Boost creep is typically a slower increase of boost pressures due to the current wastegate
system unable to control the exhaust gas flow. The stock turbo and wastegate system
was designed to work with all stock components. Change any one of these components,
and the end effect will change. Almost always, if you increase the efficiency of
the flow of the air intake and / or the exhaust gas, you will change the boost pressure
of the wastegate and eventually the turbo.
The wastegate is a mechanical device that has no idea what the absolute pressure the turbo
is making at any one time. All it knows is that if the pressure generated by the
turbo compressor section is enough to compress the spring in the wastegate actuator, the
actuator will start to move the flapper to bypass exhaust gases in the turbo turbine
section; the wastegate, in this case, is an "internal" type which is integrated into
the turbo turbine housing. If the exhaust gases flow more than "stock", then the
wastegate cannot effectively bypass the increase exhaust gas flow, and boost pressure
increases. At a certain point, the exhaust gas flow increase so much that the
wastegate becomes ineffective to hold any stable boost level, and boost will rise
uncontrollably. Luckily, unlike a sudden wastegate failure, boost creep will
usually raise boost pressures at a slower rate.
To combat boost creep, we need to make the wastegate system more effective.
In practical terms, we need to enlarge the wastegate orifice and passages. Luckily,
we can port the wastegate to handle mild cases of boost creep. By enlarging the
existing wastegate orifice and porting the wastegate passages for more effective
exhaust gas flow, we allow the wastegate to work more effectively, minimizing boost
creep itself. In extreme cases, an external wastegate can be retrofitted for
ultimate boost control over the stock wastaget system. An external wastegate
retrofit is costly and not really recommended with the stock turbo (turbine housing),
as a custom or aftermarket turbo exhaust manifold would be more cost effective (with
a full turbo upgrade).
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