trying to discourage you. Like I said,I have one and it's a constant project (which I love!), but I want to make sure your expectations are reasonable. If you decide to go through with this please check out as there are plenty of people who have successfully and unsuccessfully done this.
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Old 01-10-2017, 03:46 PM   #6
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Well, I can say that I'm from the first ones that paved the road for turbo Lancers, 6 years ago winter 2010/11... unfortunately all the info on my project and many other projects is gone with the fall of

Yes, it's expensive to be done properly, but it's also a lot of fun if you have passion for doing all the job.
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Old 01-12-2017, 06:55 PM   #7
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I'm running a Turbo Lancer

Unless you are extremely comfortable wrenching, I'd suggest having someone do it for you! I paid about $5k with a completely new engine installed also! Project was done right with all RA and Evo X parts... She's running strong and it's only a mild tune of 10psi. I can go more but really don't see a point!
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