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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 07-11-2015, 03:15 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys I'm pretty new to diesels and just trying to figure out the best route for me to take. I had a deal with a friend of mine for a brand new ats ported turbo housing but it fell through. So I'm curious if you all think it is worth me buying one from an online site or should I just save up for the gtp38r? If I should save up for it with my current mods can my motor handle it since I do not have forged rods?

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Hey guys I'm pretty new to diesels and just trying to figure out the best route for me to take. I had a deal with a friend of mine for a brand new ats ported turbo housing but it fell through. So I'm curious if you all think it is worth me buying one from an online site or should I just save up for the gtp38r? If I should save up for it with my current mods can my motor handle it since I do not have forged rods?



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Do you ever plan on upgrading injectors.

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The GTP38R is nice, but spendy if you aren't going to "need" it.
What are your goals?

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IMO a 38R is better then a pimped out stock turbo. the 38R has no surge,takes more abuse,spools alot faster and flows 33% more air..work great with a stock truck and can make 500 hp with supporting mods..the only gain you get for a pimped out stock turbo is no surge..

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I would not put any money into a stock turbo . Save your pennies get the 38r it's a bolt on deal . Hybrids and a 38r with decent tuning is a hella combo .

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If you never plan on upgrading to bigger injectors. The 38r is a waste of money. A billet wheel will be fine.

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i ask because im sure you know by running one your self..
tell me how 33% more air,lower EGT's faster spool up, less back psi even at 40 psi boost and a stronger center section that is very reliable not worth the money? you get more low end power then a pimped out stock turbo will give you just by putting it on the truck..

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If you never plan on upgrading to bigger injectors. The 38r is a waste of money. A billet wheel will be fine.
Not a lot of folks run bigger than 230-250 CC sticks ! How is it a waste of money
My 230 A codes, big oil , good tuning ,a 38r makes for a potent but usable truck !

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Turbo upgrade

I can't see justifying a $1500 turbo on a stock injector truck. If you tow a lot and heavy. It's a great upgrade. But just for a daily driver and light towing a billet wheel is a great upgrade.
I personally never had one. I just pimped out my stock turbo. I do agree on it being stronger at higher boost levels but again on a stock truck your not going to see high enough pressures to damage your stocker.
If you do upgrade to some 160/30 or bigger, then upgrade to the 38r.

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Re: Turbo upgrade

The exact application a 38r turbo was designed for was a truck with stock injectors and a chip, an engine with around 300 HP.

If only those who knew what they were talking about replied, this thread would still be on page one.
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