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Member: SABBAi
Vehicle: 1990 Ford Telstar TX5 Turbo 12v ( More )
Location: Australia
Last Updated: 20th April, 2006
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SABBAi's Comments:

This is my 1990 TX5 Turbo. It's very disceptive when you pull up next to it at the lights.... Stock looking but still fairly quick.

Modification Listing
Brakes: $1200

Slotted Front rotors. Braided brakelines. RB74 full comp pads in front Comp 2's in rear. modified 2gen MX6 brake booster and master cylinder.


Daiken Heavy Duty Clutch


Turbo timer

Exhaust System:

2.5" from CAT Back. Twin 2.5" crome pipes. Side pipe for track days. No cat, out the side infront of rear wheel.


Still Red over Grey. Resprayed. Minus rear badges. 35% window tint. removed turbo badge. Rocker cover sprayed red, with a hint of cosworth. Modified front bar, with R33 Gts-t lower half. Sierra Cosworth bonnet vents

Fuel System:

Twin fuel filters. 5th injector

Intake System: $400

Flex Tube Cold air Intake. Running from front left opening in bumper to air box. K&N high flow air filter. Custom 2" AFM to Turbo inlet pipe. Custom 2" coller pipes

Interior: $285

SAAS 13.5" wheel. Autotechnica Boss kit. Boost, Oil Temp, Oil Pressure gauges. In single DIN insert. Aftermarket storage and cup holder in single DIN insert. Custom Rear Parcel shelf. Autotechnica leather gearshift surround Leather Gear knob.

Rolling Stock:

17x8 rims with 20mm offset.

Stereo System:

VDO headunit. 4" BOSS audio splits with crossovers, Kenwood 6x9's, Sony 222W amp, tempory 12" sub.

Suspension: $2200

King Spring Super lows. Pedders nolathane bushes alround. 2 degrees Negative camber front end. 2.5 degrees Negative camber rear end. Mazda MX6 4WS Rear strut brace. Front strut brace. Custom built/valved struts


Back to standard turbo and dump. 2" hardpipes to a 7MGTE Supra cooler

Performance Statistics Top Rankings
Power Output: 201 wheel hp
Torque: 504 Nm
0 - 100km/hr: 6.97
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Readers Comments
Posted by: mx68u on February 4, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

hows the daikin.. im considering one over the next fortnight, its either that or something custom which will probably just end up killing my diff anywayz... how much did it set you back? btw, nice ride thumbup.gif cool.gif

Posted by: SABBAi on February 5, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

The Daiken is pretty tuff. I'm kinda heavy on it(or is that off it?? wink.gif ) It'll hold wheel spin all the way throguh 2nd and into 3rd.

It's a little different to what I used to drive. I had an old school Sube with a 5 button ceramic, cable actualted. Nice and heavy. This is like driving a factory thing to me. But it is tuff.

Posted by: mx68u on February 5, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

thats what i keep hearing, its not really heavy sort of factory feel but grips pretty damn good for what it is... think ill go for that considering the condition i suspect my dif and gearbox is in smile.gif bloody $380 i got quoted for, still looking for cheaper

Posted by: zseipolt on February 18, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

hey man, nice car! i was just wondering if you still had the original parcel shelf. i have ben looking for one everywhere. they are so hard to find.

Posted by: SABBAi on February 18, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

Yeah I do. It has cutouts for 6 x 9's though...

Posted by: EVLTX5 on March 9, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

hey, nice tx5,im in melb n have an 89' and am wondering how u installed your cold air, ive been looking and find it hard to get a position, have u used the factory outlet on the side box and a pipe to the front of the car??
cheers, michael

Posted by: SABBAi on March 10, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

I took some pix of how I did it. I'll put a link up to them tonight.

Posted by: telstar2nv on March 14, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

hey dude, nice car, looks clean...i got one exactly like it, but in black.... the 18's in my car didn't really give any trouble when fitted, but 215/35/18 profiles will be the biggest you can put under there without doing any panel work, any bigger and guards will have to be rolled. thinking of doing anymore mods??

