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Member: MR.TRBO
Vehicle: 1987 Ford Telstar TX5 Turbo ( More )
Location: australia
Last Updated: 14th February, 2006
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MR.TRBO's Comments:

my old 87 tx5 is now in bits, this is my 89 model tx5 , bought it stock as a rock apart from a bov.

Modification Listing

FWD bendix disc brakes all round.

ECU: $200

recently got woo's chip which gets rid of boost cut and fuel cut , so now i can run 16-si and upto 18psi.made a major difference to the 12psi i was running b4 hand. Woo?s Ecu Mod Will this chip suit my TX5 Most TX5's have the same ECU to the MX6, but some TX5's can't be upgraded. What are the advantages/disadvantages Advantages Power is up by 60HP from stock. (most of which comes from safely running more boost). A stock motor can now run 15psi without running out of fuel. A motor with exhaust (upto 3") and fuelpump/RRFPR can run 18psi without risking detonation. No boost cut No fuel cut Disadvantages If you bolt on a much bigger turbo or injectors you may have to look at an aftermarket standalone ECU as these are the only maps I've made. No boost cut No fuel cut ie: no warnings Economy If you lift the boost to 15psi, but rarely drive it at 15psi (2 stage MBC) your fuel consumption will go down. However if you always drive flat out your fuel consumption will be greater than at 7.8psi, but less than a stock unchipped motor at 15psi. does it increase drivability or do anything else over the stock set-up? Any power/torque increase decreases drivability. The motor revs out faster due to the increased torque, simple as that. The lifespan of the motor is dependant on many factors, however most important are the maintenence and the heat it developes. What happens with the adaptive cycle I should point out here that the ECU is adaptive (learns from past inputs). The first adaptive cycle is the cycle where the ECU takes in the new code. Up until then it is running on it's internal buffers. Well it turns out in some cases the motor stalls in the first adaptive cycle. You will find that after about 15km of driving the motor may stall. This is normal, and it will only happen once. The next adaptive cycle will not be noticeable, and after 4 adaptive cycles all the code will be integrated. Whats different between this upgrade and say a Chiptorque To comply with enviromental requirements Internationally, Mazda, chiptorque, Uni & powerchip all have to comply to emissions standards. To comply with these relatively strict limits the timing is not advanced as much as it could be and the injector duration is cut back when revs go above 3500rpm. However if you fit a bigger turbo or larger injectors only the $1000 chips from those companies above will supply you with new maps. The update on offer was not designed to comply with these standards, however it does comply (just). It is specifically to suit: 2.5"-3" exhaust, 180-240cfm turbo (stock, hiflow and some improvements on T28 ) 15psi. (lower psi on T28 ) How much power and torque does this upgrade give me over stock Depending on which level your car is at to start with. Stock + 15psi =>130kW and 340Nm Exhaust, hi-flow +15psi => 180kW and 440Nm Is the ECU static sensitive ? No, as it's a metal enclosure that contains the cpu and other static sensitive components. Just avoid touching the terminals.

Engine Work:

rocket cover gasket,turbo return line replaced,thermo replaced , radiator replaced. fitted turbosmart boost controller , running 16-psi

Exhaust System:

2.5 inch all da way, now replaced the stock muffler with a 2.5in inlet and 4in outlet muffler.

Intake System:

i put a k&n pod filter on but i found on long trips it got way too hot for my liking so i decieded to put the airbox back in.i seen sabbai profile and read on how he modified his airbox with flexy tube ,so i bought sum flexy tube and took out the old stock factory intake which is in panel of car and ran flexy tube to front of car to airbox and found that it runs heaps better and gets alot more cold air going to airbox.


sprayed surround (around speedo)red , surround (around cd player)red ,2in autometer boost gauge in dash , turbotimer hidden under dash , black with grey fpv front seats , blitz power id meter in centre console,switch for twin thermatic fans,custom red "turbo" floor mats , drift steering wheel.

Stereo System:

kenwood headunit, 6in door splits , kenwood 350watt 6/9's in parcel shelf , 12in kicker sub in box , 800watt audioline amp, in the process of decking boot out with red vinaly and making the sub look like its in a wall and hide the amp.


took the orignal springs out and put superlow kingsprings.


