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1stick3pedals 05-22-2011 06:42 PM

AVO Turbo kit, 1000 miles later.
Hey everyone, figured it's about time for me to post up my progress. My car is a 2009 2.5i PZEV Legacy. I finished installing the AVO turbo kit back in April. Last week I finally had my car officially tuned at EFI Logics by Chris. The car is running great and it's a world of a difference.

Currently in about $3800 including the pro tune at EFI Logics. I'll post up the dyno chart later but I'm making 175whp/176wtq on 93 octane at 4.2 psi max with an average of 3.6 psi. I'm planning on raising it to 6psi by the end of the summer, just breaking the car in some and making sure no problems arise.

*Original power/torque values were around 126whp/127wtq. About 50 gained at the wheels.

Previous mods before the turbo kit:
35% Tints all around
Custom honey comb mesh grill set up
Super hella tones
Rota Formula Mesh 18x8
Perrin light weight crank shaft pulley
SPT cat-back exhaust
GT Spec Strut tower bar

In addition with turbo:
LGT Fuel pump from Japan
DW 650cc injectors
Ralli Sport Racing UEL Header
AVO UP/DP (from kit)
Turbo XS MBC
Universal BPV

Thread Index
Page 1: Car and completion of turbo install pictures
Page 2: First Dyno Graph
Page 4: Oil pan tap, other mods pre-turbo, during install pictures, coolant line locations and oil line location
Page 6: Turbo blanket install (Ordered from, size T3)
Page 7: Recirculating BOV (Also ordered from with the silicone T coupler)
Page 9: Boost Gauge
Page 10: 6psi tune graph
Page 11: BPV vacuum line/Turbo XS MBC
Page 17: Ralli Sport Header

My dad and I handled the entire install. It was rather time consuming if you have never installed a turbo before. It was a great experience however and it turned out better than could be expected. On to the pics!

The power intake. A little green from the pollen.

I decided to go with a custom pipe here instead of the supplied black one. The black one fits fine, but was a little tight in some areas for my liking, as well as tight getting it in. The new set up was only $100 and it turned out perfect.
I tried to get an undercarriage shot here, you can see the DP and kind of see the UP here.

The process of installing took a couple of weeks to do since I was finishing up college. Between my dad and my self we probably invested around 24-36 hours total. The oil tapping of the pan was the most difficult part of this install. We ended up having to plug the original hole and tapping a new one due to the shape of the oil drain line. The original spot caused oil to back up into the turbo. Now there are no dips in the line and it works like a dream.

I couldn't be happier, I can't wait to up the boost a little more, but I'm restraining from it for now haha. If there are any questions feel free to ask. This whole process was a huge learning experience, that's for sure.

scoobydoobie 05-22-2011 06:45 PM

Nice work!

xero287 05-22-2011 06:53 PM

Woah Nice!

TRSCobra 05-22-2011 07:22 PM

Sweet! Now take it to the drag strip and post up some times!

byronchrisp05 05-22-2011 07:39 PM

Not trying to be an ass, but wondering what the point of this is over buying a GT

Coyote_Lips 05-22-2011 07:50 PM

Nice, clean looking car. I almost installed a similar kit on my RS... but i'm too lazy. By the way, didn't you get some sort of federal tax break for the car being PZEV?

1stick3pedals 05-22-2011 08:06 PM

Thanks guys.

As for the drag strip, I'm not sure that will be happening anytime soon. I honestly wanted to try to get into auto crossing though.

There are plenty of reasons to go with the turbo kit over buying a GT. Not to come off rude, but I'd prefer to keep that discussion out of my thread. This thread is meant to show the progress of the kit on my car and to help out others that need questions answered or whom decide to head this route.

And I'm not sure on the tax break question, I've been rather busy to keep note of that.

blongo804 05-22-2011 08:19 PM

That looks awesome! I'm sure it has great potential. Keep us all updated! The car looks simple and great as well. :)

GEE-OTTO 05-22-2011 09:11 PM


Originally Posted by byronchrisp05 (Post 3400514)
Not trying to be an ass, but wondering what the point of this is over buying a GT

:mad:*********ASS Alert!!!!!***************:mad:

GEE-OTTO 05-22-2011 09:13 PM

Hey nice car I like the mods and the wheels. I like the fact you tackled the install at home lets people know it can be done.

xero287 05-22-2011 09:56 PM

^yeah +10.

GEE-OTTO 05-23-2011 06:59 AM

Some questions for you :

What oddball tools or parts did you have to get to complete the install?

Would it be easier to buy another oil pan and tap it prior to install or do you need to have it on the car to mark the drain location for the turbo?

soloz2 05-23-2011 07:59 AM

Looks great!

lieutenantcolumbo 05-23-2011 08:01 AM

Nice clean work, you should be proud.

GEE-OTTO 05-23-2011 08:30 AM

Also you didnt like the how close the block pipe was to the brake fluid reservoir?

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