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itolond



Member Since: 16 Jan 2016
Location: Singapore
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Singapore 1997 Defender 110 300 Tdi SW Alpine White
performance boost TDI300 Defender

Hi Forum,
I have added some weight to the defender - through larger wheels, roll cage and soundproofing, etc. So I am looking to (possibly) boost the performance of the TDI 300 (PS I live in a humid 29-34C climate so I have A/C as well)

some mods to date include mostly keep temperatures in check and these are:
Alisport alim full-size radiator (the thicker one) + thermostatic ho flow fan
Ali sport full-size intercooler
Gearbox cooler
Transfer case sump cooler (larger sump and ribbed fins)
I also have a number of read points- boost pressure oil and gearbox temp/ pressure, etc.. (jus tin case)
So, for the most part, it keeps cool

I was considering a turbo / boost pin upgrades (although I know very little about what boost pin does or VNT vs larger flow turbo)

any thoughts as I dont need a rocket but better proformance is nice - also not something that would cause less reliability

Post #773795 19th May 2019 1:44am
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JimC



Member Since: 22 Jan 2011
Location: NOVA
Posts: 132

United States 2007 Defender 130 300 Tdi HCPU Arles Blue

The variable nozzle turbo from Allisport or BAS (I think they’re the same part) is transformational. Install is relatively simple and the drive ability and power at all rpms is very different.

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buckers19



Member Since: 02 Jan 2018
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1993 Defender 90 300 Tdi CSW Barolo Black

Apologies for the sidetrack.

JimC, is the VNT turbo really that transformational? I’ve been toying with the idea but have been hesitant as I haven’t really found anyone that’s running it on a tdi.

If it’s as good as claimed I’ll go in search of one. Instagram.com/mattbuckley19

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JimC



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United States 2007 Defender 130 300 Tdi HCPU Arles Blue

A friend just recently installed one on his TDi, it’s so much better that it’s not even funny. Where normally you have to shift a lot to keep the turbo spinning and the engine in its power band, this just moves off like a petrol car. The turbo is always working for you and it will climb hills without downshifting and is much more drivable around town. It doesn’t add top-end power and speed really, but it improves daily driving substantially. Since the OP already has the improved intercooler and radiator, half the kit already is already bought.

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buckers19



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1993 Defender 90 300 Tdi CSW Barolo Black

Sounds like it could be an expensive week... Instagram.com/mattbuckley19

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windy81



Member Since: 14 Mar 2018
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Wales 1993 Defender 90 200 Tdi HT Montpellier Red

I have a VNT on my 200tdi which is equivalent to the 300tdi and I can vouch for the previous testimonials already mentioned. Definitely transformational but one thing to bear in mind is that a VNT will be weaker than a regular turbo, especially true if you increase EGT temps with the use of a Boost Pin. However the VNT remains the best upgrade IMO with a mild tune up on the pump along with the Boost Ring it quite honestly drives like a 'modern' diesel, without the lag and power everywhere where it wasn't before.

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CarMan



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I want one Mr. Green 1993 200 HT
2016 2.2 HT
2009 D3 SE

Post #773892 19th May 2019 5:20pm
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itolond



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Singapore 1997 Defender 110 300 Tdi SW Alpine White

windy81 wrote:
I have a VNT on my 200tdi which is equivalent to the 300tdi and I can vouch for the previous testimonials already mentioned. Definitely transformational but one thing to bear in mind is that a VNT will be weaker than a regular turbo, especially true if you increase EGT temps with the use of a Boost Pin. However the VNT remains the best upgrade IMO with a mild tune up on the pump along with the Boost Ring it quite honestly drives like a 'modern' diesel, without the lag and power everywhere where it wasn't before.


I was looking @ alisport site and noted the following: (VNT TDI 300)

we advise against the use of a raised or nonstandard air intake "e.g. snorkel" and there is a reference to larger exhaust

anyone has experience - as I don't want to lose the snorkel at this time

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itolond



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Singapore 1997 Defender 110 300 Tdi SW Alpine White

there is also mention (forums) of a 3in exhaust option with VNT ?

rule of diminishing returns?

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sako243



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United Kingdom 1995 Defender 110 300 Tdi CSW Alpine White

Have you considered just playing with the fuel pump and giving it a good service?

After snapping two cranks I sourced another block and timing case complete. Previous owner had fiddled with the pump and what a difference! OK it just squeaked through its MOT but with a 2 tonne trailer and 1.2 transfer box it out pulls a mates Td5. Ed
95 Defender 110 300Tdi
96 P38 4.6 HSE

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L110CDL



Member Since: 31 Oct 2015
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England 1996 Defender 110 300 Tdi PU Coniston Green

^^^

Was the " VNT Turbo " the cause of the 2 cranks snapping sako243 Question 1996 Golf Blue 300Tdi 110 Pick up. Keeper.

Cheers
Clayton.

Post #774130 20th May 2019 10:11pm
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sako243



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United Kingdom 1995 Defender 110 300 Tdi CSW Alpine White

Don't have a VNT...

No a £30 crank pulley. Ed
95 Defender 110 300Tdi
96 P38 4.6 HSE

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L110CDL



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Thanks for the reply sako243 Thumbs Up 1996 Golf Blue 300Tdi 110 Pick up. Keeper.

Cheers
Clayton.

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sako243



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United Kingdom 1995 Defender 110 300 Tdi CSW Alpine White

No worries. Boggo standard 300Tdi (albeit on it's third block and crank), original head back on it. Tweaked pump makes a hell of a difference though. Big hill eastbound on M4 by Bristol and accelerates comfortably pulling a trailer up it. Ed
95 Defender 110 300Tdi
96 P38 4.6 HSE

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L110CDL



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Luckily i'm still on the original block / head, turbo and pump and yes the pumped tweaked a bit does help Very Happy 1996 Golf Blue 300Tdi 110 Pick up. Keeper.

Cheers
Clayton.

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