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Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:07 pm 
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Hey All,

Did some searching, a lot of helpful information on here however not so much on the issue of heat.

Story goes like this, I want to change to a stainless intake pipe for looks only. Car is an AU, TE50. The stock rubber one is severely discoloured and is letting down the look of the engine bay.

I am not doing this for any performance gains, I dont believe it would be worth it if I was...strictly for looks.

However I am concerned about heat. I do not want to do this aesthetic mod if it will decrease performance due to the pipe getting excessively hot. Has anyone had any experiences with them regarding heat?

If not then Ill just get it done and find out myself...but if theres something I should know before I go ahead with it Id rather know now.

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Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:18 pm 
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one option to make it all look better would be to get it coated. this would keep out the heat, and some of the coatings look really good.

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 7:07 pm 
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i dont think that itll get that much hotter than a plastic one, only that the metal will retain heat for longer, which doesnt really matter.
i say go for it! all polished up!

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 7:15 pm 
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I made one for a Mazda Bravo ute, got another 100kms on a tank at hiway speed. It also gave it a lot more power too.

 

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 7:42 pm 
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are you sure you got that much or was the original one as thick as a straw
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Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 7:56 pm 
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falcon gl wrote:
are you sure you got that much or was the original one as thick as a straw


The original is 63mm and the one I made is 4". It made heaps of difference. Now it needs an LSD in it to give it traction.

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:33 pm 
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briney wrote:
one option to make it all look better would be to get it coated. this would keep out the heat, and some of the coatings look really good.


By coated you mean HPC coating or something similar?

There are a couple of nice setups, all polished up. Im not hearing any bad things tho so it sounds ok so far!!

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:51 pm 
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Don't know if it would work but if heat's a worry what about getting the inside of the pipe coated.
Still get the polished look on the outside and the insulation on the inside.

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 11:24 pm 
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Id make one up and get it powder coated. It'll be better for heat shielding and wont come off. Plus you can choose just about any colour.

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:44 am 
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try the ones from Battens PT

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:10 am 
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TKFDXR8 wrote:
try the ones from Battens PT


I saw them, however they are just a plain black arent they? I am after a shiny stainless one.

Ill get it priced up in the next few days

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:14 pm 
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no... shiny. i got one for my auxr8.

 

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:35 pm 
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aha, i see, it helps to scroll down the page

Dont really like the weld joints, looks messy...however i forgot about the MAF sensor...which would be might difficult to inforporate in to an exhaust shop job.

EDIT: Although, as mine is the 5.6L and has a pod filter (same as the BA) i dont think it has the MAF sensor half way along the pipe. Im pretty sure mine is up near the intake like the BA in the top pic on the BPT page

 

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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 5:55 pm 
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see my gallery for my shiny intake tube, straight from ebay.

 

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yeah, i was talking about HPC coating. there are some shiny coatings for things that won't see a lot of heat.

 

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