Hooniverse Asks: What's the craziest part you can find for your car for sale online?


Over on Jalopnik, there’s a post about a very curious part being offered for sale on eBay. It’s a turbocharger. Not just any spin-loving snail though, as this one is the type formerly employed by BMW to force air into its M12 Formula One engines. Yes, you can have the turbo components that help Megatron engines produce upwards of 1,400 horsepower.
It’s not cheap, of course. The asking price is nearly $12,000. That’s a lot of coin for a setup that didn’t even perform well in its day. Still, if you’re a BMW fan with money burning a hole in your pocket, it could as least make for some amazing automotive art.
It is certainly insane. It would be more insane if someone managed to swap this into a setup under their hood. Now I’m curious what might exist for other cars that’s on the same level of insanity.
What have you found for sale online that could be adapted to work in your own vehicle?

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      1. The DAF club in Britain stocks all manner of Variomatic belts and has new ones manufactured whenever supplies run low, so that’s even easier. The Volvo’s belts are more expensive than the KV’s, however, and of course two are required. Also I’m pretty sure the club doesn’t accept the koruna česká as payment.

  1. I can get the modified intake needed to retrofit an Alfa Twinspark to a 105 Spider. Not sure why I’d want to, but I can.

    1. Cheaper than rebuilding the twin cam, and perhaps better power, plus EFI? Downsides may include having to keep the bonnet shut at all times…

  2. You can spend about $10K in parts to change your mid 2000s WRX 5 speed gears to very strong straight cut gears plus a stronger clutch and upgraded differential.
    I know this because we just did so on the 818 we built at work after breaking the stock transmission in the burn out box on our first drag strip run.

    1. As a mid engined car it probably would have been worth skipping the burnout box for the first run! I forget how much power it has, is wheelspin an issue?

      1. 335 HP at the wheels from around 3500 rpm on to the redline. The WRX donor was 227 HP at the crank and was moving over 1000 pounds more, which should be easier on the transmission. But, and we think this is the killer, the WRX split its power between the two axles, all of ours goes through what was the front axle. Plus the WRX 5 speed is known to be fragile at elevated power levels.
        We’re running R888 street & track tires that hook up quite well. Our driver was a semi professional drag racer and owns two sub 10 second drag cars, so he knows what he’s doing. He wasn’t even trying to do a full burn out, just wanted to scrub the grit off the tires.
        The new gears and differential should fix it, but by the time we got it back together, it was too cold to run it again. We were expecting a mid 10 second time.

        1. My drag racing experience is only with street cars, but that requires care not to break things! I wonder if the driver was too gentle and didn’t get the wheels to spin (giving a preview of what the launch would be like). My advice – if it is not a dedicated drag car, don’t worry too much about getting a killer 60 foot time.

  3. Could probably adapt a Territory front subframe into my ute to make it AWD. After some floor modification to fit the transfer case. Ironically this would give less ground clearance than it has currently.

      1. I have an XH though, I have seen an RTV conversion started but not finished. There is a BF wagon with the conversion you’re describing, not sure about any others.
        They stopped building the RTV at the end of the BF2 which is a shame as I feel the popularity was building. Ranger is probably a decent substitute but not the same.

    1. new neighbor(female) has a chevy 3/4 ton p/u with “camel toe” hitch cover. very very amusing. it is not generally available otc as she says she made it herself of cast polyurethane. waiting for the truck to be curb parked in daylight for a pix of it.

  4. I know this one!
    There’s a Hayabisa V8 swap kit for like $75k. Also, you can buy a pair of TRD superchargers for $50k. They wont sell you just one.

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