I recently got a rebuilt k03s turbo from Xs Boost Turbochargers for $450. It has a 1 year unlimited mile warranty (I need to give them another call to find out more). It was shipped to my house in two days via UPS. Ordering was simple. So far, great customer service. I will update this thread when me and a buddy install the turbo.
The turbo looked completely new along with the turbine. Zero shaft play. Turbo was clean, the only part that looked used was the serial number tag. Other than that the turbo was completely clean and oiled.
Came with a seal
A few questions:
1. Is there a break in period for the turbo?
2. Anything i should be aware of/tips?
3. Do i need to pre oil the turbo?
You don't have to oil the turbo but it wouldnt hurt to put a little oil in and spin it if you can. Depends on how long it sat on the shelf since the rebuild. Also there shouldn't be a lo g break in period. Maybe try and stay out of boost for like a tank of gas. I would be testing that warranty right away though. Looks brand new. $450 is not a bad price if you get 80,000+ miles out of it then its worth it. I still plan on rebuilding mine myself eventually.
i described how my turbo had shaft play and blown seals and he said it wouldnt be worth returning really because mine was in such poor condition. I wouldve ended up saving only like 25 bucks because i wouldve had to pay for shipping my turbo to them. and i needed it asap because i need to install the turbo before i go back to school.
Tomorrow im starting this install with a friend. I will be going to vw to get an oil line.. i know i need a few other items... anyone want to list them? i know i need something that has to do with the word "banjo" lol
taken from ecs:
Studs for rear of turbo that cat bolts on to
Gasket between manifold & turbo
Gasket between turbo & cat
All necessary copper seals (6)
Turbo mounting bolts (3)
It does recommend it, and we mangled part of the mesh line trying to pull the bitch out. so i bought a new oil feed line. the kink would definitely impede the flow of oil to the turbo. so a new one was necessary. not replacing the oil return line though, it doesnt have any kinks or sludge build up in it.
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