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If you feel the need to clean up your 2.8L engine bay, one of the best ways is to paint the intake runners. It is one of the cheapest upgrades you can do.
The Cost
- $10
Items Needed
- Newspaper
- 100 grit sand paper
- Tape
- VHT Caliper Paint (available at Auto-Zone)
Time
- 1 hour
The Procedure:
First: take off the engine cover, and expose the intake runners:

...barrowed this photo
Second: Sand the runners as far as you can reach. your goal is to try to make them as smooth as possible.
Third: Clean off dust with a paper towel and a strong cleaner
Fourth: place Newspaper to completely cover the engine bay, fenders, and front bumper. This paint will overspray, so be sure to put time into this and do not leave any spot un covered.

Fifth: tape off runners. Place tpe beneath the fuel rail and place engine cover back on to ensure that the tape is placed far enough down so that you cannot see it when the cover is in place.
Sixth: use duct tape and connect the newspaper to the fuel rail, and ensure that nothing is left exposed except for the intake runners.

Seventh: take your can of VHT caliper paint (Color of your choice), and spray runners making sure to spray from a 12-16 inch distance, and try not to saturate them.

Eighth: repeat step seven at least 4 times for good results, spray thin coats, and allow ten minutes between spraying. When you have applied the desired amount of coats, allow a couple hours to dry...no need to do anything during this time.
Ninth: remove all newspaper and tape, and apply engine cover. it should come out something like this:

and I think this looks much cleaner than before! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
also: this will leave you PLENTY of paint to do your calipers as well....I did both and still have half a can left over.

Modified by Euro-tuner at 3:04 PM 7/9/2006


Modified by Euro-tuner at 3:13 PM 7/9/2006
 

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Re: new DIY...Painting intake runners (Euro-tuner)

well...while you didn't whaste time...you may have "wasted" time
. but if you like it go for it. the colors dont look totally different...i guess you went from white to silver? not a total waste but not really noticeable. but i like it.
 

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Re: new DIY...Painting intake runners (threethirteen)

...i like what i did, i just thought I whasted my time doing the DIY, but I'm sure someone will come along and appreciate it. but i'm very happy with the fact that i did the project in the first place.
 

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Quote, originally posted by Euro-tuner »
...i like what i did, i just thought I whasted my time doing the DIY, but I'm sure someone will come along and appreciate it. but i'm very happy with the fact that i did the project in the first place.

if i had a 12V...i would thank you. i would also put a bullet through my skull
 

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Re: new DIY...Painting intake runners (threethirteen)

...why..you don't, like bullet proof bottom ends and tuning a unique engine and getting a sense of accomplishment and origionality while doing so...just me I guess....
just kidding man...
 

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Re: new DIY...Painting intake runners (threethirteen)

what?? I love the trunk lid, but I couldn't agree more on the badge...UGLY!!! http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif
 

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Re: new DIY...Painting intake runners (Euro-tuner)

Did mine before i even noticed this, i opted for red, but silver looks damn nice, where did you get that engine cover?
 
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