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Old 03-24-2004, 12:05 AM   #1
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Speedmonkee Chimney Heat Shield Review

Well I've been waiting for this for a long time and it finally came a few weeks ago, just in time for my spring break so I decided to do a nice write-up about the product. First let me say that Jeremy's service over at SMP is stupendous. Contact through the whole transaction and shipping was prompt and fast.

First impressions out of the box, VERY nice craftsmanship. Cuts are clean, bolts/rivets/whatevers are easily removable but very stable. Weather stripping on the top where it seals against the stock splitter is durable. Only saw the one bolt in the box, which pleased me since this will take seconds to install/uninstall in the future.



Installation was a breeze. Slide it over the turbo, with the intercooler bracket going through the hole in the chimney. If you look at it, extremely easy to understand. Screw the bolt in the existing outer spot on the IC bracket and you are good to go. Watch the edges though... they're kinda sharp! The engine bay bling factor is a plus. Lots of Subie people and random people at the track complimenting me on the heat shield, asking me where I bought it or if I fabricated it myself.

Here's a nice engine bay shot:



Here you can see right through where the heat rises up, notice my Stromung DP :



Initial impressions at the track. I made 4 drag passes; 3 of them were within 30 minutes of one another, which equals pretty much no cool down time. I pop the hood in the staging lanes and touch the turbo side of my IC... nothing. Slight, SLIGHT heat but nothing as bad as the heat soak I'm used to on hard track/drag days. With the hood closed, you can see the heat waves coming from only the passenger side of the hood scoop. If you put your hand up to the scoop, it's hot air coming from the pass. side and nothing from the rest of the scoop, which is pretty much how it's designed. It isolates the heat well and lets it rise out the top.

I wish I had a temperature probe to measure before/after installation temps, but I'm not that into reviewing it for you guys, hehe. Overall, it's well worth the price, IMHO. Hope you enjoyed the thorough review. Any questions feel free to ask!

-Mike

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Old 03-24-2004, 12:30 AM   #2
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heat shield looks sweet! Are there any products (i.e. upipes/downpipes) that this item won't fit around? Also, does this fit with the 2004 sti also?
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Old 03-24-2004, 12:32 AM   #3
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I believe Jeremy will chime in but I know he's working on (if he hasn't completed already) the design for 04 STI and other models (04 WRX, 02-03 WRX w/sti IC, etc.).
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Jeremy said he has the measurements for the 04 STi, I'm providing him with numbers for an 02 with the JDM STi intercooler. I'm having trouble sending him the email though, it keeps getting bounced back to me.
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Old 03-24-2004, 09:50 AM   #5
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Seems a bit on the expensive side...but worth it I guess if you track the car.
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Old 03-24-2004, 05:13 PM   #6
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Hey Mike, thanks for the review.

We are working on the 04 right now. STI market is much smaller - I am not sure we can justify it yet.

Pricing is coming down. First batch are always more expensive. I think with more interest and more people buying them, I can get manufacturing to give me higher pricing breaks - meaning lower prices to you - the customer.

As soon as my Turbo GB is done, we'll be setting up a Chimney GB.

Thats it for now.

Thanks again!

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Old 03-31-2004, 11:16 AM   #7
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Any problems getting to the transmission dipstick?
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Old 03-31-2004, 12:10 PM   #8
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Dip stick - you can get around it by reaching in the back.
The install of this chimney takes literally 30 secs. So, either way is easy. I find it best to just remove it and pop it back in.

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Old 03-31-2004, 01:05 PM   #9
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Anything for the Forester XT?
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Old 03-31-2004, 02:07 PM   #10
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Sorry, no plans for the forester.

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Any problems getting to the transmission dipstick?
I can get to the trans dipstick VERY easily. Thought I would have to remove but I can do it with the shield on.
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I'm an idiot. So, this product completely replaces the stock heatshield? Those who are installing aftermarket dp's don't need to bother with snipping & modifying the stock shield anymore? We can basically pitch it in the trash. Also the stock heatshield bracket is also no longer needed?

If the answers to these questions are yes, I want one.
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Old 04-02-2004, 11:57 AM   #13
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The answer to your dreams in one word... YES.

Solves all your problems for people who've removed their stock DP and lose the stock heat shield or can't bother with cutting and modding it to refit - but why would you - its really ugly!

I was in the same position as you and designed this chimney to solve it.

If you want it, we are doing a group buy right now - you could be the 5th person we are seeking. Check it out on the Group buy section for the details.


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Seems like a great product but 175

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Seems like a great product but 175
It hasn't been that price since it came out... people jumped it at like $155 and now the group buy is bringing it pretty damn low!!
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Sorry, no plans for the forester.

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I don't think one could be made for the Forester anyway. At least not with the same simple install The F-XT's IC is wider (~20 inches) and there is no provision in the long snoot (hood scoop to IC shroud) for any of the turbo's heat to escape it like on the WRX. If I remember right (doing this from memory) the WRX's scoops pass side has a small opening above the turbo. The F-XT's gasket on the bottom of the snoot only fits over the IC. The turbo is under the IC slightly. The air entering the hood scoop only goes through the IC. With out doing something to the snoot itself like cutting a hole in it, I don't think one could be added.





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Thanks for the heads up.

I am keeping that in mind - when I get my legacy GT Wagon. More problems to solve!

In the meantime, we are in the midst of developing our own Big TMIC to complement our chimney. I just don't like what's out there right now - with the exception to a few good TMIC's I've seen.

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i got the non-chiminea version on my 02 wrx with turboxs downpipe and hyperflow/txs tmic and it works great .. install was simple and the underhood temps dropped more than a few degreesy after .. cool cooling products from a great vendor
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I recently bought a "standard" speedmonkee heat sheild for my '04 WRX. I really-really wanted to go with the chimney, but I was concerned that routing the heat directly upwards may cause the paint on the scoop to blemish.

I would be interested to hear from people once they get 10-20K on with the chimney whether this turns out to be the case. If not, I'll gladly be "trading up" regardless of the cost (even if I don't really need to, I just think it's a great design).
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Thanks for the heads up.

I am keeping that in mind - when I get my legacy GT Wagon. More problems to solve!

In the meantime, we are in the midst of developing our own Big TMIC to complement our chimney. I just don't like what's out there right now - with the exception to a few good TMIC's I've seen.

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Jeremy,

It seems I've had a brain fart, there is an opening similar to the WRX above the turbo. But as I indicated the turbo is slightly hidden under the IC on that side. I washed my F-XT yesterday and was under the hood looking and saw the small opening. Not sure what I was thinking The snoot that brings the air to the IC is pretty big though and a chimney for it would need to be long. It looks like one could be made and attached to the snoot itself though.


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Peaty,

Problem is that these take time and money to make.

I don't know what the demand is for the forester market. I don't think we have enough people on for the STI market (only 4 people so far are interested in the STI)
. I'd need an order of 25 to have a manufacturer agree to running a batch.

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Trust me I understrand, I've been in R&D going on 20 years now. It's the first one that costs the most
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Yeah, its always the first one/batch that costs the most!

Price for being the first one on the block with the new cool toy.

We'll have to wait and see if there is interest in the XT market. See if you can muster up some interest on the Forester boards and I'll see what can be done. Keep in mind, pricing will be steeper for smaller qty.

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