Correct.. It was agreed in the space of a couple of seconds between Ned and i, that hybrid was the way to go.
The price for the MD556 Stage 1 Turbo dynamics unit was as stated £912 which included vat. Which i think was still on par with a new GT 170 spec unit, which is slightly different to the 150 unit.
MD556 - Stage 1 Hybrid Turbocharger:
Hi flow GT22 compressor wheel
Re-profiled compressor housing to suit
360 degree thrust bearing
Modified turbine wheel blades to reduce backpressure
Blueprinting of turbo to motorsport standards
Max recommended boost pressure: 22-24 PSI
Estimated Power Output: 220-240 bhp
I ran the new turbo with pretty much std 170 boost levels to start off with to make sure all was ok. You could feel even at that level the character of the new turbo giving more meaty pull and power up the top of the rev range.
It was when we fitted the FMIC and the boost was upped again the turbo really came alive. Never forget that drive home..Sadly the stock clutch didn't last for long at this stage. Couldn't handle the peak torque. So the JTD tuning stage one clutch was fitted and so far so good she is solid. I was sympathetic to the new clutch for a good 1000 miles, to bed it in.
The new turbo honestly makes the car feel like a larger multi cylinder engine not the characteristics of a turbocharged car. The torque is all there when you need it. Absolutely no lag. Yet i am sure this is partially due to the nature of a diesel engine anyhow. Its how the new unit enables the car to rev strongly and cleanly right up to the rev line, no running out of puff like the oem unit. Just lovely.
I could of opted for the JTD performance GTB turbo kit. But to be fair the TD unit will go to a nice boost level and around 240, which would be an awesome place to be with WMI one day. The q2 diff does a magnificent job of controlling the added torque. I know for sure my old GT without the q2 would have struggled to get the power down from slower speeds. Its been a really interesting learning curve.