I know Algae Eaters turbo spools great, but what makes that .85 housing perform so well? Is it of a different design than the other 14cm and 12 cm housings?
Yes, the .85 is a *newer* design which both spools and flows.
The volute design is superior, due to the newer technology. There is a reason why ATS uses them on the Aurora 3000.
Does that answer the question? Because that's how Weston explained it to me.
When some thing defies conventional wisdom there is usually a reason.
Are you saying that there's usually a reason because conventional wisdom is usually right??
Just trying to understand. Regardless I don't see how it defies conventional wisdom as much as it isn't highly known.
A 62/68 is an odd combo to start with, small compressor with a larger than normal hot side.
Sorry but this isn't the case.
62/71's are just as common as 62/65's and they always have been.
The 62/68 is not a larger than normal hotside.
It's actually the opposite, it's the "happy medium" between the two extremes, both of which have drawbacks due to their extremity...
Meaning a 62/65 is as much of a mis-match as a 62/71.. and more people used to choose a 62/71 before the 62/68 was a known option.
So a 62/71 isn't even a "larger than normal hotside".
The II Silver 62/74 is a "larger than normal hotside".
A 3mm (or less) difference between the comp & turbine wheels is a mismatch.
Does the smaller compressor spool faster than a 63 would, offsetting the lag to be expected with the larger hot side?
There is no "lag to be expected" on a 62/68/.85.
A 62/68 (in most cases) will most definitely spool sooner than a 63/68.
EDIT: However, a 63/68/12 would probably spool a lil sooner than a 62/68/14. But it wouldn't be as "useful".
I would say a 62/68/.85 may spool as fast as a 63/68/12. And it will definitely flow more on top, so it's more useful.
Would a 62/68/.85 spool faster than a 62/65/12 given equal fueling?
No, definitely not.. but it doesn't spool slower-enough to say the 62/65 is the clear winner.
When you're building 10PSI boost by 1250RPM, that's about as close to stock as it gets.
Would the 62/68/.85 make enough low end boost to be a good towing turbo- as compared to the more conventional 62/65/12?
Sure it would.. like I said it makes 10PSI by 1250RPM.. I need to post video tomorrow. I will try to get a vid of my boost gauge with throttle inputs and you can tell me if it has any lag.
Whether the 62/65/12 will out-tow a 62/68/.85 would be affected by other things.. like gear-ratio / cruising RPM's for one.
On 4.10's I wouldn't say a 62/65 would be any better since you'd be cruising at a high enough RPM to cool things with both turbos pretty equally.
If you're towing and need to mash on it to pass, (or get on it for any other reason) a 62/65/12 will get hotter/quicker than a 62/68/.85
On 3.54 gears however, I would say a 62/65/12 might run a tad cooler up a hill at 55-60MPH in 4th, (at, around, or below 1500RPM) than a 62/68/.85.
.. but in that case you should downshift to OD-OFF (or 4th on a 5-speed) instead of pulling low RPM's up a hill... even with a stock turbo. It's just not flowing enough air to cool things and it's hard on the drivetrain. So it's not necessary in the first place.
Timing has an effect on how well a truck will tow. Stock or near timing levels will have more oomph down low and tow better. Unless you have low gears (4.10) and spin high RPMs and then more timing could help.