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Old 08-02-2013, 04:25 PM   #1
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Blanket or not to blanket

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Are turbo blankets good or bad? What is the pro and con, please...

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Boy, I had to Google "turbo blankets" to see what these were. Why do you need one. Are there sensitive components nearby you are trying to protect? I never used one, but then I didn't know they existed!
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Boy, I had to Google "turbo blankets" to see what these were. Why do you need one. Are there sensitive components nearby you are trying to protect? I never used one, but then I didn't know they existed!

They say it improves turbo performance and lowers engine compartment temp. Im trying to find out if that is true and if there is a down side.

Besides, my turbo is getting cold at night.
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I guess I for one would have to see proof of "improves turbo performance and lowers engine compartment temp". With what I have read about them so far, I just can't see the need for a blanket.
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Since the engine manufacturer doesn't install them, I don't see any reason to use one, unless the engine manufacturer states it's OK.

I believe the engine manufacturer has better engineers than an after market vendor.
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Since the engine manufacturer doesn't install them, I don't see any reason to use one, unless the engine manufacturer states it's OK.

I believe the engine manufacturer has better engineers than an after market vendor.

Interesting point I had not considered. That said, the manufactures do install them on the same engine in off-road applications. From what I have read, the engine manufactures are not the ones who are responsible for this area as it is the chassis/coach builder responsibility.

All that considered, I don't know what to think. The feedback from y'all kind folks seem to think "no - leave it off" if I understand your feedback. Certainly that is the safe answer.

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There is certainly a case to be made where any of the hot piping passes close to other components - starter motors are one where failures have been attributed to an exhaust pipe running a couple of inches away - (and this might be a good reason for seeing it on off-road engines that might be working harder but at a much slower speed than on-road vehicles) but like another poster, it would be good to see some technical discussion a bit deeper than that provided in the adverts in hotrodder magazines. Given the huge thermal and rotational stresses that turbocharger components already have to endure, I'm not sure why increasing the heat by a heap of degrees is going to result in any long-term savings.
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