View Full Version : Found a competent CT-26 rebuilder

08-08-2012, 06:24 PM
I work for a company that rebuilds turbos now, but doesn't handle Toyota turbos. But I got a good tip on the best Toyota rebuilder they know of in CA, and this is who they send people to.

Turbo Power 4301 Product Dr # B, Cameron Park, CA(530) 677-2233

Talked to them on the phone and they do whole reman CT-26s for $590 + 250 core (single entry, dual entry is a couple bucks more), or reman CHRAs for $390 + core.

$390 is a great price if you are comfortable getting housings off and clocking.

Guy I talked to says they have several on the shelf. I asked him about sourcing new components if needed and he says wheels etc are no problem.

On a side note, don't run cheap ass air filters, I'm now fully aware of how damaging they are to compressor wheels, dulls the blades really fast :-\

08-08-2012, 06:28 PM
What about a 215 turbo?

08-08-2012, 06:34 PM
Call em and ask. Dunno how they source their parts so couldn't say.

08-08-2012, 07:14 PM
390 for a 26 rebuild is still 390 too high IMO. Not sure why anyone would want to keep that turbo if it died.

08-08-2012, 09:23 PM
I wonder if they'll do 50 trim upgrades and such as well....

08-08-2012, 09:50 PM
Theyre not worth anything unless they actually will port out the exhaust side like ATS does on the 27.

08-08-2012, 10:02 PM
I'm going to need to get a CT26 rebuilt and was completely in dark on rebuilder, so thanks for the heads up!

08-08-2012, 10:05 PM
Why would you rebuild a CT26? I just dont understand WHY youd wanna do it?

Or is yours a 7MGTE 26? Thats a different ballgame.

08-08-2012, 10:21 PM
CT isn't a bad turbo for daily driving.

Good divorced downpipe + exhaust makes for a fun ride. Too bad you have to get the downpipe fabbed.

08-08-2012, 10:34 PM
Dude, it just isnt worth the money.

390 for a CT26 or 450-500 for a 20b..

The 20b is a better turbo in every way. In my opinion its a no brainer.

08-08-2012, 11:29 PM
Show me a freshly sealed 20b with sharp blades for that and I'd say go for it.

08-09-2012, 01:32 AM
Luni's shaft is all up in the 20b. (eh, eh, get it? Turbo joke..) :hehe:

joe's gt
08-10-2012, 06:02 AM
Well that is approximately a 5 min drive from my house!

08-10-2012, 05:33 PM
Ive owned 2 20bs that cost me around that.

Both of them have given long life and great performance.

Cappy has 2 of them. Both of them have been great to him.

Joel has one also. Been a great turbo.

Sorry WOT. I have a lot of experience with 20bs. And I have also seen a few frag, Ive seen 26s frag. Id still counsel someone NOT to rebuild a twin entry 26 and just move on to something else.

08-10-2012, 06:08 PM
I'd still rather have a real turbo than a CT series...

08-10-2012, 06:48 PM
I'm going with the CT26 on the 5SFTE build. My reasoning is that I already have three cores lying around (if they arn't good in the first place). Also, this build is focusing on driveability and too as much as a degree as possible reliability. I'm only going for maybe 150-160 CHP and I have a lot of bolt on mods to go with the build.

08-10-2012, 07:31 PM
^well, the 20b is more "driveable". It spools quicker and comes on better. It has a better powerband, AND it flows more air so your 2.2 liter wont choke out. Its also more efficient so it requires less intercooling to keep away from detonation.

Just saying. When I say its a better turbo in every way, it is a better turbo in every way.

08-12-2012, 12:12 AM
I wouldn't spend money on any CT series turbo.

08-12-2012, 07:07 AM
^thats because you can't make 700 hp on one.

joe's gt
09-14-2012, 04:57 AM
Funny coincidence. So the girlfriend comes home a few days ago and says in addition to the HVAC place she's working part time for, she is also now working for this other guy part time in the same building.

She then shows me his business card...


09-14-2012, 05:09 AM
Marry her. Immediately.

09-14-2012, 08:55 PM
i paid 300 for my CT-26 rebuilt and modded

"larger t04e compressor wheel of your choice (we recommend t04e 50 trim)
Upgrades also include machining the compressor housing and bearing housing to accept the larger compressor wheel.
We install larger 360 thrust bearing and stagger gap turbine side seal." <--as said by the shop..built by
performance techniques in SanBern, CA
ceramic coated aswell

pics of my turbo can be found in my build thread.


09-14-2012, 10:13 PM

I assume you mean these guys?


Their website makes me a little nervous, but if it doesn't explode, that's a crazy low price, especially coated.

09-14-2012, 11:17 PM
yea same guys.. i was aswell from there site, and its a lil drive to the shop,
but i know of a couple others on AT.net went through them and they do warranty..
i was telling the owner to update it lol.. hes a cool guy tho. but he does well locally.. he had plenty of work..

09-16-2012, 03:00 PM
I have to agree with Luni here. Having used stock ct26's, modded ct26's (I had one with a 50 trim t04e from PT), and ct20b's, I'd just go with the ct20b. The ct26 doesn't compare in any way.

I plan on keeping mine in my ST205 for the foreseeable future. Only *just* got rid of mine on the 165, only b/c my goals are different and I don't need the car to do any daily driving at all. But it was good to me and was very fun to drive with it.

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09-16-2012, 05:36 PM
I will always be running an RC CT26 so this is good info.