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Category Archives: Turbocharger

Ford 7.3 PowerStroke Turbo Buyer’s Guide

The Ford 7.3L PowerStroke diesel engine has legendary reliability, but since these trucks are around 20 years old and most of them have 200,000 miles or more, a few repair bills here and there are to be expected. One of the most common repairs for a 7.3L is turbo replacement. The turbo isn’t designed to…
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Chevy Cruze 1.4 Turbo Issues

Because of today’s stricter fuel economy and emissions standards, more mainstream vehicles are turbocharged. As this technology trickles down to economy cars, turbo failure becomes more common, since more vehicles are equipped with turbos and many of them are “everyday” economy and family cars which usually get driven more than the sports and luxury cars…
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How To Upgrade Your Turbo

Bolting on a bigger turbo sounds easy on the internet but becomes a lot harder when it’s time to start turning wrenches. Will your stock oil lines connect to the new turbo? Is there even room for it, or will you have to sacrifice your AC or power steering to make it fit? And will…
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How To Pick The Right Turbo For Your Dodge Ram Cummins Diesel

It’s true that everyone has their own brand loyalty, but when it comes to old Diesel pickups, the Dodge Ram Cummins seems to have the best hit rate. When it first became available for the 1989 model year, the Cummins 6BT blew away the competition such as the Detroit Diesel 6.2L and 6.5L in the…
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How To Replace A Turbocharger

At one point, turbochargers were a cool new unexplored technology. Putting a turbo onto an early Porsche 911 turned your dentist’s car into an infamous snap-oversteer death machine. Mitsubishi was so proud of the Starion ESI-R that they covered the interior in now-fantastically-dated TURBO logos. The Ford Mustang SVO dropped the iconic “five liter” V8…
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How to Pick the Right Turbo for Your Subaru

After years of only being seen in Gran Turismo on PlayStation or maybe an odd Best Motoring VHS tape, the Subaru WRX was first sold in the US in 2001 for the 2002 model year. It actually landed right around the same time the first Fast & Furious movie was in theatres, right around the…
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How We Rebuild Hard-To-Find Parts

While we pride ourselves on our extensive catalog and ability to source some hard-to-find components for older vehicles, some vehicles are so obscure that finding a reliable source for parts can be challenging. With a particular focus on turbos, superchargers and steering components, we try to find as many good, rebuildable cores as we can,…
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What is a T3/T4 Turbo?

The T3/4 is a common hybrid turbocharger for custom, high-performance applications. There are different turbine/compressor wheel and bearing options available, but the one thing they have in common is the use of a Garrett T3 exhaust housing, and a larger T4/T04 compressor housing. The smaller exhaust housing (hot side) retains the responsiveness of a small…
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How to Identify Your Duramax Diesel Engine Code

For the 2001 model year, General Motors finally replaced the Detroit Diesel 6.2L and 6.5L turbodiesel V8’s they had been using for 20 years, with a new 6.6L V8 developed in-house with Isuzu’s heavy truck division. The new engine was much more powerful than before, being developed from the beginning for turbocharging, and using Bosch…
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