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    I'm building a 3.4 / 3400 turbo engine[hyper-tec pistons] using an s10 blazer for a platform. I'm trying to be reasonable in my expectations of boost and hp. What would you suggest as max boost / hp for a street driven vehicle ... 2.5 or 3 " single exhaust.

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    I like to use 3" as a minimum exhaust diameter if I'm running a single tube. The more free flowing you make the exhaust the easier the turbo will spool.
    You have to keep in mind that turbines work on a pressure differential (and some thermal properties), so the lower the pressure (or restriction) after the turbo, the easier it is to get to spool, and the more HP potential you have.

    FWIW, I have ran 2.5" on my Franken60 (3.2L 660 built from varioud generations of the 660, including a gen3 top end), and 3" on both my Nissan 2.8L I6 and my turbo LX9.
    James: 1985 GMC Jimmy, 3.2L turbocharged, intercooled hybrid 13.873 @ 99.08 218HP & 270FT/lbs @ the wheels
    The Daily: 2000 GMC Yukon
    1973 Datsun 240Z: Turbo intercooled LX9, running on '7749 with $59 and DIS. 12.71 @ 115

    "If you're not living on the edge, You're taking up too much space."

    Still waiting for the 1st or second Ostrich I was promised, from Paul.