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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-19-2014, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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38r longevity question for owners

How long have you had it?
How many miles on turbo?
What injectors are you running with it?
How hard do you run the turbo?
What wheel is in it?
What tunes do you usually run with it?
has anyone had any issues with this turbo?
I'm trying to get an idea on this turbo
seeing how it's not a rebuild able one.
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Put 150k on mine before I sold that truck. Still runs strong at 453k accordinding to my buddy that bought it. Lowered my egts by almost 200*s. Sounds great when spooling up.


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38r's are damn good turbo's. I had mine for over a year on 238/100's with gearhead tuning, stock 38r wheel. Put over 60 miles a day on it, got on it hard all the time, no problems


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I've had my 38R w 238/80's on my truck for about 7yrs and about 150,000 miles. I've never had an issue with the 38r, nor have I ever had to remove it since I installed it. It has been a solid Turbo. Yeah they can be alittle loud, but to this day I still don't mind it. We'll see how it sounds with Bobs new WW2 wheel installed in it.

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I only got like 17k out of mine. I would do a brute66 if I were to do it again. I have a modded h2e for sale.
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I've had my 38R w 238/80's on my truck for about 7yrs and about 150,000 miles. I've never had an issue with the 38r, nor have I ever had to remove it since I installed it. It has been a solid Turbo. Yeah they can be alittle loud, but to this day I still don't mind it. We'll see how it sounds with Bobs new WW2 wheel installed in it.
The WW2 performs great in the 38r and really quiets it down to near stock levels. Being Rebuildable is over rated IMO. I've run Garrett ball bearing turbos on 500+ whp Subarus for years without issue. Don't see why it would be any different on our trucks. EGTs are tame on my diesel by comparison.

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I only got like 17k out of mine. I would do a brute66 if I were to do it again. I have a modded h2e for sale.
You just got a turd


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What kind of horsepower numbers can you see with a 38r
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The WW2 performs great in the 38r and really quiets it down to near stock levels. Being Rebuildable is over rated IMO. I've run Garrett ball bearing turbos on 500+ whp Subarus for years without issue. Don't see why it would be any different on our trucks. EGTs are tame on my diesel by comparison.
I feel just as strongly as you do about the 38r. I ran that turbo very hard thru-out the past 7yrs it's been on my truck. I'm currently in the middle of a whole engine build right now. I'm gonna break the new build in with the 38r turbo, then step up to a gtx4294r. So I will eventually find out just how much power the 38r w WW2 can make. When I remove the 38r it's going on my other truck. To the OP, you can't go wrong with the 38r.

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Re: 38r longevity question for owners

That's some sweet mileage on this
turbo. I guess I hopefully get mine
to last for a couple hundred thousand
miles. It'nice to hear money well spent
on a dependable turbo knowing I
should get my money worth.
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