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Homemade intake

Discussion in 'VE Holden Commodore (2006 - 2013)' started by monkeyboy, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. monkeyboy

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    ^^^dunno about the oil in the breather hose...have a search in tech, hopefully there's an answer in there :)

    Well after getting sick of the homemade looking intake I made, (and also because being pvc it isn't coping too well with the temps under the bonnet which I predicted would be a problem) I bought a HSV intake instead. It'll need to be shortened a bit at both ends because it's too long to just bolt on and with a reducer to match the 102mm HSV pipe to the throttle body and one of those fernco joiners to connect it to the growler, it should look more factory than I one I made. Being a purpose biult MAF pipe it'll also cope with the temps under teh bonnet too...the other one is starting to lose it's shape a bit already!

    I mainly wanted to play around one weekend and thought it'd be fun to make my own intake...and it was...but after a week or so it kind of looks a bit crappy now... so I bought one for $140 bucks on ebay which comes with an extension for the breather hose and all the fittings. I'll have to shorten the pipe a bit but it should be better than the one I made...it's 4" instead of 3.5", doesn't have a 90 deg bend in it and is made from the correct materials.

    But hey, it was a fun, cheap and easy project and it gave me an excuse to piss about under the bonnet for a while. :) Here's a pic of the HSV MAF pipe...it's as black and thick as a jamaican pornstar's blue-veined custard chucka too
     

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    Looks like a huge water radiator hose.. Maybe a truck hose would have costed less. Nice work on the DIY
     
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    for the price of an air hammer, you should have just gone with that, or trying to convince airhammer to sell you the TB to the MAF piping........ thats what i have on my car... Which goes to the Growler Box.
     
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    wraith Hand over the dog bikkies

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    Well that's more like it.
     
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    I hadn't thought of using a truck radiator hose. After a few minutes of googling, that would probably have been the best option. Here's an online business idea: buy 102mm truck radiator hoses in bulk (there's heaps of Chinese companies who sell these cheap cheap) cut them to suit a range of models and sell them online for 10 times the price. KA-CHING!

    t was your set up that inspired me the make the intake in the first place actually :) The airhammer's are nearly $400...and after spending 450 on the growler I didn't want to fork out that much for a the piece of pipe I need. I emailed a few airhammer sellers and online stores and they wouldn't sell me half the kit either...which kinda sucked. So I made my own...which I was excited about for a little while then lost interest in it. So the HSV MAF should do the trick and was only about $140 bucks.
     
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    Ahh k, yeh its still worked out pretty well for you. thats sh!t that airhammer wouldnt sell part of the kit...... but yeh you have made a good substitute, i got mine for half price on eBay, some bloke bought the Airhammer and fitted it for a week or so and didnt like it...

    They sound pretty good with the 2 fitted together hey? I love my sound.
     
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    I'll tell you when the reducer arrives on Monday :) Can't wait for that bugger to arrive
     
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    very true look at the hsv maf pipes lol, could also picture pvc melting too from the tb.
     
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    what gains are people getting once this is done? just noise? I think the DIY idea is great however it would be better to route some ram air into the intake as this is where some power gains can be made.
     
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    Was about to say: PVC and heat dont mix (done that before and the heat eventually crumbles the plastic and then ur farrrrked. Glad to see you replaced it with a proper one MOnkeyboy.
    Cheers
     
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    How would stainless steel go with the under bonnet temps? And also what about fibre glass. I have a wicked idea :D:D
     
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    Wouldn't use stainless for intake pipe. The heat soak would be crazy not to mention it isn't cheap.
     
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    What's a good steel to use that I can get chromed?
     
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    that why your MAF has a honey comb to break up the air flow so it reaches the intake in an even mass or it cyclones in like water going down a drain pipe which would result in hesitation when stabbing on and off the throttle
     
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    stainless is ok for intake mate, i have used in many of my cars
     
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    What about fiberglass under the bonnet? I'm think of making my own moulded Otr cai sort of similar to the 1's u can buy but with a little touch of fanciness.
     
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    monkeyboy howd u go with that new intake pipe ?
     
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    ^^Oh yeah I almost forgot
     

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    Wow that is one fat intake pipe! lol
     
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    and this one...
     

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