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Turbocharger Installation Instructions


(All items may not apply to your application.)



When installing a turbocharger, you must observe the following instructions:

  • Change oil and filter prior to turbocharger installation. Vehicles equipped with engine oil coolers, ensure oil cooler was flushed or replace after engine or turbo failure, as debris left in the cooler may reenter the engine and/or turbo and produce another consequent failure.
  • Install clean air filter and ensure entire intake system is clear of debris and foreign object. Proper air intake system with no external leaks is crucial.
  • Inspect and clean all turbocharger lines. This includes oil feed and return, as well as water feed and return, if applicable. Check oil lines for any restrictions, such as deposits, kinks, sharp bends, etc. If banjo bolts are used make sure they are clean of any restrictions. New oil lines are highly recommended with a new turbocharger installation.
  • All water and oil line connections must be utilized on the turbocharger as designed by the manufacturer. Using a water cooled and oil lubricated turbocharger without water cooling can result in premature failure, can be detected during turbocharger failure analysis, and WILL void the warranty.
  • Use new, high quality gasket at various turbo connections (oil, water, intake, exhaust). DO NOT use sealing compounds, such as RTV gasket-making silicone, at any oil connections.
  • Make sure oil return line is clean and free of any restrictions (kinks and/or sharp bends). Maintain a reasonable size drain tube diameter throughout the entire length of the turbocharger oil return line. Maintain a tube size diameter of 7/16” to ½” for most popular turbochargers, such as, but not limited to Garrett T2/T25/T28/T3/T4, IHI VF-series, Toyota CT-series, and MHI TD04/TD05/TD06. Turbo oil drain line must enter the engine above engine oil level. Turbo oil drain line should not tilt more than 20 degree from vertical in either direction. Excess tilting of the oil drain line can cause oil drain restriction and leakage at both compressor and turbine seals.
  • If angular orientation of the compressor and/or turbine housing is necessary, loosen the clamp plates and/or V-band clamps. After completing re-orientation, ensure mating flanges are tightly reseated and all fasteners retightened.
  • Re-orientation must be completed prior to making any rigid connections to the compressor and turbine inlets and outlets. Failure to do this will cause external stresses acting on the turbocharger unit and possible failure.
  • Do not install the CHRA (Center Housing Rotating Assembly) in a damaged compressor or turbine housing. Turbine housings cracked in the turbine wheel area may expand at operating temperatures and contact the turbine wheel, causing damage and/or complete turbocharger failure.
  • Turbocharger internal waste gate system, if applicable, must remain operable and MAY NOT be disconnected or modified.
  • Ensure engine breather system is clear and fully operational. Replacement of PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) valve is highly recommended at the time of turbocharger replacement.
  • Ensure exhaust system is free of any restrictions which may cause excessive backpressure.
  • Ensure steady stream of oil flows from the turbo return line prior to starting the vehicle by cranking, but not firing, the vehicle and watching the disconnected turbo oil return line.
  • Start and idle the engine for three minutes after initial turbocharger installation.
  • Observe and maintain all oil and filter change intervals as advised by the vehicle manufacturer. Always idle the vehicle for at least 3 minute prior to shut down. Turbo timer installation is highly recommended to help maintain and extend turbocharger life.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact us. We truly appreciate your business!

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Conversion of Ball Bearing Turbos

Most people know ball bearing turbochargers cannot be rebuilt. Manufacturers do not sell parts to service these unit leaving customers with damaged turbochargers no options other than keeping it as an expensive paper weight or send it in through an exchange program. Garrett charges between $800-900 US dollars for a new replacement CHRA, this being almost the price of a new turbo. In comparison, ball bearing turbocharger spool up faster but operating costs and eventual failure will leave you with no option but replacement.

At PRE we offer a turbocharger conversion service. We can convert your damaged, unusable ball bearing turbocharger to journal bearing configuration. So far we developed a viable solution for Garrett T-series and GT-series turbochargers.

Right now we can convert the following turbos:

  • -T28
  • -GT2560R
  • -GT2860R
  • -GT2871R
  • -GT28R
  • -GT28RS

Most popular option we offer is 0.64A/R turbine housing. We can also supply necessary parts for a 0.86A/R turbine housing modification.

This is a recent conversion we did for an autocross national championship contender customer in Idaho. His Garrett GT2860R turbo failed. We were able to rebuild it using our conversion process. Last 3 pictures are S14 Nissan Silvia T28 conversion.

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Garrett T25 Turbocharger Rebuild

Here are PRE we rebuild a lot of Garrett T25 turbochargers. This turbo is commonly found on Nissan Silvia/180sx/240sx cars equipped with SR20DET engines. A variation of the T25 turbo can also be found on the 2nd generation 95-98 Mitsubishi Eclipse(Eagle Talon), and 98-2002 Saab 9-3.

This turbo was rebuilt with all new bearings, seals, and o-rings. All bearing and turbine shaft clearances are measured using micrometers and bore gauges. Bearings housing is cleaned prior to inspection. When excessive wear is determined, it is rehoned to accept an oversized turbine shaft bearing. Rotating assembly is polished to remove any imperfections and balanced. Turbine housing is media blasted by hand and polished. After the turbo passes all clearance specification checks it is reassembled.


Pictures of rebuilt turbo:

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2009+ Subaru Impreza WRX IHI VF52 Turbocharger Rebuild

Pavel’s Racing Engines now offers repair and rebuild services for 2009+ Subaru Impreza WRX IHI VF52 turbochargers. This turbocharger was improperly used and heavily abused causing thrust bearing failure, in turn causing turbine seal failure and excessive oil consumption. This turbocharger was disassembled, cleaned, inspected, all clearances checked with micrometers and bore gauges, and rebuild with all new consumable components. Compressor wheel was replaced and rotating assembly balanced. IHI turbochargers are known to suffer from boost creep issues, thus we opted to polish the turbine housing inlet. Most importantly, we modified the wastegate port in effort to reduce boost creep condition.

This is the finished product of our work:

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Greddy T518Z TD05H-18G Turbocharger Rebuild

This is another sample of our work. We rebuilt this improperly used and heavily abused turbocharger. Compressor wheel was replaced due to extensive wear, bearing housing honed out to accept oversized journal bearings, all new consumable components(piston ring seals, o-rings, c-clips, and hardware), rotating assembly balancing, all followed by careful assembly. The turbocharger is sold and the new customer could not be happier!

Customer Testimonial: “As described, Amazingly knowledgeable and talented staff. Very Fast Shipping.”


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Welcome to PRE Tuning, home of Pavel’s Racing Engines

Here at Pavel’s Racing Engines we specialize in engine and turbocharger service for most makes and models of import and domestic vehicles. We also offer stock remanufactured turbochargers. Our focus is quality, reliability, and performance! Pavel’s Racing Engines stands behind their products and gives a 1 year warranty with every unit sold. Browse through the site and if you have questions, feel free to call or email!