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post #1 of 21 Old 11-05-2014, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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TD05 16G turbo from eBay?

What's the downside to purchasing an eBay item like this? The price seems incredible - 240 $US.

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I got a turbo like that off ebay for a car 4 years ago an it lasted for a year and I had the thing cranked to 20psi. Then I noticed the front seal was starting to leak....

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The Downside is that its most likley a chinese clone. Ebay sells a ton of cheapo turbos that all make wild claims about added horsepower, Most of them are manufactured in china with much lower quality control tolerances. The turbines are usually poorly balanced and they dont produce anywhere near their stated pressure.

I have played with a few ebay turbos in the past and I actually had really good luck with a universal kit with an old VW bug. Turbos and carburetors aren't meant to mix but it sure was a fun project car.

I wouldnt trust the reliability of a chinese clone turbo. Ive never had an ebay turbo blow up on me but ebay isnt the place I usually look for precision balanced high pressure equipment. I dont look down at it because they have their place its just not under the hood of my daily driver.
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I dont look down at it because they have their place its just not under the hood of my daily driver.
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Ask the grumpy old man. He deals with Ebay stuff all the time.

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It's pretty much a roll of the dice with Ebay, maybe you'll luck out and get a decent amount of miles out of it or maybe you will only get a year out of it.
I could see if it was a inlet hose for $50 or even a exhaust for $100, but $240 is a big gamble in my eyes and being time and effort it takes to swap a turbo it would be kinda shytty to do all that work only to have it crap out on ya.
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I love this place...I am and have been running a "Ebay" 20g for years now....There is a trick to making them right. Best it you guys figure it out for yourselves. Also Ebay doesn't make turbos, people and companies sell them there...

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Taking the secrets to the grave Keith eh.
All parties that asked questions have been answered... PM me for the secret...lol
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I am also interested in this. Sorry for the old thread bump but its almost the exact thing I'm looking for info on.
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