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subymike 02-23-2013 09:58 AM

VF52 worth it?
So im thinking about upgrading my vf40 and was wondering if the power is worth getting a used vf52 for like $600ish? I dont have any experience with turbo swaps yet so any info is appreciated!

robitrice 02-23-2013 10:05 AM

personally i will never buy a used turboe from someone i do not know, it ultimately caused engine and turbo failure on my car a year later. If it is from someone you know and trust and can ensure it is in good condition then maybe. VF52's are good setups and with proper parts and tuning can go anywhere from 300-330whp. You will need a tune if you choose this turbo.

a93x 02-23-2013 10:17 AM

Yeah great turbo. But I wouldn't get it from a random unless you had them take it to a reputable Subie shop and talked to them on the phone and they confirmed it was in working order. Even then though seals could be bad. Might as well go new with a warranty.. Not not vf if its new.

Max Capacity 02-23-2013 03:19 PM

I'm still loving mine.

subymike 02-23-2013 05:41 PM

Well if its not a good idea to get a used one then would i be better getting something else new then? And im already planning on a tune anyways.

robitrice 02-23-2013 05:49 PM

VF52 are like 1100 new, so is it worth $400 extra dollars to know you have a brand new turbo vs a used one? Of you can buy a blown one as a core and send it to BNR and have it rebuilt for roughly the same price as a used one.

subymike 02-23-2013 05:56 PM

Yeah i was talking to bryan at bnr and gave me a quote on a 20g. But ive been getting mixed signals. Not really sure if thats the route i want to take or not.

robitrice 02-23-2013 06:06 PM

20g would require additional fueling with fuel pump and injectors. VF52 and a 16g are about as far as you can push with stock fueling, even a 16g with a fuel pump is not gonna get that much more vs stock fueling

subymike 02-23-2013 06:13 PM

Ive got DW740s and a DW200 pump on the way. So im good there. Im not worried about that. All of my supporting stuff is taken care of. Im just stuck on the turbo choice :(

robitrice 02-23-2013 07:10 PM

Then id go 20g if u have all the supporting mods, why put a smaller turbo on when u can go a little more turbo!! Do the 20g

idiot4hire 02-24-2013 07:11 AM

If you have the stock clutch that might need to be replaced depending on the power you make. Unless you have 5eat.

subymike 02-24-2013 07:46 AM

Yeah ive already got a stg 2 exedy im installing with everything else. So im good there. And im looking to be around 350ish whp.

lee07 02-24-2013 09:15 AM

You are going to have to go e85 if you want 350whp.

The 20g on pump gas is at roughly only 320whp and the vf52 will be the same but on e85, otherwise only 280-290 on pump, mine came out to only 287

Real ? is is it a dd, a 1/4 car or track car?

If it's a dd, I'd go with the vf52 and e85, 20g and e85 if a 1/4 car and if a track car, vf52 on pump gas or e85

Bigger turbo = more lag, no power unless you downshift, good for highway pulls
Smaller turbo, less lag, more power and no need to downshift, good for the city

lee07 02-24-2013 09:25 AM

If you are gonna upgrade the fuel pump, injectors go e85 with the turbo of choice, I went with the vf52 as it's my dd and I drive in the city and never go past or see 5k rpms anyways. Buy brand new unless you know the previous owner/history. E85

subymike 02-24-2013 09:40 AM

Well its dd/ occasional 1/4 car. And unfortunately e85 isnt easily available in my area :( so maybe 18g or vf52 might be my better choice then?

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