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Old 10-18-2020, 07:57 AM   #4
snow_bound26
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Join Date: Jul 2014
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: SLC and Lake Placid
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2005 92x Aero
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It's easy to miss a tear on the turbo inlet with a visual inspection. Yes they are a pain to install, but the piece of mind is worth it. Typically they tear at the turbo.

Not really sure why everyone with an EJ20 lately thinks they have piston issues. EJ255/257 have ringland issues. EJ205 has weak rods. Your 05 has the better crank and is less likely to spin a bearing but the crap oil pan makes it easier to starve the engine of oil. Most any single scroll VF turbo will get you into that power range. A 16g will get you on the higher side of it. Just need to decide on journal bearing (doesn't spool quite as fast, more tolerant to changes in oil pressure) or ball bearing (faster spool, less tolerant to changes in oil pressure).

Transmission is a crap shoot. 05 had the stronger trans from that era but still had issues. There are people with 350wtq with no issues and people who grenaded then at stock power levels. It really comes down to how you drive.
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