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Old 06-02-2013, 05:32 AM
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38r duability

After considering getting a new turbo and talking to a hard headed diesel mechanic he said he hates ball bearing turbos because he got one for his powerstroke and locked up after 3000 miles, have there been cases like this with the 38r,and how many miles do you have on your 38r or expect it to last for



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Old 06-02-2013, 05:40 AM
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I love mine. I expect to get well over 100k miles. Just got to keep up the oil change maintenance. His line of reasoning is retarded. He would probably blame the dog for taking a dump in the wrong spot in the yard for causing the stock market crash. Lol


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Old 06-02-2013, 07:30 AM
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When you got it did it have a good bit more power? Did it make it more driveable with the quick spool up? Did you see any mpg gain?


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When you got it did it have a good bit more power? Did it make it more driveable with the quick spool up? Did you see any mpg gain?


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Yes. Yes. Yes. Cleaned up my exhaust too, meaning my truck doesn't plum a bunch coal dust when I get on it.

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I bet the mechanic who blew his 38r installed the pedestal too tight. The orings squish out and limit oil flow through the pedestal. Then the turbo does not get enough oil.
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The 38r is a great drop in turbo and will last a long time, even at higher boost. I think I would disregard the mechanic in question's advice. His logic is very flawed.
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Yes. Yes. Yes. Cleaned up my exhaust too, meaning my truck doesn't plum a bunch coal dust when I get on it.

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hey hucorey noticed in your sig you got the WW2 in on your 38R, how do you like it?

and to the OP, I've been beating the dog sh%$ outta my 38r for over 3 years now. Had it to its limit and over its limit many many times.. havent once had an issue with it...
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hey hucorey noticed in your sig you got the WW2 in on your 38R, how do you like it?

and to the OP, I've been beating the dog sh%$ outta my 38r for over 3 years now. Had it to its limit and over its limit many many times.. havent once had an issue with it...
I like it, but honestly, I really don't have anything to compare it to. When I got the 38R I ordered the WW2 at the same time. So the turbo got installed right away with the new wheel. All I can say is that it most definitely spools up quick.

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Not to derail but I wanted to point something out. The guy that asked about how the ww2 does, adding a different compressor wheel won't allow the 38r to handle bigger injectors, the 38r downfall is the turbine side of it. It also has a smaller exducer on the compressor side than most turbos around its inducer size. With 250s you need to not spend anymore money on pimping a turbo that is to small for your setup. Really a 38r is Maxed out at 238s, and at that I wouldn't even run it on that big of an injector.

Op, that mechanic has no clue the 38r will last a long time. I haven't actually heard of one wearing itself out. It's usually killed by to big of injectors and to much back pressure.
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Not to derail but I wanted to point something out. The guy that asked about how the ww2 does, adding a different compressor wheel won't allow the 38r to handle bigger injectors, the 38r downfall is the turbine side of it. It also has a smaller exducer on the compressor side than most turbos around its inducer size. With 250s you need to not spend anymore money on pimping a turbo that is to small for your setup. Really a 38r is Maxed out at 238s, and at that I wouldn't even run it on that big of an injector.
Not true by any means. This wheel is still relatively new and more R&D is being done by dieselsite as and PHP. See dyno results and beta testing results on here and Dieselsites's web page. One result was easily over 600hp with 250/200's.

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