IHI- turbocharger which has been highflowed , took out the orignal stock cooler and replaced it with a large front mount , removed the orignal plastic and rubber piping and replaced them with mild steel , still in the process of modify my bumper to suit cooler but bigger cooler made a huge differnce, with power and sound

Photo Album Members Gallery

cooler finally on

new cooler

side view of 87 model tx5

my new baby 89model tx5

getting ready to put cooler on

side view of cooler , more pics to cum

cooler with new pipes

thermo fans

retrimmed parcel shelf

starting to get the interior back together

engine shot , more updated pics coming soon

more interoir shots

side trim

airbox with cold air intake ( damn tree next door got leaves in my engine bay)

3in flexy tube connected to airbox

flexy pipe runs inside the side panel of bumper

finally got rid of the stock steering wheel
Readers Comments
Posted by: zorb_rules on December 1, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

Doesnt look too bad mate....Not registered yet??? Definately go with the smaller exhaust stick with a 3 inch dump pipe but get 2.5 the rest of the way...When I was shopping for my exhaust I got told that 3inch causes problems on the newer ones with the comp shutting down and stuff... (since then Ive been in a few tx3 of friends and the car comp is always shutting down and they dont know why smile.gif i tell em its to do with the exhaust no one belives me). But yeah she looks nice..mite be in need of a respray but hey ya get that arent just about all older cars.

Posted by: SABBAi on December 1, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

Looks neat. Is this your first car?? You should join some of us Tx5 boys for a cruise....

Posted by: MR.TRBO on December 2, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

nah not registered yet , been finishing off bits and pieces to it , just added a new heavy duty clutch , turbo timer , boost gauge , new cooler piping brakes. i want to add the k&n pod filter as da main filter but i dunno wat to do bout the air-flow meter do i need it to run nice or do i need a aftermarket comp ? The orginal dump pipe is totally fukd the guy i got this car off smacked the pipe with a hammer cause it was hitting the alternator , sum cunts to cheap to do a job properly but anyway im working on making a custom exhaust mainfold so the pipe with flow nicely into the exhaust , which im hoping to change soon to a 2'1/2 inch with a 3in tip or turbo muffler. where can i get a used or new bumper ? and an o2 sensor i tried ford but they said there absolete now.

Posted by: MR.TRBO on December 2, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

yeh this is my first car , when i saw it i was like nah i dunno bout turbo's everyone alwayz sayin der fukd dis n dant but den i drove it and i was like fuk , not hard to do mod's etc to turbo's and i bought it but i should have checked ova it alot better , driving from the guys house that i bought it from to my house ended with a bit of anger the radiator had cooliant going all ova the joint , i had oil leaking everywhere it was a nightmare , but after long hrs mucking around it , its looking and going alot better than it did when i first got it.
any ideas or suggestions on mods i could do would be greatly apprciated.

Posted by: zorb_rules on December 2, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

o2 sensor the best palce is autobarn 65 bucks I brought one last week...for a new bumber try pick a part or something I know they have a heap of the older model tx5 there...and for the pod ya need an adaptor plate that allows the air sensor to still work ya pod just plugs/clamps right into the plate...autobarn make em up for you for 50bucks and usually include the K&N pod aswell for around 90-100 bucks.

Mod's id try are alarm system, boost controller and probably a good set up rims even the ones off a newer tx5 looks good.. but remmeber too that the pod and gauge will probably have to come off in order for you to register the car...cause im pretty sure aswell as a roadworthy you have to take it to vicroads to be inspected

Posted by: MR.TRBO on December 8, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

i went to autobarn got the o2 sensor for 50bux , and the adapter plate was 29-30bux works like a dream.Also resently put in a viper car alarm and immobliser , also now have added solex locks , had sum originally but sum cunt tried forcing them we a screwdriver and fukd em so had to get new.

Posted by: zorb_rules on December 8, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

smile.gif good to see I could help ya out mate...glad it all works up a few pics of the pod and stuff when ya get the time..

