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Old 04-24-2008, 01:49 PM   #1
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what is more cost effective? turbo mani question

right now I have a turbo manifold from Toms kit....as you all know that isn't the greatest of all manifolds and most of you who have it probably went to a stronger one.....I've had this mani. rewelded quite a bit and it just wants to keep cracking..

so here's my situation...I have a JGY mani. but there are no holes in the manifold for a wastegate or dp/turbo...so i'd have to get somebody to do that for me....being that I have no welding experience...

would it be cheaper to just find another manifold to fit what I have? or just get this one welded?

also, how much do you all think I'll be spending over all?

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Old 04-24-2008, 02:45 PM   #2
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Can't speak for the welding and reworking part, but a new one tends to be in the 500-800 dollar range I think. I guess it all depends if you know someone who can weld the one you have for you. I would imagine if you don't have a welding hookup it wouldn't be too much of a savings and would probably be faster and easier to get a new one. Just my 2cents though.
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Old 04-24-2008, 02:59 PM   #3
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well you have to be careful because the JGS manifold might not put the turbo and wastegate in the same place, so you would need a new downpipe and/or wastegate pipe too...

If it keeps cracking then you need to take it to a different shop, that just means the place youre going to doesnt know what theyre doing. they need to round off the crack tip before they weld it back up, it takes a lot of work to do it right which is probly why they dont do it
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the JGY mani. is just a log basically right now...it'll bolt up to the head but that's as far as it goes.....I was going to get the welder to copy the "tom" mani. and give it back as a stronger replica...the one that's on the car now is the "tom" mani. and is the one that keeps cracking.
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Most of the time when a manifold cracks its due to the manifold being of small guage tubing. The heat makes it crack and has nothing to do with the welding. I had Toms prototype tubular manifold that was made of stainless steel thin guage and it just kept cracking no matter who welded it back together. So just do yourself a favor and get a well done manifold of thick guage and your problems will be solved. Just my .02 cnts.
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