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Old 09-26-2013, 10:33 PM   #126
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I want to thank Unabomber for saving me money and helping me out, again, mod my subie. This literally took me less than an hour when I pulled off my stock downpipe, anyone can do this for cheap when they're bored at home. I did have help wrapping the turbo, but only when it came to twisting the metal wires so the blanket stayed perfectly in the spot I wanted. Also wrapped/sealed my DP and painted the CBE for kicks. I had to cut the stock heat shield a lot because the DP I bought had a small heat shield on it that I kept and just wrapped over it, still got a tight wrap on it though.









Sorry the images are small, but you get the point. Still smells after 3 days but it has stopped smoking. Now to Church automotive for a tune
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:17 AM   #127
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How is it that this has not been stickied yet?

Ron, you did a phenomenal job on this write-up. Great way to do a very worthwhile mod without breaking the bank.
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:58 PM   #128
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Is it recommended to use the OEM turbo heat shield along with an aftermarket turbo blanket? or is that not necessary?
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:09 PM   #129
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Is it recommended to use the OEM turbo heat shield along with an aftermarket turbo blanket? or is that not necessary?
Use it.
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:11 PM   #130
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Use it. There is no such thing as too much protection. Feel free to go full Xzibit with turbo heat protection.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:31 PM   #131
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Is it recommended to use the OEM turbo heat shield along with an aftermarket turbo blanket? or is that not necessary?
i used it, but you may need to modify it to fit over the blanket. I cut the bottom part off because my DP was to large then shaved off part of the section I used so it didn't rub on the wrapping on the DP.

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Old 09-27-2013, 09:09 PM   #132
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I would like to ask everyone on here only because I was told by a friend who has a built sti, that u only need a turbo blanket if u have stage 2+. It seems to me that even on a stock tune that it would help not only our cars but any car with a turbo with a tmic. Or this is what it seems based on thus thread just wanted opinions since thus was not a specific question answered that I saw. I am currently running stage 1 and do a lot of stop and to driving around town. Any input would be appreciated!
Any help against heat soak would benefit u. Especially with a tmic since the turbo is so close..
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:42 PM   #133
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i used it, but you may need to modify it to fit over the blanket. I cut the bottom part off because my DP was to large then shaved off part of the section I used so it didn't rub on the wrapping on the DP.
Thanks for the replies guys. This is exactly what I was wondering about. I will cut down my stock heat shield to try to make it fit.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:50 PM   #134
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I had no plan on doing this until just now.. thanks for spending my money. I just ordered the kit from Amazon (prime eligible!)
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:02 PM   #135
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Finished my install. Took awhile because in had to remove the heat shield , IC and left the downpipe on. Actually installing a new DP tomorrow but I didn't want to do this then because in have limited time. It was a bit of a pain feeding the wires through but I just twisted them onto a stiffer wire and pushed them through the other side of the turbo. Overall I think it looked like a good install. It was smoking like crazy after taking it for a spin. Only thing I might try to do tomorrow is tighten down the wires a little better.

Thanks again for giving us DIY'ers something to work off of. Saved me money and gave me the experience of doing it myself.

I can tell people my turbo has a heat maxipad now.
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Old 09-14-2014, 06:30 PM   #136
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I bought a roll of thermotec header wrap and a small roll of aluminum tape with minimal adhesive. There are three pieces of header wrap, one of them is 1/2" shorter in length. The short one is in the middle right over the snail, and the other two are on top of it, but side to side. So it is 4" wide, and twice as thick where it makes the most contact. All surface area of header wrap is covered in tape. The finished product is a semi stiff pad.

I've got so much left over materials, except the stainless zip ties. Since they are short, it takes three to wrap the turbo. I did this without removing anything... except the heat shield.




It took little time to make and less to install. You can get your hand riiiiigggghht next to it, or touch it momentarily. Warmed it up and drove a couple blocks and back, 35mph or less, no smoking. I put on a second layer after letting the car sit for a while. Just drove it down a rural highway, it smoked for almost 10 miles and nothing since.

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Old 09-09-2015, 09:15 AM   #137
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old thread but i dont see this question asked...

regarding the install, i noticed you left the underlay loose and only stitched the top overlay to hold it in place.

would it be better to stitch both together to help keep the underlay aligned? or would that bind the material when trying for a tight fit.

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nvm i re-read it and its in there. its mixed in with the arguing over the ebay blanket.

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Old 09-09-2015, 10:27 AM   #138
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I stitched both layers together, didn't have any trouble at all with it bunching up.
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ok cool thanks man! good to know
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HAhaha, anyone in the Navy who works in engineering would know that in the instructions, we follow similar procedure for 3M'ing our flanges. lol
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HAhaha, anyone in the Navy who works in engineering would know that in the instructions, we follow similar procedure for 3M'ing our flanges. lol
Not sure if you knew it or not, but the OP (AKA me) was a former 3MC in the US Navy.
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Old 03-20-2016, 08:06 PM   #142
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Sweet! you were MR or MM ? Im in the Navy too, Engineer dept.

Hooya Snipes!
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Not even close....STG that somehow got duped into 3MC.
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Haha awesome video man, ill probably do the same thing while underway on LHD-6.
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