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Brian1

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part of the reason intake spacers are plastic is heat soak, it keeps the UIM cooler so the incoming air charge is cooler = more power
Doesn't anyone make a phenolic spacer for the ohv?
There is but it is a $100 piece of plastic. This one is essentially free. Heat soak is negligible because it is separated by several cardboard gaskets which do not conduct/transfer heat very well. Additionally a 3/8" to 1/2" thick piece of aluminum is not going to matter much when there is a massive aluminum manifold above it that is already heat soaking from the under-hood air. I'm more after increasing the intake runner length which effects the torque curve bringing it lower. This whole thing is an experiment anyway, I don't have an eta when I plan to install it or if I will even keep it on if I don't notice any improvements
 


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Brian1

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I've been working on a craft project recently :D . I made black-out window shades that also help with insulation. I camp inside my Explorer on many "overland" trips so these shades will help insulate in cold weather camping as well as provide privacy when camped near other people. Camping in warm weather the reflective side can face out to keep the inside cooler.

I bought a 24" x 10' roll of Reflectix, some black fabric, spray adhesive and some masking paper to make the window templates with. The roll was enough for the 3 rear windows and one front door window (if you are good at Tetris!). I still plan to make some for my door windows. Overall I'm pretty happy with how they turned out!

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I did the exact thing to my van. I added a tab and some material to the inside as well, because I couldn't get passed the silver ugliness in there. :)

You're going to like it!

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Nice shades dudes they came out nicely, there were a couple of times during our big move I wished I had those....you know sleeping in the back seat of excursion at rest area with bright lights and RV's full of kids all around....sucks!
 
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I did this years ago in the F350 I drove while working in the oilfields. I hacked it kind of quick though... I just put the roll up against the window and cut it out with a razor blade.
After leaving the oilfields, those pieces for the F350 got hacked again and I use them in the Explorer when it's parked for days on end. I have 5% tint on the rear door and rear windows, so I only need the covers for the front doors.

Something I have noticed with mine over the years, they tend to shrink/swell a little depending on the temps outside. Not a lot, but enough that it creates a little extra material when trying to stuff them in the window frame.

Overall, they work great! And will really block out a lot of heat & light.
 












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That looks like a whole lot of quiet out there. Is that a LS powered Waggy with you?
 




















Brian1

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I like the video. Are those old coke ovens that you were flying over?
Yes they are. It's an old mining town right along the railroad. The coke ovens are about all that remains. It's all private property so I had to drone it.
 




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Awesome video. The place looks scenic and probably a good location for a car TV ad.
 




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