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Old 09-10-2011, 04:11 PM   #1
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Just got a turbo rebuild from this guys and figured I'd post a quick review since I didn't find anything on here about them. Price and service were great. They answered all of my questions and took the time to explain everything. The turbo I sent them was a PIA to get apart but they got it done and shipped it back looking great. No complaints at all now I just have to get it installed.

Turbo is all installed and has about 3k miles on it now no sign of any problems. Holding boost like a champ

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Old 11-01-2011, 11:07 PM   #2
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so have u gotten it installed yet? and did u do the port and polish from them as well?? because im intrested but cant find anything about them.... talked to the owner and he seemed cool as hell but still not too sure.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:07 PM   #3
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Can anyone else speak for these folks? I'm looking to get a rebuild done and would love to hear more input....
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:45 PM   #4
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Currently they have two of my turbos. The first one I sent was a vf39 but it was to far gone. So I sent a td06 20g that I had and they are rebuilding it and doing a port and polish as well as powder coating every thing. They are very helpfull and have done a lot to help me out and have been very good at helping me keep my cost down. I have also bought other stuff from them and they have some of the fastest shipping I have ever gotten.
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:39 PM   #5
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I just sent them a turbo as well, It should be there tomorrow morning, Will do a full review when it gets back.

Edit: turbo is on its way back, ETA: Wednesday, 03/07/2012, By End of Day

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Old 03-13-2012, 08:29 AM   #6
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Hey SplatWRX how did your turbo come out? I"m thinking of using them. I heard in the past IHI VFxx turbos can't be rebuild because there aren't OEM replacement parts in production so I'm very curious. Where my vf39 is smoking
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:30 AM   #7
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Use them. THey just did an excellent job on my VF 39 rebuild. Before, both front and rear oil seals were leaking. After the rebuild, not only does turbo look great, but it holds pressure when I pressure tested like a champ, and making more power now w/ the port n polish package too.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:21 AM   #8
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I have them doing my 2.1 stroker build and they have been awesome so far. They seem to have a knack for simplifying things without making me feel simple. Ill let you know how the build turns out and they are doing a ton of other upgrades but they came highly reccommended and I expect things will be great!!

On a side note, they only work on Subarus so they really know their stuff.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:29 AM   #9
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I have been working with Six Star Speed for about 5 months now, nothing but good things from the company. I don't usually review or post anything because I do mostly everything myself, but this warrants a post!

Thanks,
Adam @ T14.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:28 AM   #10
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Cool 6 Star Speed

They did a rebuild on my little turbo from my04 Forester XT, as soon as I mounted it the car came alive again. They stand behind there work too, with 2 year warranty and lifetime rebuilds. Can't beat it.
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:46 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 92SVXMAN View Post
They did a rebuild on my little turbo from my04 Forester XT, as soon as I mounted it the car came alive again. They stand behind there work too, with 2 year warranty and lifetime rebuilds. Can't beat it.
My Deadbolt had a lifetime rebuild too. Less than 40,000 miles later and I'm looking for another turbo. These guys may be great (I hope they are) but don't put too much stock in these lifetime rebuilds/warranties/whatever. They only last as long as the company. In 10 years of driving my WRX, I've seen a lot of these guys come and go.

I'm not trying to bash anyone, just advising caution.

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Old 02-01-2013, 11:27 PM   #12
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I liked there rebuild of my little turbo, with the PnP, powder coating, new oil line, and new gaskets, with 2 year warranty and there lifetime rebuild of the unit I am upgrading to a T04 18 G turbo with Perrin headers, Cobb 3" down pipe, new boost controller, 725 cc fuel injectors, higher flow fuel pump, and a pump kit to make it easier to fit.
Now all I need is a Front mounted inter-cooler, that will mount on a 04 Forester XT without too much cutting and fitting.
Those guys know there Subaru's
Send your e-mails to Jonathan, he's the man with all the information you'll need.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:29 PM   #13
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Has anyone ever gotten a ihi vf52 repaired here? How was the pricing?
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:30 PM   #14
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Just wanted to hit this thread as I too recently got a rebuilt VF39 with a 10 blade billet compressor wheel and a PnP job. The thing is killer! I ran a VF39 on my hybrid EJ257 for a long time... this VF39 was toast. I recently installed the 6 star speed VF39 and HOLLY HAPPINESS. The car builds boost better than ever, earlier and stronger. This is exactly what I wanted. I was looking for a way to hone the already great package and better the power curve .... 6star has done just that. The car almost feels like a high hp 6 cylinder because boost is so consistent (I believe I was posting on the high side of 12 psi @ 3000 rpm tonight). After talking with the guys at 6 star they explained that they do a bunch of work for spec rally car builds (even some with anti-lag) and they have all responded very well to the billet 10 blade wheel, balancing, PnP jobs 6 star has been offering. Getting a re-tune with Dom @ Maxwell power in March and expect to see some nice gains.

All 6 star speed skeptics can be put at ease knowing they produce a great product.

Jonadobo, if I am not mistaken, the VF39, VF48 and VF52 are all very closely related (RHF55 turbos) and rebuilt the exact same way. I would say you are in safe hands with these guys. Give them a shout over email and they will explain it all to you. check this link: http://6starspeed.com/reihivftusuw.html

Here is an example email from Jonathan @ 6StarSpeed (sales@6starspeed.com)

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The VF39 does have its shortcomings. We have found a lot of the problems are caused by inconsistent manufacture. Early VF39's were made in Japan entirely however later VF39 and other RHF55 turbos were made mostly in Taiwan. We find a lot of issues with VF39 build quality. One common thing is that the fasteners holding down the thrust bearing plate are not torqued down properly and no thread locker used. Also bearings are small and just don't have the integrity for high speed/heat. They are quite thin so warp and seize more easily. We throw away many RHF55 bearing housings with the bearings still stuck inside. This is also the reason we abandoned the big compressor wheel for the RHF55.

