Kia Forte Koup Turbo SX

Shezzer94

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Hi I'm new to this forum.
I've had my Kia forte for couple weeks now, I have a silver Kia Forte Koup SX, got everything except the technology package.

I have been wanting to increase the power of the engine for some time now but I know nothing about engines or anything.
I was wondering if there is anything I can do to increase my cars engine performance?
I know of turbos and stuff but do any of them work well with the forte?

Appreciate any help :)
 

Kovalchuk17

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turbokits.com sells a kit specifically for the forte. 2.4L turbo'd will get you around 300hp @8psi. better have $4000-$6000 to spare. Everything else you can bolt-on like intakes, exhaust, pulleys won't do much good unless you can find a tuning shop or ecu piggyback. Seoulful Racing is all about Korean cars and can tune your Forte for more power. Road Race Motorsports sells a $429 ECU Piggyback, requires wire splicing though.
 

Kovalchuk17

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no problem. just priced everything out. assuming you install it all yourself... $7500 will cover the complete turbo kit, plus stage 2, plus a stage 3 clutch which you will need, plus a cat-back exhaust system.

gaining enough power to keep most people happy will be more like $1500. Leaving you $6000 for wheels, tires, tint, suspension (coil overs and bars galore), nitrous, and a clutch lol.. you might still have money left over but won't be near 300hp, more like 220
 

Shezzer94

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Alright cool :)
Thanks again :)[hr]
Assuming I take it somewhere for to have it done how much would it be then you think?
And like where would I go to have it done? Like a certain type of garage place?
 

ItsaRuck!

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You'll have to take it to a speed shop. Labor will at least double the cost. In other words, you'll pretty much have the cost of another Forte invested, and the car's resale value will be worth less than before you started. These types of mods never pay for themselves.
 

Shezzer94

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Oh dang, well is putting one in easy kinda? Or is it difficult do?
Plus do you need certain equipment to do it?[hr]
Plus I'm gonna have the car for a while anyways I'm only 17 right now. I just want it faster than it is right now.
 

ItsaRuck!

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Shezzer94 said:
Oh dang, well is putting one in easy kinda? Or is it difficult do?
Plus do you need certain equipment to do it?[hr]
Plus I'm gonna have the car for a while anyways I'm only 17 right now. I just want it faster than it is right now.
You need to pull the engine. You need hardened pistons to withstand the increased compression when a turbo is installed. Also a better camshaft and valves and valve springs. You'll need to install an intercooler and modify the exhaust and intake. This is nothing for an amateur. I know someone that spent nearly $10K having a speed shop do just what you want to do to a Dodge Caliber (uses same engine) and he still blew the engine 15,000 miles later.
 

Shezzer94

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Is there a lower grade turbo I can put in that easier? That will get me like 220-250 hp?
And it not me that be doing it, it would be my dad he knows more about cars than I do.
 

Kovalchuk17

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it's not really the turbo size that matters, its all the piping, the oil feed lines and coolant feed (oil/water cooled turbos) plus the ever exciting ECU tuning. now turbokits.com claims their kit will not need hardened internals at 7-8psi, but i would not tempt fate with such a task as to hold my engine together the way it is when you introduce forced induction. probably gonna wanna think long and hard about the turbo setup first before going for it. your best bet is to keep the forte as a daily driver with a few bolt on parts to get you through that little graving, and spend your money on an older car you can build and take your time with, like a 240sx, civic, mustang.. etc. this will save your warranty, and those type cars are much more popular, more parts and tuning capabilities to choose from and CHEAPER parts.
 

Shezzer94

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Ye good point, I've found some parts on http://www.koreanautoimports.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=30_373_521&products_id=5258 that I like, carbon hood, wheels, we spoiler, body kit and new exhaust, added it and it around 3500-4000 for me do and then get the car sprayed white instead, dealership didn't offer mine in white :(
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What about just installing a chip to the car what would that do?
 

Kovalchuk17

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wheels and tires you can get at tire rack for cheaper and without the importing shipping wait. the spoiler and body kit aren't important really unless you are going for show and go. i haven't heard anything positive about a kia dealer lol. you say they don't offer it in white, but I've seen a few and someone earlier told me the dealer told them no 5door hatch SX's have 6spd manuals... yet I own one. carbon hood is way too pricey for something you have to constantly baby to keep it from turning yellow. 3500-4000 in performance mods will probably make you forget about the outside of the car at least for a little while lol.[hr]
wow.... they got some serious pricing issues on that site, but at least they offer a nice set of headers for the 2.0L which supposedly SHOULD fit the 2.4 of the SX's but that's a risky move since they will most likely tell you they don't fit while every "Forte Expert" will tell you they do.
 

Shezzer94

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When I got mine they didn't do white cause we asked and they said no :/ so idk what going on there.
And the body kit defo get prolly, the hood I won't get then. Idk anywhere near me I can get good wheels at.
I think I gonna take my chances with the turbo on that website [hr]
Do you know any good sites for body kits and stuff?
 

Kovalchuk17

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http://www.racingsolution.com/kia/forte/exterior-en-2/

that should be a good body kit for a Koup. $895 and one of the few sites that lists it in english, not Korean... lol.

tirerack.com is one of the best sites for wheels and tires and they are vehicle specific, they will send you the wheels and tires mounted and balanced and for a little more money with new Tire Pressure Monitor Sensors installed, just need to be programmed by dealership otherwise you get the tire pressure light on constantly.
 

Kovalchuk17

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borla exhaust system:
http://www.autoanything.com/exhausts-mufflers/61A3563A0A0A3453762.aspx?kc=ffprod

ark exhaust system:
http://www.drivenbystyle.com/2010-2012-kia-forte-koup-ark-dt-s-exhaust-system-p-362729.html[hr]
one of many air intakes:
http://www.drivenbystyle.com/search_kia_forte-koup_2010-2012_air-intake-systems.html
 

Kovalchuk17

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probably best place for HIDs, ebay ones tend to flicker:
http://www.ddmtuning.com/

remember we have the odd ball H11b's, H11 kits will work recommend the 55w with mounts and relay harness.. definitely contact them first to see if they will make you a custom H11b kit so you don't have such a headache on your hands.

road race motorsports, should cover variety of needs:
http://roadracemotorsports.com/store/[hr]
and of course, your holy grail of mods:
http://www.turbokits.com/Kia/Forte/Turbo_Kits/
 

Kovalchuk17

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$2000-$3000 for a real paint job especially if you are completely changing the color of the car, tack on a few hundred for the install of the bodykit since they will most likely want to primer it themselves even though most kits come primered. you might save money getting a kit prepainted and have the shop match that color to the rest of the car.
 
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