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Hi folks, I hope everyone is safe and well. Since we're back in lockdown, I'm keen to rebuild a set of RB26 turbos that I have in the shed as a project. While I'm at it, I'd prefer to upgrade them to steel internals.

I've found a seller offering a complete kit but they are based in Australia. Are there any UK stockists of kits?

Any and all replies appreciated! (Link to the eBay kit from Australia below for reference)
Turbo Rebuild and Upgrade Kit
 

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I'm very into shed projects, but this isn't a shed project. You'll need to balance them with a special machine at about 200krpm or they'll rip themselves a new one, which unfortunately means you need to drop them to a specialist (i went through the same decision process several years ago).
 

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Thanks for your reply. I could have the turbos balanced after rebuild if I decided to use them - this was more an exercise in learning how to rebuild them and to keep me occupied during lockdown! Did you have a lead on rebuild kits in the UK?
 

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Okey doke. apologies I don't, I actually ordered a seal kit from Aus but was rebuilding steel RS581 turbos.

Ironically my turbo rebuild guy said he could have got them cheaper when I gave them to him to use.
 

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I ordered from this place 2 years ago. Turbos are still working today so I guess I did okay for my first time! Have to say I didn't ordered steel turbines since mines are original N1s, but I think they will be able to provide you them.

Our turbos I belive they are T25s, so a kit designed for them should work. In my case I only had to reuse the thrust bearing since mine was 360deg and something else related to that. Also take care of the compressor gasket which these kits do not include, the ones installed on our turbos are paper and break without touching them.


Honestly, rebuilding them itself was one of the most rewarding and satisfying things I did on my gtr. Not removing or installing them though, that was a fk*** pain.

Also what Alex says, you most likely will need to send them to be balanced, doesn't matter how well you mark and align everything.

Good luck!
 

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Exactly my thinking. I've never really had the opportunity to work on cars so I'm always keen to try to do as many of the jobs I can. I've stripped the turbos down to pieces, so leads on rebuild/upgrade kits are my primary focus now.
 
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