Posted by: SABBAi on March 18, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

Yeah, I wanna up the boost a bit more. Do some work to the head, get a custom dump pipe made up, possibley with a screamer pipe, and some nice 17" rims. cool.gif

Posted by: EVLTX5 on March 22, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

would u be able to upload pics of ur cold air intake, as i wanna c wat type of set up u used..... or even write a link to where i would be able to find 1 for a tx5

Posted by: SABBAi on March 24, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

Check pics here:

Posted by: SABBAi on March 24, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

forgot to add, that it's sort of in sequence.

You can do it without taking the panel off.
1 Take your wheel off.
2 Take off the plastic inner guard (half way)
3 Remove the bolts that hold the inlet pipe on. 1 at the back. 1 under the battery. 1 underneith. and one pointing forward.
4 pull the plenum off the silencer
5 remove the indicator, so you can see what you are doing
6 romove the inlet tubing
7 get your flexible tubing and feed through body work, connect to airbox
8 run tube to front, selecting a suitable inlet
9 fix the tube in place properley, otherwise it'll suck it up when you accelerate hard. blush.gif
10 put it back together again

Posted by: EVLTX5 on March 24, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

thanks heaps for the help, i just finished installing it, when i came onto the computer to c u have uploading the instructions !! haha
oh well, cheers anyway.....
ive installed it exact the same, yet now i need to change my filter as its pretty shitty, im thinking of installing a pod, wat do u think? i just dnt want it sucking in hot air, the hosing pipe i used is pretty large, so it'll breath alotta air into the bay.....
1 question.
wat is that plastic air pipe for? i dnt understand A. how that crappy thing could possibly intake air, and b. the amount of manufactoring that has gone into installing these, its such a waste, as it does nothing !!, i couldnt understand it when i pulled it off.... wierd
oh well, thanks for the help anyway

Posted by: SABBAi on March 25, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

The snorklet thing is to direct cooler air, from outside the engine bay. You would have noticed that when you pulled it off, there was like a foam filled surounding, with holes in it, that's what that plenum thing attached to. It acts like a big silencer on the intake.

I put in a K&N panel filter. cost me about $140. Easy to install. took about 15mins max. Now my over boost problem is happening again. When I put the CAI on, it went away. High flow filter as well, and it's back again... dry.gif

Posted by: EVLTX5 on March 25, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

since i found a crack in my main pipe connecting to the throttle body which was leaking alotta air, i soon replaced it, and now most of my "beeping" problems have gone, yet it still beeps if im just sitting in 3rd or 5th and accelerate hard, it starts, but off takeoff i can usually get alotta boost going without it occuring......
how much boost are u running now?
so u have installed a flat filter which u placed straight into the factory air box? im thinking of going for the pod as ive got alotta air getting in to keep it cool........

Posted by: blinky blitz on April 19, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

hey man thats a mean ride,tidy in the guts too. i've put a photo up i'll take more when i get my car back. L8r bro

Posted by: SABBAi on April 22, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

Recently fitted a Manual boost controller. Was running 12psi. But the problem bing it was unreliable boost. I fluctated from anything as low as 6psi, to spikes of 15psi. It also casued to car to have the old over boost prob. I removed it and it has that sudden mid range rush at 2700rpm back... biggrin.gif

Posted by: blinky blitz on May 4, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

that photo was taken in ipswich,but i live near the city in brisbanes south side. ive got 2 other mates with turbo telstars local too.

Posted by: QIK-TX5 on June 8, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

looks good...nice and clean. needs an aftermarket wheel tho smile.gif how much u pick it up for cos i was wonderin how much the turbo model usually went for...

does anyone know where i can get a set of those TX TBO 15's from, if so how much...need a cheap alternative to my ugly hubcaps...

