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If your journal bearing turbo has developed some minor shaft play or oil leakage, don't scrap it...rebuild it!

I've been professionally rebuilding all brands, types, and sizes of journal bearing turbochargers as a hobby since 2004. My experience extends well beyond the performance market- I've serviced turbos from small diesel trucks to over-the-highway tow vehicles, ambulance / emergency equipment, even cranes and other off-road equipment that operates under load for hours every day. In motorsports, my rebuilt turbos have set records and won numerous drag racing events and 24-hour endurance races like the ChumpCar World Series and LeMons events. With over 1000 rebuilds of various brands and applications during my tenure as a hobbyist, I've brought life to many turbos that would've otherwise been scrapped- saving my fellow DSMers hundreds of dollars over buying a new turbocharger.

A standard rebuild services all of your turbo's general wear items. This includes the turbine sealing ring, journal bearings, thrust collar, thrust plate, compressor seal collar, and compressor sealing ring. Your turbo's turbine wheel and center housing are fully cleaned and media-blasted if necessary to remove oil coking. The center housing and turbine housing are coated with a high-temp ceramic cast paint to prevent corrosion. Your turbo will look and perform like new after it's been rebuilt.

Pricing starts at $200 for a basic service depending on model which includes the necessary general wear parts and balancing, plus actual return shipping. I stock over $10,000 worth of turbo parts at all times- rebuild kits, compressor wheels, turbine shafts, housings, chances are I'll be able to repair your turbo with parts I have on stock meaning a quicker turnaround and less time spent waiting on parts. If additional parts do need to be ordered, they're normally only a few days away. Any additional labor required to extract broken bolts, repair stripped threads, re-configuring an internal wastegate system (where applicable) or any welding jobs will be billed hourly. Turnaround time varies by the amount of work lined up when your turbo arrives; priority given by the order in which your turbo is received.

Please note this is a rebuild service, not an upgrade service. Upgrading is within my capabilities but not always feasible depending on the time involved and how much work is waiting; I'm not interested in wrapping days into upgrading your turbo during the busy season and making other customers wait. I do not offer any porting services outside of porting a wastegate hole when installing a functionality mod like a larger flapper or something along those lines.

My name is known worldwide and my reputation speaks for itself- check my feedback on the site for reassurance. You won't find another Freelancer with as much experience, knowledge, and success in the same price before choosing to send your turbo to some random cut-rate rebuilder with a Facebook page, verify their credentials / successes and compare! I use only Genuine parts or aftermarket parts from a reliable source that are proven-reliable by my own you can guarantee the turbo you'll receive will work as good as (or better than) when it was new from the factory. The parts I install as well as my labor are fully guaranteed for thirty days after the rebuild; warranty does not cover any failure due to oil contamination. For warranty service to be honored, you MUST use an oil source that gives the turbo proper operating pressure and the turbo must have a sufficient oil drain. Under-oiled, over-oiled, or turbos that have failed due to oil contamination result in immediate warranty termination.

The terms of service are fairly simple- to be considered a rebuildable core qualifying at the prices mentioned above your turbo must have no wheel damage and not have shaft play that is so excessive that wheel damage would occur. The turbine shaft must be straight and intact, and the turbo must be visually large cracks in turbine housings, etc. Any turbo I receive with wheel damage as a result of extreme shaft play which cannot be repaired (hooked blades, bent fins, missing fins, or fins that are rubbed away from hitting the housing) is considered scrap and will be sent back to the owner or scrapped based on whether the owner is willing to pay return shipping or not. Again, I don't want guys sending me turbos that are obviously junk expecting me to perform a miracle for $'s not going to happen without spending some cash. Any unclaimed core or rebuilt turbo left unpaid after a generous period of 6 months becomes property of me.

All interested parties are urged to contact me via PM here on DSMtuners, on Facebook @ /justurbos, or by email at [email protected] for damage assessment and a quote.

No other Freelancer stocks / installs more Genuine parts than myself. Before going elsewhere, ask for proof of the parts that are on stock or a selfie with their balancing equipment to know you're getting what you pay for.


My turbochargers have had much success in the DSM world over the years, including:
  • 2008 Shootout Bracket class runner-up, Gabe Friend (TD05H 20G)
  • 2009 Shootout Bracket class winner, David Ruby (HX35)
  • 2012 Shootout DSM Eliminator class winner, John Whalen (Compound Holsets; H1C and HX52)
  • 2016 Shootout Street 32 class winner, David Ruby (8.61 @ 164mph)
  • Fastest current Holset in the platform, David Ruby (66mm HX40; 8.77 and 163mph)
  • Fastest current Holset HY35 on a DSM, Gabe Friend (HY35; 10.71 and 133.9 mph)

Dave Ruby's "quickest/fastest 4G63 Holset":


John Whalen's DSM Shootout-winning Holset compounds:


A few examples of completed jobs from this and other platforms:

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