I figured that I would start a thread for my turbo build to keep everything in on place. Many of you may not know that I contacted Grant at Turbokits.com many years ago to design a turbo kit for out 10th gen 2ZR-FE 1.8L engine. After several months of discussion he agreed to do it if I could get a donor car for them to use to design and build the system. Over many months they were able to get the kit done using 2 different cars that fellow TN members were able to let them use.
I stopped by Turbokits on my trip to the east coast in September 2016. I was passing through that area on a Saturday when they are closed but both Grant and Jesse met me at the new warehouse area they have. It was awesome to see all of the kit for our car. Jesse explained what really goes into designing and doing all the R&D for a kit like the one for our Corolla. He showed me how he designs parts with a 3-D printer and what he is working on now is a commercial turbo application for a huge account of theirs. Both Jesse and Grant take their time and will always do the right thing and not cut corners. The turbo kit for our Corolla is a beautiful example of excellent engineering. Things like the plug & play wiring harness is sold for almost what it costs them to have them made. They have a wire harness company that specializes in making them do it to their specifications.
If anyone has a question about the kit don't hesitate to call Grant or Jesse. They love to help people understand what and how the kit works. It totally put me at ease about getting the turbo kit for my Corolla. I sure could have used it for more power at higher elevations and to pass people on this trip! The kit even comes with a base maps that was done on the dyno with their 3" exhaust installed. I learned a lot about the benefits of this exhaust with the turbo kit from Jesse. All any of us really need to do is find someone that can do a final tune for our location where we live. Jesse even told me that he would happily talk to the tuner to help dial it in if they had any questions. If you read on their website most everyone speaks highly of their customer service.
Here is the turbo that comes with our kit.
The exhaust manifold is beautiful and stamped with Turbokits in the casting. Take notice that this isn't a cheap e-Bay welded one that crack and fail.
These are all exhaust manifolds just for our Corolla/Matrix 1.8L kits!!
Time now for some boost!
Here is the kit al laid out.
I've got some great news in regard to the turbo kit. I just spoke to Jesse at Turbokits.com and he said that he has been working with Matt at Orange Virus about a tune on the OEM ECU. He was explaining how much better and cheaper this would be. It would eliminate the need for the plug-n-play harness which is expensive and the piggyback ECU. That would make the turbo kit even cheaper and easier to tune right through the OBD-II port with a laptop. I'm very excited about this option. I may be the first person to do it this way and I can't wait!