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 Post subject: Ebay turbos (Yikes?!?)
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:01 pm 
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I know I know, ebay?
I have read forums and googled for hours and I get very little real world input. Everyone says they are junk, they will blow up, they wont make any power, but none of the naysayers has any experience with them.
The only one I have seen was the 55 in car craft that actually ran them and made really good power. Aldso in this months car craft there is an S10 blazer running ebay turbos and hes going low 10's!! So what I'm looking for is real world experience with them. Have YOU ran them? or someone you know directly and have experience with the car?

I'm not looking to put down 900 HP, but I'm not looking to blow up the first time out either. I'm thinking mild small block, 10 pounds of boost and nothing more exotic than that.

Can anyone chip in real world experience other than "I heard they were crap" ??

I'm interested in both good and bad, but I'm not interested in all the heresay.

Thanks in advance,

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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:34 am 
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28 views and not one reply?

Here is my plan. I think I'm going to go for it. I'll do a nice write up on the installation and some testing. That way, there is proof out there whether they suck, or work pretty good for the money.


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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:27 pm 
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Try www.theturboforums.com Most of those guys are very helpful. Good luck and have fun!


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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:06 pm 
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I have no experience with E bay turbos. But I do have experience with cheap parts. You get what you pay for. Its better to buy good parts and sleep better at night. Just my .02

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 Post Posted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:43 pm 
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Scot,

I plan on purchasing the so-called Ebay junk turbo(s). I've done a some research, and learned the turbo(s) included in the SBC kit can be rebuilt by blasstperformance.com to exact Garrett turbo specifications. I've spoke with this company on several occassions, and they seem to be reputable. I guess the seals seem to be the major problem with the Far East turbos. It's not that expensive to have the turbos rebuilt, so why not give it a try.

Check this link out http://youtu.be/xGxIUaZCVCo or if it doesn't work search youtube " How to make Ebay Turbos work " by Hgallegos915 and you will also find links to people that have or are currently uses these turbos, and can give genuine real-life feedback! Keep me posted bud.

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 Post Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 12:02 am 
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IM gonna order the ebay kit minus the turbos, i have my turbos already!

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 Post Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:29 am 
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i read up on it some, it seems to be its the wastegate that helps these turbos and not the built in actuators. if running the the ebay forward facing turbo headers, they make a wastegate spacer that sandwiches between the header and the turbo. this way you can control the boost alot better.


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 Post Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 12:08 pm 
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Ed Cannon wrote:
I have no experience with E bay turbos. But I do have experience with cheap parts. You get what you pay for. Its better to buy good parts and sleep better at night. Just my .02



Am I expecting brand name performance? No. Am I expecting to have fun? yes :)

We have a local group of guys around here that try and go as fast as possible on the cheap. We call it Joe Dirt Racing. The idea with JDR is to buy used/inexpensive parts and see how well you can make it go with minimal investment. I have been high 7's in an 84 camaro that was naturally aspirated and all under 3K. The goal here is to continue that tradition with inexpensive parts and see where it gets me. I have another freind that through buying gently used/divorce specials etc. that is now in the high 6's in the eigth, naturally aspirated small block. All for under 10K.

An example would be:
used shortblock, 500.00
Used ported heads 400.00
Summit brand cam 150.00 with lifters
procomp intake ebay 150.00
Used holley 830 225.00
Swapmeet MSd ign. 200.00
Used headers 50.00
Used turbo 350 100.00
Shift kit 40.00
Used converter 250.00
Welded up rearend FREE


This was the basic formula for my 7 second 3rd gen camaro. That and strip everything that wasn't nailed down or welded in out of the car, race weight was 2800 LBS.


I also have a wife, 2 kids and make a firefighters income so the idea of buying "good" parts usually doesnt fit into my budget.

Believe it or not, we all can't afford 10,000.00 long blocks, 4,000.00 turbo setups, and 3,000.00 rearends and trannies.

It is possible for those of us on a really restricted budget to still have fun.

Scot


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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:28 pm 
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Drfade27 wrote:
IM gonna order the ebay kit minus the turbos, i have my turbos already!


DrFade,

Please share which ebay vendor will sell the kit minus the turbos, I won a storage auction, and it had a turbonetics turbo, and brand new Victor " E " Manifold sitting in a old box with tons of mice poop. :o

I'm done.
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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:00 pm 
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/170611258199?it ... 23&vxp=mtr

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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:33 pm 
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Thanks jo!

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 Post Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:08 am 
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Look here for real-world experience: http://maliburacing.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=108928

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 Post Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:03 pm 
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MalibuRacing wrote:



Thanks man,

See? the people out there that have run them have good luck. I like it!!


Scot


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 Post Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:19 pm 
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Most of the ebay turbos are built off of garrett specs with cheaper parts and looser tolerances.You can have fun with them,but push themhard and they will come apart.I have seen some that could be rebuilt and some that cant!

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 Post Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:14 pm 
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Why on Earth would you want to spend good money on Scambay turbos, when you can get a 75mm Borg Warner S400 series turbo for around $600 brand new?

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