Posted by: pjmun on July 21, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

hey man nice ride cool.gif looks tidy as thinking of buying a lil 1990 TX-5 turbo for me first car ... only $2200 but i g0t another $6000 to spend on it if i do buy it they go alright???never really was into fords but yer just wanna know if its worth buying one

Posted by: fadz84 on August 12, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

QUESTION, my turbo is on open boost at the moment and it still runs ok withought hitting the boost cut limit if i manage to keep the revs high enough, but still my boost levels are low at 1st gear and gradually build up, 1st gear its about 6 pounds and then drops when it runs out of breath and every higher gear i get more bosst up to 15 pounds of 4th and 5th. Does anybody have the same problem? or maybe its coz of my big cooler.
i want more power even though ive beaten a Vl turbo, an SS VT V8 commodore and all these shitty Vtec hondas.

Posted by: zorb_rules on August 13, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

Hey sabbaini was just having a look at your pic of your BOV and comparing it to that of turbo boys which place is the best to mount it? I can tell right away his is easiest but yeah which place is better?

FADZ I just asked you the question you put here before your profile but like u said your boost is varible smile.gif so that explains what I was asking.. Still though? Are you running and after market ecu or anything?

Posted by: SABBAi on August 15, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

Hey Zorbs, It doesn't really matter where you mount your BOV, just as long as it can vent all the air.

Posted by: shannontx5 on August 26, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

hey buddy, how much would u sell your car for
i love it
email me
i will give u a good price wink.gif

Posted by: BLKTX5 on September 27, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

Thank's SABBAI, your car looks awesome especially the wheels just sets it off. my car had done 155 000 k's on the clock when i bought it. i blew the motor at 160 000 k's because of a heater hose. So had to re-build whole motor - new rings & bearings, and also got the cylinder head machined because it was warpped from the heat. Also bought new clamps and hoses for it. So far i've only done 1000 k's since re-build.

Posted by: SABBAi on October 4, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

Take it easy for about 1500km. Then progressively give it a bit more. You may also want to do a oil and filter change about now. You'll be amazed at the amount of crap comes out after a rebuild. Depending on Were you are, there are a few exhaust places. I know that EVLTX5 likes Dandy Exhaust, and there is Ferndale Exhaust.

Ferndale Exhausts & Automotive Centre

Factory 2/ 1 Rushdale St Scoresby VIC 3179
ph: (03) 9764 8490

I've been to these guys a few times now.

Posted by: zorb_rules on October 4, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

Well its official I just got the rest of my exhaust finished today there goes anotherr 500 bucks I went for an even bigger dump pipe and a different hi-flow cat. So it betta be worth it

Posted by: SABBAi on October 5, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

Zorb, where did you get it done? Did you notice much power difference?

Posted by: zorb_rules on October 5, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

Actually eneded up goin to 2 different places one for the dump pipe and oen for the cat pretty weird huh smile.gif I went to Mr Muffler for the High flow CAT cause I knew a mate that worked there and could get it cheap but I got the whole thing fitted at a place in lilydale. so yeah seems like more power i haven given it too much yet wink.gif plus its got a nicer note and it a bit louder too.

Posted by: missy17 on October 14, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

hey neat looking car smile.gif

Posted by: jettx5 on February 15, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

how much boost you running?

Posted by: SABBAi on February 22, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

When I had it dynoed, and it pulled the 113kw, 504Nm atw, I was running 9psi. Now I've replaced the dodgy BOV, it's running 12psi. No boost controller, or removed solenoid. Pretty happy with that. Would like to know what it will be putting out now.

Posted by: TX5_turbo15 on February 24, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Hey SABBAi, how the hell did u manage 12psi without boost controller? id love to know how u did that so i can do the same with my tx5... thanx... james

Posted by: SABBAi on February 24, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

When I had it on the dyno last, he checked the Air Fuel ratios. it was running too rich in the top end. So to my horror at the time, he popped the top off the airflow meter, and rotated the spring a tad. It means it gave it more torque, almost to redline, instead of dieing in the arse at about 4500rpm. This has also stopped the ECU being triggered for excess flow, causing boost cut.
I'm not running any boost controller, everything on the turbo side is stock. Albeit, in great condition biggrin.gif . I will hopefully be putting it on the dyno tommorrow, and should see a heathly rise, even though I can hear a bit of an exhaust leak...

