Sometimes all you are looking for is something to make your car unique. Something simple that can transform your car from an ordinary everyday vehicle bought off a lot into something that can turn heads and make people see that your car is different... Special even. Your not just an everyday driver but a member of the elite, the cream of the crop, or even someone who got their hands on a one of a kind car.
Sometimes you want to do that without breaking the bank or spending hours in shop tweaking your car. Lucky for us we have Turbos and even luckier we have the guys at turbokits.com turning out high quality parts for our cars without breaking the bank.
Enter their Blow Off Valves. For those of you who are not familiar with what a blow off valve is or how it works I urge you take a quick read here which will bring you up to speed on what blow off valves do for cars. The C450 comes standard with blow off valves that recirculate the excess boost pressure back into the system. What turbo kits have done is made an attachment that turns the standard system into an atmospheric system providing a unique sound that turns heads on the streets.
Turbo kits have a great website and amazing customer service that provide any assistance you may need when you need it. They offer a quick turn around time once you have placed your order and come with all the tools needed to install the units.
So here is where it gets a little tricky. We have heard that some users where able to install the system without removing anything from the car however that was not the case for us. We even went so far as to remove and reinstall the BOV's without removing anything however we were not able to do it.
If we start with the easier side which is the right when looking at the engine nothing is needed to be moved you can simply unscrew the old unit install the adapter and then reinstall with the included screws.
The left side has a few hoses we think are oil cooler lines and the coolant reservoir that is in the way of easy access to the Blow Off Valve. For us we removed the plastic radiator gaurd by popping out the three trim buttons in hopes that that would allow us the access that we needed to install the BOV without removing anything else.
From there we removed the three screws holding the coolant reservoir in place in hopes that would give us enough access.
Still faced with the belts that were in the way and attached to the bottom of the coolant reservoir we removed the two screws holding the belts to the reservoir which gave us enough room to lift the reservoir up enough and move the belts slightly to install the BOV.
From there we reinstalled everything and tried it out.
The total Time it took for the install was about 20-30 minutes once you know what needs to be removed.
So when we heard about these BOVs we thought we would try them out but didn't think we would keep them on mainly because it seemed like it would become an annoyance. Boy were we wrong after having them on for a little over a month these things definitely make a difference without making it annoying to drive with them on. Driving with even the lowest of music on and the windows up keeps you from hearing the BOV while driving, however, if you turn the music off you can hear the sweet sounds of the BOV's doing what they do best and venting into the atmosphere. If you roll the windows down it becomes even more noticeable and hearing it from the outside definitely has started turning heads and has people asking what have we done with the car.
These BOV's are definitely worth the money and will turn heads! They are easy to install and uninstall should you ever have problems with the car and need to take the car in for service. They offer no performance gains, but do not trip the Check Engine Light and they are loud enough to get other people noticing you without becoming an annoyance to drive with. We say if you're looking for a little extra something to get them!