Most of the problems come from doing half-ass setups. People take a car that doesn't run correctly in the first place and then try to turbo it.
I am working on making up an adapter so I can put a srt
-4 turbo on my buddies sohc neon. If you want reliable, stick with the srt
-4 turbo/manifold. You can't beat using a turbo(on a neon at least) that has factory proven reliability. No smoking junk rebuilt, just a slightly used srt
You don't have to reduce timing if you have lowered your compression. Just make sure you have some good leaded 100+ in there when you are at the dragstrip.
I've been using the srt
-4 turbo since before many people even owned their srt
's. Everyone kept saying "that turbo is junk, don't waste your time, it's too small".
Since march 2003 I've put 35,000+ miles on my turbo neon. It's not my daily driver, but I love it so much that I drive it whenever I get the chance. It has never left me on the side of the road, but I have had a few issues with the serpentine belt that runs the alternator and a/c which led to a few close calls.
I only get 18-20 mpg in the city, but on the highway averaging 75-85mph I get a solid 34-36 mpg(it's a 5-speed).
I will get into the 11s on this turbo without nitrous. I just need better slicks..
1995 Neon 2.4 SRT
12.18 @ 113.07 on slicks 1.81 60ft
12.55 @ 115.00 on OEM Eagle GA's 2.07 60ft
2.2 T2 bottom end/garret/intercooled/87 electronics/520trans/rust!
13.79 @ 101.79 Drag Radials