Replacing the turbo unit

perrya

Veteran Member
Joined
Dec 16, 2011
Location
california
TDI
2006 Jetta BRM with 200K
when you replace the turbo unit, is it necessary to replace the actuator or can u simply use the old one since it is mostly electronic (assuming it works fine)? There is a price difference with significant savings if you use the old actuator versus buying a new one. Or, should it be replaced regardless? My car has 205K.:confused:
 

GreenLantern_TDI

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Joined
Feb 27, 2014
Location
Iowa
TDI
2015 GOLF SEL
Check out the PD140 with smart actuator from IDPARTS. Stock Brm turbo is known to have actuator issues so i elected to but a whole new setup from Peter and sold my still good actuator to another club member with a bad brm actuator. Also the PD140 was a straight bolt on for me.. No tune update needed.
 

1998993C2S

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Joined
Jul 19, 2006
Location
Georgia & Colorado
TDI
2006.5 Jetta Pkg2 DSG Navi
Confused: Is not the stock USA MY05.5 thru MY06 1.9 BRM motor, with Borg Warner turbo & actuator only available as a complete unit? Alternately said, the BRM's actuator is not available as a stand alone component? No?

Please advise.
 

A5INKY

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Joined
Sep 4, 2007
Location
Louisville, KY
TDI
2006 Jetta TDI, 2002 Eurovan Westphalia VR6
The OE actuator is not "mostly electronic" at all. It is a vacuum actuator with a position sensor that doesn't seem to figure in to engine management really at all. I am of the mind it is for emissions DTC setting and not much else having tunes with and w/o it. One of the best parts of upgrading a BRM turbo is to be able to use a more robust Garrett turbo w/o the position sensor. Just tune the sensor out of the ECU tune and be done with that.
 
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