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Old 06-01-2018, 01:09 PM
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Im in the process of designing my DIY turbo kit for my 2000 LS. After some research and some conversations with members on /r/miata I am considering trying a Chinese turbo to cut costs. I see a lot of mixed reviews and know that there are risks when going this rout. I am fully willing to accept these risks, if for nothing else but an interesting experiment.

Does anyone have recommendations for reputable sellers of these turbos? I am wanting to go with one of the SR20DET bolt on replacements (or equivalent) so if I do end up regretting going this rout, I can just swap out for a GT2560r. I have looked at Enjuku Racing with the ISR turbo (6 month warranty), CX Racing (no warranty), and GodSpeed (1 year warranty with professional installation).

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(6 month warranty), (1 year warranty with professional installation).
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Go MKTurbo if you're on a budget. Only sells entire kits though.
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Go MKTurbo if you're on a budget. Only sells entire kits though.
He is actually one of the people that got me headed down the Chinese turbo path on /r/miata. He seems to have good kits and I respect his knowledge, but I want to take a build path that has a lot of parts interchangeability.
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He is actually one of the people that got me headed down the Chinese turbo path on /r/miata. He seems to have good kits and I respect his knowledge, but I want to take a build path that has a lot of parts interchangeability.
I would just get a second hand T25 turbo in that case. Don't think those would be more expensive than a new Chinacharger.
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Asking this question is kinda like going into a casino and asking: WHICH MACHINE IS GUARRANTEED WIN?
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Asking this question is kinda like going into a casino and asking: WHICH MACHINE IS GUARRANTEED WIN?
I do just this quite often. It hasn't worked yet, but if it does, which one of us will be the rich one? Im not afraid of asking stupid questions, Im afraid of getting stupid answers.
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I would just get a second hand T25 turbo in that case. Don't think those would be more expensive than a new Chinacharger.
I'll look into the used T25 as im open to other options, Im just specifically curious about the Chinese turbos at the moment. Right now my price to beat is $350 for the ISR which seems like my best bet for chinachargers at the moment.
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He is actually one of the people that got me headed down the Chinese turbo path on /r/miata. He seems to have good kits and I respect his knowledge, but I want to take a build path that has a lot of parts interchangeability.
Why not just save up for what you want instead of play LEGO with parts

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Originally Posted by Girz0r View Post
Why not just save up for what you want instead of play LEGO with parts
LEGOS are fun! I like building stuff and learning, plus the cost savings. I mean, I did throw this in the DIY turbo section. :-P
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Efr 6258 turbos, your choice of wastegate... 1254.64 with free shipping.

Call 4358678800 ask for gavin. Say its for the turbo miata special!


Or dont. But now you know.
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Originally Posted by atotalpro View Post
I'll look into the used T25 as im open to other options, Im just specifically curious about the Chinese turbos at the moment. Right now my price to beat is $350 for the ISR which seems like my best bet for chinachargers at the moment.
If you want to buy a piece of **** as cheap as possible, might as well just get it from aliexpress. But don't blame me when this one (or another chinacharger) blows up and takes the engine with it :-)
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If you want to buy a piece of **** as cheap as possible, might as well just get it from aliexpress. But don't blame me when this one (or another chinacharger) blows up and takes the engine with it :-)
Im not trying to go as cheap as possible. I just haven't been seeing used T25s that are at a similar price point to the Chinese turbos.
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Efr 6258 turbos, your choice of wastegate... 1254.64 with free shipping.

Call 4358678800 ask for gavin. Say its for the turbo miata special!


Or dont. But now you know.
Thanks, but at most im getting a GT2560r which I have been finding for < $900.
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If there is any place on Earth where one should be deathly afraid of asking stupid questions, it's here
Seems like I should be afraid of asking questions in general since no one has actually addressed my question.
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Im not trying to go as cheap as possible. I just haven't been seeing used T25s that are at a similar price point to the Chinese turbos.
Plenty of T25 and T28 turbos pop up for sale on Zilvia.net, just keep checking it every day.

in the past week or so, TWO s14 gt2560r turbos sold for $350.

there is one for sale right now out of an s15 with the special gamma whatever something, for $550 OBO, so you might be able to negotiate it down somewhat.
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Originally Posted by atotalpro View Post
Seems like I should be afraid of asking questions in general since no one has actually addressed my question.
The answer is: Chinese turbo's are a lottery. There is no guarantees because there is insufficient supply chain integrity and/or strong QA in turbo's from China, so you never know what you're gonna get.
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Originally Posted by atotalpro View Post
I do just this quite often. It hasn't worked yet, but if it does, which one of us will be the rich one? Im not afraid of asking stupid questions, Im afraid of getting stupid answers.
I'm afraid of coutless stupid threads where n00bs circle jerk about janky parts and determine the "proven knockoff chinese parts" which in itself is an oxymoron.
I actually didn't think this thread was stupid until you mentioned buying a garrett from the 80's for a whopping 300 in savings.

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Originally Posted by atotalpro View Post
Im not trying to go as cheap as possible. I just haven't been seeing used T25s that are at a similar price point to the Chinese turbos.
Sure, try one. They all come from the same place. In terms of QUALITY, i don't think there's a difference between the $79.99 special and the $350 one ISR or whomever sells. ISR just probably sells enough that they get the same specs every time. At least within shitty turbo tolerances.

My ONE suggestion is that IF you try one of these, make SURE it shares dimensions/patterns with a legit Garrett T25, so that when you get sick of this experiment, you don't have to re-design your high school science project to play with the adults.
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