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Old 01-29-2014, 01:18 PM   #21
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you've got at least 2" between the bottom of it and the rad. so there's at least that much you could lower it
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I was thinking more along the lines of two of these....

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Alright well cool. No clue where I'd find the pipes however.

Maybe the same place you purchased the pipes you already put on your car?

Ebay? Siliconeintakes.com? Summit? Jegs?


The possibilities are endless.
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Maybe the same place you purchased the pipes you already put on your car?

Ebay? Siliconeintakes.com? Summit? Jegs?


The possibilities are endless.
The pipes came with the kit. They were made by BRP for 99+ Miatas. Those places just have pipe pieces that have to be fitted together with silicone hose couplers right?
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I was thinking more along the lines of two of these....

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knock it all you want, i gave you the best solution you'll be able to come up with.
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A lot of people use "universal" intercooler pipe kits off ebay. They're relatively inexpensive, just get the size you need and trim pipes as necessary to fit.
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The pipes came with the kit. They were made by BRP for 99+ Miatas. Those places just have pipe pieces that have to be fitted together with silicone hose couplers right?
Sure. That's how us peasants do it.

Honestly, i'm reasonably sure i could tweak your BRP kit to work in about ohhhh.... 30 minutes. Or less.

They're sitting too high above the radiator. Remove length where necessary by means necessary.
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But the holes are already cut, right? I'll admit the thought process of "Hrm, my hood doesn't close tight because these pipes are in the way, brb getting my cutoff wheel" instead of "hrm, my hood doesn't close tight because these pipes are in the way maybe I should move them or get different pipes" isn't exactly the one I would have taken, but the fact remains it's too late for him to swap out pipes without either replacing the hood or patching the holes.. and if he's going to patch the holes he might as well patch them with patches that work with the pipes.

If it were me, I would go with the glassing/painting option found on the previous page.

Sand down to bare metal, wax paper, flanel or similar, glass over top, sand, body filler, sand, primer, sand, paint, sand, clear.

Unfortunately it's going to be approximately 37x more work than modifying the pipes, and probably just as much if not more money, but it's your best option at this point.
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But the holes are already cut, right? I'll admit the thought process of "Hrm, my hood doesn't close tight because these pipes are in the way, brb getting my cutoff wheel" instead of "hrm, my hood doesn't close tight because these pipes are in the way maybe I should move them or get different pipes" isn't exactly the one I would have taken, but the fact remains it's too late for him to swap out pipes without either replacing the hood or patching the holes.. and if he's going to patch the holes he might as well patch them with patches that work with the pipes.

If it were me, I would go with the glassing/painting option found on the previous page.

Sand down to bare metal, wax paper, flanel or similar, glass over top, sand, body filler, sand, primer, sand, paint, sand, clear.

Unfortunately it's going to be approximately 37x more work than modifying the pipes, and probably just as much if not more money, but it's your best option at this point.
I get what you're saying. The thought process was this. I'm already going to replace the hood with the spare I have sitting outside the garage. So I'm going to go ahead and cut the hood because I have a spare instead of cutting the pipes. I'll see if I can come up with a solution for the holes in the hood and If I can't come up with something I'm happy with, I'll cut the pipes or replace them. No harm done. I cut the hood so I could get the car on the road and shake it down a bit and I'll figure out the pipes and cosmetics of it at a later time. Not quite as hairbrained as it sounds.

Also, if I'm to cut the pipes, won't I be cutting off the bubble flares and losing part of my sealing surface? Will just the hose couplers seal against the flat surface of the pipes? Thanks for the response.
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You can bead the ends yourself its not that hard.

Also with the amount of boost you'll be running and the way the sc generates it I wouldn't even worry about them popping off if you install em properly
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You can bead the ends yourself its not that hard.

Also with the amount of boost you'll be running and the way the sc generates it I wouldn't even worry about them popping off if you install em properly
Looking to run 10 psi. How do you bead the ends? Thanks for the response
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google it. its easy to make a DIY tool for beading alum piping
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Sure. That's how us peasants do it.

Honestly, i'm reasonably sure i could tweak your BRP kit to work in about ohhhh.... 30 minutes. Or less.

They're sitting too high above the radiator. Remove length where necessary by means necessary.
Wanna come over? Another concern of cutting the pipes is having trouble with the angle. The Passenger side is basically a 90 from the dummy throttle body to the intercooler. If I cut length at the bottom, won't the angle to the intercooler be off when lowering pipe? Thanks for the response.
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google it. its easy to make a DIY tool for beading alum piping
I'll do that. Thanks. It's actually stainless steel though. Dunno if that presents a problem.
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Just color match the pipes to the hood... No one will even notice them
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Lol so much fail. Just lower the rad and tilt it back. 2.5" tubing fits fine if you do it. Here is my old setup as proof.

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Lol so much fail. Just lower the rad and tilt it back. 2.5" tubing fits fine if you do it. Here is my old setup as proof.
I see much fail in your upper shroud cover. The radiator is lowered. And tilted. But that isn't the problem. The problem is the tubing that came with my kit. And again, The cuts were a temporary solution to get the car on the road. I never planned on leaving them like. I have another hood for the car. You could call it a fail if I did that and thought it looked cool and was going to keep it that way.
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Before I even looked at the username, I almost didn't recognize your car in this pic... I was like "looks strangely familiar... wtf" and the headlight lid gave it away. Should post a pic of it now just to really confuse the OP lol
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I see much fail in your upper shroud cover. The radiator is lowered. And tilted. But that isn't the problem. The problem is the tubing that came with my kit. And again, The cuts were a temporary solution to get the car on the road. I never planned on leaving them like. I have another hood for the car. You could call it a fail if I did that and thought it looked cool and was going to keep it that way.
how is it fail? Because it's not carbon fiber and JDM? It does everything it needs to do. it was probably like $3.00 in the scrap metal bin at Industrial Metal Supply.

Just because the tubes that came with a kit are what came with the kit doesn't mean they're magically better than what other people can do with them. Just like the ebay universal kits, they are intentionally made to be cut and modified for your specific car.
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Lol that cover was an oh **** I need this to work tomorrow setup. Later I had a carbon fiber one I made. Prefer the current "cover" I have now. Which by the way on one side has 3" piping over the rad and clears the hood.

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