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Old 05-09-2009, 11:26 AM   #1
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what are you guyses thoughts on turbo timers? would you say its a good idea to have one or are they not real necessary?
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Old 05-09-2009, 11:28 AM   #2
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It's not necessary. You are better off saving your money for a sway bar kit or a turbo back exhaust. I've had 2 turbo timers in the past and I ended up parting them out. I bought one just for the hell of it and the 2nd one was donated to me by my lil' brother.




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Old 05-09-2009, 11:43 AM   #3
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Old 05-09-2009, 12:54 PM   #4
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I bought my rex with a turbo timer already installed. I don't use it AT ALL, unless i want to watch peoples faces when I walk away from a running car
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Old 05-09-2009, 03:40 PM   #5
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the whole idea of a turbo time is to allow the turbo to cool off a little before it stops running oil, so when you "smash" on it your turbo gets hot, but as long as you dont smash on it then turn it off right after your turbo will have cooled down enough by the time you get to the stopping location. so ya, turbo timers are basically pointless. someone correct me if im wrong, but thats how it was explained to me.
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Old 05-09-2009, 04:07 PM   #6
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To the best of my knowledge a stock wrx or sti doesn't need a turbo timer even if you "smash" on it. They have a built in cooling system to flush out the heated oil. I'm not a 100% sure on this but i have heard it from multiple people. Unless, you plan on upgrading with a high dollar expensive turbo I vote no turbo timer, not necessary. Can anyone confirm if this is accurate?

I also agree that using the money for a sway bar kit would be a better option. I have had impreza's with sway bar upgrades and it makes a huge difference in handling, in my opinion.
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Old 05-09-2009, 04:10 PM   #7
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You can run your car at redline from now until July 1st then turn off the car and walk away.

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Old 05-09-2009, 04:14 PM   #8
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No, you do not need it. It is a waste of money, gas, and energy.
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Old 05-09-2009, 04:32 PM   #9
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if you needed it, subaru would have used something similar. The turbos are water cooled as well.
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Old 05-09-2009, 04:51 PM   #10
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1 reason you might want 1 is because you can use it in the morning to warm ur car up, go outside set the timer turn it on walk back inside and come out later and it's warm, otherwise the subies will cool themselves
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Old 05-09-2009, 04:53 PM   #11
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NO NEED.

Pointless on our vehicles.

waste of time/effort/money.
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Old 05-09-2009, 05:11 PM   #12
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1 reason you might want 1 is because you can use it in the morning to warm ur car up, go outside set the timer turn it on walk back inside and come out later and it's warm, otherwise the subies will cool themselves

ever heard of remote start?
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Old 05-09-2009, 06:19 PM   #13
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Unless this is your driveway you don't need one.

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Old 05-09-2009, 07:07 PM   #14
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1 reason you might want 1 is because you can use it in the morning to warm ur car up, go outside set the timer turn it on walk back inside and come out later and it's warm, otherwise the subies will cool themselves
I did this once and I locked the car by accident. Luckily, I have a spare key to open the bish!
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:30 PM   #15
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thanks guys, thats what i had thought. just wanted to make sure.

and thanks for moving it to this thread...it was still early for my mind to function
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Yep as long as you are using a water cooled turbo its not really needed.
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Would you shut off your car if your turbo was almost glowing?

The purposes of the timer is

1. Cool down turbo
2. cool down the oil so it doesnt cork in the lines to and from the turbo



I hear all this 'its water cooled no need'

but what about the oil? Im aware that the coolant will vaporise in the lines and cycle out until the temperature drops , that oil will cork up though!

I bet half the people who hate on turbo timers let their cars idle after running it...good for you
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ever heard of remote start?
as far as i can tell they don't do them on stick's anymore without some modification that may or may not be advised that's what i was told tho


o and it also might help if when your getting very close to your destination that you drive much more conservatively since besides that helping a bit, remember accidents happen near places we are familiar with :-P
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Old 05-09-2009, 09:01 PM   #19
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as far as i can tell they don't do them on stick's anymore without some modification that may or may not be advised that's what i was told tho
thats also what ive heard
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Old 05-09-2009, 09:04 PM   #20
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not needed, but if you like screwing with people or just want to be able to use the TT get it. its all what you want

i got one on my car and only use it if ive been driving hard and pull in to park jsut as extra insurence for me to cool engine off
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Would you shut off your car if your turbo was almost glowing?

The purposes of the timer is

1. Cool down turbo
2. cool down the oil so it doesnt cork in the lines to and from the turbo



I hear all this 'its water cooled no need'

but what about the oil? Im aware that the coolant will vaporise in the lines and cycle out until the temperature drops , that oil will cork up though!

I bet half the people who hate on turbo timers let their cars idle after running it...good for you

coke, not cork
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There is a thing from SoA that can be found on the net(don't remember where I came across it) that say after hard driving, like a long time on the freeway, you should let the engine idle for at least 30 seconds to cool the MOTOR. They're also useful to warm up your car in the morning.
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Old 05-10-2009, 02:40 AM   #23
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got a hks on my car when i bought it.
um... can check VOLT
other features: set speed limit to beep you when your going over desired set.
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Would you shut off your car if your turbo was almost glowing?

The purposes of the timer is

1. Cool down turbo
2. cool down the oil so it doesnt cork in the lines to and from the turbo



I hear all this 'its water cooled no need'

but what about the oil? Im aware that the coolant will vaporise in the lines and cycle out until the temperature drops , that oil will cork up though!

I bet half the people who hate on turbo timers let their cars idle after running it...good for you
First off, if you believe what you are saying then why is there such a low turbo failure rate on a forum that people rarely use turbo timers?

Secondly, as long as the coolant is moving the turbos temp will never spike after shut down therefore the oil cant coke.
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Everything has been said, although not everyone has said it.

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