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This is a discussion on Heat Shield Bracket troubles within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; So I bought my in 2003 WRX a year ago used and without a heatshield, so I went online and ...

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    Heat Shield Bracket troubles

    So I bought my in 2003 WRX a year ago used and without a heatshield, so I went online and purchased a stock used one to put on my car but quickly realized I had neither the hardware nor the bracket needed to install it onto my car. Today I went up to the dealer and was told that the bracket is not a separate piece by itself, but is spot welded to the downpipe and that I must buy to whole section in order to get this one part. What I want to know is, is there anywhere else I can purchase this part with the hardware? Subaru sounded confident that it needed to be from them but I've seen pictures that show that bracket BOLTED on with the turbo/downpipe bolts, which makes me wonder why it is welded in the first place. So does anybody have any insight on this? I've checked online and seen that it's sold as a separate part, but wasn't sure where to get any of the nuts and bolts for it. Thanks to anybody who can lend a hand
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    which bracket are you talking about? the one on the top is separate and can be unbolted, I have replaced many of them... which bolts are you talking about the ones that bolt the downpipe to the turbo or the ones that bolt the heat shield to the bracket? either way you should be able to obtain both of them at sears or another auto parts store...

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    Yeah, the bracket that looks completely separate and that subaru told me isn't, the one that is connected by the bolts used to connect the turbo and downpipe....And I need all 7 or 8 bolts that are used to bolt the heatshield onto the car. I just don't know what kind of bolts they are or I would go get them.
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    This is the part number to the bracket 44021AA012. Subaru OEM Heat Shield Bracket

    Bolt size for the heat shield take a 10mm socket if that helps.

    And my advice would be to cut the oem heat shield so you only use the top 3 bolts, or get a spt/cobb heat shield. The oem ones have a lot of bolts which seem un-necessary unless you want a complete stock look.
    Last edited by yamaha_rider619; 03-04-2011 at 05:00 PM.
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    Ok cool, that really really helps. And i'm just trying to get it back to where its close enough to stock that I can start putting my own upgrades on it since I bought it "stock" used and was missing some stuff, so the cutting is a good idea, I really appreciate it.
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    No problem, I cut mine. It also helps with getting an aftermarket downpipe, cause when you do that, you either need to cut it or buy an aftermarket shield.
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    Found this today when looking for parts for me: Subaru Turbo Heat Shield Bracket

    It has the bolts and bracket
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    oh well, I already bought it from another site, and shipping on that one you linked is like 17 dollars for ground XD I don't see why they charge so damn much, kinda rediculous
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    They are sometimes cheaper for parts, but like every other site, they have their pros and their cons.
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