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This is a discussion on ls1 rebuild /turbo rebuilding within the Forced Induction forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I was looking at purchasing some turbo(s) for my 2000 TA. I found some used ones that need rebuilt. I ...

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    I was looking at purchasing some turbo(s) for my 2000 TA. I found some used ones that need rebuilt. I think I could get the turbos for around $500. They are garrett T3/T4 turbos and was wondering if anyone had an idea of how much it would cost to get them rebuilt. Was looking to gain about or up to around 150hp out of the set up. Im sure that the drivetrain would be able to support the increase. Of course I would run an intercooler with them. Would this be the most cost affective/easiest mechanical way to pick up that kind of power other than nos? I was also looking into the gas mileage issue. Was also looking at a basic rebuild of the ls1, like new pistons, rings. lifters etc., since the car has +100,000 miles on it. I was thinking of staying close to the stock configuration just with (hopefully) more durable longer lasting higher performance aftermarket parts. Do you guys have any ideas? What do you guys think, is this agood idea or a bad one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xzaero0 View Post
    I was looking at purchasing some turbo(s) for my 2000 TA. I found some used ones that need rebuilt. I think I could get the turbos for around $500. They are garrett T3/T4 turbos and was wondering if anyone had an idea of how much it would cost to get them rebuilt. Was looking to gain about or up to around 150hp out of the set up. Im sure that the drivetrain would be able to support the increase. Of course I would run an intercooler with them. Would this be the most cost affective/easiest mechanical way to pick up that kind of power other than nos? I was also looking into the gas mileage issue. Was also looking at a basic rebuild of the ls1, like new pistons, rings. lifters etc., since the car has +100,000 miles on it. I was thinking of staying close to the stock configuration just with (hopefully) more durable longer lasting higher performance aftermarket parts. Do you guys have any ideas? What do you guys think, is this agood idea or a bad one?
    i've had turbo cars... and as stupid as it sounds to hear.. if money is any issue AT ALL dont even attempt it
    not only will you run into weird things on the install and tune to make it cost way more then you think... but the upkeep on a car not factory turbo is horrible... could have just been my luck so keep getting opinions but if you do it you will be nothing but happy with it.. just make sure you save up first if you get what im saying and keep us posted because i would lovee to see that setup... i been wanting someone to do it

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    turbos are awesome but its true with any power adder it will cost more than you think build the motor first and build it strong if gas mileage is important don't make it a stroker when you want to go fast its expensive you could just paint the calipers and put stickers on it that would be pretty cheap good luck

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    I have a garrett T76 turbo that I purchased off of Ebay. Its in great condition, I was planning on using it on my project car, thought about buying another but dont know if it will put out more than I am looking for. Honestly I was hopeing to run the TA within the limits of the stock motor for now but was looking to upgrade at a later time, when it needed a rebuild more than it does(its runs really nice for 100,000 miles). It supposedly the T76 will run at 15psi in a LS1 Camaro. Besides its a massive turbo and was looking for some suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xzaero0 View Post
    I have a garrett T76 turbo that I purchased off of Ebay. Its in great condition, I was planning on using it on my project car, thought about buying another but dont know if it will put out more than I am looking for. Honestly I was hopeing to run the TA within the limits of the stock motor for now but was looking to upgrade at a later time, when it needed a rebuild more than it does(its runs really nice for 100,000 miles). It supposedly the T76 will run at 15psi in a LS1 Camaro. Besides its a massive turbo and was looking for some suggestions.
    best thing in this situation is find other people in your area that know of shops that can help.. no way you can tackle a custom turbo kit on your own... like i live in dallas, texas and we have a place named rpm that specializes in blown, turbo, nitro lsx cars... its a great place and they build some amazinggg cars but maybe you can find a place like that closer to you... GL man cuz that can be a killer setup that you will love... btw a way to help you find places near you is... we have a dallas area thread that we keep alive over the years and we all have meets and stuff and help eachother out locally.. hope i helped

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