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Old 06-04-2012, 12:35 PM   #26
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I wanna polish my IM but idk how to especially when its my DD.
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:26 PM   #27
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I wanna polish my IM but idk how to especially when its my DD.
if you mean polishing the exterior, it would be pretty time consuming. it is fairly rough cast. you would have to hit it with like 80 grit to take the texture off, then start sanding, it would probably take 16 man hours to get it looking real good.

that's why i decided to paint mine.

i polished some headers on my motorcycle, 14 hrs it took me!! and that was fairly smooth stainless steel to begin with. and for a two cylinder!!
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:38 PM   #28
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ok, got the IM and spacers installed today!!! woo frikkin' hoo!!!!

made a couple brackets yesterday for the rear horiz bolts. i found some "T" brackets at the hw store that had hole spacing close to 1".



i drilled the holes out to fit the bolts.



then cut the un-needed part off, and deburred with the dremel.



sprayed with some hi-temp black i had laying around.



and installed with some SS hw.



make sure to check the spacing between the holes before tightening everything down.



since i am using oem gaskets above and below the spacers without using RTV, i laid the bottom gasket down, then set the spacers on top.

i did put a small amount of silicone lube (Super Lube) on all the rubber surfaces to keep them from tearing as i tightened down the bolts.



more to come.....gotta run to town.
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:51 PM   #29
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i then put the bolt in the rear hole of the IM, put the top gasket on, and held everything in place while i tilted the IM up in front and shoehorned the bolt under the wiper/cowl trim.

once i got the threads started on that bolt, i got a couple others started just to make sure the gasket and spacers were all aligned.

then i removed the bolts that go through the plenum cover, and installed it, just loosely tightening all 6 bolts. i then installed the plenum cover bolts, except of course the rearmost one, i had to run to the HW store to get one that would barely fit. i got an M6x1.00x12 flanged bolt.



luckily my GF was home, she was able to get her hand in there to get it started while i pulled up on the cowl.

tight fit;




i then installed the rear horiz bolts, the driver's side was pretty easy, the passenger side was a bit harder, had to use a little shorter bolt, and my GF had to start it for me.

then i snugged them down with the 13mm swivel head ratchet!



i then re-installed the TB and re-connected all the hoses.

i used some of the left over bracket to make a bracket for the front mount near the TB.
i used a shorter bolt and added a nut at the bottom, and used a shorter bolt at the top. looks like it belongs.






and the completed project;



so far i have driven about 60 easy miles to let the ECM relearn, it feels lighter like most everyone has said. i'll know more when i really get on it in a few days.
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:56 AM   #30
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Very nice. Def different

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Old 06-06-2012, 01:16 PM   #31
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Do you really have to use another T brackets for the rear horiz bolts? or your setup was not settled without them !

It looks like one hell of a narrow angle
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:26 PM   #32
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Do you really have to use another T brackets for the rear horiz bolts? or your setup was not settled without them !

It looks like one hell of a narrow angle
really have to??? many have not, but i like to connect everything back if at all possible. i mean they had it bolted there for some reason, why not take a few minutes to do it right?

not sure what you mean by "narrow angle", they are square, and the oem bracket they connect to has some give to it, went pretty well, other than the access to get your hands back there.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:47 PM   #33
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really have to??? many have not, but i like to connect everything back if at all possible. i mean they had it bolted there for some reason, why not take a few minutes to do it right?

not sure what you mean by "narrow angle", they are square, and the oem bracket they connect to has some give to it, went pretty well, other than the access to get your hands back there.
OK I see.

Well I heard from many members that the rear bolts were a bit hard to reach. I guess that they were not using the right wrench.

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Old 07-04-2012, 11:43 AM   #34
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Thanks for the write up sleez. I'll be doing this sometime today.
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:45 AM   #35
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derek19; you are welcome, good luck, hope it all works out as well as mine did!!

you will be happy!!
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:58 PM   #36
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Nice job!!!!!
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:40 PM   #37
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Is it going to be a problem if I put the manifold gasket on top of the 25mm insulator and not on the bottom like the in te picture above?
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:52 AM   #38
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as long as you use some sealant, it should be fine either way. i actually used a gasket on top and below the spacer. don't like RTV unless i absolutely need it.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:58 PM   #39
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as long as you use some sealant, it should be fine either way. i actually used a gasket on top and below the spacer. don't like RTV unless i absolutely need it.
Very nice write up, i like your idea about the DIY "T" bracket and I do feel the same way as to use all bolts.
I am going to install both black ice-olator and plenum spacer next week maybe, could you tell me the part # for the OEM gaskets please? I am thinking to use a extra gaskets instead of RTV.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:25 PM   #40
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ACDelco 12590958 Lower Intake Manifold Gasket, got mine at amazon.com
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Old 07-14-2012, 10:51 PM   #41
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ACDelco 12590958 Lower Intake Manifold Gasket, got mine at amazon.com
Thx! How about the plenum cover gasket? Anyone know the part#?
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:56 PM   #42
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don't know that one, didn't do the plenum spacer, anyone else?
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:07 AM   #43
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According to MACE's description, the extra gasket or RTV is not necessary in the plenum spacer intallation process. It seems like just remove the bolts and install the spacer and put the bolts back on. Just wanted to make sure, safety first, lol
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:38 AM   #44
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i would think it would need rtv or another gasket, i would use another gasket myself.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:57 PM   #45
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Anyone know how long those four stock bolts are?

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