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post #1 of 26 Old 01-18-2014, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Turbo upgrade

Hey guys had a question about a powermaxx turbo. I have my 6.0L torn apart doing a bullet proof diesel EGR cooler an Oil cooler. Well all this is apart I happened to notice that my stock turbo has a ton of side to side play. So much that it has touched the side of the housing. Its time for a new one. I was thinking of replacing it with an OEM turbo until I started to read a few things online about a Garrett Powermaxx. I did have a few questions that I hope someone could answer. I have heard that with a powermaxx there is alot of turbo lag. My powerstroke is completely stock. Stock tune, stock head bolts. Are there tunes out there that are specifically for a Powermaxx turbo? Like I said my truck is entirly stock. EGR, stock headbolts, cat and muffler are all still inplace. I use my truck as my daily driver and it has served me well. I do tow with it acouple times a month but nothing to insane. Mainly I tow a fully aluminum Trition trailer with 4 atvs onboard. If it helps its a 2006 with 98,000 miles.


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Well I wouldn't do a PM without a billet wheel and a tune to match.....contact Nate windrunner408 for more info on billet wheels

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Honestly that's a lot of cash for a completely stock truck. Post up in the Wanted section and pick up a good used stock turbo. Use the rest of the money on a monitor, EGR delete, and coolant filter. It will do your truck much more good than a larger (lazy or laggy) turbo. If you want to tune, I would suggest upgrading the exhaust and installing a pyrometer.

This is just my humble opinion and remember its worth every penny you paid for it! haha

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The pmax is a great turbo , get your self a nice tow tune from Matt at gear head , special for the pmax and you will love it . If you really wana go to town grab a billet wheel for your pmax

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There is a better, cheaper and easier to tune Turbo than the P-Max... PM Adrian Guglimetie he'll be straight up honest and won't try to sell you something you don't need.

He has a knowledgeable support team too call his cell in the evenings, like now....

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Pmax with single plan billet wheel would be my choice or a mtw stage 1 but gauges, monitor, exhaust, and dealing with the egr are first on the to do list. If you stay stock just add a billet wheel and you will love it. That is my two cents.

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You could also send your stock turbo to Barder Turbo Service for a rebuild and have James add a billet wheel to it.
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I would recommend buying another used turbo or going with a pmax to start with.

If you have so much play in the turbo that it has contacted the housing then it is very likely that there is no way to rebuild the core. That usually means there is play in the bearing housing and the backing plate is bad. Many turbo builders do not accept these as viable good cores to be built from. Obviously that is up to the turbo builder to decide.

A powermax is also a good option... but I would only recommend the pmax if you get a billet wheel and get some good pmax tuning for it.

You could also buy a used turbo and add a billet wheel to it

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I use a Powermax with a single plane billet wheel and love it. I've also used a batmo wheel with it and prefer the single plane wheel and forget the stock cast wheel. The cast wheel makes a nice desk paper weight though. I also have a stock newly rebuilt core with a WW2 in it but I prefer the Pmax single plane combo due to the lower EGTs up top and the mid range egts are pretty much the same.

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