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3800 vs 3800sc? by Shill
Started on: 04-04-2011 06:08 PM
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Last post by: TommyRocker on 04-04-2011 07:01 PM
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Report this Post04-04-2011 06:08 PM Click Here to See the Profile for ShillSend a Private Message to ShillDirect Link to This Post
Thinking about a 3800 swap. Not now, but many years down the road when budget allows, I would like to add a turbo charger to it.

Question is, which engine would mate with a turbo better in the future? a 3800, or a 3800sc? Series I, II, III, etc... What year, make model, of car to pull it from, etc... I'm looking for an easy swap now, with the best "upgradability" in the future.
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Report this Post04-04-2011 06:19 PM Click Here to See the Profile for pontiackid86Click Here to Email pontiackid86Send a Private Message to pontiackid86Direct Link to This Post
If turbo is involved get the SC version and convert the intake system back to N/A. all the seals rings and internals are all ready for boost in it.
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It really doesn't matter, they're all about as upgradeable as the next in that family.
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Don't convert it to na intake until you're ready to boost or it'll screw with tuning it due to the lower compression.
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Report this Post04-04-2011 07:01 PM Click Here to See the Profile for TommyRockerClick Here to Email TommyRockerSend a Private Message to TommyRockerDirect Link to This Post
One of the greatest proponents of throwing turbos on N/A 3800s just demolished his engine. He absolutely destroyed a con rod and piston. I would go 3800SC, then turbo it later. Better safe than sorry.
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