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Old 12-10-2008, 10:11 PM
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I kinda had my heart set on a 38R, but after looking around i found the turbonetics ball buster. Its around 400 bucks cheaper. Has anyone delt with these? I feel like if they are as reliable and powerful as the garrett then i may go with one.
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I have one on my Mazda, it's been on there for about 20k miles without an air filter and still full boosts without an issue. I got that turbo used and they were using it on a drag integra, I wanted to rebuild it and replace my motor for the one I was building when they both finally died from not running a filter. Well after running full boost on that big turbo and no air filter for the motor they are both still running strong. I have faith that the turbonetics turbos are reliable and for some odd reason my 130 factory rated flywheel hp car has survived at well over 250whp with no air filter and crap tuning.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:09 AM
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I was in the same position you're in now about 3 months ago. I finally decided to pick up a TNBB and haven't looked back since. It's a great drop-in turbo, no surge, better spool up and louder whistle .

Power wise I have heard the Garrett may make more power but I'm not sure so I'll let someone else inform you on that. I hear it's rated up to 40 psi but thats the same as the Garrett.

I use to push about ~30 psi with the stocker but now only about ~25 psi. EGTs dropped all across the board for as well.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:23 AM
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Are you making more power now at a lower boost? I did on the mazda, I used to make good power above 12psi then after I was making that same power at 7-8psi. I had to retune everything. Then I turned it up gradually to 10psi. But that's on a small gas engine, it's not built to boost like these diesels.
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Old 12-11-2008, 06:08 AM
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The 38r is much better than the tn BB.
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Old 12-11-2008, 06:21 AM
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I was in the same position you're in now about 3 months ago. I finally decided to pick up a TNBB and haven't looked back since. It's a great drop-in turbo, no surge, better spool up and louder whistle .

Power wise I have heard the Garrett may make more power but I'm not sure so I'll let someone else inform you on that. I hear it's rated up to 40 psi but thats the same as the Garrett.

I use to push about ~30 psi with the stocker but now only about ~25 psi. EGTs dropped all across the board for as well.
I love my TN Ball Bearing also but has been discontinued due to problems and the TN Ballbuster is not the same turbo its a journal bearing turbo and thats why its so much cheaper

Go with the 38R if you have surge problems put a 1.15 housing on it
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