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Old 03-04-2013, 04:54 PM
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Turbo, is it fixable

ok, so i pulled my turbo out today after it was making a whining nose. not a whistle. before i got it out, i pushed and pulled on the shaft and there was probably a 1/8" of play forward and back and i could tell that the veins on the wheel are ground down due to rubbing on housing. my question is.
IS THIS FIXABLE??? is there a way to tighten shaft back up. or is the inside of turbo messed up. when i spin the wheel and shaft it has a tendency to get to a tight spot and then frees back up.

is it time for new turbo or can this be repaired by me in garage and work fine?

if it needs replaced, is it worth it to buy a Garret ball bearing turbo with the 88mm ?? i am looking to contuially upgrade truck.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:51 PM
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time for rebuild...

Riffraff Diesel: Garrett GTP38 Journal Bearing Rebuild Kit

Riffraff Diesel: Borg Warner Anti-Surge Compressor Wheel

or buy a stock wheel...

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Old 03-04-2013, 06:55 PM
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thank you!!
that helps alot!!
i am still debating on the gtp 38r turbo. what are the difference? is it worth it?
and if i rebuild turbo, what is the likely hood of something else being broken and the rebuild kit cant fix it??
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:05 PM
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the 38r is a direct bolt in, the difference is it is ball bearing so it has a better spool up, it moves more air than the stock turbo and also has a bleed ring to help control surge i also beleive that it comes with 1.00 A/R exhaust housing, theres a couple different variations tht people use. i would say its worth it if you are planning on continuing to upgrade the truck, bigger injectors, aftermarket hpop and fuel. then ya its a good idea. but if your going to stay mostly stock then do the rebuild with the whicked wheel or a van turbo.

usually people rebuild there turbo when there is play in the wheel, so the rebuild kit will solve that problem.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:13 PM
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i appreciate it guys. thanks for the help. now i just gotta decide on what to do....200$ for rebuild or 1700$ for better turbo. Another question that just popped into my head, if i rebuild it how long until i am looking at taking the turbo out again because it is junk, or if i rebuild it will last as long as if i bought a re-manufactured turbo??
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:18 PM
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i havent delt with to many rebuilt turbos but my guess is if its done right then it should last just as long as the reman turbo. the rebuild kit should be replacing all the internals and thats what will go bad first on any turbo whether its new, re-manufactured, or rebuilt. i should also add that if your having surge issues it will definitely shorten the life of your turbo and you will soon have play in the wheel again, so i would suggest if you go with the rebuild or a reman, get either a WW or a ported housing like the USA housing or the ATS, i have the USA and have zero surge issues with the truck chipped exhaust intake and boost fooler. you could aslo try the WW2 ive heard some good things about it.
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ok thanks i will look into the possibilities
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No problem good luck!
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I was looking into the rebuild kit from riffraff and i am really worried about this kit and whether it will fix my issue, does the kit come with all new bearing and a complete turbo rebuild. Or what does this kit fix?
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Turbo, is it fixable

Rebuild kit and a ww2 is what I would do. Just my opinion.


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