I may be wrong but believe you’re supposed to wrap the blanket around the hot side of a turbo, but looking at the design of that section of the turbo the manifold and wastegate arm would both be in the way?I don't have one, but from pictures, it looks like you just put the cover over the large housing of the turbo, and use the springs to pull the ends together to hold it on.
A turbo blanket is used to contain the heat generated by the hot side of a turbo and lower ambient temperatures under the hood as well as protect wear items such as the plastic wastegate actuator which is about a foot away. Commonly one can experience quicker spool time as a result. Turbo blankets do not damage one’s turbo so long as the proper practice of allowing one’s engine to idle and cool down before shutting off the engine. This protects against the fear that the oil sitting in the hot side of the turbo will bake and cause damage. This is simply not the case and from what I have seen the use of a turbo blanket only increased average oil temperate by 1-2 degrees within a margin of error.What is the purpose of a turbo blanket?
While I do agree it is a massive waste of time to attempt, the benefits of turbo blankets are well documented. It is unfortunate the hot side of our turbos are connected directed to the manifold instead of bolted on. The heat shields on the turbo are worth next to a bag a chips as far as heat management goes and do little to remedy turbo or engine bay temps. Looking at your upper heat shield it appears your valve cover gasket leaked in the same area mine did, you can attribute that to the poor management of heat in the area and that gasket is a common issue for our engines.This is a waste of time, We have 2 heat shields on the lower half and upper half of the manifold. If those are in place they're probably going to work better than a turbo blanket that doesn't cover the upper part of the manifold. Also the way the turbo blanket is designed it would get in the way of the wastegate rod, so you would have to be creative getting around that.
I just replaced my turbo on Monday and had to remove and reinstall both of those those heatshields. I have also seen builds (wg mod) without either heat shield.
A turbo blanket for this car is just going to be a waste of money and time time unless you go with a big turbo/aftermarket manifold setup. Then in that case you can't use the stock heat shields.
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Old pic from when I had a valve cover gasket leak so you can see the upper heat shield
So yeah, don't do it. Spend your money on something else.
It didn't quite make it to 190K miles.If you don’t mind me asking why did you need to replace your turbo?
btw your mods are beautiful please post more pics for the rest of us.