Posted by: MR.TRBO on December 8, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

i need sum suggestions for da cooler it hits the themo fan , and the dump pipe is bent on the top so there is air-flow restriction but if i get another 1 made it has to fit into 3in exhaust and can;t hit the alternator , the 1 i have is bent cause sum dumb cunt made it without thinkin bout the alternator being rite next to it. i was told wreckers mite have sumthing , not sure wat to do.

Posted by: zorb_rules on December 8, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

mmm interesstign I say go see an exhaust specialist first see what they can make up...those guys can do amazing shit...ya can get maybe a 2.5 inch dump with an adaptor piece that fits the rest of the exhaust so that would be okay...maybe post a few pics of something so we can see how much space your talkin about.

Posted by: MR.TRBO on February 4, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

as you can see , the cooler is very close to the reciever and the themo fan , but i found by removing a lil plastic bar it gave the cooler more room at the top of bumper and i found using rubber spaces made the cooler sit a good 1in away from themo fan. , also ppls just bought anotha tx5 this 1 will be added on here very soon it is a 1989 model , red with silver , stock rims , tint windows and sunroof , stock cooler,turbosmart type1 bov etc coming online soon!

Posted by: MR.TRBO on February 11, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

for sale ppls pick up my new baby monday so now have to sell this baby sad.gif it will be a sad day.

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on February 12, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

I,ve got an 86 TX5 Turbo and i was wondering how you changed the intake. Also is that the stock turbo and how much to highflow it.

Posted by: MR.TRBO on February 13, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

i took my stock IHI turbo to MTQ engeerning spealists in laverton , they change 800 to recondition turbo's , 2nd hand turbo's i think are 1500 , brand new start from 2000 and up depending on what you want. to highflow was 450 cause i got new bearings as well put in , for the older tx5 is good to get the turbo lookd at as they build up with alot of carbon.

As for the intake , i left the standard cylinder filter in and made a 3in hole in the bottom of it , and i attached sum flexy tube that i got from autobarn for 30bux and than used black slastic to attach it to the bottom of cylinder , also you can buy pod filter adapter from autobarn , which allows you to keep the airflow meter where it is and just attach a pod filter with no problems , but i also found that only selective autobarns sell ford parts , due to the growing number in imported cars.

Posted by: MR.TRBO on February 19, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

just to let ppl know , when attaching a pod filter not only do you need the air-flow meter adpater but you also need a bung which a vacumn line connects to , i put a pod on my new 89 model tx5 and it ran like shit, heated up fast and ran really bad , so make sure you get the adapter , bung when fitting a pod .

Posted by: zorb_rules on February 19, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

*lol* mate i believe this may only be for the earlier model...all i did for mine whe I had the pod on was block the air/vacum hose up. It ran fine with no issues..

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on February 26, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Nice looking 89 TX5. Can you send me pictures of the air cleaner setup so i can change my 86 setup.

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on February 26, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Where did you get the pipes made up for the intercooler.

Posted by: zorb_rules on February 26, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

dude ya can get the pipes made up at any good exhaust shop probabyly cost u round 300

Posted by: SABBAi on February 27, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

That is a sweet looking 3g TX5. Looks nice. Not too keen on the boot install tho.... wink.gif

Posted by: QIK-TX5 on February 27, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

hehe i was thinking the exact same thing dude smile.gif

Posted by: MR.TRBO on February 27, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

the boot setup just temp , just chuckd it all in so i would have sum sounds when driving ,at moment im buying a comp chip not sure wat 1 to get ,and putting in my autometer boost gauge and boost controller , slowly getting there , i;ll put more pics up soon.

Posted by: MR.TRBO on February 27, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

ey boyz ,can u'z tell me how to install the boost controller , i know its got instructions but i need it explained a lil beta so that i can understand wat to do. piping for cooler as well is best from exhaust joint or if you have the cash autobarn do it for around 800 bux , the piping on my old tx5 was home made job off the buy i got the car from, it was realli shitty and i had alot of issues with it,also it pays to use good hoses to join piping.

Posted by: MR.TRBO on March 2, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

finally fitted my boost gauge last nite wooohoooo !!! its got a nice red glow to it lolz next to install is manual boost controller !

