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Old 12-12-2010, 04:50 PM   #1
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While watching GSP jab Koschek's eye into the back of his head, I was talking to one of my Subaru buddies last night about turbo timers. We got into a heated argument about what the best brand out there is. Any thoughts?

I have a 2011 STi, just delivered on Thursday, and will be getting one very soon.
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:53 PM   #2
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No brand, you don't need a turbo timer. Let the car idle for ~1 minute if you drive it hard.

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Old 12-12-2010, 04:56 PM   #3
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....I hate being one of those guys that says "search", but this one of those occasions that it really applies. Turbo timers as well as the need for an "idle procedure" has been discussed ad nauseam.
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:57 PM   #4
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No brand, you don't need a turbo timer. Let the car idle for ~1 minute if you drive it hard.

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Old 12-12-2010, 04:58 PM   #5
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should have saved your money. we don't need turbo timers on our turbos
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:07 PM   #6
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only non-water cooled turbos need timers. this keeps the oil circulating to prevent oil coking in older turbos.
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:27 PM   #7
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Yep, no need. Use money for other up grades.
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:39 AM   #8
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Really glad I found this thread and Unabomber's write-up. I was thinking of getting a turbo timer. Glad to know I don't need one. If I end up beating on my car for an extended period, I'll cruise for a bit afterwards, then sit for 30 seconds and idle. That's worst case, of course.
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:18 AM   #9
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I'll cruise for a bit afterwards, then sit for 30 seconds and idle. That's worst case, of course.
....and that would be 30 seconds of your life wasted.
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:47 AM   #10
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....and that would be 30 seconds of your life wasted.
This.

Now maybe if you were at a track day and shut the car off immediately after a few hard laps, that might be an issue...but still, that's pure speculation on my part. By the time you pull into your driveway and set your parking brake, you should be fine.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:51 AM   #11
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:32 AM   #12
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Bummer gues i wasted my money on one LOL. I got mine for 100 buckes including the plug n play harnes. At least when its cold out here i can go directly inside to a warm house instead of sitting for a min out in the cold LOL. By the way i have the blitz fatt dc iv and am happy
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:10 AM   #13
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^^^ did you not read the other post??? It's not necessary to sit in your car for a minute before turning it off.
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:16 AM   #14
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I had the turbo timer before i read this thread LOL. Its there now so oh well time to start saving for the next mod probably an AP
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:16 PM   #15
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Your "Subaru" friend is an idiot. Not only because they are useless for anything but warming UP the car (the opposite of what they were designed for), but brand matter not 1 iota because they all do the exact same thing.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:25 PM   #16
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....and that would be 30 seconds of your life wasted.
As if 30 seconds is going to be a burden. You do as you wish. I'll do as I wish. Have a nice day.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:54 PM   #17
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We aren't talking burden, we are talking waste of time, gas, and logic.

You can run your car through the desert at max RPM for one solid hour and shut it off immediately with zero ill effects. ZERO. You can also idle it for 30 seconds or do a 10 minute cool off drive or run it into a lake of liquid nitrogen.....all things that will do zero over just shutting it off without doing any "cooling procedure".
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:55 PM   #18
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As if 30 seconds is going to be a burden. You do as you wish. I'll do as I wish. Have a nice day.
....no need to get your undies in wad. Perhaps next time you bump an older thread to thank those who provided the facts, you might actually want to read those facts. An idle/cool down procedure is unnecessary.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:28 PM   #19
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No brand, you don't need a turbo timer. Let the car idle for ~1 minute if you drive it hard.

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This is what I do.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:43 PM   #20
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The only thing a turbo-timer is good for on a modern vehicle is to start it, turn on the turbo-timer, take the key out and walk back inside your house while your car gets warm (or cool). Also, if you're just going to be in a convenience store for ~90 seconds to buy something and it's like -20 you can leave your car running but locked without the key in (and I still don't think turning it off would hurt you).

If I were to have a WRX/STi and $200 to blow, I'd do a good remote start.
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Old 01-23-2011, 11:17 PM   #21
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there is a reason to listen when unabomber says something its because hes right all the time.... to do anything other than what he suggests is just stupid you are all full of fail

take your money and go buy some im so jdm blah blah blah sticker
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there is a reason to listen when unabomber says something its because hes right all the time.... to do anything other than what he suggests is just stupid you are all full of fail

take your money and go buy some im so jdm blah blah blah sticker
Ok, now we're getting carried away with the Unabomber worship. I thank him for doing the research he does and providing the data he does. NOBODY is right all the time. This is a forum and nothing else. To say someone who's done a lot of research into what others on this forum or other forums have said is always right is a sign of a weak mind. QUESTION EVERYTHING you hear on this forum! Because someone has been a member for umpteen years doesn't make that person God. Take what the "experts" say and apply your own common sense and experience to what you do. Don't blindly follow someone just because he/she says something. Flame me, call me an idiot, whatever you need to. Its all good. I've lived long enough to not follow someone like a lamb just for the sake of being part of the cool crowd.
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Ok, now we're getting carried away with the Unabomber worship. I thank him for doing the research he does and providing the data he does. NOBODY is right all the time. This is a forum and nothing else. To say someone who's done a lot of research into what others on this forum or other forums have said is always right is a sign of a weak mind. QUESTION EVERYTHING you hear on this forum! Because someone has been a member for umpteen years doesn't make that person God. Take what the "experts" say and apply your own common sense and experience to what you do. Don't blindly follow someone just because he/she says something. Flame me, call me an idiot, whatever you need to. Its all good. I've lived long enough to not follow someone like a lamb just for the sake of being part of the cool crowd.
Most of what unabomber posts is common sense.

Unless you want to explain why a turbo timer is needed for a coolant-cooled turbo?
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:04 AM   #24
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Most of what unabomber posts is common sense.

Unless you want to explain why a turbo timer is needed for a coolant-cooled turbo?
I'm not disagreeing that most of what Unabomber posts is correct and common sense. Is it right 100% of the time? Of course not. Hell, Unabomber himself is constantly telling people to use their brains and think for themselves.
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So I got a question......everyone was telling this guy his 2011 didn't need a turbo timer.....does the same go for the 2004???
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