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Old 11-20-2009, 08:01 PM   #1
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Twin turbo setup...worth $700 to upgrade to ball bearing?

As it states...? 2010 2SS Auto. Price is $700 total to upgrade the pair of turbos.
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:51 PM   #2
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As it states...? 2010 2SS Auto. Price is $700 total to upgrade the pair of turbos.
In the long run, yes it's worth it, especially if you drive it hard. The internals will last longer. Who makes the Turbo? Be sure the manufacture is a reputable one, if not the $700 may not help at all.

I've seen turbos that lasted 200,000 miles and turbos that didn't even make it to 20,000 under normal driving. Give us more data about the kit, turbos, size. For example if the turbos are undersized and the WG is too tight, then you're over running the turbos and will dye soon, even if they are ball bearing.
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:57 PM   #3
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:59 PM   #4
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In the long run, yes it's worth it, especially if you drive it hard. The internals will last longer. Who makes the Turbo? Be sure the manufacture is a reputable one, if not the $700 may not help at all.

I've seen turbos that lasted 200,000 miles and turbos that didn't even make it to 20,000 under normal driving. Give us more data about the kit, turbos, size. For example if the turbos are undersized and the WG is too tight, then you're over running the turbos and will dye soon, even if they are ball bearing.
I can't really get into the details, but these turbos should be capable of 800HP or so and I only plan on using maybe 650HP at 7psi of boost...The dealer/manufacturer is reputable.
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I can't really get into the details, but these turbos should be capable of 800HP or so and I only plan on using maybe 650HP at 7psi of boost...The dealer/manufacturer is reputable.
In that case, the $700 is a good investment. A while ago, there was a big discussions among many pros on the Corvette forum regarding the advantages of Ball Bearing, and my general learning and understanding was, if it's offered, go for it

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Old 11-20-2009, 10:04 PM   #6
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I would advise to upgrade everything possible. There's never a bad reason to improve the integrity of your expensive performance parts. Supporting upgrades involving parts close to the source of that extra power should always be encouraged. The alternatives, while not certain, could be much more expensive as they won't be covered under your warranty. Think of this $700 as a warranty on the system's reliability.
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:13 PM   #7
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I would advise to upgrade everything possible. There's never a bad reason to improve the integrity of your expensive performance parts. Supporting upgrades involving parts close to the source of that extra power should always be encouraged. The alternatives, while not certain, could be much more expensive as they won't be covered under your warranty. Think of this $700 as a warranty on the system's reliability.
VERY WELL SAID!!!

As far as the upgrade to the ball bearings, I say DO IT!!!
They allow the turbine shaft to spin with less friction than the fluid bearings used in most turbochargers. They also allow a slightly smaller, lighter shaft to be used. This helps the turbocharger accelerate more quickly, further reducing turbo lag.
Are you going with Turbonetics? GREAT COMPANY/PRODUCTS!
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Thanks. It's a custom setup, but turbonetics may power it.
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Thanks. It's a custom setup, but turbonetics may power it.
VERY NICE!!
Please post up a build thread. THANKS!!
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Old 11-21-2009, 08:05 PM   #10
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Will do....we are still working out the details, but I have spoken to the builder (who plans on making kits to sell), and he wants a build thread to show his skills and maybe sell some kits.
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7. Manual transmissions prove you can do more than one thing at a time
6. You can't drift in an auto
5. You can't pull fancy moves in an automatic
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TBD....my car is the guinea pig
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top 10 reason why real men drive stick.


10. A manual transmission is the ultimate in control
9. You can use automotive jargon and not sound like a total tool
8. You can't spell "manual" without "man"
7. Manual transmissions prove you can do more than one thing at a time
6. You can't drift in an auto
5. You can't pull fancy moves in an automatic
4. You get better fuel economy with a stick
3. You’ll never look like a chump if you can drive stick
2. Manual transmission cars are faster
1. Women like a guy who is good with his hands.
It's interesting that you used "Plural" (Hands) in item # 1
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Will do....we are still working out the details, but I have spoken to the builder (who plans on making kits to sell), and he wants a build thread to show his skills and maybe sell some kits.
Very cool. Good idea.
GOOD LUCK bud.
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