Fitting out your motorhome: All the trades
 #97898  by mr freeman
 Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:58 pm
Hi members
I have a 1998 mitsubishi canter FE112E1 3.6ltr, i am wanting to put a turbo on, is this a good idea as i have mixed feed back. I have talked to two firms that would do the job for around $5000,and say if the boost is set low at 8 should not have a problem. Would like a bit more information before I decide to go ahead, hoping that there maybe some forum member who could provide that.
Cheers Phillip
 #97899  by muzzanic
 Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:25 pm
I have fitted turbo's to many motors.

There is lots to think about.

It sure will help with climbing the hills, But will also put a lot more load on things, Like diff, Gearbox, clutch & also cooling system.

Trucks that come with a turbo more often than not have a taller diff ratio & run the motor at a lower rev at 90k so it uses the extra torque that the turbo gives, Also this helps to improve the fuel mileage.

Then there is things like, How many KM's does your motor have on it, Even a boost of 8 lb can put a lot of extra load on a motor that was not designed for it in the 1st place.

Then there is sizing of turbo so you can put the power where you want it.

You will always get people saying don't do it & some saying go for it you won't look back.

Sadly both are right, It comes back to what you expect for your money & who does the job & how smart they are, Also how good your motor & running gear is in the 1st place.

 #97900  by mr freeman
 Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:41 pm
Thanks for that, ks on clock 160000 so relitively low
 #97901  by BUSRSQ
 Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:50 pm
I have turboed many buses, if the engine in question came in a turbo form then turboing it should be relatively easy,if it is the same engine that came in the early 4x4 rosa's then nope I would not, I know of one bus that was turboed for mt use it went through 3 engines in one 4 month period,
The 2 4x4 coasters that I have turboed have done in excess of 100,000km without an issue so it depends on the situation.
 #97902  by cherokee94nz
 Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:56 pm
Do the exercise of changing the whole motor. You may find a motor that will bolt up to what you have.
 #97903  by muzzanic
 Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:58 pm
I was in much the same boat as you, A year ago & am able to do 100% of the work myself.

In the end I decided that it wasn't just the power that I wanted, So we opted to upgrade the camper & got a later model camper that drives a lot nicer, Has a heap more power.

So think hard about if you do go ahead & turbo it & get the power you are looking for, Is it the camper you want for the next few years, Or are you better to upgrade now.

 #97911  by Nut17
 Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:54 pm
I looked seriously at fitting a turbo to my last work truck, 1989 Canter with 3.6 Lt 4D32 engine. (used to tow our 3000kg caravan as well) After doing all the research, I ended up replacing the truck fitted with 4.6Lt 4D35 non turbo engine. Info was that the turbo versions of the 4D32 motor had different pistons and cylinder head than the non turbo engines did not reliably suit an after market turbo. Would be a far better idea to re power with a factory turbo engine. probably would not cost much more.
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