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Old 12-29-2018, 01:21 PM
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I have an 01 with the MK turbo kit. Has anybody tried, or do they know if the Flyin Miata heat shield will fit? I really need a heat shield and my fabrication skills are limited to vise grips and a BFH.
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I have an 01 with the MK turbo kit. Has anybody tried, or do they know if the Flyin Miata heat shield will fit? I really need a heat shield and my fabrication skills are limited to vise grips and a BFH.
I used one on my 2000. It sits too low as is so you need to lengthen the 2 tabs on it to raise it up by about 2" to clear the MK Turbo T3 unit. Also, you need to add some shielding around the bottom part that you raised up so it keeps shielding. Pretty easy modifications. I since sold the car but the only pic of the shield installed is below. I ran that on the car for 2 years and current owner still uses it 2 years later. Obviously, shorter bolts would be fine...

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It worked on my NA... I chose to "clearance" room for the wastegate arm. Also needed some massaging to not rattle on the exhaust housing and downpipe


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Is the FM heat shield steel or aluminum?
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Is the FM heat shield steel or aluminum?
Yes.

Made from stainless steel
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Every time I think about making a heat shield that fits to sell I check out aluminum pricing and then I cry some and forget about the idea.
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Every time I think about making a heat shield that fits to sell I check out aluminum pricing and then I cry some and forget about the idea.
Holy ****, didn't realize it was that expensive. Midwest steel has 12"x12" 3/16" plates for $20 each (x4). That makes the Begi heat shield a pretty damn good deal.
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If you look it up, that heat shield is out of stock. I bet the price jumps when they get them in.
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Every time I think about making a heat shield that fits to sell I check out aluminum pricing and then I cry some and forget about the idea.
Buy aluminum from the scrap yards that get material from industrial fabricators. You wouldn't believe the good material wasted.
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Holy ****, didn't realize it was that expensive. Midwest steel has 12"x12" 3/16" plates for $20 each (x4). That makes the Begi heat shield a pretty damn good deal.
Between cost of aluminum, designing and water jet costs, and the labor for welding aluminum it all adds up really fast. I can be $200 into building a heat shield really fast and it not looking perfect. Then I have to add markup on top to justify me making them. I can't justify a $300 heat shield to my customers, hence why I just tell them all to make them themselves.
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Between cost of aluminum, designing and water jet costs, and the labor for welding aluminum it all adds up really fast. I can be $200 into building a heat shield really fast and it not looking perfect. Then I have to add markup on top to justify me making them. I can't justify a $300 heat shield to my customers, hence why I just tell them all to make them themselves.
If you found a sheet metal shop that does fab work in the restaurant industry all you need is to have a shear and a press brake. Then the welding is minimal only for the mounting tabs. Pretty easy fab work for a shop. Use the cheapest stainless steel. You don’t want a conductor but a reflector... I lined the inner turbo side with reflecting heat fabric.

Unfortunately, I threw out my dimensional info after I sold the car. But you could mock up with cardboard and have a shop quote you for 5-20pc and do the cut + bend then weld the tabs as you need them.
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