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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-27-2008, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to be needing a new turbo for my truck here in the next few months. It has been surging hard when towing. I looked down inside of the turbo and the fins and showing ware. I do a lot of towing through the mountains of Colorado. I am wanting to here your guys advice on what turbo or upgrades I should do to the turbo? I have been think about just putting the ATS housing on but will that give me any power gains or not? Also I have been thinking about the van turbo. I am thinking about getting the egts down and maybe a little more power. I don't have a chip on the truck now, but will be getting one down the road. I am open to options and ideas. The truck is stock except 4" exhust, intake.

Also on a side note when I leave from a stop while towing the truck will shift from 1st to 2nd and I will loose almost all of the boost. I don't know if this is from the turbo or if something else is going on. It suck to tow off from a start when you loose all your power.
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You've got lots of options out there, mainly depends on your budget. I would say the best and most expensive one would be a replacement ball bearing turbo from garrett or turbonetics ~$1200-1800. Cheaper would be van turbo, and cheapest ats housing~$400 or wicked wheel~$80. I can't imagine towing with a stock program! I'd recommed a towing file from one of the vendors here, should help your shift patterns. I would say get a valvebody for~$250, essential for tranny life. Ats or ww won't do anything for performance, just makes power more useable. A turbo won't make a big difference either with stock tune. Ww cured my surge, others need ats to do it but if you have the money, a bb turbo is awesome and should have no surge with great egt drop! Good luck, 'leeter

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Re: Need turbo advice

If I was to get a van turbo where would be the best place to get one and what is the avg $?

I would like to get a BB but price is always the problem. Which one would you guys recommend? With the ats housing are there any advantages besides curing surge?
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what year truck?
I am assuming after a 99.5 since it surges

there are a few other options
beans offers a d66 type turbo for even the newer trucks but they are great options for obs and early 99's
the h2e is a great turbo though even more $$
rons turbo off ebay has some more stockish modified with banks housings etc..
then there is the big bad wolf and a few other turbos.
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the truck is a 00
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You have the 99.5-2003 compressor wheel which is slightly more efficent than the earlier wheels (which are also sold in the aftermarket as wicked wheel ect), but causes surge in towing conditions. Ats housing is ported to equalize pressure in the compressor and prevents surge with really no other benifits. Ww will probably cure surge, ats will definetly cure it. For you I would prolly recommend the turbonetics because it is basically surge proof and has excellent spool up. Great for up to 475 hp, which is ALOT! Get what you can afford. 'leeter

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i'm super happy with my TN BB


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Another instance where the Garrett ball bearing would be perfect.

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For you I would prolly recommend the turbonetics because it is basically surge proof and has excellent spool up. Great for up to 475 hp, which is ALOT! Get what you can afford. 'leeter
last i checked the TN was discontinued.

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last i checked the TN was discontinued.
You are correct Luke, but there are still a few NIB units floating around that will still be covered by the same warranty.

I just looked up inventory and I have two units available.
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