Was looking to pick up a turbo kit, but anyone know whether the Forcefed 380 or the Hass turbo kit would be better quality, and which would provide better gains?
That "new" Hass kit is not going to be a good solution without some needed modifications.well lets just say I had several offers, one a new Hass kit, and the other a slightly used FF380. I had heard better things about Force Feds kit in terms of quality and reliability, but was looking to see which was the better choice. I would only be starting with a low boost on stock motor, so trying to figure out which would be the best to go with (just between the two).
Exactly right - I went with a smaller WG controller that I also heat shield, you need to slot the manifold, and a brace for the turbo to the block is a muy good idea. I re-did the intake (fairly big project to get tubing to right side scoop) and exhaust (3" straight out the back with no muffler, just a metal matrix catalytic converter).That "new" Hass kit is not going to be a good solution without some needed modifications.
For example you will need the have expansion slits made on the exhaust manifold or run the risk of it stripping out your studs. Also need to make some kind of turbo brace and probably best to change to a smaller and better wastegate controller as the one with the Hass kit tended to overheat and fail due to size and location.
Kverges and I both have and needed to make these mods, as well as a new intake system. It can work but you need to spend a little time and effort to get it sorted.