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Old 03-08-2012, 03:22 PM
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So how do you like your 03 turbo?

Well I wasn't even considering an 03 turbo until now. Something kind of interesting happened at work today. The truck shop down the street buys a ton of 6.0 parts off us and they recently bought a turbo for one of their early trucks. Being that I'm extremely curious in nature I always like to inspect core parts, in the case of a turbo I'll open it up and atleast see if the unison ring is in good shape.

So I pull the turbo apart, fairly clean inside, unison ring is good, shaft is very tight, almost no play, nothing froze, broken or loose. So what's the deal, why'd they change it?

Then I see it, the rear mounting bolt is broken off and someone tried unsucessfully to burn the bolt out with an acetylene torch. It was pretty far down but I love a challenge. At this point in time I'm batting 1000 with my mig, every broken exhaust stud I've tried to pull with the mig has come out(dozens) but I've never attempted one so far down in the hole. One time I even got a stud with a broken tap in it out of a head.

It took me about an hour of playing around, building the stud up and beating an extractor over the hot weld until I got the right fitment so the extractor could bite. Finally it moved, once it moved I knew I had it. Broke a couple more beads off until I got one that really stuck and was able to walk the old stud right out. The bottom of the stud cleaned the outer most threads on the way out. Ran a chaser down through it and it's perfect.

So now I've got a core 03 turbo sitting here with nothing wrong with it. I'm seriously considering paying the core charge and taking this thing.
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:28 PM
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Depending on the core charge, if you don't use it I'm sure you could sell it on here.
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:32 PM
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core is $250 but the box is what's worth the money. I could put any old junk 03 turbo in there and get my money back, which is why I'm seriously considering this
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YA YA!!!

I say DO IT

you will love it..
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:04 PM
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I need a turbo for my 03....mine has turbine contact.
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Old 03-08-2012, 05:19 PM
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It's pretty sweet, even with the resonator....If I got rid of that I wouldn't be surprised if it's as loud as our old Deuce n' a halfs.
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:38 PM
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I'm on the hunt for a pedestal now. I really don't wanna half *** it and use the stock late pedestal
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:48 PM
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I have some 03 pedestals laying around, but you dont even need it, Ive had 2 bolts in my 03 turbo on an 05 pedestal for thousands of miles, the down pipe and up pipe v band along with the 2 bolts are plenty... the third bolt means nothing, plus as im sure you know is an inconvenience to get to.

I love my 03 turbo, im not one to beleive these kinds of claims, but i definitely noticed quicker spoolup with the 03 turbo, and it had less of a haze down low off take off on race tunes. The 03 turbo is superior to the 04.5+ hands down. Not huge gains, but enough to make me notice as a daily driver.
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I'm installing one this weekend with a batmowheel.
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