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Journal vs Ball Bearings

Discussion in 'Forced Induction' started by 5speed, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. 5speed

    5speed New Member

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    Well, pretty much from what i have concluded, Ball bearing turbos spool up to 15% faster than journal bearings. But Journal bearings are a little under half the price of a ball bearing turbo. You can get the same size turbo, Same trim, and both will produce the same amount of power in the end. How much of a difference can a ball bearing do compared to the journal bearing in drag races such as 1/8 and 1/4 mile? And is it worth getting the journal bearing, or save up for the ball bearing?
     
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    B16RacerN2NR Working Hard VIP

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    If you're going to drag, anything to help with reaching full boost sooner is always going to be worth it. If you just want a fun daily driver budget build, then the price difference may be worth saving.
     
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    BB turbos last longer for one and will spool faster but there is no need for it the float bearings are fine 90% of oem turbos are journal bearing.
     
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    B16RacerN2NR Working Hard VIP

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    Internet myth if you ask me. It's just that the people who save their hard earned money to shell out the extra dough for a ball bearing turbo generally are the types of people who overall do it right the first time. A ball bearing turbo that is carelessly maintained will gernade just as fast as a flat/journal type bearing turbo...
     
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    IMO a ball bearing turbo is well worth it.

    im considering buying one with my tax return. lol
     
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    i wish i can afford a BB turbo... to me the BB turbo just sounds WAY better........i love BB turbo but too much for the my budget....i had J. turbos before nd they spool pretty good, atleast good enough, i was happy, buying A new after i finished paying for my blokk to get out
     
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    They were originally created as a stronger alternative to a regular journal bearing. It is not an internet myth.
     
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