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Old 01-24-2013, 06:45 PM
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might be time for a turbo....

hey guys,

the reason for the post is i need some confirmation on my diagnosis...hopefully i will be wrong with it, but it seems pretty self explanatory...well, my truck is a 01, 171,000 miles roughly, dp tuner, ats housing, exhaust, blah blah. a couple months ago it started making an ever so slight "grinding noise" when i would turn it off...when you would normally hear the turbo unspooling or spinning through the exhaust....i thought, oh sNap....time for a gtp38R....but....i thought i would wait...as the bed is falling off because its rotted so bad, i need a rear diff cover, instrument cluster, trying to buy a house...the excuses were endless...well miraculously, the noise stopped. i thought great. im good???....so here i am a couple months after the first noise started happening and the same thing...randomly...no real other indications my turbo is failing, just after i turn it off it sounds like an electric drill...lol.... so...is it safe to say its time for a rebuild?
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:00 PM
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Take the intake off and pull on the turbo shaft. If it moves more than a 1/16 of an inch then the oiler rings inside are gone, and you need a rebuild.

You should have no, or basically VERY little play in and out, up and down....
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:16 PM
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ok...my next question is...what do i do.....? i know i can buy a rebuild kit for like 130...that will fix my problem and i should be all set for a while...but...i was planning on doing some of rosewoods 238/30% injectors in the spring. i would like to not have to pull the turbo off again because i know the stock turbo wont last with those injectors. should i upgrade the turbo to something else? rebuild my stock one or sell as is and get a van turbo? im trying to save for a house and the truck needs a bed bad, cab corners, doors, etc....i want to do it right but still not break my bank account...(which is going to be hard to do.)
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:08 PM
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Get on diesel site.com and order the gen 2 wicked wheel. Bill at php has found some amazing capabilities to easily clean up stage ones on a stick turbo and keep drive pressures down, while boosting power....

Order the rebuild kit and do the rebuild. I did mine. It's easy
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:13 PM
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I have a lead on a freshly rebuilt van turbo. I think I'm going to buy it and slap it in. Maybe I can buy that new wicked wheel too.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:25 PM
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You will love it....read the write up on the website...you'll be pleased.
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:41 PM
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I have been reading it, but I think they are all done accepting "trial" trucks...I will have to call them and see if i coukd try it out. I had the old version in my last truck. Liked it. I will definitely love the new style.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:04 AM
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I thought they were fully on the shelf.....
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:59 AM
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not quite yet...they are still in the testing phase...according to their site. i have to order a pedistal from them, so i will just try and call them and convince them that i am a good test candidate....
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:39 AM
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Well just to entice you as to what this wheel could do for you with other mods to your truck.....

A friend of mine on here, lowdown....he's in the same chapter I am in, and he's got a 7.3 dually, with 250/200s and a 38r turbo, fuel system, hpop system, and live tuning by bill at PHP....he put down 572 on the dyno before this wheel swap.....now he puts down 603 with JUST a wheel swap! That's incredible....

I cannot wait to get mine.......
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