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Old August 23rd, 2004, 12:26 PM   #1
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Yeah, about wrapping your intake tube...

I've noticed that my injen intake tube can get quite warm and I want to wrap it with some turbo type exhasut wrap. I know there are sleeves and tape and actual material to wrap around, but what is the difference? I want to get something that will do the job, but I don't know if I need the really expensive million degree proof stuff. Anyone had experience with wrapping their intake tube and know what I should or shoudln't use. Also, does anyone know if their car makes a clicking noise from under the Honda valve cover on the V6. I think that is where the noise is coming from. I thought at first something was wrong with my belt, but it is coming from above the engine, under that plate I believe. Is it supposed to be doing that? It's nothing crazy bad or loud sounding, but there is some extra clicking going on. Is that not normal? It needs to go in anyway, but I wonder if it is something significant, maybe related to my malfunction indicator light......hmmm.........any advice?
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Old August 23rd, 2004, 04:42 PM   #2
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My V2 doesn't really get hot at all, even after a long drive. But we haven't had a very hot summer here either so, who knows. I don't think it is really nescessary to wrap your intake though. Never heard of that one before. As far as the clicking it could be just the valves, might need adjusting. How many miles on your ride????
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Old August 23rd, 2004, 07:08 PM   #3
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Well, I know turbo applications use wrap a lot because of the heat. On the intake and exhaust sides, but I just want it cause I know my Injen metal tube gets seriously hot. I know the flow of air wouldn't be severely heated up from this, but I think it couldn't hurt, but if it's pointless I won't do it. I only have 8500 miles on it.
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Old August 23rd, 2004, 10:05 PM   #4
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I think some dynamat around the tube should dampen the noise. It shouldnt even have to be on every single inch of the tube. Just a good portion.
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wouldn't that make the intake even hotter?
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Old August 23rd, 2004, 11:45 PM   #6
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wouldn't that make the intake even hotter?

Hmm...i'm not sure...but think about those soda can styrofoam wraps. Add a layers of air insulation. The dynamat would do the same...although dynamat is kinda dense, wouldnt be as good of a insulation.
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Old August 24th, 2004, 04:32 AM   #7
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also think about those travel coffee mugs that are supposed to keep your coffee hotter longer; and i think those just have insulation too. . .aside from those crazy ones u plug into your power outlet in your car.
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Old August 24th, 2004, 08:26 AM   #8
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Wrap on an intake is going to be a waste of time- exhaust can get up to hundreds of degrees (700+? I'm not sure, that may just be for motorcycles) where as intake air might get up to a hundred degrees. Wha'ts the point?
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Old August 24th, 2004, 10:14 AM   #9
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DEI who makes header wrap material also makes an air intake wrap kit. Here is link:

http://www.designengineering.com/pro...sp?m=sp&pid=33
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Old August 24th, 2004, 10:32 AM   #10
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I wrapped my old intake with ThermoTec heat tape, it did make a noticeable difference. If my new AEM wasn't so pretty, I'd definitely do it again. It's heat resistent to 200 degrees, and dropped my IAT readings a good 15-20 degrees (about 5 degrees higher than ambient at all times).

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wow- I really don't understand how it could make that much of a difference- perhaps moreso on a shortram than a CAI
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wow- I really don't understand how it could make that much of a difference- perhaps moreso on a shortram than a CAI
Actually it's the complete opposite. A SR is sucking in hotter air, so you're only keeping the already hot air hot. However a CAI is sucking in cooler air, so you can keep it cool.
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Old August 24th, 2004, 07:06 PM   #13
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I too think it was extremelly stupid that the Injen has to be "Bling-Bling" chrome. The Callaway induction system on my Z28 is made of ABS plastic. First it doesn't get very hot. Second when i place a bag of ice on the intake what ever heat is present goes away very fast. The Injen just gets hot and stays hot. Once, at the track I could hardly touch the damn thing up around the throttle body because of the amount of heat present.

I say a plastic tube would have been much better for performance applications.

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Old August 25th, 2004, 08:52 AM   #14
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I agree with plastic. Plastic is a better heat inductor, it keep your intake temp closer to ambient.
It would be cheaper too I suppose! ... full CAI setup for <$100 that outperforms the metal $200ish ones ?
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Old September 4th, 2004, 12:38 AM   #15
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Plastic would be good, I think that carbon fibre is the best material for an intake. You can be ghetto like me and wrap your intake with a $10 heat shield for your dryer duct, it's "stretchable" (couldn't find a better word) I noticed it kept the intake a little cooler. Or you can spray your intake with primer then high themp ceramic paint. You have a polished intake right?...
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Old September 4th, 2004, 01:41 AM   #16
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Yeah, it's polished. I wish they made an icebox, or someone like Iceman made a plastic tube. I want to get a V2 for the performance, but something that will stay cool under the hood. That metal Injen tube gets damn hot, sucks.
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Old September 4th, 2004, 09:53 PM   #17
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Get a company to make you a custom carbon fibre intake, using the injen as a model.
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Old September 5th, 2004, 01:04 PM   #18
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www.emachineshop.com you can download their software design a product and have them build it out of any material, check it out.
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