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Old 03 May 2016, 03:55 PM
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Apologies if this is old news to everyone else, but I've just seen one of these on a rather tasty JDM Sti on the projects board:

http://www.motoiq.com/MagazineArticl...-Blankets.aspx

Has anyone got any experience of using them? I can appreciate the physics of how they work I'm just a bit concerned that long term keeping the turbo hot may cook the oil around the bearing and cause it to fail.
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Old 03 May 2016, 04:31 PM
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Have one fitted to my hawkeye over the VF48 turbo. Been on there for the last 5 or so years. Can't tell you if it's helped power/spool etc but certainly helps with under bonnet temps. Worth the money I'd say!
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Old 03 May 2016, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by BrownPantsRacing View Post
Have one fitted to my hawkeye over the VF48 turbo. Been on there for the last 5 or so years. Can't tell you if it's helped power/spool etc but certainly helps with under bonnet temps. Worth the money I'd say!
Thanks BPR. Can I ask where you got yours from?
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Mine came from FleaBay


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Subaru-Tur...EOIBSA:GB:1123
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PTP blankets are good Had a few
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Originally Posted by 53 View Post
PTP blankets are good Had a few
And did you leave or refit the existing heat sheilds?
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You CAN refit the existing heat shield over the top of the blanket, but it's a bit of an **** to do and you have to modify the original heat shield to do it. Most don't bother, but I did as it looks more factory and adds another layer of protection!
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No heat shield in mine with a blanket and you can put your hand on top of it after a good run, great at keeping bonnet temps down
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Blanket vs Ceramic coating?
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Old 04 May 2016, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by The Pink Ninja View Post
No heat shield in mine with a blanket and you can put your hand on top of it after a good run, great at keeping bonnet temps down
For 50-75 this sounds like a decent little bolt on mod.
So I take it that to fit it I'll have to remove the old hear shield then it's just a case of reaching round the turbo to clip it in place.
Is this right or am I being hopelessly naive?
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Originally Posted by Cambs_Stuart View Post
For 50-75 this sounds like a decent little bolt on mod.
So I take it that to fit it I'll have to remove the old hear shield then it's just a case of reaching round the turbo to clip it in place.
Is this right or am I being hopelessly naive?
In theory, yes. But they are always a bit of an **** to fit and the springs don't always work correctly. Some people wire lock them in place instead some manage the springs. Make sure it isn't fouling the actuator arm and lever in any way once fitted.
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Originally Posted by BrownPantsRacing View Post
In theory, yes. But they are always a bit of an **** to fit and the springs don't always work correctly. Some people wire lock them in place instead some manage the springs. Make sure it isn't fouling the actuator arm and lever in any way once fitted.
I've yet to find anything that is straightforward to fit!
But as long as I don't need to disassemble the turbo or raise the car then I'll probably be ok.
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Mine was installed by Richard @ FB Tuning nearly 6 years ago when he upgraded my turbo and lots of other bits to boot. It's the last piece to put back on before you re-install the intercooler so I would suggest for ease you remove that before trying to install the blanket. He did have to raise my car up in the air on the lift to get to the underside to clip the blanket on properly. The car had the belly pan removed too at the time.


I'm sure these can be fitted without gaining access to the underside of the car though. I agree, never expect a job to be easy then you'll always be pleasantly surprised!
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Originally Posted by BrownPantsRacing View Post
Mine was installed by Richard @ FB Tuning nearly 6 years ago when he upgraded my turbo and lots of other bits to boot. It's the last piece to put back on before you re-install the intercooler so I would suggest for ease you remove that before trying to install the blanket. He did have to raise my car up in the air on the lift to get to the underside to clip the blanket on properly. The car had the belly pan removed too at the time.


I'm sure these can be fitted without gaining access to the underside of the car though. I agree, never expect a job to be easy then you'll always be pleasantly surprised!
I hate that belly pan.
But thanks for the info. If I can get hold of the parts then hopefully I'll be fitting a catch can this weekend so while I'm at it I'll have a good poke around the turbo and see what access is like.
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Good luck! Sure it will be fine.
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does size T3 will also fit VF36?
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Pain in the **** to get the springs on or both of them anyway, I had to put a little slit in my blanket for the actuator arm being twinscroll it's slightly different.
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I have a cdf blanket fitted over my tdo5 and the fitment was very poor, I too had to make a slit into the blanket to fit it around the actuator arm, the spring clips are pretty much useless and a ***** to fit so I cut a jubilee clamp to size, much nicer fit and no fouling on actuator arm etc
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Don't be alarmed if there is a bit of smoke and smelling coming from the blanket after install, mine was like this for the first 100 miles then disappeared but check for any oil leaks as could end up in a nasty fire
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If it's still visibly on fire with 6ft flames after 100 miles then I'd say take it back off again!
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Originally Posted by TECHNOPUG View Post
Blanket vs Ceramic coating?
I've gone for cermaic coating on exhaust housing and heatsheild . .not fitted yet so no feedback on engine bay temps . ..hopefully couple weeks should be fitted and I'll have some 1st hand info

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Originally Posted by CharlesTuna View Post
I've gone for cermaic coating on exhaust housing and heatsheild . .not fitted yet so no feedback on engine bay temps . ..hopefully couple weeks should be fitted and I'll have some 1st hand info
Out of interest what are the typical costs of ceramic coating?
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Originally Posted by Cambs_Stuart View Post
Out of interest what are the typical costs of ceramic coating?
Not sure on those two bits, they're not long back from Zircotec, haven't had invoice through yet . . .exhaust housing had different coating than heatsheild so thinking that'll be a bit more expensive . ..when I had RCM manifold and RCM exhaust system coated that almost doubled the cost of original items . .. it's low maintenance, very durable, should reduce temps by 30% and reduce spool up time
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Did they coat both the inside and outside of the exhaust?
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Originally Posted by TECHNOPUG View Post
Did they coat both the inside and outside of the exhaust?
Outside
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Originally Posted by TECHNOPUG View Post
Did they coat both the inside and outside of the exhaust?
Outside for downpipe and centre section but they have done inside the exhaust tip


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God that looks horrible.
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Originally Posted by BrownPantsRacing View Post
God that looks horrible.
Agreed, would have looked better white ala the WRC car. RCM used these guys at one time dont know if they still do but will quote you for ceramic coating

http://woof-tmt.com/contact/
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Loads of colours avail
I personally think the Black looks good once fitted on car / after all , we are talking about a exhaust here ha ha , think a dark grey would look sweet also
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If only they did the ceramic coating in shiny stainless colour!
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