Ball Bearing Turbochargers

Garrett Ball Beaing GT28

Many Turbo manufacturers in the hunt for ultimate efficiency have implemented ball bearing technology to their performance Turbochargers.

Ball Bearing performance Turbochargers involve a cage filled with ball bearings which surround the Turbochargers shaft and wheel.  As the shaft rotates, so do the ball bearings in the cage.  The design using ball bearings, significantly reduces the contact load on the turbo and with less requirement on oil quantity for oil lubrication, also the drag.  As such ball bearing Turbochargers offer a more efficient operation with faster spool.  Developments in Compressor and Turbine wheel designs have also increased performance and efficiency, with the latest GTX Garrett wheels with their lightweight design, billet construction and aggressive 11 blade design pushing the performance and efficiency bar much higher than ever seen before.

At Turbo Rebuild we can supply most New Ball Bearing Turbochargers as well as a moderate range of replacement Turbo ball bearing CHRA.

Ball Bearing Turbo Repairs

We have also invested heavily recently to be fully equipped to not only repair many of the ball bearing Turbochargers on the market, but also upgrade them.  The bulk of our investment has been in the Garrett GT and GTX ball bearing range. 

This includes the GT2554R, GT2560R, GT2560R, GT2854R, GT2859R, GT2860R, GT2860RS, GT2867R, GT2871R, GT2876R, GTX3067R, GT3071R, GTX3071R, GT3076R, GTX3076R, GT3582R, GTX3582R.  We are currently also expanding into the IHI range of performance Turbochargers. 

Upgrades we can offer include

  • Ceramic ball bearings
  • Metal ball bearing cages
  • Performance total closure oil seal (piston rings)
  • GTX style conversions
  • Enlarged compressor conversions


Our strict quality control has not only allowed us to source the best possible quality components, but also means every single ball bearing Turbocharger that passes through out workshop is inspected at multiple stages though out the build process to ensure the best possible product leaves.

All ball bearing Turbos we work are subject to

  • Multi stage clearance checks
  • High speed VSR Trim balancing to far higher tolerances than OE
  • Noise Tested for quiet operation
  • Leak tested for increased reliability