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    Quote Originally Posted by brfatal View Post
    The Cobb piece is the same thing. It's an engine dress up item, not a functional shield.
    what???

    so my cobb heat shield is just for looks?
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    Tell you one thing the Blitz DTT with harness is a great buy for 110.00 +/- .... I had mine in for over 2 years (install was an hour or so) and used it solely for a boost gauge and warm up for the "cold" mornings. I put my Omori in last week and would have rather put in a digital one like I had.

    So all in all, they are worth the $$.... just not for everything they offer IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx0131 View Post
    what???

    so my cobb heat shield is just for looks?
    No. He's full of sh!t.

    The cobb piece is functional, but not as functional as the stocker.

    But it's not just a show piece... the SPT one is all show and no function.... if anything it may worsen problems because it directly contacts the intercooler, and direct conduction is a more efficient form of heat transfer than convection or radiation.
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    i dont even have a heat shield on my car...that aint bad is it???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinister View Post
    No. He's full of sh!t.

    The cobb piece is functional, but not as functional as the stocker.
    Actually I'm not. It's "functional" but doesn't do the greatest job of being so.

    Quote Originally Posted by 03subiedude View Post
    i dont even have a heat shield on my car...that aint bad is it???
    You're gonna get higher intake air temperatures and possibly pull timing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impreza2.0 View Post
    If a cool turbo is something you are really concerned with, there are nice heat shields out there, you can upgrade the oil/coolant lines to stainless braided ones, the coolant tank can be replaced with billet, and if you have time and the desire, you can pull the turbo out and polish it. The polishing won't make a major difference, but having it completely clean will help if it is presently dirty at all. It is remarkable that a clean engine does run several degrees cooler than a dirty one.

    For the same money as a good turbo timer costs, you can do all of the above and probably have a few dollars left over. Heat shield -$50, braided lines -$40, cleaning -$0-20.

    Cusco is about to send out it's turbo heat shields to several vendors who are backordered, it is a good time to get your orders in.

    It is not seen as often, does not add lights and beeps to the interior, but years from now a shield will possibly prevent a labor charge and parts replacement. A turbo timer will only add to the likelyhood of having to go back and do some sort of re-do...

    Cobb has a nicely made heat shield also... as does SPT, and Nasioc has a nice DIY for around $20-30. Along with this, if you have a short ram intake, you can build or buy a heat shield for it which can divert some heat from that area also, while keeping the intake charge air slightly cooler (not so important, but looks pretty nice).

    Good luck on this, our (OEM) turbos are quite good for their longevity and cool operation. I doubt there is any real cause for concern.

    Our primary heat issue is heat-soaked intercoolers. There are many fixes for it, and it is wise to do at least one. The heat-soaked intercooler can cause Cyl 3 plug fouling, and a few other issues. A search will quickly show you the other problems that this creates. Sprayers, aftermarket TMICs, inlet and coupling upgrades, FMIC kits, etc., are all methods tried and true for helping with this.

    Ultimately, the turbo timer is a gadget, like a dashboard-mounted clock. It redundantly performs a task which is already being adequately handled by other accessories (any aftermarket radio with a digital display will have a clock).

    Not sure if this is similar to the "Big BOV Thread", where all BOV questions are repeated over time... I do not want to offend anyone, and I do hope that my information is accurate.
    You have to admit, when someone in the parking lot tells you your car is still running and you tell them "it will shutt off by itself", for minimal $$ and minimal install time...pretty cool. You have to agree if you upgrade your turbo, let the water and oil cool it down for a minuite or so. No harm

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    Quote Originally Posted by brfatal View Post
    The Cobb piece is the same thing. It's an engine dress up item, not a functional shield.
    Quote Originally Posted by brfatal View Post
    Actually I'm not. It's "functional" but doesn't do the greatest job of being so.
    So... you're full of sh!t.
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