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T-3 or iHi
WishBird Offline
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#1
how do i tell what torbo i have? i was told the orignal turbo was replaced, but have no records of what it was replaced with

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revamp Offline
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#2
Most likely it is the IHI turbo in there, since the car was completely rebuilt, im sure they returned it back to stock as much as possible.
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#3
Stock turbo was the small IHI, which boosts at lower RPM, but runs out of steam at high boost. For a stock auto TC, or even one where you up the boost to, say 15 psi with a boost control valve, it would be best to stay with the IHI.

Only way to tell which turbo you have is pull off the intercooler and have a look at the turbo. If it is an IHI, the compressor outlet "snail" will have WARNER ISHI lettering cast into it. If it is a T3, the outlet will probably say AIR RESEARCH on it. Another way to tell, if you look at it and say to yourself "damn, thats small", you have an IHI.

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88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 20 psi, forced air intercooler, water injection, bypass valve, Ranger roller cam, subframes, etc., etc.. // 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP nitrous, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.... // 91 Escort: Bone stock winter car // 00 Windstar (wifes vehicle)
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88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
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Pete D Offline
Administrator
#4
"you look at it and say to yourself "damn, thats small"

If your wife looks at it and says that, just tell her: Yeah, but it's turbo charged [Image: biggrin.gif]

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RDOG Offline
Posting Freak
#5
If it is a T3 it can also have Garret stamped on it.
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Dan E Offline
Posting Freak
#6
Quote:Originally posted by Pete D:
"you look at it and say to yourself "damn, thats small"

If your wife looks at it and says that, just tell her: Yeah, but it's turbo charged [Image: biggrin.gif]


The next line is usually:

"Well, you need to turn up the boost though !"
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WishBird Offline
Junior Member
#7
hahah you guys are great!!
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#8
[Image: biggrin.gif]

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88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 20 psi, forced air intercooler, water injection, bypass valve, Ranger roller cam, subframes, etc., etc.. // 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP nitrous, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.... // 91 Escort: Bone stock winter car // 00 Windstar (wifes vehicle)
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.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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