Nothing like a fat turbo hitting your spine!
June 10, 2013
I finally took the plunge after deciding whether or not to go turbo on the power adder. Once I did the install myself (took 3 days taking my time with A PAIR OF JACKS AND FOUR STANDS), I had no regrets.
The whole process, from placing the order to receiving the kit at the doorstep, took almost 4 weeks. You will be dealing with Jeff at Hellion for most of the transaction, John Urist will provide the technical assistance, and Chris Jones from BBR will set up the initial tune.
If you plan on doing the install yourself, separate ample time to make sure you take care of the small obstacles.
The outer, passenger side bolt that connects the cat/test pipe to the header is almost impossible to remove. Let it soak in WD-40 of Liquid Wrench 'Deep Creep' overnight and use a 1/4" telescoping bit to position the socket from the top. It was VERY uncomfortable, but will break loose.
Lay out the parts and do inventory of all pieces. Hellion provides you a folder with a checklist of all parts included in the kit, already taken inventory before you receive it. Lay everything out and allocate in corresponding sections to make install smoother.
Use plenty of teflon tape on the oil fittings to and from the oil scavenger pump. I did not have a single oil leak; this was attributed to the teflon tape.
You will loose the bottom brace that connects both front lower control arms. This is not mentioned anywhere; I will plan on making some modifications to make it fit. You will also loose the front, lower brace as well.
The bottom, front plastic cover needs to be slightly trimmer to make room for the exhaust piping. Bumper remains intact.
The piping (fabricated by Bassani) is spot on, though the angle of the downpipe had to be modified. Nothing your local muffler shop can't fix.
Be sure to follow ALL INSTRUCTIONS, study the process a few times to get familiar, and take your time.
Invest in extra header wrap; the included piece came apart fairly easy. Instead of wrapping the small section that runs next to the oil temp plug, wrap the whole pipe.
Now for the outcome....
I requested the wastegate set at 6 PSI to break in the engine slowly. Needless to say....WOW!! At 6 PSI, as soon as the turbo spools around 3800 rpm, HOLD ON!! My car is equipped with 3.73 gears, Exedy Stage 3 Clutch, and Boss Manifold; from a rolling 15 mph, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th came in a blink of an eye.
The base tune is adequate to move the car around, but you will definitely need to do some data logging to iron out any kinks. As of right now, my idle is a bit rough, and 1000-2500 rpm hiccups before its throat is cleared. I will be driving up to San Antonio this Friday to get the car squared away at Murillo Motorsports (God willing).
If you are torn between supercharging or turbocharging your Coyote, do yourself a favor and get this kit. The possibilities are more with the Hellion setup, the customer service is top notch, the quality is A++...and you DON'T need to tap into the oil pan like some of the other kits do.