Does anyone remember the maximum amount of boost a stock turbo in my '02 can handle?
Good information. Pictures would be even better.:thumbsup:You can get a bit more use from your HX if you do some modifications to the exhaust side of the turbo. I used a die grinder to remove a bit more than 1.5 inches of the center divider. I made a semi-sharp rolled edge where I blended the 2 sides of the exhaust housing into each other. Then I opened up the wastegate puck hole until there was about 1/16 of overlap left. Finally I fabricated a new rear cover from 1/2 plate, with a fabricated "collector" to merge the wastegate gasses into my 4 inch downpipe. The extra room provided by the collector also allows more wastegate puck travel.
The result is that I have better wastegate control of boost and do not have to rely on defueling from the edge juice to control boost. When I first put the Juice on the truck, it would spike boost to 45 pounds in a heartbeat...after the mods the wastegate does the boost control and I am able to regulate to 38 pounds maximum.
In stock form the front scroll of the exhaust side is not subject to wastegate regulation, leading to the turbo continuing to speed up even with the wastegate open.
I forget where I initially learned of this modification, but it does work. I have over 100,000 miles on this modification, and I am still running the original HX with 240,000 miles on it.
I'm going to see if I can find anything else about your modification. Sounds like something worth doing.:thumbsup:Sorry, no pictures. I did that modification a few years ago. I all fairness, I read about it on a diesel forum..but I don't remember which one. My exhaust temps can get toasty with the Edge set on the higher levels, but it is a setup that can tow and GO when needed. I keep the rpms above 1500 when towing over 10,000 pounds to keep it cool.
It spools at about 1300 rpm and does what it is supposed to do. I can run level 5 in the 1/4 mile without "too much" exhaust temperature...but level 6 blacks out the sun..and is flat out hot and nasty...and fast.. for a block or so.