Posted by: cwiz on March 3, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Ay SABBai, i jst recently bought a '90 TX5 turbo i put a deposit dwn last week getn it for $4700 with RWC, but havnt got it yet due to a wizzing noise it made weneva i gave it abit. Would u have a clue wat the wizzing noise is? Im thinking its the turbo thats fukd. So da guys getn it fixd b4 i actually purchase, also wheres a good place to get my exhaust done? And get my stock rims dipped in chrome? Also get my bumpers re-sprayed?
Thanks Chris

Posted by: zorb_rules on March 4, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Dude tya sure the whizzing noise wasnt just the turbo spooling up..or maybe a pod filter or soemthign if it had one?? Dont bother dipping the stocks in crome they come up really good when polished you'd be better off just leaving em how they are and working really hard on em...anyways just my opinion catch mate

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

Hi there, just read your step by step cold air intake with pics from another site. It's cool.
3 questions:

a) Did you notice much improvement?
cool.gif What happens when it rains heavily, will water gets in stuff thigs up?
c) If driving on country highways, have you put a grill in front of the tube to filter out insects?

Like your car

Posted by: SABBAi on March 25, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Bjaw, thanks mate. Boost came on 200rpm earlier. AS for rain, haven't had any probs what so ever. I never bother putting a grill in front of it. I have'nt had any big stuff go into the airbox at all. Hope this helps ya!

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

hey sabbai , i also checked out your info on how to make custom cold air intake , so i thought i would give it a go , i went to supercheap got flexy tubing pretty cheap , did same steps as you and came out realli good , i had to relocate sum wiring that was running inside the panel but thats bout it no other problems but i would suggest 2'1/2 in piping would be alot easier to run through panel as i had a bit of trouble with 3in but in the end came out nice i will post pic soon. thanks for show casing how to do it etc , realli helps. ps DON;T ASK SUPERCHEAP AUTO PPL ABOUT ANYTHING OR PARTS !

Posted by: BJaw on April 2, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Hey Sabbai,

I also attempted the cold air intake tube installation on Easter weekend. I went to Superchaep Auto too bought a $30 tube (blue one, as they didn't have red nor black at the time). Took me 3 hours!!! I had to removed the battery and the bottom panel in order to get my hand through to unscrew the 'tricky' screw. But it's good man. Last weekend was cold, I did a test drive after this job, and the car is definitely more responsive!!! Thanks again for the photos!!!

Posted by: neimad on April 20, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

nice car man,

must punch out some speed

Posted by: TX5_turbo15 on May 8, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

guys, how many of u are in the 12 second bracket or even 13 seconds? i would love to know how much it would cost to bring my tx5 into that bracket with the original engine (gonna rebuild it of course) might replace turbo, need advice on which turbo will give best all-round response in all areas and ends (top and bottom even mid) but yeah... getting boosted soon like this week and then chip the week after hopefully but i wanna know how much it would cost to have it rebuilt and tuned up... any guys in perth i can take it to (im thinking formaz is the best place but not sure)... thanx guys

Posted by: SABBAi on May 8, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Hi mate. One of my mates who has an MX6, (same mechanicals), his car has run a 13.7 quarter. Basically, it has been chipped, high flowed standard turbo, Rising rate fuel pressure regulator, big fuel pump, etc. Torsen LSD. No engine rebuild. Port and polish. Stock cooler, stock pipes etc. Don't need to spend heaps to get 13's.

Posted by: xtreme tx5 on May 16, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

hey sabbai that turbo u got there looks like a t28 of a gtr u planin on puttin it on ur tx5 hey. i was gonna do that but it dont give u much more top end speed. im gone get the sr20 housin'. that turbo u got there is for a twin turbo rb26 only suitable for 1.3L each turbo That is if its off a skyline gtr. ne-ways man ur rides lookin smooth man i,ve just changed my lights ova 2 bro.

Posted by: QIK-TX5 on May 17, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

it's a T25G from an SR20....gunna be mine soon smile.gif sabbs, plz get in touch with me bout that too smile.gif

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

thanks, by the way your car seems fast with those turbo and engine upgrades, keep on the good work. see ya.