Posted by: SABBAi on March 2, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Good work Champ. smile.gif The boost controller, if it is a manual controller, ie. bleed tap, will mean you will have to bypass the factory controller which is under the right-hand side of the turbo (inlet side). remove the hose to the wastegate actuator, and from the compressor housing. Push on your new hose to both parts, with the controller in the middle.

It will feel sluggish down low and boost will be more progressive. But it will let you run upto 12psi on the standard ECU. If you want to run more, get yourself a chip of some sort, or take it to someone that has a chassis dyno, and getthem to play with your airflow meter. Dodgy option though.

Posted by: MR.TRBO on March 3, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

thanks for that , with the electronic solarnoid that is below the turbo on the 89 tx5's do i need to keep that connected cause both vacumm lines ran into it and at current i have it disconnected cause i wasn;t sure if it needed to stay connected ?

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on March 15, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Your new TX5 looks really nice. I was wondering what size was the intercooler on you 87 TX5 and where did you get the piping for the intercooler. Have you had any problems with your 87 flat spotting on take off or on low revs. rip.gif

Posted by: MR.TRBO on March 16, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

sorry mate can;t help ya with the cooler size , but i will get back to ya i have to measure it , but as i told zorb the cooler was a huge trick , when i bought the car i thought i got a nice front mount but i couldn;t work out y it wasn;t all hooked up,it turned out that the cooler was in fact 2 small stock front mounts weilded together which fucks up the inside core and allows no air flow and the piping just keeps poping out. but i do know repco have coolers now that can handle over 600hp ,core size 450(W)*295(H)*65(D)mm for around 300-400 (bigger cooler size : 590(W)*295(H)*65(D). autobarn also have coolers but they charged alot more , last time i looked for hybrid cooler was 400-500 and 800 for piping. but i don;t know if anyone else has found this but autobarn were really bad in stocking parts for us tx5 boys. , i got told " nah mate only sell import shit here ! fuk they piss me off that day!!

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on March 30, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Do you know which ignition coil the 86 TX5 Turbo uses?

Posted by: MR.TRBO on April 2, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

not to sure mate sorry couldn;t help ya.

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on July 14, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Hi what did u use to connect the cooler piping and the throttle body. Did u have to make it up your self or did u buy.

Posted by: MR.TRBO on July 14, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

to connect the cooler pipes i used proper turbo hose with hose clamps but you can use normal hose like radiator hose without too many problems ,it is better to use the proper stuff. i took in my orignal pipe that was going from throttle body to turbo into a exhaust joint and they made up a pipe exact same ,not sure what its made of realli light weight though,prices very from shop to shop.

Posted by: MerlinTX5 on August 8, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Not a bad lookin bay. One suggestion, get something like mesh or whatever to protect the intercooler, in the long run, you might not be able to see it but your intercooler will be greatful for no stone damage. Got any info on the gear sets? I seemed to have lost my power steering, speedo and cruise control, I've checked the speedo cable and its all good so I thought you may know. Cheers

Posted by: MR.TRBO on August 8, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

that picture was my old-tx5 which is sadly dismantled sad.gif but my new tx5 is getting there , trying to mount my cooler so i don;lt have to cut my bumper so its hidden,so far had no police troubles (no turbo badges car is standard height).With your powersteering check your any lights flashing on your dash , check your powersteering belt and powersteering level to make sure you have plenty of fluid,maybe you have a leak sumwhere.what i find is good when checking for leaks is : degrease your engine bay and then drive ya car and then jack it up and check for where its control can alot of the time be the actual button or switch might be faulty or no power is getting to it , best to get the wiring checked or get an autoelec to check it out.With ya speedo you sure its not ya cable ive broken mine b4 , old'1 just snap very easily or pull out ya gauges only 2-3screws and have look to see if everything is connected.

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on August 9, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Hey what you doing with you standard cooler and hosing. Would you sell it and how much?

Posted by: MR.TRBO on August 9, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

hoses im using , but make an offer and i'll sell the old cooler.

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on August 10, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

I don't know what they are worth but around $100.

Posted by: MR.TRBO on August 11, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

i'll sell it for 80bux

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on August 11, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Yeah i will buy it, can u please send me pics to and where u from

Posted by: MR.TRBO on August 11, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

i'll take sum pics on the weekend and send them to ya.

