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Old 01-23-2007, 01:43 PM   #21
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god the gt28 rs is a bad *** compared to the base t28
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:21 PM   #22
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mark, you really think it might last with an internal gate?
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:37 PM   #23
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thanks everyone. I'm really frugal, however I don't want to skimp on turbo, manifold, and dp because of what I went through on the last turbo system that went terribly wrong.
This sounds like a very resonable way to approach it. Then you say this:

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Right now I am leaning toward the hks manifold and buying another mig and building my own, very ugly, 3" dp and exhuast.
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What kinda cars can I find in a salvage yard with turbo's that will fit on the HKS manifold?
Do you want ghetto or not? My opinion is this, if you have the bucks and no time buy a complete solution. If you have lots of time but not a lot of bucks build it is cheap as you can, knowing that you'll be wrenching on the car a lot. If you enjoy doing the wrenching then by all means have at it.

The old saying is: "Cheap, fast and reliable. Pick two."

From your posts it sounds like you don't have a lot of time. If you've only been at home for 33 days since 09/05, do you want to spend that precious time fixing a cracked manifold or DP? When you only have a couple of days a year to enjoy the car do you want to ruin that with a blown junkyard turbo?

If you can't part with the $$$, then leave the car N/A. If you can, get on the phone with FM or BEGI and call it a day. This is NOT a difficult descision to make.
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:48 PM   #24
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This sounds like a very resonable way to approach it. Then you say this:



and this:



Do you want ghetto or not? My opinion is this, if you have the bucks and no time buy a complete solution. If you have lots of time but not a lot of bucks build it is cheap as you can, knowing that you'll be wrenching on the car a lot. If you enjoy doing the wrenching then by all means have at it.

The old saying is: "Cheap, fast and reliable. Pick two."

From your posts it sounds like you don't have a lot of time. If you've only been at home for 33 days since 09/05, do you want to spend that precious time fixing a cracked manifold or DP? When you only have a couple of days a year to enjoy the car do you want to ruin that with a blown junkyard turbo?

If you can't part with the $$$, then leave the car N/A. If you can, get on the phone with FM or BEGI and call it a day. This is NOT a difficult descision to make.
My father is in the auto salvage business. I can get a turbo rebuild for $100 from an old buddy, from the junk yard.

The last turbo system was a kit from ATP. I am confident that although not world class visually, I can get a mig with flux core and do a good enough job on the dp and exhaust to be reliable. People here think the hks manifold is reliable. I'm not going to spend $3k on a turbo system for this car, just not going to.

Hopefully I'll have a job in town soon.

I'm going with cheap and reliable, not fast...well I hope the car is fast but the process will take some time.
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You can get a rebuild kit from gpopshop.com for less than $80 complete with everything and do it yourself. Think they're more like $65 actually.
The balancing is the trick, is your friend going to get it balanced as well for that price?
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No one mentioned the JGS? Seemed to have okay reviews, mainly failures I found were commented with "If I had a flex pipe on my DP this likely would have lasted". I have one on the way right now.
I have the JGS on a frontwheel drive, the turbo hangs off it, so it it holding all the weight, there is no flex pipe in the DP either, been there for two years now... having a Lincoln 185 helps...
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I'm about to go home for 9 days and I'm going to gut the swap car, swap the rear end and brakes over, then break down the motor and send it to the machine shop...then go to OK and work in shitty *** Tulsa for a few months.
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Be careful, thats my home town your talking about..
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You can get a rebuild kit from gpopshop.com for less than $80 complete with everything and do it yourself. Think they're more like $65 actually.
The balancing is the trick, is your friend going to get it balanced as well for that price?
Yeah, its Mike Brink...http://www.brinkracecraft.com/

He doesn't have any turbo this small, or I'd just get it from him. I may work something out with him to do the tubing.
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Old 01-23-2007, 04:19 PM   #29
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Hey now,
Be careful, thats my home town your talking about..
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If they send me up there, I might bring the miata (from Dallas). I might run out to Hallett and need a running buddy.
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