March 15, 2018
Actually works pretty good. . .
I was leary of buying this because of some of the reviews. But I bought it anyway. Looked good, sturdy/heavy duty. My review is that it has lowered my under hood temps so that my air intake temp is at ambient air temps while driving, and maintains it to 12-17degrees above ambient while at idle. The turbo does spool up faster, how much I don't know, but I'm telling you I can tell that the turbo lag is a less now. This does nothing for me off the line, but, in any gear at or above 1.4k RPMs, while on the go, there is virtually no lag, it feels like a supercharger now. Also, I would say that the "increase" in "power-feel," is comparable to adding a KandN filter to a stock engine, roughly a 10 hp "feel"
-Was it worth the money and trouble to install? In my case, yes, I think it was worth it. I was more concerned with increasing the longevity of the turbo and engine, and wasn't really looking for "power" but got a nice surprise when I could "feel" more juice when I press the go pedal.
I recommend wearing long sleeves, latex gloves (cause you'll need the dexterity over mech gloves), and a rated 95 face-mask.
So, here is how I installed it: I removed the factory heat shield and then I attached 2 heavy gauge wires to the 2 hooks on the side that I would be pulling through from the bottom up of the turbo. I threaded the wires through first, then I attached them to the turbo-blanket. I then pulled and stuffed the turbo blanket from the bottom, through the space between the turbo and the block, then up around the back of the turbo, and finally over the top, as far as it would reach. Next so the turbo-blanket won't hit the waste gate shaft when you attach the springs to it, I cut the bottom 25 (I eyeballed it) off of the Factory heat shield, but made it so I could still use the factory provided bolt hole at the bottom of the factory heat shield and then I simply held the turbo blanket down, and then "shoe-horned" the factory heat shield into place, re-installed the bottom bolt, and then the top 2 bolts for the factory heat shield/exhaust manifold. To install the 2 springs, I used my fly fishing needle nosed hemostat clamp, and installed the 2 springs for the turbo blanket so the springs were on the outside of the factory heat shield, not touching any part of the waste gate. All in all, it took me 2 hours to install. Not 5 stars, but a solid 4. It's a UNIVERSAL FIT aftermarket item, and as such, you have to make it work for you, use common sense to install it, and buy it, go ahead, you'll be happy you did. My baby is a 2017 ecoboost 6 spd manual w/ Perf. Pack.