Originally Posted by braineack
no. gt2554r would not be laggy, and can hold fairly good power levels. I'd probably build my next system with one. (Sorry Mark I'm just not a power *****, maybe when I get a new rear and MS I'll change my tune.)
No need to be, I'm not really a power ***** myself. I found myself in a situation where my T3S60 was damaged and I needed a cheap replacement... just happened that I wanted to see for myself what a cheap chinese turbo could do. I'm obviously not disappointed but don't see myself recommending it as the end all be all of turbos.
I think that in my mind it works like this:
GT2554R = Best small turbo for under 240 RWHP
T3S60 = Best bang for the buck for 240 - 300 RWHP
Chinese T3/T4 = Best bang for the buck for stupid power
Other notable great turbos:
GT2259 = Good sleeve bearing turbo for under 250 RWHP
GT3271 = All around great sleeve bearing turbo for over 240 RWHP
GT2560R = Good all around miata turbo under 250 RWHP
GT3071R = Awesome turbo in the T2 frame for apps that need it.
There are plenty of great turbos to pick from, I believe that most people think that I am biased towards the T3S60, and to some extent I am. It's based on only one factor, value per $$$ spent. There are other factors that could lead one to a different conclusion, one is where $$$ spent are a secondary concern. In these cases there are often multiple turbos that qualify for a particular application. For instance, if I wasn't as tight on cash there might have been a GT3271 or GT3076 under my hood instead of a T3/T4 Chinacharger.