My eBay t28 lasted all of one track day before it started blowing smoke. I still drive it how it is, it just smokes a lot in boost. Out of boost/normal everyday driving is fine. I'm looking into holset turbos now as well, I will most likely be running an hy35.
Chaotic_Warlord wrote:I've been looking at these cheapo manifolds for a while now. I wouldn't buy the full kit as I plan to get a used Holset turbo from a dodge cummins and rebuild it. My question is this are the cast manifolds a better quality then the welded manifolds? I found a cast manifold on ebay that has a lifetime warranty for like $200.
The only stainless tube manifold that I would trust is the xs power/ssautochrome bottom mount t2 manifold. With the cast log type manifolds you run into fitment issues. I know for a fact with the revhard manifold you will run into BMC fitment issues unless you run an on-center turbine exhaust housing
Chaotic_Warlord wrote:What are you all doing about your oil feed/return bungs in the oil pan? Are you sourcing a used oil pan and having the bungs welded on, or are you using the SR oil pan mod?
Lol wut? SR oil pan mod? The sr's oil return line goes into the block. I know there is an aftermarket pan that uses the sr sump and has a return bung built into it, maybe that's what you're talking about?
Chaotic_Warlord wrote:Those of you running these ebay kits, is it on your daily, and if so how much do you drive it daily (5 miles on the highway or 30-45 miles of stop and go traffic). Also how often do you really seriously beat on these kits? Are you running stock engines or built blocks?
I guess I'm running a typical ebay kit, minus the important stuff, much like Spooled240. Turbo I mentioned in the first part of my post, manifold is holding up very well. I'll report back when I try and hang a t3 holset from it haha. Intercooler kit shows no problems as well, all the piping fit and the ic itself is great. Needed a few extra couplers but that's it. Other than that I'm running all legit stuff. Nissan OEM 370cc injectors, greddy bov, and an EFI Specialist tune. AEM wideband isn't directly related to turbo funcionality, but I suggest you get one regardless. The AEM is a good all around one, I like it.
Chaotic_Warlord wrote:I don't know if I want to go cheap now and risk my daily (and only car) or if I should wait (which may be never) and just build up my original engine and run a quality name brand turbo setup. I don't plan to exceed 10-12 psi (which is the lowest end of the Holset PSI constraints) until I have built my other block so I can run consistantly at 25 psi.
If it's your only car stay stock. Find a spare or blown KA and build that up with name brand parts, then later on down the road swap everything over. It's not worth it to cheap out and risk rendering your only car inoperable.