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Hi, I'm in the process of finishing off someone else's unfinished project. Just wondering if I should keep Garrett T3 turbo or upgrade? Is there a straight swap for a later Garret Turbo or would even a later cheap Chinese turbo be better? Cheers


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Lowestoft, Suffolk.

The T3 is an old hat turbo these days.
The Garret GT17 has proven to provide some very good power on many cars on here.
Swaying away from the T3 turbo and itís mating flange to the manifold will necessitate some modification or replacement of the std metro manifold.
A consideration with turbo choice is what is the car going to be used for? Out right track toy or street car with a bit more go?
I have no personal experience with them but believe some members on here had used ďChineseĒ CHRA turbo cartridges with some success but it may be worth hitting the search button and doing some reading around on available cheaper turbos/options.
The search button will turn up most answers you need as there isnít much that hasnít been documented on here in depth over the years, it will take some invested time to find the answers.


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Lake District

Thereís no straight swop for the T3, any change of turbo will require either an new manifold or modification/adaption of the metro one. Youíll then need to sort a downpipe, an oil drain and an oil feed.



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