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Old 03-26-2010, 05:16 AM   #1
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Hi all, I have been out of 1/8th Buggy racing for a few years and am not sure what engine to buy Turbo head or standard head? What is the difference?? There was no such thing as turbo plug/head when i was last racing. Forgive me dudes, for being a bit rusty!! Obviously TURBO sounds better but is it?
Which is better on plugs, fuel and run time?
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TURBOOO!! Standard is cheaper, but turbo can get more power with lower operating temps, you can pretty much get the same fuel millage from both types, but turbo will get you through the finish line first.

Turbos have a different piston, head button and glowplug design, the plugs don't use a washer because they have a better seal then their counterpart.
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TURBOOO!! Standard is cheaper, but turbo can get more power with lower operating temps, you can pretty much get the same fuel millage from both types, but turbo will get you through the finish line first.

Turbos have a different piston, head button and glowplug design, the plugs don't use a washer because they have a better seal then their counterpart.
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And as a general "rule of thumb," turbo plugs last longer... so that helps offset the higher cost. (The plugs last longer... not the engine... I have not seen a correlation of plug type to engine life- never looked for it.)
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turbo. turbo is easier to change out also. but most engine you can buy with a standard plug can be changed over to a turbo plug with just a purchase of a button head.
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I think it all boils down to preference. I can't see you gain that much performance out of a turbo plug. And as for them lasting longer anymplug will last awhile if the engine is tuned properly. A turbo plug is not going to help you do that. Personally I like the turbo plugs, no little washer to make sure is on there and easier IMO. But I don't think there's a performance advantage. Plugs need to be changed every so often anyway they don't last forever.
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most high end motors will have a turbo type plug
and yes you do get more preforms out of a turbo
plug but will the average Joe see it parable not
some say that a trubo plugs last longer but for me
I put a new one in for the mains then run it for the
quaffers the next race day then put a new one in
for the mains if it were me I would go with the turbo plug
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