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I just picked up an extra intake.
I have a few things in mind -performance wise, but I also
wanted to either polish and clear-kote, or chrome.
Scott(Vipermed) - got me thinking aesthetics
 

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The thing about chrome plating the intake is that the plating process often leaves a residue on the inside of the manifold. You may not be able to get to all the areas in the intake runners. The last thing I would want is a piece of chrome, copper, or nickel finding its way into the combustion chamber or valve train. It is aluminum and you can have it polished and/or clear coated though. The only other dilemma is to make the valve covers match. Vipermed makes those plate covers. But then the closest you can get to chrome or polished is to powdercoat with that silver jet hot coating. You cant polish or plate them since the valve covers are magnesium. Is that shiny enough for you?
 

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It's not something I've been dwelling on,
but all the negatives mentioned so far - have been taken into
account. I'm sure Scott could give me his input - because
I know it's crossed his mind. I have done some plating - but nothing chrome
or that big. I'll let everyone know when I decide - I may just polish, that
should give me something to do - and I already have some polyurethane clear
left over from another paint job.
 

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How about powdercoating? When people powdercoat the valve covers and intake manifolds how do they get the viper logo back to silver again? Just sand it?
 

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Powder coating equipment is relatively cheap now, you can even buy
heat lights instead of using an oven.
As far as the logo - you could either tape over it or apply something to
occlude the powder - but it probably would be easier to just sand it off.
I'm already set up for painting - so powercoat is out.
Powder coat has the advantage of not chipping, but urethane paint is just
as heat and chemical resistant.
 

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After plating it, you could extrude-hone it. That would get rid of any residue left over from the plating process. You could match the look with a set of CNC machined valve covers in aluminum. I've also seen the silver jet-hot coated headers, and they look real nice and match up well with that kind of thing.
 

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I had both my intake and valve covers powder coated with great success. I just sanded the powder off the logo's on the valve covers.

Scott's polished and clear coated manifolds look great.
 

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Now that's what I'm talking about -
Is that from Jessie James car - looks like Vipermeds overlays on the
valve covers - what injectors are on that motor - Blue?
I think - dealing with a picture - it would be hard
to tell the polished(clear coated) from the chromed version.
But I believe the chroming would stand out more in person.
 

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Is that intake on your Viper in Austin?? If yes, I assume it is from Scott in Florida. Are you going to have your Viper at the Powerfest? I would like to check it out.
 

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Anthony - 98 GTS said:
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Is that intake on your Viper in Austin?? If yes, I assume it is from Scott in Florida. Are you going to have your Viper at the Powerfest? I would like to check it out. <hr /></blockquote> Yes that is on my car , it's all from ViperMed (Scott) in Fla., I think he will be at Powerfest , I will try to go also! Mike
 
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