M998 Turbo Upgrade - BMI Commander™ 6500 Turbo Kit

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This upcoming week, we will begin another install of the BMI Commander™ Turbo kit on a customer's truck.
Most of our turbo kits are sold and installed through our dealers, but sometimes there is not a dealer close to where a customer lives or the customer would rather have us install the kit in conjunction with other modifications. Many people interested in the kit/s have been asking for video and pictures of kits installed on customer's trucks, so our intention with this thread is to show examples of the before and after power and responsiveness differences and how the kit looks and functions once installed, along with some pictures of uniquely modified M998's.
More pictures and videos of the BMI Commander Turbo kit installed on 6.2 and 6.5 HMMWV 's can be seen on our website: https://www.6-5liter.com/customer-photos-and-videos/
 

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Raw footage of a "Drag Race" style acceleration comparison of 2 M998's - One truck has the BMI Commander™ Turbo kit added to its naturally-aspirated 6.5, the other truck does not (it still has the un-modified naturally-aspirated 6.5). The results are obvious. While the HMMWV was never intended to shine in straight-line acceleration, this comparison illustrates the real-world difference in power and responsiveness when the turbo kit is added. The advantage is especially noticeable in the "off-the-line" first few seconds of the race, and that type of improved throttle response is very usable in normal driving conditions.
In addition, you can see the turbo truck continues to pull-away and increase it's lead for as long as the comparison lasts.

Videos here, in two parts:
 
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nikojo

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Jeff thanks for doing this!

Just so everyone doesn't think Jeff is shamelessly plugging his kit LOL, I asked him to take some videos and pictures for me, including befores and afters. So I asked Jeff if it was OK and if he didn't mind, to start this thread.

Patracy inspired me to go for the kit and I like how he documented it........so I figured lets do it again. Thanks Patracy.

I have to really compliment Jeff on his professionalism and work-ethic. He has been awesome at communicating (texting, phone calls, emails). He went way above and beyond in accepting the transport of the truck as it unexpectedly arrived a day late (on a Sunday). He never complained. If you have the opportunity to work with Jeff/BMI I would highly recommend based on my experience so far. I have to say that I reached out to several well known builders to do some work (including considering this) and they either didn't respond responded poorly. I just don't get it......why run a business like that?

I will post up the build of this m998 in another thread if people are interested. It was in Opelika, AL and all the work was done by a gentleman named "Greg H". I live in the midwest so I figured I'd have it visit Bostic, NC and get the kit.

This truck has the 6.5 GEP NA with the later tranny. I've driven them before, and while not horrible they just didn't have enough for me. This truck will mostly be for intermediate overlanding and some soft offroading. I wanted something that could do 70 mph comfortably and do 'on ramps' and traffic merging without worries.

I really liked the research and quality that went into this kit. I like the fact that it is 'bolt on' as it allows me to take it off easily if it goes bad or needs servicing.
 

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Thanks Nikojo, .......... we got excited about the turbo and getting the chance to do an install on this truck... my apologies if we came across as anything but informational :naner:
 

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Install Done: Here are some pictures of the turbo kit as installed on nikojo's truck. He asked us to powdercoat the airbox and air intake plenum a medium gray, which we think looks great! These components can be painted or powdercoated as desired by the installer. This M998 had an engine from a 2005 A2 truck and this was the first time we installed our kit on a serpentine belt equipped engine. We were pleasantly surprised that the only modification necessary to the kit components was to re-work the oil drain tube from the turbo to clear the belt tensioner; pictures attached of that minor modification. It looks like the A/C compressor would also fit with little or no modifications to this turbo / serpentine belt setup.
As expected, driveability and overall power were significantly improved with the addition of the turbo.
 

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Great question! ... Its closer to a 25-30° angle,.. but good eye,.... here's the skinny on that.... the M998 can be equipped with two different types of overflow tanks that have two different configurations for where the main coolant outlet comes out of the tank body. One tank has the outlet on the bottom, the other tank has the outlet on the end. The tanks (as paired with their associated molded rubber coolant lines) are interchangeable, but if the truck is equipped with the tank that has the outlet on the bottom and the end user decides not replace that style with the side outlet-tank, then the bottom-outlet tank can be retained if it is angled slightly (as seen in the picture). This angle has a negligible effect on capacity and no effect on its performance. The reason for having to slightly rotate the bottom-outlet type tank is to create adequate clearance for the turbo.
This subject is addressed in detail in the install manual, so all options and procedures are explained clearly to the installer.
 

escuderj

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I have a M1123 with a NA 6.5 I was thinking of a turbo kit, but realistically what kind of HP, TQ and MG's is normal without over working that 6.5 and causing it to blow up?

thanks
 

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The kit is calibrated to produce 50-60 hp and 110-120 ft/lbs, which makes a very noticeable difference in power, and even more so in drive-ability, because the turbo moves the torque curve down about 600-800 rpm and puts peak power much more in the normal driving rpm range. The increased responsiveness of the engine (with the turbo kit) is what most people comment on as the best part about adding the turbo; the engine just doesn't have to labor as hard to get the truck rolling and it feels more agile.
The increased power output is well within the capability of the existing drive-train and the addition of the turbo reduces the EGT's below that of the naturally aspirated engines, thereby helping the engine shed heat and last longer (especially the valves/seats). Blowing up the existing engine (assuming it is not already in a state if disrepair) is not a concern with this kit.
There is now a nationwide "Find a Dealer / Installer Near You" map on the website ( https://www.6-5liter.com/hmmwv-turbo-kit/ ). All the shops listed there have installed the Commander kits on trucks and would likely be willing to discuss their experience/impressions independently.
 

chrisross

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I just bought one of these kits for my M1123. I'm gonna put this on along with the paradox cooling kit. The instructions look really well thought out and should make it very easy for me. I can go in all "get it done" mode, no invention necessary! I'm gonna bring it to an exhaust shop to have them weld the exhaust stuff together.
 

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It should and it also should lower EGTs, I would not have thought so but I blew the intercooler hose off of the DuraVee and was shocked at how high the EGTs were as I limped home.
 
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