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Old 10-03-2010, 04:44 AM
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I just hit 60k miles and I needed to change air filters and spark plugs (oh yeah, and oil too). So listening to all you guys talking about wrapping intakes and what not I decided to do this.




I ran out of tape on the intake tubes, but those are easy to finish at some future date. I left it like this tonight. Tomorrow I change the plugs and reassemble. I will take a finished picture then.

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Looks very interesting...What is the benefit of doing this besides aesthetics?
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Looks very interesting...What is the benefit of doing this besides aesthetics?
Chick magnet, obv.
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Hate to be the first to say this but with all that tape it looks ultra tacky - no pun intended. On a Honda or Ford, it would be ok but you're driving the top of the line E class.
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Old 10-03-2010, 04:26 PM
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It's insulation in order to reduce heat. Not the biggest fan of the color, but you did an excellent job. Have you noticed any increase in performance or decrease in temps?
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by cahiil55k View Post
Hate to be the first to say this but with all that tape it looks ultra tacky - no pun intended. On a Honda or Ford, it would be ok but you're driving the top of the line E class.
Hey, this stuff is expensive!!! I think it looks much better then wrapping the intakes with exhaust wrap.

Of course to your point, here it is on a Honda. A very expensive Honda.



As for those of you asking about performance numbers, I just replaced my spark plugs and will show you guys a DIY post later. Not bad to do at all. My GM F-body was far worse.
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Nice, any noticeable gains? I'm sure you can't see the gold much when all the covers are back on
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i think it looks fine -- i wouldnt expect it to give any gains but it cant hurt performance --- you got a new and fresh look out of it --
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It's insulation in order to reduce heat.
Reflect heat as well.
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i know for a fact that the gold wrap is one of the best insulator / heat repellant and i'm interested in quantitave numbers regarding intake heat reduction as well as radiant heatsoak reduction, we used it on an RSX-typeS with a PeakBoost ball bearing turbo kit. kept the heat transfer out of the intake so well that after runs the intake manifold that used to burn your hand was actually just warm after the wrap job all over the place. he spent BANK doing it.just funny that it makes your under hood shot look like ya boy right here. works well tho..

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Looks great, now after the work come down to Famoso and improve that 1/4 mile record of yours.

I like it
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Looks great, now after the work come down to Famoso and improve that 1/4 mile record of yours.

I like it
Since I replaced the plugs and the air filters at the same time, it is not a good comparison. The PBOX showed my normal "traction control on" and "no probably cause lack of wheel spin" 0-60 improving by 0.1 sec.

The engine was clearly stronger.
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I think it looks great.... you did a good job with the wrap. What kind/brand did you use?
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fwiw, if you don't like the gold look then Aero-Lite is supposedly just as good (96%) and it's silver. This place sells it: http://www.earlsindy.com/index.php
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So I used Reflect-A-Gold by Design Engineering Inc (http://www.designengineering.com/). I bought it from KMJ Performance (www.kmjent.com). I bought a 2"wide 30ft. I was a little short of what I intended, but I think it is good enough.

I also bought some "titanium" exhaust wrap with the intention of wrapping the exhaust from the header to the catalytic converter to reduce heat in the footwell of the driver side. Upon closer inspection it was not worth it. Maybe some day I will do long tube headers.

Anyone in SF bay area want to buy it from me?

Oh yea, found this MB F1 engine with gold bling!
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Nice, any noticeable gains? I'm sure you can't see the gold much when all the covers are back on
You are correct on the amount of gold you can see.



Not too over the top.
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Yeah that F1 wrap is super expensive and only lasts a short time apparently. Take some more of those thermal pics now. It would be nice to see the difference with the pics (I think those were your pics you posted once, right?)
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Yeah that F1 wrap is super expensive and only lasts a short time apparently. Take some more of those thermal pics now. It would be nice to see the difference with the pics (I think those were your pics you posted once, right?)
You are correct. The problem is, that taking a thermal image of a reflective surface only tells you the temperature of what is being reflected. The only way to really see if this changes the intake temp is to measure it before and after. Sorry, did not do it before.
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You are correct. The problem is, that taking a thermal image of a reflective surface only tells you the temperature of what is being reflected. The only way to really see if this changes the intake temp is to measure it before and after. Sorry, did not do it before.
It'd still be worth it to get the post temps and maybe compare them to a car that doesn't have a wrap.
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Originally Posted by Jon2007E63P30 View Post
You are correct. The problem is, that taking a thermal image of a reflective surface only tells you the temperature of what is being reflected. The only way to really see if this changes the intake temp is to measure it before and after. Sorry, did not do it before.
Got it, that makes sense.

I assume part of your reasoning for doing that thermal imaging in the first place was to find out where the big hot spots were to eventually wrap.
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