Posted by: MR.TRBO on August 11, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

do you need any parts >? ive started stripping my 87model tx5 parts are pretty much same as your 86.

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on August 12, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Can you send me pics of how you put the piping on you 87 TX5, from cooler to throttle body and cooler to turbo if you haven't stripped it already and what are you doing with the piping of the 87 TX5, thanks.

Posted by: bradyboi on August 23, 2005

I Have a 1987 telstar tx5 turbo, and it has this saame set up with the sensor inside the large round restrictive air box, i can post pictures if needed, but i am guesing you's would know which 1 this is. Big and round, that has the top lif that goes on top of the sensor chamber, and has clips to clip onto the main barrel, and i want to fit a pod to this. Whats the go for this type?

Posted by: MR.TRBO on August 23, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

on my old 87 tx5 i had the same filter but i just cut a 2in hole in the bottom and used sum piping going directly to front of the car and it work really good for cold air. if you really want to use a pod you will have to get sum piping that will fit you air flow meter and then get an adapter to fit your pod(autobarn sell these).

Posted by: qiktelstar on August 24, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

What sort of cooler did you go with? What was the cost? have you had to cut into the bumper or grille?

Posted by: MR.TRBO on August 24, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

i'll get the details of the cooler and post them up, i removed my ac/fan , condencer ,receiver because my aircon wasn;t working any way and that made alot more room for cooler.their are 2 bumper brackets on either side which im in the process of cutting to allow my piping to run through.i was hoping to put the bumper on without having to cut it , but got no choice ,but im aiming to cut it on an angle so its more aerodynamic.also the powersteering cooler on my model is located right infront of the radiator so that was a problem for about 2mins , i made my cooler brackets long enough,so the cooler sits infront of the powersteering cooler but has 2-3in clearance.i will post more pics of bumper.

Posted by: qiktelstar on August 24, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

thanx 4 that i dont wanna cut anything as i wanna keep mine lookin as stock as possible

Posted by: MR.TRBO on August 24, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

maybe a top mount cooler is the way to go ? off a wrx or sumthing

Posted by: qiktelstar on August 24, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

i read heaps of magazines and they all seem 2 reckon that top mount is a big no no if u want extra horses in the paddock due 2 the heat generated by the motor and turbo.also i think with the wrx they get away with it a bit coz they got the bonnet scoop to deal with the heat and as tx5 doesnt i dont wanna put wrx like snorkel.......hmmmm well i got plenty of time to think as i got 4 and a half yrs til i get licence back anyway

Posted by: slash_archangel on August 25, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

hey pretty cool ride nice work

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on August 28, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Hey MR.TURBO is the inlet port on the head on your 87 tx5 round?

Posted by: dicky on September 2, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

wow great machine, it looks damn powerfull. nice racing kits there.

Posted by: MR.TRBO on September 18, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

new pics will be up soon ppl , just put king springs in on the weekend , bitch of a job but got it dun wooohooo !!! lolz

Posted by: SABBAi on October 2, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Looking good dude. I'm guessing your car doesn't have air con?

Posted by: MR.TRBO on October 2, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

air con wasn;t working so i thought fuk it , took out the hoses , left the aircon in their for the belts etc ,took condencer out and reciever out and left me with heaps of room.i'll post new pics soon i changed my piping on cooler and now it fits nicely , only had to modify bumper brackets alil bit and with bumper on looks stealth.
just wanted to know do all tx5's heat up alot ? i just changed my thermo and it doesn;t go past the normal mark , but its fukin hot as when i lift bonnet , i know a few guys keep their fans going 24/7 to cool engine bay down.

Posted by: MR.TRBO on October 10, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

just added 2 thermo fans where my condencer use to be , makes a bit of noise but fuk it cools the radiator and turbo down , connected to a switch in cab, i was told its best to switch them on only when idle at the lights,also they do draw shit loads of power from the will be up soon.

Posted by: mikii_v on October 13, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

hello there mr turbo, can u briefly explain what are those steel pipes.

Posted by: MR.TRBO on October 13, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

what steel pipes are you talking about ?

