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Yeah, but what about their drive-trains? (archive)

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Posted by Bryan on October 02, 1998 at 08:55:15:

In Reply to: Beware of turbocharged Toyotas ... posted by Kessler on October 02, 1998 at 08:33:44:

Gobs of HP can be obtained in lots of ways, but it seems that the delivery mechanism (the drivetrain)is usually overlooked. I wonder how many transmissions, driveshafts, clutches, diffs, axles and even wheel spindles have been sacrificed to the gods of HP? I was told that drivetrain longevity was the reason the Dinan Supercharger kit for the 2.8 "only" adds ~60hp and ~90ftlbs of torque.

: Both the Supra Turbo and the MR2 Turbo have the ability to run safely at boost levels much higher than stock. For a relatively small investment of both time and money, owners can "bolt on" a boost controller that will give the kind of performance increase that owners of normally aspirated cars can only dream of :-) Replace the turbo and the gains become staggering. 700 HP from a Supra and 400 HP from an MR2 can be achieved through nothing but bolt on's! Needless to say, the number of stock Toyota turbos is dwindling rapidly :-)

: -Dave Kessler

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