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Old 07-31-2018, 11:28 AM   #191 (permalink)
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Absolutely. This is what I used:

https://www.alumilite.com/store/p/10...gular-Tan.aspx

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Old 07-31-2018, 12:15 PM   #192 (permalink)
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In regards to the OP. What temperature does polyurethane degrade? I've read that its 107'C. Would the mating surfaces of the intake manifold stay below that?

I love this idea, almost purchased a sheet of phenolic sheet to make my own spacer by hand but PU mold would be way easier.
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The material I use holds up to 244F / 118C. Since the engine coolant runs at a max of around 200F / 93C, and the intake manifold is essentially a big heat sink, I would be incredibly surprised if the head got too much warmer than that.
If the spacer were aluminum, the manifold would indeed continue to be a heat sink for the head. However, an aluminum manifold with a plastic spacer will effectively cease to be a heat sink for the head. At that point, if your fuel delivery system is wet-flow (carburetor or TBI), the manifold will see significant cooling due to the latent heat of vaporization of the fuel, which can cause mixture separation and worse performance.

Note that post-shutoff engine temperatures can spike significantly once the coolant and air flow have ceased. On one of my vehicles, I used four thermocouples to test the efficacy of a carburetor spacer and/or post-shutoff fan operation, and observed a 20F spike when there was no post-shutoff air flow. For the thermocouple taped to the outside of the stainless steel thermostat housing (with heat-transfer goo interfacing the thermocouple & metal), the result was this:



Note that this data was gathered to show trends, not absolute values. The sampling interval for the no-fan condition was 5 minutes, so the spike shown was at least 20F; the sampling interval for the fan-on condition was 1 minute. Since stainless steel is not tops for heat conduction and the thermocouple was on the outside of the thermostat housing, the actual coolant temperatures were probably 10F+ higher, especially when one notes that the fan switch shutoff temperature rating is 165F and the data shows the shutoff at ~150F.

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Old 12-03-2018, 11:01 AM   #193 (permalink)
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This past weekend I printed up a multi-piece upper grill block for my 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage. It took a few design iterations, but it came out great.

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https://ecomodder.com/forum/showthre...tml#post585133

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A few different colors for fun and show.





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Easy to remove after you snap it in place? Is black the final iteration?
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I'll probably make one more tweak to them. They fit in the grill area really nice. However, they could line up with each other just a touch better. A little tab to locate them to each other will fix that.

Here is a close up of the silver one I'm currently using. Its really overcast this morning, and I just installed it before going to work so the lighting isn't very good. It actually does have a bit of metallic flake in it though.

As for removal, its really easy. Just get your finger behind it and pull. It will pop right off.


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