Have you ever wanted to take your vehicle down the dragstrip to go against all your friends, but you want to have the edge on them? Maybe you are unsure what to do and what to look for when tuning a turbo engine. Also, with so much out there, from turbo upgrades to accessories, tuning can be a daunting experience. With some pointers, you will soon have all the information you need to begin your journey to shave seconds off your quarter mile time. Here are two of the best things to start with as you work to tune your engine.


One of the first things you should look into is upgrading your intercooler. There is a very good chance that the stock one will not be able to keep up and keep your turbo and engine cool enough. There are many different sizes of intercoolers to choose from based on your needs. Also, there are different shapes available as well. Look at what room you have in the engine and where you plan to place the new intercooler. This will help you determine what size and shape is going to be the best fit.

Dump Valves and Blow Off Valves   

Having boost is a fantastic feeling, but you need to be able to keep the pressure in the system and also release any excess pressure. This is essential for many reasons. First, it is important so that you don't over-pressurize your system. That could lead to serious damage. In addition, dump and blow off valves add a nice sound as they release pressure, so choosing the right ones can help you get noticed while you're out there. When you find one you like the look of, have a look at videos of the brand to see if you like the sound. That way you get the balance of looks, function and sound.

External Wastegate

Another thing you will need to have is a wastegate. This will help you regulate the PSI (pounds per square inch) that your turbo is running through the system. This regulation is important for proper function and optimal performance. If you want to truly maximise your boost, you should pair a big turbo with a small wastegate. This combination will give you a significant boost.

As you can see, there are many turbo accessories that you can consider as you're fine-tuning your car. Now that you have some idea of the things you can add to your vehicle, it's time to start shaving that quarter-mile time down and taking on the other drag racers. For more help with upgrading your engine's performance or choosing the right accessories for your turbo, talk with a local performance parts supplier.