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EMUSA Turbo Review

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EMUSA Turbo Review

Should you buy a knock-off brand turbo or not? Are they worth a couple hundred bucks? Are some better than others? All things we’ve asked ourselves while browsing eBay or anywhere on the internet for that matter. We were discussing these topics when a fellow NICO member, SirVemup popped in and mentioned he was about to buy one of these turbos and would be happy to document the process. Here is his experience with a popular company and a very popular-sized turbo.

This will be my second time using an Ebay turbo. My first turbo was a CXRacing unit purchased from their website. The CXRacing turbo lasted 1.5 years @8psi. It was installed on an 89 240sx KA24e SOHC and was not a daily driver. I beat the hell out of my car and the turbo. I even had that CXRacing turbo glowing red (literally) on several occasions. The car sees track time and hard street driving on a regular basis. The new turbo is an EMUSA unit that has the same specs and was purchased from SpeedyRacer online.

EMUSA Turbo Review

EMUSA Turbo Review

My decision to replace my old turbo with another Ebay turbo was financially motivated. With a price range from $100 to $200, Ebay turbos just seem like too good of a deal to pass up. And the fact that I did get 1.5 years out of my CXRacing turbo aided in that decision. I have never owned a high end turbo so I can’t vouch for their performance or longevity when compared to an Ebay turbo.

Is EMUSA any good? Well at $150 shipped free from Speedyracer.com it seems like a good deal. Upon first inspection the new turbo was packaged very well and came with its own serial number.

EMUSA Turbo Review

The Speedyracer.com website claims that all their turbos have been high-speed balanced. So that was one of the first things I looked for. If you notice in the following pictures you can see where a part of the turbine was shaved off on both sides, and if you look closely on the compressor side you can see where the top of the lower bolt has been shaved.

EMUSA Turbo Review

EMUSA Turbo Review

This is supposed to be a sign of high-speed balancing. I also checked the axial and radial shaft play. I found no radial shaft play and very little axial shaft play. Nice and tight. A problem I had with my CXRacing turbo was that the turbine housing was cast rather poorly. If you notice in the picture below you can see signs on the T3 flange of the CXRacing turbo where the bolts actually rubbed against the turbine housing.

EMUSA Turbo Review

This made it impossible to tighten the bolts down flush to my T3 manifold without adding a bunch of washers. On the EMUSA turbo the casting was very well done and the bolts do not need any washers for the them to clear the turbine housing.

EMUSA Turbo Review

One issue that I had with the logistics from speedyracer.com was that I ordered the chrome turbo as shown on their website. This one obviously isn’t chrome. Now at first I was a little confused, but I like the one I got better. And the one I originally wanted but the cost for the chrome one with the same specs cost $50 less. So no complaints on my part. Along with the new turbo Speedyracer also included oil feed and return line gaskets, T3 gasket, 5 bolt downpipe gasket, and 5 downpipe studs.

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