Couldn't find any results on here for this. I am thinking of ways to keep my engine bay cool for when I get my turbo kit early next year. I already have a 5" cowl hood, big e-fan, and good radiator. I plan on using an external oil cooler, using a 55gpm elec pump, turbo blanket, running e85, and using a lot of thermal barrier material which is where my question is.
Any one use Reflect-a-gold or anything like it? I was thinking of coating and header-wrapping the whole hot side and downpipe. I am aware of the fire hazard and corrosion issue. I have read threads about people wanting to use it on the cold side to keep heat out but I read the responses that say it actually traps heat in once the cold side becomes heat soaked.
So if you have used heat reflecting tape, whats your experience? Does it trap heat in? Waste of time? Turbo blanket sufficient?
My goal is to efficiently and effectively manage underhood temps.
I had honestly never seen the stuff until I went to a cars n coffee event in Carlsbad, CA where pro skater Josh Kalis often takes his sweet 1200 hp TT camaro. Coulda sworn his pipes were wrapped in that stuff but as I look at pictures on google none of the pictures of his car show it.
Either way, any input on keeping heat on turbo applications down is appreciated.