Note from the author:  These articles and this project started in the spring of 2002.  As such some of this content may be somewhat dated but hopefully it’s still enjoyable to read.  Despite their age, these articles serve as a brief guide for installing a turbo kit.  When possible we've updated sponsor links and we've edited the articles to freshen the content.  New articles are planned for this project in the future.  Enjoy!

Our idea of a project car is one that can go fast, have even better handling characteristics, can bring things to a stop without any drama and be competitive on the racetrack. Back in the early/mid 90's finding a car like this was simple; a Japanese turbo car, Camaro Z28, or Mustang. No problem, we'll just get clearance to write a check from the company petty cash account. After that daydream ended we realized there were some realistic possibilities with these cars used, but we wanted to have something different and avoid a car that's been beaten to death.  A car with sleeper looks, but attractive enough in a subtle way.  A vehicle that had the potential of being modified, but also one that might be able to sneak past the insurance company without having to pay sky high insurance premiums. The Sentra SE-R was a perfect match.

This particular car was found in the local Auto Trader.  A 93 Sentra SE-R, which was a project car for a distributor who wanted to sell packaged parts for SE-R's. This was one of many projects for him and the car had to go.

SE-R Turbo

  • JWT Pop Charger
  • Nismo / Borla Exhaust
  • Eibach Prokit Springs
  • GAB Adjustable shocks
  • Suspension Technique Sway bars
  • 15" X 6.5" wheels with 195/50 Dunlop D40M2
  • B13 Brake upgrade with NX2000 master cylinder

The car was a real cream puff and only had 5K miles on it. When the owner took us for a ride he gingerly shifted through the gears at low RPM. Under the hood the engine looked manufacturer new, and the oil on the dipstick was nice and clear. It was an excellent used car purchase!

SE-R Turbo

As with most enthusiasts we soon became hungry for more power in the SR20. We performed the following modifications in this order.

  • Stillen Throttle body and MAF
  • Hotshot 1st generation header

SE-R Turbo

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Sunday, June 14, 2009 6:10 AM
lovely mike the real machine the sentra.
Sunday, June 14, 2009 6:21 AM
thanks im looking forward for more information.nuff love and respect mike bless up me don.
Monday, June 15, 2009 6:15 PM
So what can we expect for the project now? Is this thing even still around?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 8:09 AM
Believe it or not the car's still in my garage. It's been collecting quite a bit of dust while we've been working on this site but there's more good stuff to come.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 12:28 PM
yes good work on the sentra.but can you post some photos and information and how to install a turbo and a blow of valve on a sr20de in a sentra or any car.including how to find the vacuum hose that run from the instake system.post the best way to connect and run oil line and water line to the turbo.
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 1:11 PM
All blowoff valves come with very detailed instructions on how to install them. Most valves have slightly different routings as well. Generaly on a turbo, oil is routed to the turbo from the oil pressure sender unit and water is taken from the throttle body water.
Bishop Ian
Bishop Ianlink
Friday, July 03, 2009 5:06 AM
Nice to know we are still around.
Friday, July 03, 2009 5:50 AM
Every once in a while I see a B13 with over 200K miles on it that appears to have been beaten daily. That makes me smile. Then there's this car that despite my love/hate relationship with still sort of has the new car stink inside.
Thursday, July 16, 2009 10:36 AM
145 is pretty good for S3s. Was this with the timing still at 12*?
Thursday, July 16, 2009 12:31 PM
It was either at 12 or 15.
Friday, July 17, 2009 7:55 AM
Wow! I think JWT ECU is supposed to be 15. I get really good results on NA/DE with 17 or even 19. Shoot with JWT ECU you need to run premium anyway. When I dynoed/tuned my last DE setup (1/2 way) it was with a Calum RT and it took A LOT of timing up top. That is one strong motor you have there either way. Especially when you consider the header and exhaust are bottling it up too.
Friday, July 17, 2009 9:41 AM
Heh, at the time my close friends both had turbo SR20's so there was little point for me to bump my timing up a couple of degrees but your right there is some free horsepower there. I bought the JWT ECU at Stillen of all places back in 96 and never did a reflash until I turboed the car. Regardless my car blushed at your complement!

The exhaust components on the 145hp dyno: 1st gen hotshot header, stock B-pipe and the NISMO/Borla exhaust.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 3:17 PM
Exactly that exhaust setup is a choker style from the 90s. 2.5 SSAC/3" custom on mine with high-fow cat 138/124. Intake was stock hose w/ N60/Cone filter. JDMDE (with lowport intake cam)
Thursday, July 23, 2009 10:52 AM
Project 200sx on this site has an exhaust similar to yours stay tuned for that article. When the car comes up on the big cam it bones out but as you can imagine its LOUD. I guess I must be transitioning into my crusty old fart stage because comfort on a street car sounds (pun intended) way better to me than an extra few horsepower on an N/A motor. I have a restrictor for the muffler to quiet things down on the turbo setup but it absolutely kills the boost response which is no fun and why I never use it.
Friday, February 11, 2011 12:43 PM
I once saw an old SE-R being runned at Tommy KAIRA at the Yokohama Classic way back in 1999 when I was in Japan. The Japanese know their stuff. I also saw the Calsonic GTR there and got to peak at its Switch Assembly of the console, able to ignite N20 and fire up the cylinder with just a flick of the button.
Saturday, April 30, 2011 7:42 PM
As an owner of a B13 I love seeing this. I have a question though Aaron about the wheel. Do you remember who made those chrome 15s?
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 8:40 AM
i have a nissan sentra lec 1994 can you do this in my car?
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