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

thanks, by the way your car seems fast with those turbo and engine upgrades, keep on the good work. see ya.

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

hey man , can you post some pics of your piping for ur cooler , thanx

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

Ok guys. Some more pics for you. Some pics of the cooler piping too.

Posted by: MerlinTX5 on November 1, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Looks good, tell me how is the difference in performance with the exhaust out the side?
I'm looking for a rebuild for mine, any recomendations? No problems moving it around Australia, I work for a car carrying company, it's really difficult to find someone trustworthy. Any info on an EMS, apparently Michrotech is the way to go, also you know much about after market chips?

Posted by: SABBAi on November 12, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

with the side pipe, it has no cat. 1 resonator then out. I gained 3psi. from 12 to 15. goes heaps good!

As for rebuilds, I don't know any shops that I can recommend, as I haven't had mine rebuilt. As for aftermarket chips, the Woo's chip is the best bang for buck. You looking at around $200.

Posted by: djstx5 on November 15, 2005 [ Car Profile ]

Hey man, love the modified front bar, you pretty much nailed what I wanted to design for myself on the head, I was looking at the front bar for the '98 Subaru Liberty and wanted to try work something out with it, might try what you've done if I can find a Liberty frontbar and just cut it up. Keep up the good work

'98 Subaru Liberty Frontbar

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

hey man just wondering , where do i get them from , how much were ur vents ?

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

Hey Sabbai,

Where did you get the front strut bar?
How much did it cost you?


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

DJ, should look good when it is done.

Mr, Turbo, The vents are SierraCosworth 3 door vents. They are genuine ones form the UK. cost me $90 inc shipping.

BJ, the front strut bar is a 2gen mx6 bar. I got it off ebay for about $20. I had to modify the fitting points on the bar a little to make it fit.

Posted by: T_REX-5 on February 12, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

Bro, I think you did a great job it looks hot take of it, they are lots of fun. I have one of my own same colour and all I'm a new member so I'll show you mine pics I'm just updating my profile. Later

Posted by: T_REX-5 on February 13, 2006 [ Car Profile ]


Where abouts did you get the Sierra Cosworth from in the UK ? I like to order some...

Posted by: SABBAi on February 15, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

One of my mates was importing stuff for his cosworth Saphire. The guy he was getting bits off, had them. Other than that I don't know what else to tell you about them smile.gif

Posted by: T_REX-5 on February 21, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

Thanks anyway bro they look really good on your car.

Posted by: T_REX-5 on February 21, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

Thanks anyway bro they look really good on your car. Later

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on March 10, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

Who made you exhaust manifold and why did you put the standard turbo back on?

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

I bought the exhaust manifold second hand, with the VL T3 and dump. I swapped back to the standard one, because I blew the centre cartrige out of the T3. The only part I could really use, was the compressor cover.

I may be selling the manifold soon.

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on March 12, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

I don't think it would fit on mine because i have the 1986 Turbo 2 litre FE..How much would you want for it anyway and do you know of any other turbo that will bolt upto the standard inlet manifold?

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

The manifold, turbo and dump I beleive was off the turbo FE2. So the 2ltr carb job. They share the same manifold flange pattern with the F2, and the FE8 found in the old 929 deluxes.

I had to weld in a bung for the O2 sensor, which isn't required on the FE2's, and the dump pipe was a tad shorter. I would probrobably be looking for about $150 for the manifold. It was made out of steam pipe, with the internals ported, for smooth flow. Before I bought it, it was cracked and had been repaired with what looks to be a stick welder. So parts of it lookss messy. I repaired some other cracks too. It works well.

I am unaware of any turbos that bolt directly to the manifold that are an 'upgrade'.

Posted by: LOW_TX5 on March 16, 2006 [ Car Profile ]

Do you have any pics of the flange for the turbo to exhaust manifold(standard) or do you know what they look like, are they similar to the mitsubishi VR4 4G63 there is a pic added to this?

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