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Looking at a car remotely.....dealer sent me this shot of the engine. Is there something missing? Look at the shield over the turbo. Why is that bolt sticking up? Just forward of the joint in the strut tower brace? Looks like something was disturbed / removed? Otherwise this 2018 Abarth looks pretty nice. Has 13,000 miles on the odometer. Any thoughts on what that is?

Thanks, -Steve
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I would guess maybe previous owner had a turbo blanket, but i dont know ill look at mine next i have a chance.
 

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That little bolt sticks out like that on every engine. There's been speculation it might be used for a lifting of some type during manfuacturing. Many of us removed it as it no longer has any functional purpose.

Here's a photo my engine bay before I did a turbo blanket install, and you can clearly see the same bolt. Nothing to worry about. It's normal, but no longer needed.... sort of like an appendix for yoru car.
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and now with bolt removed...
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...and appenboltdectomy. :)
 

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Nothing missing. The factory turbo "heat shield" is in place. Consider getting a turbo blanket. They really help reduce underhood temperatures and can improve turbo performance.
 

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That little bolt sticks out like that on every engine. There's been speculation it might be used for a lifting of some type during manfuacturing. Many of us removed it as it no longer has any functional purpose.

Here's a photo my engine bay before I did a turbo blanket install, and you can clearly see the same bolt. Nothing to worry about. It's normal, but no longer needed.... sort of like an appendix for yoru car.
View attachment 81051 and now with bolt removed... View attachment 81052

...and appenboltdectomy. :)
Off topic: where did you score the red hoses and red bracket above/on/securing the turbo blanket?
 

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Off topic: where did you score the red hoses and red bracket above/on/securing the turbo blanket?
Just paint the stock OEM bracket, (high heat engine paint). And also paint the dip stick handle. Can't help ya with the hoses.



 

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Looking at a car remotely.....dealer sent me this shot of the engine. Is there something missing? Look at the shield over the turbo. Why is that bolt sticking up? Just forward of the joint in the strut tower brace? Looks like something was disturbed / removed? Otherwise this 2018 Abarth looks pretty nice. Has 13,000 miles on the odometer. Any thoughts on what that is?

Thanks, -Steve
For future reference, when I have these types of questions, time strapped and you are ready to buy, a quick search on a car buying site like cars.com can show a bunch of pictures where you can determine if something like this is the norm or not.
 

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I have the red sleeving too, just used electricial tape... held up almost 2 years to far.
 

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Off topic: where did you score the red hoses and red bracket above/on/securing the turbo blanket?
  • The turbo bracket was done with brake caliper paint and baked on to complete the finish before re-installation in the car.
  • The larger red hoses are the Eurocompulsion V4 intake system, and the smaller ones are a kevlar braided cover I purchased from an outfit called HoseCandy. Sadly, I think HoseCandy is no longer in business as their website seems to be mostly non-functional. You can find some items of theirs on Amazon, but their eStore site is dead in the water. These aren't the plastic stuff you find for cheap on Amazon, it's kevlar and the hardest part of the installation is actually cutting them to length. They're secured with two layers of shrink wrap... one heavy duty shrink fitting (which HoseCandy called boa clamps) to secure/clamp the hose in place over it's connection fitting, and a second logo branded one over the top of the sleeve ends for aesthetics. They hold up and secure just as well as any clamp, so long as they're properly installed. In fact I've now also sleeved the upper rad hose as well. The stuff works like a charm. The downside is that if I have to remove them, it requires the shrink fittings to be cut off.... and for that I purchased a fair amount of replacement boa clamps and branded shrink covers. I also purchased a kit for doing quick connects on the vacuum lines, as well as red silicone hose replacements for those lines. That will be a project for this coming spring.
  • The red dipstick is a custom dipstick from Cravenspeed, which I had the Abarth scorpion laser engraved on.
  • And what you can't see is the red anodyzed aluminum oil filter billet cap.
No end of things you can spend stupid money on. That dipstick, including paying for laser engraving, set me back $150 CAD (around $110 USD). And the billet cap was closer to $400 CAD for the price of the cap plus having it anodyzed red. Sometimes its the small things that make us smile. lol
 

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The ends; shrink tubing? Seems like that would be useless due to heat issues and the photo on the forum has what appears to be metal end gaskets
I did this mode also almost 2 years ago. Heat shrink wrap at the ends and metal clamps for some hoses, build like a tank.

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  • The turbo bracket was done with brake caliper paint and baked on to complete the finish before re-installation in the car.
  • The larger red hoses are the Eurocompulsion V4 intake system, and the smaller ones are a kevlar braided cover I purchased from an outfit called HoseCandy. Sadly, I think HoseCandy is no longer in business as their website seems to be mostly non-functional. You can find some items of theirs on Amazon, but their eStore site is dead in the water. These aren't the plastic stuff you find for cheap on Amazon, it's kevlar and the hardest part of the installation is actually cutting them to length. They're secured with two layers of shrink wrap... one heavy duty shrink fitting (which HoseCandy called boa clamps) to secure/clamp the hose in place over it's connection fitting, and a second logo branded one over the top of the sleeve ends for aesthetics. They hold up and secure just as well as any clamp, so long as they're properly installed. In fact I've now also sleeved the upper rad hose as well. The stuff works like a charm. The downside is that if I have to remove them, it requires the shrink fittings to be cut off.... and for that I purchased a fair amount of replacement boa clamps and branded shrink covers. I also purchased a kit for doing quick connects on the vacuum lines, as well as red silicone hose replacements for those lines. That will be a project for this coming spring.
  • The red dipstick is a custom dipstick from Cravenspeed, which I had the Abarth scorpion laser engraved on.
  • And what you can't see is the red anodyzed aluminum oil filter billet cap.
No end of things you can spend stupid money on. That dipstick, including paying for laser engraving, set me back $150 CAD (around $110 USD). And the billet cap was closer to $400 CAD for the price of the cap plus having it anodyzed red. Sometimes its the small things that make us smile. lol
Thanks so much for the detailed explanation and sources. Looks so balanced in the pics. Like it.
 

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Found their “live” website: Hose Candy for bullet proof hoses
That's great news. When I was checking for some additional boa clamps about six months ago, nothing was working. You could browse some stuff, but you physically couldn't order anything. Hopefully they're back in business, because I do really, really like their stuff. For those that want a more rigid sleeve, they also sell a product called "hose bones", sort of a shapeable sleeve that you can bend in any shape you want and it holds it.
 

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Looking at a car remotely.....dealer sent me this shot of the engine. Is there something missing? Look at the shield over the turbo. Why is that bolt sticking up? Just forward of the joint in the strut tower brace? Looks like something was disturbed / removed? Otherwise this 2018 Abarth looks pretty nice. Has 13,000 miles on the odometer. Any thoughts on what that is?

Thanks, -Steve
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Looking at a car remotely.....dealer sent me this shot of the engine. Is there something missing? Look at the shield over the turbo. Why is that bolt sticking up? Just forward of the joint in the strut tower brace? Looks like something was disturbed / removed? Otherwise this 2018 Abarth looks pretty nice. Has 13,000 miles on the odometer. Any thoughts on what that is?

Thanks, -Steve
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I just put a turbo thermal blanket on mine. The bolt serves no purpose. Holds nothing in place. I painted it flat black (hi temp paint) and left it in.
 
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