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Old 07-24-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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What are the thoughts/views on coating stainless headers.?? waste of money, not needed. Or would the preferred be polishing them????
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:38 PM   #2
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I'm polishing mine before assembly, and then again after for touch up...Pretty time consuming but she's gonna have bling!!
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:45 AM   #3
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Toilet bowl cleaner works nice to keep them clean, and will shine them up. If there is still color in them at that point, then a bottle of polish will take care of the rest. It is not as much work as you think. But, I am used to cleaning the headers after every pass with at least Windex and paper towels.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:38 PM   #4
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I don't do photo's much so let's try this....

You can see a couple sections of tube there that haven't been polished yet for reference....The collector will also be forward of that position by an 1.5" - 2" 's.



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This is the difference in the Muffler's straight out of the box to about 30/40 minutes worth of attention.


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Old 07-25-2013, 11:13 PM   #5
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I don't do photo's much so let's try this....

You can see a couple sections of tube there that haven't been polished yet for reference....The collector will also be forward of that position by an 1.5" - 2" 's.



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This is the difference in the Muffler's straight out of the box to about 30/40 minutes worth of attention.


We've got bling !!
What have you found to work good for you?
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:15 AM   #6
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im going to polish mine.. ive seen some look pretty cool once finished..
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What have you found to work good for you?
I found this little vid on youtube and there is more.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZOac...B628547499102E

I use a bench-grinder with a cloth pad and diff compounds...The larger tube I use a polishing wheel, just like one used in auto buffing. Just like everything else, the more time you put into it...the better the results.

Just finished mocking/tacking the passenger side primaries last night....Think we'll have much problem servicing the Tranny ??



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I glass beaded mine , nice satin finish
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This weekends adventure was to run the driver side back to the bumper.....3.5" off a 4" collector. Quite time comsuming




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Bet it took longer to make that fuel line than the exhaust
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:45 PM   #11
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Bet it took longer to make that fuel line than the exhaust

X2, what in the world do you have going on there?
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X2, what in the world do you have going on there?
Yep, it's pretty busy in a small area. Running 2 pumps, electric in the back and an Aeromotive mech in the front off a mandrel .....It's plumbed in such fashion that I can use the electric to prime the mechanical pump and shut it off for track use, or not use the mechanical at all and just use the electric for street cruising because it's not adequate for the strip with this engine ...the only thing I need do is slip the belt off the gimble and I'm still cruising. So I can basically drive off either pump, I just created options, belt or no belt.
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whos collectors are you using? thanks
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Damn you weren't kidding about the fab work. Good job
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whos collectors are you using? thanks
They were built by a friend locally, his day job is at Watson eng ....I think Columbia River is close, cost wise ...
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