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i have a 2006 Outback 2.5 XT and the turbo failed. I am looking for alternative options for replacement other than another stock turbo. Would prefer to spend less that what i was quoted for a new turbo from Subaru (approx. $1400 for parts and gaskets + install per my mechanic). While I wouldn't mind a perfomance upgrade I dont want my mechanic to have to do any fabrication or modification to install the new unit. I'm sure there is a great bolt on option, but I just dont know about it. We bought the Outback new, it is all stock, and has 130,000 miles on it. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.

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I'm not sure if the STI turbo will work or not, but I do know that anytime you start changing parts of a turbo system you will need to have the ECU re-tuned to make sure those parts play nice with the rest of the system.


A different turbo can create different boost levels through the RPM range, which will need to be accounted for or severe engine damage will result.

If you think $1400 for a stock replacement sounds expensive, guess what a new engine costs?


If you don't want to spend the money for a whole new turbo, you can often get a new CHRA kit (Center Housing & Rotating Assembly) and reuse the old snail shells from the old turbo.

A new CHRA is much less expensive than an entirely new unit, but will cost extra in labor to have the parts swapped over.

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 Would prefer to spend less that what i was quoted for a new turbo from Subaru ...............................wouldn't mind a perfomance upgrade


Pick one.


Better stuff costs more.


Just replace it with a stock turbo unless you are doing other mods/tune

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