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Old 03-17-2008, 08:44 PM   #1
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Talking cam covers

need some ideas on how to cut my cam cover to show the pulleys and belt
can anybody post up some picks please i currently have a full polished one but dont like it
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:56 PM   #2
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Shot with DSC-S40 at 2007-12-12

Just eyed it up and run tape where I wanted to cut and used a dremal with cut disc on it. Took like 15min to cut, file edges and paint.
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:57 PM   #3
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Have you thought about using a Protege valve cover? It will bolt on and leave the timing belt and gears exposed.
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:07 PM   #4
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You know, naturally aspirated cars don't have enough power to justify the added weight of painting the valve cover. I suggest you cut off even more, then sand it. My car didn't have the power to accelerate my huge nuts, so I turboed it, now it just barely gets by.

Looks nice though.
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:18 PM   #5
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I'm a loser...what year Protege cover fits?
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:36 PM   #6
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It was only N/A to drive it home from the shop. I didnt want to do the rest of the work there. And there was a GTX cover in the FS, not sure if it's for sale still.
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:37 PM   #7
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Any year with a BOHC BP, something like 90-96 sounds right to me.
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That fits on the 1.6 right not 1.8 right?
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:10 AM   #9
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any BP motor cover should fit the 1.8's, i know paul has a protege cover on his 1.8
look up borkap, and try to find his pics of his engine bay, i like how his cover is cut
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why do you need to cut it in the first place?
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adjuastable cam gears?
mad JDMtyteness?
who knows, there are many reasons...
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:53 AM   #12
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any BP motor cover should fit the 1.8's, i know paul has a protege cover on his 1.8
look up borkap, and try to find his pics of his engine bay, i like how his cover is cut
http://www.miatamx5.com/msmturbo/index.html

theres pics of both of pauls valve covers. the first one (silver) is a miata cover that was cut. the 2nd (black) is the cover he is currently running. please note that is NOT his current turbo setup and it looks a lot better now.
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Old 03-18-2008, 02:45 PM   #13
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why do you need to cut it in the first place?
To save weight.

.....and it looks good too.
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Old 03-18-2008, 02:47 PM   #14
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it'll let things get caught in your timing belt too.
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:56 PM   #15
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i intend on adjustable cam gears and it looks cool

dunt matter if something were to get caught if the belt breaks it wont bend anything as its a clearence engine
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i intend on adjustable cam gears and it looks cool

dunt matter if something were to get caught if the belt breaks it wont bend anything as its a clearence engine
I don't have a head lying around to check, but some 'non-interference' DOHC engines might not have valve-piston contact, but may have valve-valve contact. I know that can happen in our '02 WRX.
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i intend on adjustable cam gears and it looks cool

dunt matter if something were to get caught if the belt breaks it wont bend anything as its a clearence engine
It will if said something happens to be your fingers...
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Old 03-18-2008, 08:07 PM   #18
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lol ill keep my fingers clear anyway iv done it now

took me about 20mins ill giv it to the paintshop nxt door to paint tomorrow

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Pretty straight, clean cut. What'd you use to do it?
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dude, you dont play around do you? lol
nice cut, i would cut less myself, but thats because my hood is open over that area and that would not work out for me...this is what i want mine to look like

dammit, cant find any pics, but basically only the exhaust side exposed just enough to be able to mess with the gear
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