I am building my "ultimate commuter" which is a 2002 Honda insight, engine and trans is out of a 1.5L 2008 Honda Fit Sport automatic 5 speed with paddle shifters. Engine will remain mostly stock with the exception of Hondata Flash Pro, oil cooler, custom short runner intake manifold due to no clearance for the stock one, and of course a turbocharger. Will also be intercooler but not sure yet what kind until manifold is done and engine installed.
With exception of a rare drag strip visit just to know what she can do, this car will not be raced, launched etc. I am looking for an honest 150 BHP with a slightly higher capacity for the future. The less lag the better. Car will weigh right at 2000 pounds. Driven daily, Lowered on 195/45 15 Toyo Proxes TR1s. 95% freeway car.
The following is a list that I have been looking at that seem to fit the bill....
Please give an opinion of what you like best and also feel free to recommend one not on the list
1. Garrett GT2554r BB water cooled $900+...... my first choice money not an issue Garrett GT2554R (aka GT25R) Ball Bearing Turbo : atpturbo.com
2.Garrett OEM GT22 oil cooled $427, I would be fine without BB and if the oil cooling is adequate, it would be nice not to have to add water cooling. great price. Company is all over eBay and has strong positive score but the company definitely from china and not a lot of online reviews of the model of turbo, googling the part numbers only brings you back to the one add so may be fishy NEW OEM Garrett GT22 Turbo Journal Bearing Oil Cooled T3 Flange 759638-5002S 759638-5002S, GT22 turbos, garrett [GT22] - $427.49 : TurboPark, Auto Park & Turbo Supply
3. Garret T28 BB OEM used JDM Nissan Silvia $500 slightly too large? Used is always a concern but oem is a plus NISSAN SR20DET S14 GARRETT T28 Ball Bearing TURBO / OEM SR20 Silvia 14411-69F00
4. Twisted Motion T25 clone $300 ....... Not garret but it IS balanced here and the rather successful company is local to me. Web Store