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Old 10-21-2013, 01:29 AM   #721
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Only 122? Thought you were trying to set N/A e85 Record! Can't read dyno it has incorrect orientation for correct viewing.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:01 PM   #722
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Only 122? Thought you were trying to set N/A e85 Record! Can't read dyno it has incorrect orientation for correct viewing.
No hes gonna swap a 1.6 in his nb and try to beat Danns record.
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:09 PM   #723
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Y U NO LOG AFR!!!

Setup ur setting to show afrs as well?
Posted a couple full logs in the vvt thread actually

https://www.miataturbo.net/megasquir...2/#post1066431
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Old 10-24-2013, 08:25 PM   #724
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Started on the VC today. Man, what a pain. I'm not going for chrome/shiny though, more like brushed/raw alum so should be easier than normal, or at least I hope so.


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Old 10-24-2013, 09:01 PM   #725
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What tools are you using to clean it up like that?
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That looks like A LOT of damn work, I really hope you have air tools.
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:20 AM   #727
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Hahaha yeah its a pain. I actually started with a drill and some 2" scuff pad fittings. Roughed it up, then went over with some 180 sandpaper. Then a wire brush fitting.

Next up I'll have to bust out the air tools and finish it off or something. I have no idea if this will come out looking good lol, so my plan B is to drop it off at powdercoat place.

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I'm realizing that I'm enjoying the heck out of working on this thing at a snails pace. Since I'm so OCD, it makes me happy to be able to triple check every bolt, follow every tightening sequence, and use exact torque specs on everything according to the OEM FSM>
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:26 PM   #728
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One bolt in that picture doesn't look torqued :P

Looks good V!
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Looking sexy Vlad. I'm starting to want a tubular manifold like that. What do you think I would gain going from my BEGI log to something like that ? I know there are topend gains to be had, but is it worth it for my 280-330whp goals?
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:35 PM   #730
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Thanks guys.

Eh, I don't really know. I mean I know there are gains to be had in both power and spool, because the downpipe routing is not compromised, and the runners are much better, but if I knew I wasn't going past 300 I'd probably stick with the log which is known to be dead reliable. Although with your elevation you might need something like this to break 300 on a disco potato
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Thanks for your input. I'm going to go with a big divorced wg downpipe for the new turbo setup, but I also think I'm going to port the **** out of my log manifold. At least port match the head flange and the turbo flange part, and smooth up the insides where I can reach at least.

I read somewhere those particular manifolds have a high failure rate so i stayed away form that setup for now. After feeling this new turbo, its ****** heavy compared to my tiny t25 so I could see a log coming into play for reliability for sure.

Although couple that turbo mani with a honda grafted IM and you should have some glory.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:27 PM   #732
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Welp, the valve cover is done.

Mixed feelings about how it came out, kinda like it kinda don't. Oh well, it is what it is. Might re-do it later with powdercoat or something, but for now its brushed alum covered in VHT 2000* clear

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Might be worth hitting it with wrinkle or powdercoat. I used to rock the all polished cover and it was a weekly process trying to keep it clean.

How much clear did you put on and how long do you think it will stay like that? A flat matte clear might help hide the marks and give it a more uniform look.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:11 AM   #734
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2 very thick coats of VHT and baked it at 300* for 30 min then 400* for 30 min

That was the point of the clear, it better stay clean.
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I appreciate the effort, but I don't think it's up to your standards, 18psi.



Maybe viperormiata's, but not yours.
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LOL

I am too busy to mess with it anymore right now. I gotta finish this engine. Since its so easy to re-do or swap out later, I'll mess with it later if I really grow to hate it. Right now I don't dislike it enough to mess with it.
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I'll be watching for when you decide to go VHT Wrinkle Black, because I have questions

It doesn't actually look that bad. We would get that soft brushed aluminum look on parts at the machine shop by using a dark red Scotch Brite pad but it really takes some work to get consistent. I've never tried it on a cast part like a valve cover though.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:44 PM   #738
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**** dude, i think it looks pretty damn nice. No need for perfection on a freakin valve cover, function > form. It looks good and clean, run it!
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This thing is a PAIN. Seriously. I think its defective or close to it. The engine in my car now the cover is flawless, like no imperfections whatsoever.

This thing, on the other hand, was like 60% casting flaws and imperfections. I have no idea how they could be so different when they're both off a 2001.

If it wasn't so bad I'd have just cleared it and called it a day.

Honestly though it doesn't look that bad. Pics might make it look more spotty than it actually is. IF it was terrible I'd re-do it, but its not.

*edit: I'll snap a picture in sunlight today, maybe the garage light is tripping it out
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You need a 5HP buffing wheel to just dig that sucker in there!

Looks baller none-the-less!
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