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Old 07-26-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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Free mods?

well since as of now i'm unemployed, i still want to do SOMETHING to my car

what can i do for free, or for clamps or something
i know about the turbo silencer already
and i've heard mention of something about a heat plate somewhere?

i don't need to get severe gains out of anything, or any real gains either, if something can make it more fun, or louder or whatever, just so i can do SOMETHING
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:34 PM   #2
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the pop bottle mod. take the bpv, and remove the hose that goes back to the intake. then use a the lid from a pop bottle to fill the hole in the intake.

shazaam, blow off valve
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Mesh grill from home depot costs 5$, take the grill in half and insert mesh, use the search function to look that up. Tint the rear break lights using a 5$ spray tint can... take out the orange reflectors in front turn indicators using a long flat head screwdriver... remove vynal stickers from BC and D pillars with goo gone. Debadge... im running out.

Ah, this is performance forum.. What about a SMBC for $30?
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Mesh grill from home depot costs 5$, take the grill in half and insert mesh, use the search function to look that up. Tint the rear break lights using a 5$ spray tint can... take out the orange reflectors in front turn indicators using a long flat head screwdriver... remove vynal stickers from BC and D pillars with goo gone. Debadge... im running out.

Ah, this is performance forum.. What about a SMBC for $30?
those are all good, i put this in the performance forum rather than posting the same thread twice
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Oh, another one. Remove the heat fabric on the underside of hood. all it does is makes the engine hotter. Its better gone than installed. Just pulls out. What about polishing intake, or engine block? Or installing new vac lines under the hood in a ricey yellow color.
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Oh, another one. Remove the heat fabric on the underside of hood. all it does is makes the engine hotter. Its better gone than installed. Just pulls out. What about polishing intake, or engine block? Or installing new vac lines under the hood in a ricey yellow color.
you realize that the engine temperature is controlled by the thermostat and the cooling system so in no way would removing the insulation make the engine "hotter" right?
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you realize that the engine temperature is controlled by the thermostat and the cooling system so in no way would removing the insulation make the engine "hotter" right?
I think he meant having the insulation in makes it hotter... not sure though. That's how I interpreted it. Only reason I took mine out was so I could hear more intake noise.
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same thing. cooling system will compensate if it even makes any difference. the operating temperature would be the same either way. the only thing it might do is lighten the car by acouple pounds.

he would better to do the airbox mod if he hasn't already.
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vk, so what you're saying is that the environment the engine is operating in will have no effect on the temperature that engine operates at?
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what i'm saying is that removing the insulation will not effect the performance of the engine or the operating temp of the engine.
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removing the underhood insulation will (however slightly) bring down underhood temps. bringing down underhood temps can help the engine run cooler, especially in high temp environment, or if the cooling system is otherwise compromised.

i'm not saying that it will definitely help, but i am saying that you are wrong in claiming that under no circumstances will it have an effect
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i doubt that he lives in a an environment with a high enough ambient temperature that the cooling system would be compromised.
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:26 PM   #14
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Why would the engineers at Saab put the insulation in the hood if it makes the engine run hotter? What is the purpose of the insulation? Protect the hood paint?
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to reduce engine noise in the cabin.
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Helps the engine warm up faster, especially in the winter. Removing it won't cool you down a ton in most normal conditions since the vast majority of the heat that leaves the engine is through the air passing over the radiator, which is totally unaffected by the presence or absence of the insulation. If you live somewhere that gets cold its probably better to leave it, or at least reinstall it in the winter months.
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Old 07-27-2009, 03:03 AM   #17
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Buy my MBC+A.

And I don't think any US market cars have heatplates. Only European market cars had them, to meet emissions standards.

Also, if you can stand to do it, remove your A/C.
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to reduce engine noise in the cabin.
That, and to protect the hoods paint from the turbo... look on the insulation next time and you'll see a shiny silver part right above the turbo to deflect the heat.

If you've ever removed the insulation a c900 you'd see what happens to the paint.

9k's, NG's, 9-3's, and 9-5's are fine to remove the insulation though.
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:54 AM   #19
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8 valve, just curious...Why remove the A/C?
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:56 AM   #20
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So who has removed their hood insulation?

Can you hear a noticeable difference in spool up noise?
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