Thanks for the replies folks. Like I said, I'm an old guy and I have no business working on the engine myself. I use a good local shop for all of our cars and I trust them. Prior to posting this, I asked them for shop hours to do a rebuild with the wicked wheel. They quoted 5 hours shop time for the off + the on, but they said they don't rebuild turbos, they send them off to a turbo shop. I talked to this turbo shop and they quoted $399 for the rebuilt turbo + the cost of the housing (I asked for a 1.0 housing), plus the cost of the wicked wheel. So I'm in for about $800 on the rebuilt turbo with wicked wheel, plus the shop cost of 5 hours for the off + the on labor costs.
If I'm going to spend $800 for a rebuilt turbo, in my mind I might as well future proof a little and step up to one of the other turbo's that can better support future mods like bigger injectors if/when mine start having issues.
My 4R100 transmission has a supplementary cooler, a John Wood Throttle Body, and the 4R100 cooler bypass delete. I used to have issues with my transmission temps going over 210 before these mods, but now it stays below 170. I'm hoping that's enough for the 65 tow tune, if not, I'll suffer the consequences and do the full Monty John Wood transmission.
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