**UPDATE: ANY questions regarding release date and pricing, please PM Adrian (MADpowerstroke)**
I want to start off by saying that Adrian (MADpowerstroke) is an EXCELLENT guy to deal with who knows his stuff 100% and I would not hesitate to test another one of his turbos in the future. With that being said, this review has nothing to do with personal, this is all business and a review based SOLELY on the performance of the DuraStroke compared to the Stock turbo.
My truck is an '04 6.0L: stock injectors / stock fuel system / spartan tuned / 58v FICM / factory air box / coolant filter / oil bypass / 35s.
I have not been able to get comparable dyno numbers due to some issues Saturday but I will be going to PHP where the truck was originally dynoed to the get best comparative numbers. During the install - I have to say that everything fit like a glove when I put the DuraStroke in the stock location. It was a complete, 100% drop-in turbo that needed no modifications to the pedestal or anything. The downpipe and inlet pipe went on easily along with all bolts. As soon as I turned the key the truck FIRED TO LIFE! A couple chugs to get the air out and off we went! You can feel a "seat of the pants" difference immediately! The turbo has a nice whistle to it on the intake side and the exhaust sounds a little more "throaty".
The spool-up is instant and I have not been able to find or any make a dead spot with this thing...and trust me...I've tried! I can go 50mph up a hill and lean into the throttle(trying to make lag w/ the converter locked) but the turbo wakes up *snap* just like that!
Cruising 70mph down I-20 level terrain/hills: Stock - 6-8psi DuraStroke 4-6psi. The truck feels lighter and takes MUCH less effort than the stocker. I have to constantly watch the speedo bc I can get up to 80mph and not even notice it b/c the turbo is not working as hard. My EGTs have dropped an estimated 50*-100* while cruising. At WOT, the boost hits 30psi and stays between 28-30psi as long as you hold that skinny pedal down!
and the EGTs are in check through the whole powerband (max 1150*) The smoke clears instantly with only a slight haze @ WOT.
I had an unexpected chance to tow Saturday night when a buddy of mine broke down. Lincoln Mark VIII on the trailer and turbo made it seem like nothing was there. Boost was around 4-5 psi less to pull the same effort. While the torque converter the turbo spooled nice w/ no turbo lag and I know the mpg's will be higher....once I can stay off the damn pedal!
OVERALL: THIS IS THE TURBO FOR ANYBODY WHO HAS A 6.0L! EVEN IF YOU NEVER PLAN ON UPGRADING INJECTORS, THIS WILL BE OUTPERFORM YOUR STOCK TURBO ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!!
This turbo (IMO) would be best suited for stock sticks or 155s but still allowing PLENTY of POWER, RELIABILITY, and LOW-END PULL. Adrian has built what seems to me as the Holy Grail of VGT Turbo's....this is THE TURBO Ford should have put on the trucks factory. I cannot wait till the BigBoy & King Kong are built because I believe he(Adrian) is going to be changing the whole outlook on performance turbos for our 6.0L's. Dodge's watch out!!!
I will keep everybody posted on the numbers as soon as I can get to Bill. I will also be putting on the Atlas 80 tune to see the difference with that! If anybody has any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!!
DURASTROKE ON LEFT............STOCK ON RIGHT