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Old 12-30-2007, 01:09 AM   #1
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Thought I'd share another diy I did.






This one is really easy, takes all of 3 hours and costs $12

1.) get some cooling duct metal from home depot ($7 for a huge piece)

2.) Make a template out of cardboard

3.) Test fit template then trace onto metal with sharpie

4.) Cut out shape with dremel and drill holes with metal grinder attachement

5.) Clamp to the edge of table and carefully bend the metal using a block of wood.

6.) Sand smooth

7.) Paint with engine paint from autozone ($5)


And that's about it...
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Old 12-30-2007, 01:23 AM   #2
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nice....make a printable template and post it up for us lazy folk

i think i'll give this a shot when it gets warmer
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:43 AM   #3
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looks good and exactly like the products that sell for alot more than the 12 dollars you spent.
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:34 AM   #4
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Very nice.
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:38 AM   #5
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Looks very good
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Old 12-30-2007, 12:16 PM   #6
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nicely done... how long of a block of wood & how many clamps?

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Old 12-30-2007, 01:44 PM   #7
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nice, maybe on the next one you can incorporate the radiator mount to eliminate the radiator brackets like the Cobb tuning one. Another thumbs up for the diy though...

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Old 12-30-2007, 01:59 PM   #8
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Very nice rad shroud! Post a template FTW! lol
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Old 12-30-2007, 05:45 PM   #9
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You da man Sausage, keep up the good work!
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:50 PM   #10
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I like it, diy ftw!

I do like the Cobb one also... that would be a cool diy.
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:01 PM   #11
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Sweet! Nice work.

I think I paid about $30 for mine from the "jnorth group buy" on RS25.com. Pretty decent though, considering labor time, tools and all.
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:25 PM   #12
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nicely done... how long of a block of wood & how many clamps?

Rob
I did it with 2 clamps and you only need a small thick piece. The idea is to go over the surface area a couple of times, each time bending it a little more. So you clamp the metal to the table, take the block of wood, and bend the metal a little and work your way down. then do it again. You use a bock of wood or something hard because it will help you get a much better crease then using your hand since it applies even pressure
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Old 12-31-2007, 01:48 AM   #13
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awesome. I'm defintely doing this instead of paying like $75 for one.
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Old 01-05-2008, 04:51 AM   #14
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heres the one i made... but by the looks of yours.. i might be redoing it.


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Old 01-05-2008, 04:58 AM   #15
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That looks good. Nice work.
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Old 01-05-2008, 04:58 AM   #16
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Ya gonna paint the alternator shroud?
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Old 01-05-2008, 10:49 AM   #17
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Ya gonna paint the alternator shroud?
yeah I guess I should. I just painted a catch can I'm throwing in there.
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:49 AM   #18
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like always..nice DIY's!
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Old 01-05-2008, 01:58 PM   #19
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sweet! i should have doen this instead of buying the zero/sports one i got in japan oh well souvinier i guess
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:20 PM   #20
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nice... I want to do this myself...

no bench or table to clamp anything to, but I'm sure I'll figure it out. Now how do you anodize the aluminum???

What's the deal with the comment about Cobb's radiator mounts? I'm not sure I understand...???
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:34 PM   #21
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nice... I want to do this myself...

no bench or table to clamp anything to, but I'm sure I'll figure it out. Now how do you anodize the aluminum???

What's the deal with the comment about Cobb's radiator mounts? I'm not sure I understand...???
Don't worry about the cobb comments.

Pick up a couple of cheap clamps (get 2 at the dollar store for $2) then put the metal down on the table, put a piece of wood on top of the metal ($2 at home depot for a 2x4), then clamp the wood to the table. Next slowly push on the metal right next to the wood to bend it. Do only a little bit at a time making your way down the metal. It'll take you several passes to make the correct angle. make sure you use your fingers to do the bending. Using something hard will leave dimples in the metal

It's cheap and effective

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Old 01-08-2009, 10:48 PM   #22
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Dude... you got skillz... nice job.
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Old 01-09-2009, 05:34 PM   #23
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ah ive been waiting for this!
will do when i get my car back
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Old 01-11-2009, 11:37 PM   #24
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Just picked up a piece of thin 12"x24" steel tonight at Lowe's for five bucks in preparation for this mod. Item 11180 or something like that. It'll make a nice little afternoon project while the weather's cold.
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Old 01-11-2009, 11:41 PM   #25
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Well done. I've got something to add to my list...
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