Ta52 vs ta49

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Ta52 vs ta49

  1. Piledriver

    Piledriver New Member

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    Hi, a little new to the Buick turbo world. I have a all stock 1987 t-type car with 85000 miles on it and looking at doing some upgrades. I want to run mid to low 11s what do u guys think about the ta49 or ta52 turbo's. I going to buy bigger injectors, chip and turbo what do u guys think would be best any help would be great. I know a bigger stall will help. I'm looking at buying one part at a time . Sorry if this I not the right place to post this ? in.
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    The 49 if you are buying parts one at a time. You can sell the 49 used very easily when you want to go bigger
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    ZNix Young-Gun

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    Invest in a sold built transmission. The stock one will not last very long with the power you need to run those times. Might as well add a good stall converter to help make it a little easier to run those times.

    Nix
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    krom Alky graveyard parking.

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    I blew up 2 52's on back to back weekends with under 10 runs total.
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    bison Moderator Staff Member

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    The 51's and 52's had issues when they were new with turbine failure. Those issues are long gone though.
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    Ok I found a te44. Is a te44 better,worse, or same as a ta49 from what I found its about the same only doesnt look stock(guess it still bolts up like a stock one)
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    krom Alky graveyard parking.

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    It will bolt up, same as a 49.
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    You'll need a different wastegate to work with the "TE" 44 compressor cover. It is a different then the "TA" 49 compressor cover.
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    Hi Pile Driver . Welcome to the Buick World. Have you ever drag raced before. ? And done quarter mile passes at a track. Reason why? I know everyone wants to go fast. And shoot numbers like 10' and 11 second times. But there is alot of other things you will have to consider on your car that need to be changed when going those times. Remember these cars stock from Factory went 14's on the quarter. Dropping 3 seconds is huge. Remember when you want to go 11's . Things will break. Good luck.
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    get a turbo that doesnt have the T3 exhaust wheel. you'll need a converter, but you'll be happier. I wish I had a better turbine wheel....
  11. Piledriver

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    Yes I have raced before most 1/8 stuff ( went 7.20 @99 in an 1/8) but I'm new to the Buick turbo. I had a 87 gn about 10 years ago but I didn't do any upgrades
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    we4Mateo Double you eee what?

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    Wastegate should be the same; you'll just need to mount the actuator to the turbo but the factory puck or whatever downpipe you are using will work with either TA49 or TE44.
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    we4Mateo Double you eee what?

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    Throw some race gas in, learn how to adjust the fuel and timing, and get what you have to run hard first. That's part of the fun.

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