So, I posted recently about my turbo oil seals having gone, so got someone to take the turbo out so that I could rebuild it (bought a rebuild kit already). Got the turbo out on Friday...and I believe it's foo*ed! The hot side is cracked all over, I could see daylight through them!! See the pictures below and see for yourself!
So, question is now "What do I do now?". I don't want to go anything fancy like start a BT build or hybrid or anything, I know that I'll just be replacing with a stock K04. But the way I see it, I have a few options. I would value your opinions on which I should go for, what else I should look at, and if I've missed anything else I should check out given the pictures I've posted etc - all advice gratefully received!!
1) Buy a new hot side housing, and rebuild the turbo as I had initially planned (probably the cheapest option). Can you buy just hot side housings by themselves? Is this wise in this situation?
2) Send the unit off to be reconditioned by a company (whatever company it might be). Is that even possible in it's current state? Could I trade my unit in for some money off a reconned turbo?
3) Buy a 2nd hand turbo (worth it given that it will fail again soon potentially?)
4) Buy a brand new turbo (most expensive). How do I make sure I don't get a Chinese knock off etc?
Thanks for the help guys. Another thing to add, I do need my car back on the road pretty soon, would any of the above options take significantly less time than the others etc?
Appreciate the help!!