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Posted: Fri May 14, 2010 5:49 pm 
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would having a wood airbox/pod cover work better than having steel as it wouldnt give off as much heat or absorb as much? say 3ply or simliar with some foam or insulation on the filter side of the wood
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Posted: Fri May 14, 2010 6:07 pm 
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I would say no !

Wood will be more a*** than steel and thats where your first problem would be. Second i think heat will create some play in the wood im sure wood can take a 40-50degree day but i dont see if working to well in at 100+ degree engine bay.

 

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 Post subject: Re: wood airbox
Posted: Fri May 14, 2010 6:22 pm 
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you will be supprised,
wood has better insulation properties than any metal.
the only thing that could cause issue is warping from heat, but i cant see it catching fire or anything like that..
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 Post subject: Re: wood airbox
Posted: Fri May 14, 2010 6:58 pm 
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I'd never put any wood in my engine bay.

Plastic>wood.

 

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 Post subject: Re: wood airbox
Posted: Fri May 14, 2010 7:08 pm 
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Bad idea, wood cannot be heated and cooled the same as metal and plastics. It will warp and crack.

 

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Posted: Fri May 14, 2010 7:11 pm 
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What's wrong with a plastic airbox? The factory ones work fine...

Having said that, my EF has a modded airbox. I have insulation material fastened to the "hot" side of the box and a secondary intake cut into the leading face - also I cut off the internal snorkel to increase the diameter :) so I guess that makes me a pelican :P

 

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 Post subject: Re: wood airbox
Posted: Fri May 14, 2010 7:13 pm 
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You want to put a highly combustible substance in an enclosed space with a machine capable of producing a fair amount of heat?

Wood doesn't need a naked flame to burn, heat will do it.

Sounds like a bad idea to me....

 

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 Post subject: Re: wood airbox
Posted: Fri May 14, 2010 8:19 pm 
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people have been using wooden carby spacers for years. infact i think one of the US companies still sell a wooden spacer.

 

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Posted: Fri May 14, 2010 9:14 pm 
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Insulate your intake and airbox then. Power gains would be so minimal. Wood has no place in an engine bay in my opinion. Technology proves it also, they dont spens billions developing cars for no reason.
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Posted: Fri May 14, 2010 9:26 pm 
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i was just throwing it out there what if you put plastic on the outside of the wood? and i would really like to see a piece of wood catch on fire at 100-150* i just thought you might not get as much heat soak from wood as you would metal or plastic even and if it warps alittle does it really matter i bet 90% of the time the pod enlcose's arnt perfectly sealed at every joint/place it touches the chassis what about engine rocking/shaking?
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Posted: Fri May 14, 2010 10:09 pm 
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TIAMO wrote:
Insulate your intake and airbox then. Power gains would be so minimal. Wood has no place in an engine bay in my opinion. Technology proves it also, they dont spens billions developing cars for no reason.


yeah technology provided us with the phenolic spacer. which does the same thing a timber spacer does.

 

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Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 7:52 am 
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A compressed gasket is a bit different than using it for an airbox. To be honest the wood needed to do a airbox would be more expensive than pretty much anything I would expect.

 

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Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 9:54 am 
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I don't know if it would work but it would look awesome on like a show car or something like a nice timber air box like all stained and smooth and that.
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Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 10:15 am 
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3ply is cheap as chips, its easy to work with and unless it's resting on the extractors there is never going to be enough heat to worry it in the slightest.

With some thought and a small amount ability it could be done quite well and once it's been smoothed and painted 99% of people wouldn't even know it was timber.

 

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Posted: Sat May 15, 2010 1:26 pm 
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Wood goes on fires! that's all I'm gonna say! :lol: :roll:

 

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