The Ultimate Nissan 350z Turbo Kit Guide

6th November, 2017 in Editorials

We review the most popular 350z turbo kits available on the market today. This is the ultimate 350z turbo kit guide.

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The Nissan 350z is a great car. Modern styling, rear wheel drive, a howling v6 and now at reasonable prices the 350z makes a tempting proposition.

It’s these features and more that won the 350z a place in our best drift cars for beginners article.

However there is one small snag – power.

The stock 285 PS may be fine for the street but if you want to increase power from the naturally aspirated VQ35DE you are going to have to dig deep. Tuning a naturally aspirated engine like the VQ35DE is expensive and ultimately yields limited results.

So what can you do with your 350z if you want more power?

Forced induction

Since the 350z (Z33) has become a mature platform there are a number of tried and tested 350z Turbo kits available to you.

But which kit is right for you?

We have written this guide to hopefully help you make your 350z turbo kit decision a little easier.

Let’s take a look at our 350z turbo kits

To read more about any of these products just click on the turbo kit name or photo.

Jim Wolf Technologies Twin Turbo kit

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Our comment: The JWT kit is a great starter turbo kit that comes in at a mid level price point. Offering 125 WHP out of the box and impressive reliability claims, this could be the perfect solution to safely increasing your power. Further upgrade options are available to really make things interesting. Nice kit!

Manufacturer description:JWT originally designed this kit as a feasibility study in conjunction with Garrett and Infiniti’s product planner at the time. The kit is designed around the O.E. criteria for reliability, no boost lag, and safe but significant power levels.”

“The JWT Twin Turbo Kit has accomplished this and more over thousands of miles of reliable track and street use since it’s release. All critical airflow junctions use application specific castings to maximize flow and eliminate boost lag. Turbo outlets have isolated waste paths to improve turbine efficiency.”

“JWT has combined high efficiency Garrett GT Ball Bearing Turbos, Garrett charge cooler cores (700+hp rated) with over 300 individual parts, to create the most complete and reliable bolt on forced induction system available for Nissan and Infiniti VQ35 vehicles.”

“No other boosting solution combines the reliability, performance, and throttle responsiveness of this system.”

“This system is complete requiring no other modifications to deliver an additional 125WHP and much more with additional JWT upgrade stages.


Turbonetics Single Turbo kit

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  • Manufacturer: Turbonetics
  • Fitment: Nissan 350z Z33, G35
  • Turbo configuration: Single turbo
  • Price: $2,448.97
  • Drifted rating:xxx
  • Purchase link: Buy Turbonetics Single Turbo kit

Our comment: Turbonetics are a well known brand that have been producing turbo chargers since 1978. Their turbos have found homes on nearly every type of import and domestic platform over the years.

Offering a potential 450 PS from a Turbonetics 60-1 turbo charger this kit should give any 350z owner enough grunt to keep them satisfied. It is also the most affordable kit in our guide.

Manufacturer description:Direct bolt on! Includes:

  • Authentic Turbonetics 60-1 turbo charger ( good for 450hp)
  • Authentic Turbonetics 38 Evolution wastegate
  • Stainless steel turbo manifold set
  • Stainless steel turbo downpipe
  • Bolt-on intercooler kit (with intercooler 30×7.5×3)
  • Type-rs blow off valve
  • Oil line kit with all fittings (oil drain, oil feed)”


HKS GT Full Turbo kit

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Our comment: HKS are a premium Japanese parts brand that only put out high quality gear. Their GT series turbo chargers are highly sought after and with these cast iron manifolds you should have no problems. Big HKS fans right here.

Manufacturer description:Twin Turbo Set Up Kit with turbochargers for high power spec Z33.Turbines can be selected from quick response GT-SS, well balanced GT2530 and high power GT-RS.Stock catalytic converters can be used with the kit.In order to install Set Up Kit, some modifications, making suction and other pipes and ECU setting are required.”


Greddy Tuner Twin Turbo kit

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Our comment: GReddy are another premium Japanese tuning company and they have a great reputation with their turbo chargers in the past. This twin turbo kit comes in at our highest price point however the parts list seems very complete. A solid choice.

Manufacturer description:This tuner kit features larger TD06SH-20G (900hp capable) turbos with a type 32R Front Mount Intercooler. The VQ35HR turbo kit includes all of the necessary hardware and parts to bolt right on to your car, including cast manifolds, racing downpipes, external wastegates, w/g dump pipes, a cast oil pan, and airinix intakes.”

“Because the turbos were designed to be used on lower boost stock motor applications as well as fully built race motors, it’s possible to increase the power significantly for serious performance gains. Users can enjoy flexibility when it comes to fueling options, with plenty of room to upgrade.


Our winner

Our winner is the JWT Twin Turbo kit.

To pick our winner from this choice of 350z turbo kits we looked at a number of criteria; ease of installation, power levels, upgrade potential and price point.

Based on these criteria we have chosen the JWT Twin Turbo kit to be our winner.

Jim Wolf Technologies Twin Turbo kit

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With the high quality of components, USA based manufacturing and support base, low boost twin turbo response, motorsports proven track record (the kit was developed on their own competition car) and price point the JWT Twin Turbo kit makes a very good case for itself.

The Turbonetics kit looks pretty decent and is very affordable for a turbo kit however you will be limited by the turbo charger if you want to chase more power with a built engine. The single turbo also suffers from more lag.

The two Japanese kits both look like great systems however retailers are running out of stock as they are becoming discontinued so finding replacement parts may be a struggle. The higher price point on both of these units also marked them down slightly.

So thanks to Jim Wolf Technology for helping out 350z owners looking for more power by putting out a great product!

Thank you for reading our 350z turbo kit guide

Now that your 350z’s power is cranked up to eleven why not address the suspension? Our 350z Coilover guide is perfect for guiding into your next set of suspension.

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