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Old 04-19-2009, 05:50 AM   #1
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Another Holset thread

So when Vigge made a thread back in 08' about his new snail, I got sucked into the movement and have been following it since then. Just figured it was time to make my own thread with all of the info on my own setup rather than stuff it all into Vigge's. More so it can be documented for others who are looking to put a Holset on a stock internal, 2.0 NG900.

I'm 19, building up student loans and working through college, and really testing my credit to get this project finish. Save the criticism for later, please.
At this point, I'm still in the process of getting all the parts - almost finished - but when I get home in a month from school is when the work begins. I'll update this as it goes, and try to get pictures of whatever necessary.

My current setup is the everday stage 3 which includes a 3" JT, huge ebay intercooler, Jak Stoll tune, and Spec stage 3 clutch. I'm almost moving from a completely stock NG900 up to this new level so that first test drive is gonna be a really, interesting one. I'm gonna keep my hopes 'low' at about 400whp, but hopefully I'll reach at least that. W/M injection will help with my lower torque numbers (vs 2.3L setups) probably soon after this is all taken care of.


So here's my Holset HX35 the day I bought it.






The plan was to clean it up a bit, weld the internal wastegate flapper shut to use an external, and have it mounted to the beautiful piece that came from "Reindeer Performance" in Finland, thanks to Vigge:






Other changes will be of course a Walbro 255, injectors - to either Siemens deka 630cc's or the new 1000cc's from the same series that just came out - , and a JZW tune. Another thing is modifying the exhaust to work. The HX35 comes with a v-band outlet but my dad wanted to try something else so in the end it'll connect like this:





No issues with sealing, no clearance issues, just simple and clean. It's 3" and I still have a 3" 90 degree stainless pipe for the other flange to be welded onto. As you can also see, my dad cleaned up the compressor housing a bit when he had a minute so that's a nice cosmetic fix.

That's all for now, unfortunately. My car and I head home on May 9th so hopefully soon after, my dad and I get to work on this. Any feedback or suggestions appreciated, hope I can start updating this with progress in as little as a month.
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that's a beautiful manifold
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awesome! i'll be following your thread...you, vigge, and JZW are cutting edge right now...i love it when i see boundaries being pushed.
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wow who did your manifold?
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cant wait

JK you dont count, you spent like $12 on your car, and still have a stock bottom end.
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JK you dont count, you spent like $12 on your car, and still have a stock bottom end.
I also had mine on and tuned before any of those people listed above
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looking good, i love pictures, add some more!
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wow who did your manifold?
I got my manifold from Reindeer Performance "It's Finnnnnnnish"

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I also had mine on and tuned before any of those people listed above
Yeah I haven't forgotten about you at all; I've bugged each JK, JZW, and Vigge a good number of times so I've got all of them to thank even before any actual work has been done. Let it be known

Plus..your numbers have been my benchmark. You'll have me out-torqued, though, until I get some methanol in the mix.

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JK you dont count, you spent like $12 on your car, and still have a stock bottom end.
Mine's still stock, too T-T I'm eating $.60 deli meat and $1 loafs of bread everyday to keep this running.

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looking good, i love pictures, add some more!
So do I, so I'll be taking enough pictures to make up for all the times when there weren't enough in other peoples' threads.
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awesome! i'll be following your thread...you, vigge, and JZW are cutting edge right now...i love it when i see boundaries being pushed.
naah, this all has been done by numerous persons during this past few year, but majority of those people with sucs builds, dont spend their time writing in these forums.
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Ya, I'd seen photos from Europe of people using them long before I even knew about this particular brand of turbocharger...nothing new here, just quasi new to our little community here.
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JK you dont count, you spent like $12 on your car, and still have a stock bottom end.
the std bottom is plenty for "most" of us. Here is a log from a friend of mines car with std bottom
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500whp+ no problem, rpm liter 8k and more to come. Run in fourth gear 150-250km/h 10.5s.
Orig head gasket among with orig head bolts are intact
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LOL!

Ignorance is awesome.

JK, I guess you need to post constantly on your setup for the more recent members. If it's not on the net now several times over and in someones face all the time it never existed.

Also, did I mention the search function it TSL is set to filter out JK's work. It's a conspiracy to hold back inquiring minds!

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Ya, I'd seen photos from Europe of people using them long before I even knew about this particular brand of turbocharger...nothing new here, just quasi new to our little community here.
Yep it's all relative.
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how much was that manifold from finland? And how does one go about ordering one?
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how much was that manifold from finland? And how does one go about ordering one?
Have been there to "support" Us. saabers (Jzw and contram so far) when a local welder is Us. has not been found for likewise work and currently there is one likewise header in manufacturing which will be shipped to Us. I dont make these headers, but a company "close by" does whom as built parts for my car and many other fast saabs in this country. Pop me and email if you need further info.
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but majority of those people with sucs builds, dont spend their time writing in these forums.
Yeah and ALL of them aren't in the U.S.

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Ya, I'd seen photos from Europe of people using them long before I even knew about this particular brand of turbocharger...nothing new here, just quasi new to our little community here.
First time I heard of a Holset was when Vigge suggested it after John sucked something into his GT30 compressor and it needed replacing. They are new for us here in the US or on our little forums here but yeah, definitely not new elsewhere. Obviously they're still 'in' though.

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Have been there to "support" Us. saabers (Jzw and contram so far) when a local welder is Us. has not been found for likewise work and currently there is one likewise header in manufacturing which will be shipped to Us. I dont make these headers, but a company "close by" does whom as built parts for my car and many other fast saabs in this country. Pop me and email if you need further info.
Would be easier for him at all if he did it in batches? Plus, all your trips to the post office..thanks again, for that.
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haha, ridiculous. I love that people are starting to use these. it looks so out of place against the engine block. let us know how this ends up
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