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Old September 29th, 2008, 07:03 AM   #1
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Talking custom aem v2 and strut bar install

got my aem v2 from h22vtec this past thursday. this is what it looked like when it arrived:








don't worry this is how i bought it! i planned on repainting it with high temp flat bbq black paint


in order to remove all the old paint i used aircraft paint stripper


spray the stripper on and let it sit for a while before scrubbing it off. CAUTION! wear gloves! this stuff WILL sting and burn if it comes in contact w/ skin!




paint starting to come off


other side


the rest finally coming off




any thing else that didn't come off i took some 1000grit sandpaper and sanded and wet sanded it off to get it nice & smooth for paint and this is how it looked before i started to lay paint



1st coat of paint


after paint



installed with neuspeed strut bar. i removed the yellow letters since everything else under the hood is black i didn't want it sticking out like a sore thumb.






i emailed aem and a tech there is going to send me the carb sticker, warning sticker & v2 decal for the intake so it doesnt look like a knock off intake.
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Old September 29th, 2008, 07:25 AM   #2
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I love the all black/clean/ classic look to everything under your hood. Well well well-done!
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Old September 29th, 2008, 07:30 AM   #3
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nice job!
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I love the all black/clean/ classic look to everything under your hood. Well well well-done!
so should i not even bother to put the decals on the intake?
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Old September 29th, 2008, 07:43 AM   #5
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no leave them off... it looks nicer without lots of logos... if you check out some threads where i have pics of my engine bay... i powercoated my V2 red and left the decal off.. looks great and keeps everything clean

it makes your engine bay mods more subtle... but anyone who knows what the V2 is will still notice it and be impressed with the custom paint job
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no decals.. it looks real nice.. good job...
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Old September 29th, 2008, 08:12 AM   #7
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I think it looks fine without a big AEM sticker on there.
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Old September 29th, 2008, 08:16 AM   #8
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haha alright so i'll just have some decals layin around. they aren't charging me for any of them.
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Old September 29th, 2008, 08:23 AM   #9
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you can give me one and i can put it on my stock air box hahaha. V2 should be at my house soon!
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what about the carb stickers? i like that idea but i would keep the carb one.
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This looks really good man. I bought my v2 used also and there are a ton of dings. I might have to look into this...

+1 for lewfx. I would put the carb sticker on maybe the back side of it, but definitely have it on there. Leave the rest of them off.
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When it comes time to get it smogged, I would replace the sticker then. Until then, the intake looks really good with the new paint job!
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we don't have emissions in FL
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Old September 29th, 2008, 12:01 PM   #15
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nice work. Very clean very slick.
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Old September 29th, 2008, 12:02 PM   #16
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btw what kind of paint remover did you use?? Isn't the v2 powder coated? Do you think it would work on rims?
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clean job!
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Old September 29th, 2008, 12:28 PM   #18
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Looks nice.

I'd leave the decals off for sure.
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btw what kind of paint remover did you use?? Isn't the v2 powder coated? Do you think it would work on rims?
i posted what i used. it's the aircraft paint remover. yeah it was a PITA to remove. i went through 2 cans of the paint remover since it's not paint...i THOUGHT it was paint til you just said that it's powder coated lol. it might work on rims but one of the places i went to actually sold like a 12 gallon bucket thing you can buy instead of the aerosol

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Looks nice.

I'd leave the decals off for sure.
yea i'm not gonna put them on
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Nice look, the stealth theme even in the engine bay is an awsome idea. You should try to come to our south florida meet on oct.5th if you can man. check out our regional chapter...
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DAMN that looks good bro!!
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Old September 29th, 2008, 02:12 PM   #22
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what engine cover is that? tsx?
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Old September 29th, 2008, 02:13 PM   #23
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Looks good! Everytime I see your RL engine cover I ponder ordering one.

It's funny you say you took the Neuspeed decals off the strut bar because everythings black, which it is, besides the yellow battery lol.
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we don't have emissions in FL
Even better reason not to use any of the stickers then....
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Hey man, I noticed that you didn't plug your o2 sensor into the v2. When I installed mine, the instructions had my place it into the spot where it looks like you have it plugged (near the battery).

Any particular reason you did this?
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Looks good! Everytime I see your RL engine cover I ponder ordering one.

It's funny you say you took the Neuspeed decals off the strut bar because everythings black, which it is, besides the yellow battery lol.
as you can see i tried covering up most of it w/ the battery top

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Hey man, I noticed that you didn't plug your o2 sensor into the v2. When I installed mine, the instructions had my place it into the spot where it looks like you have it plugged (near the battery).

Any particular reason you did this?
it might be because you have a 2007. i have an 04 and on the instructions it said nothing about o2 sensor. even the instructions only list for 2003-2004 accord v6.
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lol its not an O2 sensor...its the IAT sensor thats located in your throttle body which you can relocate into the v2 by taking out the bolt. and yes it'll work with the 04. i did this on mine as well.
http://www.v6performance.net/forums/...&highlight=aem
post #6 explains how it benefits.
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IAT - my bad

Thanks for the link.
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Hey man, I noticed that you didn't plug your IAT sensor into the v2. When I installed mine, the instructions had my place it into the spot where it looks like you have it plugged (near the battery).

Any particular reason you did this?
That was the "optional power adder" according to the directions that moves the IAT sensor to the intake instead of the coolant heated TB. I believe it adjusts the timing to make the car run a little richer

I didn't do it, I just left the IAT sensor where it was to begin with..

EDIT: I said screw it and moved the sensor into the intake. More power is more power We'll have to see
how it goes!


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