There are many great things to be found on eBay and the net, but are the bargain BMW Turbo kits many sellers offer in auctions and online stores a good deal?
Often, these kits are $1500-$2500 or even less... some used kits can be found for as little as $1000! USD, they seem like a great deal...Right?
They include things like: Turbocharger, Blow off valve, exhaust manifold, boost controller, intercooler, piping, and in some cases even more accessories. Many times, they to "include everything you could need" and simply require installation, but even if you paid $500, are they actually a good deal?...
1. Seriously inferior-quality parts.
Don’t be fooled, just because it looks like name-brand or says so on the product, if the price is too good to be true, it probably is.
2. Poorly routed piping.
3. Lack of adequate boost control.
4. No fuel injectors included.
5. No software included, systems must be dyno tuned to run properly.
6. Lack of proper exhaust components.
These turbo kits can be a starting point to get your BMW turbocharged but you need to remember the saying ''you have to pay, to play''. If you don't have fabrication and modification skills, these inexpensive kits are not recommended no matter how good of a deal they seem.
For many enthusiasts, the kit that is more expensive kit at first ends up being a better deal. ''No-name'' kits need much in the way of installation, modification, and professional tuning to even start and run properly, let alone with speed and reliability.
Brand name kits look like a lot of money at first, but you are making an investment in a quality engineered product just like your BMW itself. These kits offer technical support, clear instructions, and the ability to bolt-on-and-drive out of the box! They also keep a large portion of residual value if you ever want to resell them and many don’t alter the resale value of your BMW in a negative way.
Installation and tuning is offered for all Turbo and Supercharger systems at VAC Motorsports. Before choosing any route with you BMW, talk to us no-hassles. The VAC team can help you meet your performance goals and lay out a plan for your BMW.
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