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Unleashing Power and Efficiency: The Marvels of Ball Bearing Turbo Technology

Posted by Diesel Power Source on Feb 6, 2024

Are you tired of sluggish turbocharger response, lackluster acceleration, and suboptimal fuel efficiency in your diesel truck? Well, there's good news on the horizon – the era of ball bearing turbos has dawned, and it's revolutionizing the diesel performance game. In this blog post, we'll delve into the incredible advantages of upgrading to a ball bearing turbo and explore how combining it with innovative technologies like the Turbonator® VGT housing can transform your driving experience. 

The Power of Ball Bearing Turbos: 

Ball bearing turbos have emerged as a game-changer in the world of diesel performance, offering a myriad of advantages over traditional journal bearing turbos. Let's break down the key benefits that make ball bearing turbos the preferred choice for enthusiasts and diesel truck owners alike. 

1. Reduced Friction: 

  • Unlike conventional journal bearings, ball bearing turbos utilize ball bearings to support the rotating shaft. 
  • This design significantly reduces friction, resulting in less heat generation and improved overall efficiency. 

2. Faster Response Time: 

  • Reduced friction enables quicker spooling of the turbocharger, translating to faster response times. 
  • This improved responsiveness enhances engine performance, especially during rapid acceleration or sudden throttle changes. 

3. Increased Durability: 

  • Ball bearings are renowned for their durability and resistance to wear compared to journal bearings. 
  • The enhanced durability leads to a longer lifespan for ball bearing turbos, providing a more reliable and robust option. 

4. Enhanced High-Speed Stability: 

  • Ball bearings offer superior stability at high rotational speeds, reducing the likelihood of shaft deflection. 
  • This increased stability contributes to overall reliability and longevity, crucial in high-performance applications. 

5. Increased Boost Pressure: 

  • Reduced friction and faster response times often allow ball bearing turbos to achieve higher boost pressures. 
  • Higher boost pressures can result in increased power and improved overall engine performance. 

6. Efficiency Gains: 

  • The overall design of ball bearing turbos facilitates improved efficiency in converting exhaust energy into increased air intake. 
  • Better efficiency can lead to enhanced fuel economy and power output, making it a win-win for performance enthusiasts. 

The Synergy of Ball Bearing and Turbonator® VGT Technology: 

Now, imagine taking the incredible advantages of a ball bearing turbo and pairing it with cutting-edge technology like the Turbonator® VGT housing. The Turbonator® VGT housing optimizes exhaust pressure, adjusts turbine wheel vane angles, and controls air intake at different times, resulting in a turbocharged masterpiece. 

1. Improved Spool-Up Time

  • The Turbonator® VGT housing, when combined with a ball bearing turbo, further improves spool-up time by 200-400 rpms. 
  • This means quicker response and acceleration, even on larger turbos that may not spool up efficiently with traditional setups. 

2. Optimized Performance Across RPM Band: 

  • The Turbonator® VGT housing fine-tunes the turbo's characteristics, ensuring optimized performance across the entire RPM band. 
  • This translates to a seamless driving experience with consistent power delivery at various engine speeds. 

3. Increased Fuel Mileage: 

  • The synergy of ball bearing and Turbonator® VGT technology makes your diesel engine more efficient. 
  • With quicker spool-up times and optimized performance, you'll experience improved fuel mileage – a welcomed benefit for both your wallet and the environment. 


Upgrading to a ball bearing turbo, especially when paired with advanced technologies like the Turbonator® VGT housing, opens up a world of possibilities for diesel enthusiasts. Whether you're seeking faster spool-up times, increased power, or enhanced fuel efficiency, the combination of ball bearing and VGT technology delivers an unparalleled driving experience. Say goodbye to the limitations of traditional turbos and welcome the future of diesel performance with open arms. Your journey to a more powerful and efficient diesel engine starts here – with the incredible innovations of ball bearing turbo technology.