Posted by: mikii_v on October 13, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

the one on picture " side view of '87 model tx5".
can u just briefly explain what u did there. i wanted to do something simular to get move cold air in, just researching how ppl are doing it

Posted by: MR.TRBO on October 14, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

with my 87 tx5 its got the cylinder airbox , so i cut a 3in hole in the bottom and bought sum pvc pipe and joined it on and thats it.gets heaps of cold air , with my new tx5 i did what most of the guys have dun , which is run a 3in flexy pipe to the front of the car , made a huge difference as the factory air intake is very restrictive.

Posted by: MerlinTX5 on October 19, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Need some help dude. Temp is running fine (just under half) but these engines pack some heat under there and I was wondering, would you suggest and extra thermo fan.
Giving that my turbo is only small, I don't see the need for a bigger intercooler.
It may even be the flow through the radiator, I'm going to give it a flush this weekend, any particular brand of coolant that would keep her cooler maybe? blink.gif

Posted by: MR.TRBO on October 20, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

how old is ya thermostat ? if the cars dun a few kms i would change it , have the car running and take the thermo switch off and see if the fans kickin in , what you could do is put an extra fan on the front and have a switch like what i have dun it works really well.but i was told that our cars heat up heaps but personally i would feel alot better with mine cooler.

Posted by: MerlinTX5 on November 11, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Thermostat shat itself back in Sydney when I was living there 2 years ago. So it should be alright. The fan definately runs. As you said you feel safer having it run a bit cooler.
My friend says you should check the intercooler every couple of years you know make sure its free of shit, is that right?

Posted by: MR.TRBO on November 12, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

take off 1 of your hoses to check for excessive oil passing through ,its normal to have a lil bit of oil go through cooler hoses but alot means turbocharger seals , and it mite be worth doing a compression test just to be safe . i bought my car with just on 190,000kms so i did a compression test, it puts your mind at ease.

Posted by: MerlinTX5 on November 16, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Had a compression test bout 6months ago when I came back to Brisbane and it seemed to be fine. If you don't mind me asking, how much for your intercooler and piping?

Posted by: MR.TRBO on November 16, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

cooler cost me 350 , and the piping i did myself, if you have the money i would get sum1 else to do it , its a bitch tryin to work out bends etc , but i wasn;t willing to pay 500bux for piping so i did it myself with a bit of trial and error but now its all good.

Posted by: MerlinTX5 on November 20, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Sweet. Thats pretty cheap. I dont think I'm confident enough to fit an intercooler myself, when I learn a bit more maybe. With your ah you car central locking with the alarm?

Posted by: MR.TRBO on November 20, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

yep its central locking

Posted by: Grebs85 on November 26, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

hi just wondering how much boost a stock sized IHI turbo can take??? i have one on my TX5 same model as yours but it looks pretty small, to give ya a size just a bit smaller than an M24 garrett turbo or there abouts.

anways how much more power would i get from high this turbo i have???


Posted by: MerlinTX5 on November 26, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Hi Grebs, I believe stock they only boost 5-7psi, although with a boost tap, I wouldn't recommend over 12.

Posted by: MR.TRBO on November 26, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

i would have to agree on that , unless u chip ur ecu or get an aftermarket comp and change fuel settings etc. when i had mine on 12psi it was still pretty good , ive got a couple of mates that have vl-turbos etc and their running nearly 20psi but they have unlimited supply of cash to keep rebuilding engines and they can afford to pay for fuel every couple of days , i run mine on bout 15-16psi daily and its pretty good , if i thrash it pretty hard it drinks like a 5litre but if i only thrash it now and again its pretty good on fuel.

Posted by: Grebs85 on November 26, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

thanx MRtrbo for that,

umm i did put another question below that one but i forgot to put "flow" after huh.gif
so i guess it made no sense only just realised now. lol
anways i was wondering if i highflow my turbo how much more boost could i run through it??its a the stock one (IHI) dont no the model number or anything like that cos of all the pipes and whatnot.

Im thinking of gettin a new chip for the car. its from the gold 98 chip for like just under $700 it shows pretty good performance and i think its tunable. if u know of any better than this but the same price let me no.


