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Old 01-15-2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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Default Thermal Solutions Turbo Blanket "ebay" review

My review as Title says...



Overall install was good and straightforward, took me about 20 minutes when car was cooled down of course...

Removed heat shield and intercooler for ease of installation.

Although I do not have a infared camera to show before and after I do infact have a infared temp guage that I used to test before and after results for my own personal knowledge. Its significally has dropped the temps of my intercooler and surrounding parts, let me put it this way, I can sit my hand right on the heat shield and or turbo blanket itself and not be left with burns of any kind. Yes its a little warm around 145' according to my gun at the hottest point on blanket top when just shut off. Now this isnt taken after a autocross race just normal driving with boost involved yes.

Overall the Product exceeds my expectations and was well worth the $40 spent!!! Install was a breeze, all literature and ties were in packaging for ease of install without having to use any of my own parts or having to run to parts store.

Comes in different colors to suit your needs and most important of all is made in the USA
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:20 AM   #2
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Whats the sellers name on Ebay?
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:24 PM   #3
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[quote="sohchx;38922244"]Whats the sellers name on Ebay?[/QUOTE

http://stores.ebay.com/thermalsolutions
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:53 AM   #4
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Thanks for the review. This is super tempting at this price, however I'm concerned it wont fit my VF43. It mentions only TD04 in their ad... anyone put this on an STI VF39/VF43???
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:22 PM   #5
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Thanks for the review. This is super tempting at this price, however I'm concerned it wont fit my VF43. It mentions only TD04 in their ad... anyone put this on an STI VF39/VF43???
The guy was really helpful and told me to just measure Turbo. It fit my OEM VF 52 no problem. Just came in from hard pull on freeway and got 147 on blanket and hotside of intercooler was 45 :-D cold side was 32. Ambient outside is 28
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:08 AM   #6
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nice! I just got a downpipe and I didnt feel like hacking up the stock heatshield or buying a new one from cobb/perrin/grimmspeed for about $70 bucks. but luckily i found that turbo blanket on ebay. again i was a bit iffy on buying it, but after reading your review on the blanket, i finally purchased it. thanks!
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:03 AM   #7
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I'd really like to try one of these but wouldn't retaining more heat into the turbo destroy the bearings and seals? I literally see the turbo destroying itself under its own heat along with lowering the viscosity of the oil and affecting the oil properties. possibility, or no? Any of you physically notice faster spool?

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Old 02-02-2013, 06:01 AM   #8
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I heard its also a good idea to run a turbo timer when you get a turbo blanket
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:29 PM   #9
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I bought this same blanket for my vf39. its a little big but it works.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:45 PM   #10
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How does the seat of pants dyno rate it??
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:50 PM   #11
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I bought this same blanket for my vf39. its a little big but it works.
hey i just intalled my blanket in after i did a stage 2 upgrade. and did you encounter small amount of smoke from the blanket while driving? nothing like big clouds of smoke. but just little bit. i was freaking out a little bit once i saw some smoke coming out of my hood scoop. and no, i dont think i have oil on the turbo. i wiped everything down before i put it back together. i did use a little bit of pb blaster tho. but that shouldve been evaporated by now.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:47 PM   #12
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this used to be 40 bucks shipped, now 54
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:54 PM   #13
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this used to be 40 bucks shipped, now 54
Lol probably read my review! And raised price like ammo
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:35 PM   #14
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hey i just intalled my blanket in after i did a stage 2 upgrade. and did you encounter small amount of smoke from the blanket while driving? nothing like big clouds of smoke. but just little bit. i was freaking out a little bit once i saw some smoke coming out of my hood scoop. and no, i dont think i have oil on the turbo. i wiped everything down before i put it back together. i did use a little bit of pb blaster tho. but that shouldve been evaporated by now.
If you didn't use brakeclean where the pbblaster was on the turbo it'll smoke for quite some time. Mine did for miles.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:40 AM   #15
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are there any benefits of running turbo blanket for a daily drive?
i know it'll be useful on my track days, 2-3 times a year
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:17 PM   #16
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are there any benefits of running turbo blanket for a daily drive?
i know it'll be useful on my track days, 2-3 times a year
Absolutely. A heat soaked intercooler will rob the car of power. I live in TX and city driving in summer the IC tends heatsoaked fairly easily. My turbo blanket has helped out quite a bit. After a long drive I can hold my hand in the intercooler no problems. before the blanket, I could not.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:50 AM   #17
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lookin to buy this for my VF39 and then wrap my downpipe which i still haven't done but always wanted one of these
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:56 PM   #18
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I'd really like to try one of these but wouldn't retaining more heat into the turbo destroy the bearings and seals? I literally see the turbo destroying itself under its own heat along with lowering the viscosity of the oil and affecting the oil properties. possibility, or no? Any of you physically notice faster spool?
Turbos are engineered to handle the heat they generate, or at least good turbos are. Your TMIC however, is not. A blanket and heatshield combo should reduce heat soak to your IC, increasing intake charge density.

Keeping the hot side hotter (more expansive) should also increase turbo responsiveness, at least in theory. Seems like a win/win to me.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:48 PM   #19
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How does the seat of pants dyno rate it??
This will not make your car faster just by installing it.

I've had this blanket for over 6 months now. I just had it off the otehr day and it still looked good on the inside, not charred or coming apart or anything negative. I used to bring a bad of ice with me to the dragstrip for my top mount. after driving at 80mph for 45 to get there, Id put the ice on the IC to let it cool down. After installing it, I can litterally drive all the way to the track and hold my hand on the bottom of the IC next to the turbo. Very noticeable difference.
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If anyone is curious, I messaged them on eBay and asked if they had a better fitting one for the vf39, 43, 48 etc.... turns out they do.
Here's a link to it.
http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...w=111070431711
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:31 AM   #21
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Im going to purchase one of these friday or next month.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:15 PM   #22
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Just purchased a red Unit! too bad i wont get to see it in person for awhile since my car is very far away but good news also comes with this, I was browsing and I saw they also offer a blanket for the uppipe in colors too, So I purchased a red uppipe blanket! Why did i get this instead of DEI titanuim wrap? Because if i ever want to change uppipe i can EASILY just move the blanket over to a new uppipe

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Old 05-28-2013, 10:33 AM   #23
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Called thermal zero they said they will have the downpipe blanket for sale around next week for about 85$!!
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:18 AM   #24
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Which blanket did you buy for the Vf52?
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Old 05-28-2013, 03:58 PM   #25
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Call them for best answer, but here is a link to their website. http://www.thermalzero.com/index.php...category_id=37

Left side you can click for smaller vf series.
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