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IHI- RHB52 Turbo rebuild?
TnScott Offline
Junior Member
#1
Hello,

Im looking at buying a core IHI Turbo for my 88 turbocoupe.  Someone took the turbo off my car before I bought it, so I don't have one at all. I found a used one that will most defiantely need rebuilding. Guy wants a $100.  Would I be better off just buying another one (LIke a Garrett T3)  or buy the IHI core and have it rebuilt? If so who does good rebuilds cheaply? Estimation on cost?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.   

Thanks
Scott
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Kuch Online
Senior Member
#2
The answer is, it depends. What is your goals for the car, go faster, or have a stock daily driver? The IHI stock is a great street turbo and gets spooling super quick, but it lacks in top end power at higher boost compared to a T3. A T3 will bolt in place of your IHI and are definitely more common to find and get rebuild kits for. As far as pricing, hopefully someone else in here can chime in about that.
1988 Turbo Coupe, Black/Black, 5 Speed, Moonroof,  T3/T4 50 trim, ported E6, 255LPH, BBK AFPR, 3" DP dual 2.5" w Hooker Maxflows, MGW shifter, K&N, Gillis valve, RR cam, Koni's
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL, 390 6V, 4 Speed, Vast and fast
1960 Ford Starliner, 292 Y Block, 3 Speed, slow and low
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#3
Get a .48 T3. Spools almost as fast as the IHI, supports higher boost levels than the IHI, and parts are much cheaper and easier to find for the T3.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
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