Posted by: MR.TRBO on November 27, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

i had my oldtx5 turbo highflowed and to be honest didn;t make that much of a difference,i spend bout 800 on reco from MTQ in laverton melbourne.The chip i had put in my car is cheap as you can proberly get and i can;t complain made a huge difference ,in my profile ive listed the stats from the chip etc,.

Posted by: zorb_rules on November 27, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

hiflow turbo you cant really run more boost on just gives you a lil more power mines hi flowed..and I can notice a power difference overstock all be it not that much..Im upgrading to a t3 or td04 shortly so wont be on the standard turbo much longer anyways smile.gif

Posted by: Grebs85 on November 27, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

ah k kool mite not actually high flow it then if there isnt much to gain from cos its costs a shyte load. lol

i was also wondering cos my TX5 just randomly cut out just after i started it.. blink.gif
a few weeks ago and then i tried starting it up tried to accelerate and nuttin happened, it idled for like 2 seconds then just died..
after that didnt start anymore sad.gif

ive gotten my cuz who's a mechanic to chek it out, so far we have established the fuel pump works, the fuel filter isnt blocked, the lines seem fine, there is spark and but seems like no fuel is gettin to the engine.????????

im puzzled cos it worked fine just a couple hours before hand, i only gave it a bit of a rinse on the gearbox sump cos it had all oil and almost got pulled over by cops that day so i wasnt takin a risk.. lol shouldnt have washed it!!! but i made sure not to touch anything electrical while i washed it..

so if u have anyclue let me no

Posted by: zorb_rules on November 28, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

mm doesnt cost that much to hiflow about far as chip goes just go with woo's mod..on standard turbo with standard stuff its all you ever need and only 200bucks

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on November 28, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Have you checked for any vacum leeks, maybe from the airflow meter.

Posted by: MR.TRBO on November 28, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

just check u didn;t get any water on the dizzy or get an airblower and blow around the dizzy and other electrical components.Vacumn leaks can cause it to idle for a few seconds and then turn off and if the airflow meter is not plugged in properly it will idle for a split second.

Posted by: Grebs85 on November 28, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

umm, i actually changed the dizzy cap after the car didnt work cos it was worn out and yes the other one was wet inside a bit.

As for vacuum leaks ill have to check onto that, but so far it seems like the fuel pump isnt gettin any power to it. im going through all the wiring trying to find fuses or sumtin thats shortin out.

Does anybody no where i can get a workshop manual like a mcgregory (called sumtin like that icon4.gif lol) manual for this model TX5? ive searched but can only find up 87 models and that doesnt include the turbo's in them sad.gif


Posted by: MR.TRBO on November 28, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

try BURSONS , they have manuals by Haynes i got 1 for my car as the gregorys doesn;t give much information, mine is haynes ford telstar, tx5 , mazda , 626(FWD) 1983 -1990
this book as everything in great detail. worth bout 45bux i think.

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on December 8, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Hey do you know how to take the TX5 turbo steering wheel of the 86-87 Telstar?

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on December 29, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Have you got any engine bay shots of your 89 TX5?

Posted by: mikii_v on January 3, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

hi mr.turbo
ur car is magnificent,
can u show me what you have done with the air intake please. i want to put flexy tubes to get air under the car, but i dont know where abouts to put it. pics may be helpfull please.
thanks mate

Posted by: mikii_v on January 5, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

thanx a whole heap dude

Posted by: SABBAi on March 3, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

HI mate. The Interior is coming along nicely! Keep it up.

Posted by: SABBAi on March 12, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

Hi mate. What did you do with the stock steering wheel? I maybe interested in grabbing it off you.

Posted by: zorb_rules on March 12, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

Sabbai do you want mine???

Posted by: MR.TRBO on March 12, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

not sure what im gona do with it yet. does anyone know or has the big power steering hose the comes off the reservour ?ive replaced the 2 smaller 1's but im finding it hard to find the bigger 1 and couple of hose joints want 100 bux but im not gona pay that cause its only ot even 6inchs.

Posted by: mikii_v on May 28, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

hi there, i need help with installing my new intercooler. it looks like your one. me and my mate is going to put it all together, i have no idea whats going on.... got any step by step pics and information ? i just need to know about the piping, and the placement of the cooler, and do i need to take the 2 fan out? thanks

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