How to Install a Turbo Smart Manual Boost Controller

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How to Install a Turbo Smart Manual Boost Controller
Increase boost pressure with a Turbo Smart Controller upgrade. (turbo image by Elijahu from

Utilising the successful ball and spring design, the turbo smart manual boost controller is a high quality machined aluminium unit offering precise adjustment and easy installation. You can fit it to nearly any vehicle to provide substantial performance gains by limiting the flow of pressurised air to the wastegate, which in turn increases turbo output. Most factory turbocharged vehicles are designed with a high margin of safety to minimise incidents of failure. A moderate psi (pounds per square inch) increase can produce large amounts of horsepower and torque while still maintaining a safe tolerance for all components.

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Things you need

  • Turbo Smart Manual Boost Controller
  • Screwdriver set
  • Plastic zip-ties

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  1. 1

    Attach one end of the boost controller to the turbo outlet source (located near the compressor) via the supplied vacuum line.

  2. 2

    Connect the other side to the wastegate actuator inlet.

  3. 3

    Zip-tie the unit away from any heat sources, such as any exhaust components.

  4. 4

    Turn the controller knob in the desired direction to adjust boost pressure.

  5. 5

    Position the vehicle in a safe off-road location away from traffic and all obstacles. Spool the turbo by a performing a wide open throttle acceleration run to get a reading on your boost gauge. Fine tune the turbo smart controller as necessary to reach desired boost level.

Tips and warnings

  • It may take several attempts before boost pressure is dialled in.
  • Adding supporting modifications such as an aftermarket exhaust system and blow-off valve will maximise performance gains and improve turbo spool-up times.
  • To avoid the risk of detonation, upgrade your vehicle's fuel system and monitor oxygen sensor voltages closely.

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