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Rebuilding Turbo Help!

Saturday night had the cruise set going through some hill, she downshifted and the turbo built boost and she also started grinding! Looked at it, the shaft has 1/2 inch play in it and the fins are terribly warn. Pulled the turbo and now it's time for a rebuild. Budget is cheapest possible. Anybody have a good write up on how to rebuild it? Also is there a good cheap upgrade for my fins and vains? Thanks!

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Well a rebuild is pretty inexpensive to do. Have you checked the condition of your compressor and turbine housings, vanes, unison ring, and wheels?? When you say "fins", what are you referring to?? I presume the compressor wheel blades??

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Well a rebuild is pretty inexpensive to do. Have you checked the condition of your compressor and turbine housings, vanes, unison ring, and wheels?? When you say "fins", what are you referring to?? I presume the compressor wheel blades??
I have not taken apart the turbo yet, I pulled it out and didn't want to pull it apart without a reference to compare to. By fins, yes I mean compressor blades, my apologies! I am just curious on what you can all do to rebuild and to upgrade the stock turbo with some parts. If I had more of a budget I'd already have the Powermax on its way!!

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Ok, I got ya. Go ahead and tear the turbo down check the condition of the turbine wheel, vanes, unison ring, and compressor housing. I doubt the turbine housing is totally wrecked. The unison will more than likely not have a perfectly slotted hole for the VGT actuator and will probably need to be replaced. The vanes MAY have pitting, but if the pitting isn't that bad, you can re-use them as they are HIGHLY unlikely to break. Then also check the blades of the turbine wheel to see if there is any damage. It sounds like you'll be able to rebuild this turbo. Rebuild kits can be had from Ebay for around $55 and you'll probably need a new compressor wheel. You could go with a good used stock one or upgrade to a billet wheel if you choose. There are a few options out there. Hope this helps.

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Ok, I got ya. Go ahead and tear the turbo down check the condition of the turbine wheel, vanes, unison ring, and compressor housing. I doubt the turbine housing is totally wrecked. The unison will more than likely not have a perfectly slotted hole for the VGT actuator and will probably need to be replaced. The vanes MAY have pitting, but if the pitting isn't that bad, you can re-use them as they are HIGHLY unlikely to break. Then also check the blades of the turbine wheel to see if there is any damage. It sounds like you'll be able to rebuild this turbo. Rebuild kits can be had from Ebay for around $55 and you'll probably need a new compressor wheel. You could go with a good used stock one or upgrade to a billet wheel if you choose. There are a few options out there. Hope this helps.
Okay I'm in class all afternoon and will be tearing it down after. Will update you on progress. Few more questions, bare with me if they sound dumb fore I am still learning, If the vanes have pitting in them can i take out some vanes to make it like an '03 turbo? Also if the shaft is broke is that included in the rebuild kit? ONE more thing, can you shoot me a link to a rebuild write up? THANKS a bunch

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No worries. ALL 6.0 turbos have the same number of vanes. The difference in the 03 turbo is that the turbine wheel has 10 blades (not removable) where the 04-07 turbine wheels have 13 blades. These wheels are not interchangeable either. No the turbine wheel and shaft (one unit) does not come in the rebuild kit. The rebuild kit comes with new bearings and seals but wheels and unison rings will have to be purchased separately. I'll see what I can do about finding a rebuild write up.

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No worries. ALL 6.0 turbos have the same number of vanes. The difference in the 03 turbo is that the turbine wheel has 10 blades (not removable) where the 04-07 turbine wheels have 13 blades. These wheels are not interchangeable either. No the turbine wheel and shaft (one unit) does not come in the rebuild kit. The rebuild kit comes with new bearings and seals but wheels and unison rings will have to be purchased separately. I'll see what I can do about finding a rebuild write up.
That would be fantastic if you could shoot me a link to a step by step turbo dissection

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Anybody know of a write up on taking the turbo apart?

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I have a writeup on the 03 turbo. I'm at work now but I'll post it tonight if no one does. But I'm sure they will..

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