The stock profile 10-blade billet wheel gives more flow and higher pressure ratios for the same rotation speed so we don't have to worry about the bearings. The billet wheel should be good for up to 40 psi without overspeeding the bearings. The compressor profile works for our restricted inlet rally guys running ant-lag. We do like the turbine side of the RHF55 however. Small mass and decent throughput. We would like to do a P20 housing for them as it would make them much better all around turbos for EJ motors.

TD05/TD06 frame is much more robust by comparison. That's why we can build them to swing 76 mm compressor wheels. We do have some housings machined for 82 mm GT3582 wheels but those are for some project big shaft TD06's with big bearing upgrades.
You can tell he does a good amount of work with RHF55 turbo platforms.

As far as pricing goes, here is my Invoice, as you can see I did a few upgrades you may not like the turbo blanket and I will be receiving a $120 refund for my blasted core.

Name Code Qty Each Options
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1 958.99 10-Blade Billet Compressor Wheel
Uprade = Yes, include s Full PnP
(+200)
Add a Perrin Turbo Blanket! = Yes
(+109)
Factory New Turbine Housing = No
Full Port and Polish = No
Turbocharger Type = VF39 -VF39
Vehicle Application = 02-07 WRX
Subtotal 958.99
Shipping 0.00
Tax 0.00
Total 958.99

out the door I am sitting at a reasonable $838.99 for a well sorted turbo.

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Old 03-17-2013, 11:47 AM   #15
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Anyone else get the billet wheel? Thinkin about sending my 39 out for it. 550 for the rebuold pnp and billet wheel seems like a good deal for a fresh turbo. Interested in hp gains tho
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:35 PM   #16
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Im considering purchasing one of their in house built turbos and im curious if any one is running one on their setup. I see several of you have gotten rebuilds but i need to get an idea of how credible they are on the turbos they build in house.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:24 PM   #17
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Any updates on how things worked out with the rebuilds?
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:17 PM   #18
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Bumping this, as they also sell new turbos and wanted to find out more info if anyone else is running them. They seem to compare favorably to Kamak and Blouch, but I think they are just not well marketed.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:58 PM   #19
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I am def going with these guys getting the billet 10 blade upgrade whenever my vf39 shows signs of going.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:52 AM   #20
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Anyone beside Cchyper have this done, they also now list a turbine wheel upgrade on their site. really thinking about finding a blown VF and having this done.
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Old 08-15-2013, 12:24 PM   #21
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These guys rebuilt a ported, polished, and coated vf48 for my 04 auto Forester. I purchased the 11-blade compressor wheel. I am currently in the middle of having this tuned.

I spoke with Johnathan and he told me info similar as to what Ccypher posted. I was also speaking with him about an oem vf37 twinscroll setup and said to go with that instead of the vf48, implying that it would be more suited for a 4eat daily driver. I liked that he seemed more concerned about the car's driveability than making a sale! I eventually chose to stick with the vf48 because the Forester is a dd that I take long distances, and I want to be able to use fairly readily available parts if something happens. If I would have been able to wait awhile longer, I would've purchased their ball bearing setup for the vf48!

So far, the turbo looks great. I've kept the car out of boost, and will, until I'm fully tuned, but I will give an assessment after I'm road ready. I will soon be taking a road trip of about 5k miles through mountains and seaside, which should give the turbo a nice test! l'll post as events progress!

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Old 08-26-2013, 04:24 PM   #22
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They've been waiting for their ball bearings for the Garrett/MHI center cartridges for more than 2 months from their German ball bearing supplier. I should know, i'm patiently waiting as well on my SS-20GXR that I purchased June 2nd. I hope they get a shipment soon!
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:48 PM   #23
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Anyone pick up one of their rebuilt VF52s?
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:24 PM   #24
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I purchased a rebuilt vf39 from six star and am very pleased with their service as well as the turbo. I must say Jonathan was very informative and went out of his way to answer all my questions and concerns. He is top notch.

As for the turbo, it is performing quite well. My car came with a td04 and it has had a vf23 as well. The vf39 with the billet wheel likely hits boost similar to the stock vf39 but I would think is more efficient, can hit higher boost, and can hold it better up top. They rate it at 41lbs. which is about 15% over stock. For those of you wanting to stay with the vf series or merely want to stay with stock injector their upgraded turbo is the way to go.
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:00 AM   #25
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I've put the vf48 through a pretty good test so far.

The Forester has been driven across country from the mid-south, through the Rocky and Cascade Ranges, out to the Pacific coastline. I've clocked about 8,000 miles since the turbo swap 2.5 months ago.

Compared to the td04, this turbo pulls great through the mid and upper ranges. There is an insignificant hint more lag than the td04, but the torque is much greater than stock. The tune tapers slightly toward redline due to having stock injectors, but the turbo still pulls strong and consistently.

The main issue I have when accelerating aggressively, as compared to the td04, is how easy it is to get to 90-100 mph.

I'm quite happy with how this setup feels. After this experience, I intend to have them upgrade the vf37 for my ej207 wrx instead of purchasing a new BPT 1.5xtr.
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