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  1. I'm trying to do what you are describing. I have a 2014 chevy spark and I'm working on putting a 2016 chevy cruze turbo on it. It's definitely not "bolt on" ready. I'm enjoying the project so far though. Hindsight, I would probably look for a universal turbo due to the flange shape and sizes. No major complaints yet though.
  2. My turbo was delivered today. I purchased a used 2016 chevy Cruze turbo online for $120. I plan to put this on my 2014 chevy spark. I'm expecting to run lower psi but it will be high compression and will run on e30 for the additional octane. I know many will say it can't be done but I intend to try while keeping a reasonable budget. I will document my success or failure here.
  3. The adjustable blow off valve was recently delivered. I went cheap at around $50 but with positive reviews. I'm happy as of now. I'm really excited that I may have solved the exhaust manifold situation. I have a T3 flange going to a 2.5" vband at a 90 degree bend. It should work perfect with my turbo and the oem manifold... with some cut and paste. More to come
  4. Now, I want a digital speedometer! Any updates after researching? I'm going to take a quick peak, however, I'm in the middle of a project on my car already so this may have to wait. I'll let you know what I find but my car is a 2014. I'm going to look for aftermarket options if possible.
  5. Here are the two 2' straight 2.5" aluminum pipes I ordered for my tubing from the intercooler to the throttle body. I will be cutting to fit and using silicon boots as needed. I paid $19.99 for each 2/ft section with free shipping and it was next day (unexpectedly). I'm really happy with the quality for the price. $40.00 for piping so far.
  6. My vband clamp and intercooler pipes arrived today! I literally ordered the pipes yesterday! I couldn't help but test fit the downpipe and turbo connection and I was pleased with the fit.
  7. I've ordered 4 ft of 2.5" aluminum tubing for my intercooler pipes. I figure that is a good place to start. I have picked out the boots and clamps to order but I may be able to pick some up cheaper locally so I have not ordered those yet. I'll be on vacation for the weekend and I'm looking forward to coming back to some parts to keep putting the puzzle together.
  8. I took out the exhaust manifold this weekend for a really basic test fit to get an idea of what kind of space I'm dealing with. It's tight but doable. I ordered my vband clamp for the downpipe and a flange for the exhaust manifold. Now, I'm going to order the pipes from the intercooler to the throttle body. After that, I will be focusing on oil lines. I'll update the budget soon to reflect these parts.
  9. Thanks! I hope so, the Cruze is a 1.4 but my spark is a 1.2. My concern with size would be related to back pressure but with a turbo I'm not as concerned. I think I'm going to downsize after the downpipe and use the stock 2.25 exhaust the rest of the way (for now). From what I have read this should work. It will help with the budget and leave a fun project for later. I've done a lot of research but there are still unknowns. It certainly makes it exciting.
  10. My downpipe was delivered today! I'm really happy with the quality. It is a 2.5" down pipe from zzp that is designed for the Cruze. I plan to order the V band clamp and shift focus to the intercooler pipes before tackling the exhaust manifold.
  11. I ordered the ZZP downpipe for the Sonic/Cruze for $211 with shipping. Total expenses to date: $386. I'll be looking into the manifold situation while I wait for my downpipe to be delivered!
  12. I mounted the intercooler over the weekend. It's a little early as I still need quite a few key components but i wanted to do a test fit and make all the necessary brackets so it will be ready to hook up. I used a step up bit to drill straight into the metal bumper. I made some makeshift brackets out of 90 degree pieces of metal. I'm happy with the location and fit. I think I will now focus on the down pipe and exhaust manifold.
  13. I believe I have done the mod that you are talking about. I think they call it a resonator delete. I didn't notice too much of a change and nothing negative from my perspective. However, my engine is pretty quiet and the only thing loud on my car is road noise. 2014 chevy spark. If it bothers you, I'd consider an aftermarket intake for around $200 to $250. You could probably install yourself. Otherwise, that pipe going down to the wheel well is what hooks up to the resonator. To go back to stock you could buy a resonator and hook it back up to the air intake with the tube coming out of the airbox. If I still had my resonator I'd send it your way but I trashed it after :/ $36.00 part
  14. Happy Friday, My intercooler was delivered today. What a great way to start the weekend! Keeping the budget in mind, I went cheap. Aluminum 27"length by 5.5" height by 2.5" width. I'd like to run hard pipes for the intercooler and intake but we'll see. I'm planning on using the downpipe for the Cruze, I've seen a zzp downpipe for around $200.00. I've spent $120 on the turbo and $55 on the intercooler. Total expenses to date: $175
  15. I use these ropes with hooks you put in the door and foam blocks. I use it for a canoe and it works great. My dad gave me the set up so it's old school. Maybe there is something out there for kayaks or you can modify one? As my canoe is metal, I have scratched my roof but not significantly and it isn't a major concern for me. Hope this helps!
  16. Just to be clear, my plan is to stay running on e30. I will only go for the flex fuel conversion if the compression is to high for the octane level (94).
  17. Depending on what state you're in, ( location will determine availability) I would recommend trying a tank of e15. It is 10 cents cheaper a gallon where I fill up and I get the same mileage after the computer adjusts.
  18. We will see how it goes. I'm not concerned about the compression, I will be running high octane. I may have to run lower psi but one step at a time. If 94 octane (e30) is not enough to resist knock at the higher compression, I will run e85. At that point, I will have to do more fiddling as you mentioned. My car has been running great on e30 now so the additional octane should help the spark cope with the increase in compression. So far most of the parts I need seem to be adaptable from the cruz and potentially sonic. It's also a wide range of years 2011 to 2016 so I'm hoping there will be more used parts. I'm 120$ into my pockets thus far.
  19. Thanksfor the info!I had never heard this before. I will keep this in mind.
  20. The increased octane will allow me to increase compression which I plan to do by adding a turbo. I purchased the 2016 chevy cruz turbo, today, actually. There are a lot of studies that show higher octane and compression lead to better performance. It will be a challenge and I may end up needing a different turbo, but I'm excited. I plan on documenting the journey and will post on this site.
  21. I have been using e15 and e30 and I average 39mpg. I haven't had any issues yet and I have about 40k miles on the car. I anticipate better mileage if I increase compression and octane. The higher octane and price are my favorite aspects of ethanol blends.
  22. Thank you for the feedback. Like I said, I'm learning as I go. I got this car cheap and I'm passionate about ethanol. I'm hoping the high octane may allow for compression that would not be possible otherwise. Here is an interesting article on E85 and effective compression ratios if you are curious why I think I can get away with this
  23. Search octane and high compression ethanol has higher octane you can run on higher compression and more efficiently. Read the source and research more. The above text highlighted is dirctly on point to your question. Look up E85 turbos and high compression. By using a high octane fuel, engine designers are able to implement various techniques to improve reliability, efficiency, and power output. First, it helps prevent knock. Engine knock, or pinging, occurs when a separate pocket of air-fuel mixture ignites after the spark has ignited the air-fuel mixture within the combustion chamber. This is obviously undesirable as it can cause serious engine damage, and it can be prevented by using the proper octane rated fuel. Second, higher octane allows for the use of higher compression ratios. Compression ratio is directly linked with thermal efficiency, so the higher the compression ratio, the more efficient the engine will be (law of diminishing returns certainly applies). These are my thoughts: E30 has "less energy" but the 101 octane allows for higher compression without knock and more fuel efficiency, if tuned properly. The spark is at 10.5:1 (or close) and a turbo with low psi could increase that a bit and you can take advantage of the 101 octane in E30, which is actually cheaper than 87, by quite a bit.