My Trusty Charmant TURBOCHARGED! – 14 Jun 2018

After blown more than 5 units or more 4AGEs in my drifting lifetime so far, I never thought this day would come.  After the Miri Gymkhana and Drift Challenge R1 was over, I had a long talk with my Mechanic ‘Ande’ on how I was struggling with lack of power, first being the Sibu MAC road show drift challenge back in 2017, and then the recent event in Miri, Ande then pitched me the idea of going turbo with my existing 4AGE, I had a long thought process and after some poisoning done by my good mates, I made the worst (or best?) decision of my drifting life todate, my Daihatsu Charmant 4AGE 16v, is officially going to be upgraded with RB25 Turbo (sponsored by Michael Wee and Johnny Yong from Miri, thanks!)!

The decision was also made as a preparation for the up and coming Miri Gymkhana and Drift Challenge R2, set to be held at Boulevard Mall parking lot, I really wanted to be able to do more with my trusty Charmant, and without a doubt, Turbo is the only way to go, and it’s about time.

Long story short, the upgrades included for the entire upgrade were as follows:-

  • 4AGZE pistons
  • 4AGZE conrods
  • ACL bearing
  • ARP engine studs
  • RB25 stock turbo
  • Proton Wira stock radiator
  • Microtec ECU at 0.8 bar boost
  • TRD 2 way 4.77 ratio LSD
  • Hydraulic Viva rear caliper ebrake setup
  • Fuel surge tank
  • Exedy 3-puck clutch
  • TRD metal gasket 1.5mm
  • Estimated HP: 180~200hp

Total cost for the entire project is around RM25K++

Verdict: Despite breaking my bank, I’m super satisfied and happy with the end results, the power delivery was quick, responsive and reliable too, I can now do EVERYTHING that I could never do back then, the added power is NICE!

p/s: Since my current dash is cracking badly, I also had it totally replaced with a custom steel plate, it’s cool as fxxk though, watch out for more photos soon.

Miri Gymkhana and Drift Challenge R2, I AM READY FOR YA!

Here’s a short video compilation of my turbocharged Charmant in action with my pals at Sibu Old Airport:

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