Jackson Racing Honda Talon FAQs

Q: Jackson Racing makes Honda Talon SXS parts?
A: Yes, we partnered with Honda Off-Road Racing to become the official performance partner. In the process, we developed a bolt-on CARB-Legal turbocharger system for consumers to install on their Honda Talon recreational vehicles. As powersports enthusiasts, we get to mix our knowledge of the most advanced automotive technology with our Powersports knowledge to bring the best turbocharger system available for the Honda Talon.

Q: How much horsepower will my Jackson Racing turbocharged Honda Talon make?
A: We typically see a 60% increase in HP and a 70% increase in TQ on the CARB legal Honda Talon turbocharger system. Check the dyno results for your particular application on the product page. Note that these dyno figures are at the wheels, not the crank like the factory rating. Variations in engine condition, optional equipment, installation, etc. can alter power figures. Your dyno results may vary depending on the dyno used.

Q: What kind of additional maintenance is required for a turbocharged Honda Talon?
A: The key piece is to follow your Honda maintenance schedule set in your Honda Service Manual. As long as you use genuine Honda parts and lubricants and perform regular maintenance, your turbocharged Honda Talon will perform flawlessly. At your service intervals, it is good to check all attachment points in the turbocharger system and check for any abnormal wear.  The Garret turbocharger is a sealed unit that requires no internal maintenance.

Q: What type of oil does the Jackson Racing turbocharger use?
A: The turbocharger ties into your existing oiling system and uses the same Honda GN4 oil in your vehicle.

Q: It says A and AC type on the order form. What type of Honda Talon do I have?
A: The vehicle types are for the different models sold in the US. The “AC” type is for California vehicles with EVAP systems in the fuel tank and the “A” type are for all other 49 states and Canada. There is no tuning difference between these two models, but it is very important to flash the correct calibration on your ECU for your vehicle to function properly.

Q: I want to run an exhaust on my Honda Talon, can I do that?
A: Your factory Honda Talon exhaust has a catalytic converter located inside. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and Environmental and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) require that Recreational Utility Vehicles comply with applicable exhaust emissions standards during their useful life. That means the factory exhaust must be retained in all 50 states and Canada. We have done all our engine tuning around the factory Honda exhaust system. Removing the factory Honda exhaust will not only violate US Federal law, but can cause catastrophic engine damage from improper tuning. Your Jackson Racing Turbocharger System carries a CARB EO# D-700-6. Any tampering beyond the included components will violate the above emission laws and could void your Jackson Racing warranty.

Q: Will the Jackson Racing turbocharger system void my factory warranty?
A: Your Honda warranty cannot be denied because a modification to the vehicle has been made. This would make even a wheel/tire change a warranty problem. It is the manufacturer’s responsibility to prove that any modification was the cause of a failure. Some dealerships are more performance oriented and willing to work with customer’s modifications. Consult with your local dealership regarding their warranty process. Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

Q: Do Jackson Racing turbocharger systems come with some type of warranty?
A: Yes. Jackson Racing turbocharger systems carry a 1 year warranty on the Jackson Racing components. Jackson Racing Warranty documentation can be found here: Jackson Racing Warranty Information

Q: Does the kit run lean because it is CARB legal?
A: No. Modern fuel injection systems, such as the one on the Honda Talon, have a “closed loop” fuel control. In closed loop (light load/zero boost), the fuel is controlled by a set a parameters and the 02 sensor in your exhaust. This area is designed to have clean/efficient burn, just like your stock Talon. Now when you go high load/into boost, the ECU recognizes this and enters “open loop” fuel. Open loop is where we add fuel for the added boost of the turbo, and make sure the fuel and timing is correct and safe. In fact, extremely lean fuel causes high NOx emissions, so we would not be able to pass emissions with a lean tune. So the belief that emissions legal tuning is lean/bad is false.

Q: How does the turbocharger system affect the engine life?
A: Engine life will not be affected by the addition of a Jackson Racing turbocharger system. With proper engine care and maintenance, engine life shouldn’t be greatly affected.

Q: Will I be able to install a Jackson Racing turbocharger system?
A: Jackson Racing turbocharger systems are designed for easy installation and all systems come with detailed, color installation manual. Jackson Racing kits require about 8 hours of installation time, depending on the system and installer. Copies of our installation manuals are available on our Support page. If you think you cannot complete the installation of your Jackson Racing system, that’s okay. Contact your local Honda Powersports dealer to get an estimate. We recommend having a professional mechanic at your Honda Powersports dealer perform the installation.

Q: What type of fuel is required with a Jackson Racing supercharger system?
A: Jackson Racing supercharger systems require a minimum of 91 octane fuel. This octane rating is according to the (R+M)/2 standard. We recommend high-quality Top Tier gasolines for your turbocharged vehicle. We do not recommend using exotic race fuels, as the tuning is designed around 91-93 pump fuel.

Q: How will my fuel mileage be affected with the addition of a Jackson Racing turbocharger system?
A: With no fuel economy standard to test against, it is difficult to give an official statement on fuel economy. Fuel economy is largely based on your closed loop fuel control (which is based on rpm and load), injector efficiency, and your volumetric efficiency (VE). Our turbocharger systems use a bypass valve, which allows the engine to run without seeing any boost until you have a high load condition (i.e. deep in the throttle). If you are riding “spirited”, you will lose some fuel economy with the turbocharger because additional fuel is required in boost.

Q: How much is a Jackson Racing turbocharger system? 
A: Prices vary depending on the application. To check availability and pricing for your vehicle, check out our product page.

Q: What kind of 0-60 and 1/4 mile times will my car do?
A: There is no official 0-60 for UTVs, so this is a parameter we do not test against.

Q: Do I need to buy additional parts for my Jackson Racing system?
A: No! There are absolutely no additional parts required! Everything is included in a Jackson Racing turbocharger system.

Q: Will I need a thicker head gasket/engine build for my vehicle because of the additional boost?
A: No. An engine build is not required or recommended with a Jackson Racing turbocharger system.

Q: Are additional gauges required with a Jackson Racing kit?
A: Jackson Racing turbocharger systems do not require the use of additional gauges. A vacuum/boost gauge will not hurt the system and can be great for additional information.

Q: Do I have to install a turbo timer to cool the system off after it is run hard?
A: Turbo timers are not needed, but it is always best after hard running to let the vehicle idle and cool before shutting off. This is standard for any vehicle.