There are two types of diesel trucks in the industry. Turbos are designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle (or around 150,000 miles. Among the truck users is the workman who uses his truck to haul equipment and livestock, and among the street folks are those who want a truck that can make a number. Whether you’re building for work or performance, there are numerous upgrade options. Slowly, drop-in upgrades are taking over the work stock market.
That’s what this industry is all about after all. Someone explained to me one time that a lot more trucks pass by your house which are being used for work than hot-rods. What do you think? In conclusion, Spoologic Turbo Systems has offerings to keep these workaholic turbochargers in the mix.
From a looks standpoint, we’re clearly upgrading so far.
The company, which supplies turbos to a wide range of vehicles, wanted to target the Cummins-powered trucks for this testing since they are currently the most popular in this sector. Having in mind the need to use a new, upgraded turbocharger, we chose an old friend from 2006, a Dodge Ram that we’ve been tinkering with for years.
The truck features an upgraded air intake system, Edge Products CTS3 monitor, and custom tuning via EFILive. The sole purpose of this truck is to pull a boat or a full-size camper to-and-from the campsite. It gets daily driven sometimes, but for the most part, it is hooked to a camper or a boat. With that being said, the truck is capable of doing these tasks without any upgrades, but the point is to make the tasks easier with more available horsepower and torque. Let’s dive in.
How Are We Using These Parts?
With the upgrades already installed, a truck such as this has a familiar feel. That means that any extra power added by the Stage II turbocharger from Spoologic will be noticeable. With this turbocharger, SPOOLOGIC Turbo Cummins will gain horsepower and torque, lower exhaust gas temperatures, and quicker spool-up times. There are two turbochargers available for this Cummins power plant.
From the moment I opened the box, I was impressed. In all honesty, I’m being totally unbiased during these tests, and I’m surprised by how well made these parts are. There was a thick layer of red paint coating our Stage II turbocharger box and the hardware was of high quality as well. My attention was drawn to the 48-hour warranty on the labeling as I pulled the turbo out of the box. You will see the repair within 48 hours if you ship your product to them for repair. Then you’re serving.
It’s not hard to locate that balanced 63-MM compressor wheel tucked against a very racy-looking front cover, just waiting to generate 45 PSI of boost when the cover is exposed. Before installation, I glanced at the engine bay and noticed the poorly constructed factory exhaust manifold. We were lucky to get a ceramic-coated, high-flow Cummins exhaust manifold from Spoologic.
The thing that really got me was here. Gaskets on exhaust manifolds are the most aggravating part of installing exhaust manifolds. The gasket holes must line up with the bolt holes, and then the manifold needs to be maneuvered into position, all by yourself.