Beating a Horse here..Cooling plate

Old 04-24-2012, 11:53 PM
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Beating a Horse here..Cooling plate

I know I am beating a dead horse here, but just need some reassurance. I purchased the Carbon fiber AUT Look alike, knowing that it was not going to fit perfectly. But did not know I was going to have to sand so much! Used a few DIY threads from here, but still...

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My list of things that makes me paranoid.

1. Tightened everything up, used my new 10mm allen wrench/red washer set instead of the black phillip screws that attach the bumper to the body. Looks really nice, didn't tighten all they way, but I hear little crack noises, so I loosened some more. Normal with these things?

2. The Rubber Hood stoppers, how should I really know the perfect spot for them with this thing on, I tried my best to get them even for the hood to sit correctly.


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3. I feel like the hood is sitting right on top of the part where it goes over the stock air box, So for time being I painters taped a soft cloth there to create it from not rubbing.


Any help would be great appreciated, I am searching, but it is late, I work tomorrow, and am trying to figure this out asap.


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Bump, before I break it lol.
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Sorry man no experience with them...really like the look of the AUT though. Can you tell where the cracking sound is coming from? Do you think it is the actual plate or is there something under it...like dirt or sand that may be crushed as you tighten it up?
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:36 PM
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No worries Starman, I tightened it all up, not to tight, but after I was done I herd a few noises so I loosened all 10mm allen screws back up a tad. I cleaned everything before I installed so it couldn't be dirt/grain etc. So it had to be the plate, I even put some cloth over the air intake part so the hood doesn't hit it...need an s2k driver around me to check it out lol. I know its something small, but spending the money on something I want it to at least last..
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I have the CF Comptech air box adn it has a few scratches due to hood hitting. That plate looks really nice.
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And what do you gain with this change?
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Wow, I should have waited, 20 more bucks and I could have had the AUT....http://www.ebay.com/itm/00-01-02-03-...ht_2077wt_1218
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Gain as in HP? My butt dyno feels nor sees a gain, sounds nice though, also cleans the engine bay up nicely. And Thanks Starrman, you didnt try anything to block the hood or prevent the hood from hitting?
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I must be missing something. Spend money and time for no horsepower gain or benefit of any kind?
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completely off topic, and irrelevant to my question. You spend what you want on your car, I will do the same for mine. Intake and exhaust next, if you really want to get into it. Do you know the reason for a cooling plate? If not search. Now if you see the design it is directing air flow to the stock air box. I will be getting the k&n intake and build a custom heat resistant box to go over my cooling plate. Therefor IMO will feed from cooler air directed to the K&N, and not scattered air without the cooling plate. But of course, you would know all this via searching, and seeing the debates on this item if it does anything or not.


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I have learned that you get what you pay for. I hate to say but you should have saved up and bought a really good quality piece.
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Originally Posted by Vtec_S2K View Post
I have learned that you get what you pay for. I hate to say but you should have saved up and bought a really good quality piece.
True True. I thought I learned lol. I read on a lot of forums it was okay, but every mold is different.
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Gain as in HP? My butt dyno feels nor sees a gain, sounds nice though, also cleans the engine bay up nicely. And Thanks Starrman, you didnt try anything to block the hood or prevent the hood from hitting?
It came with my used SC kit, and already had been marked...not sure if my hood even touches it...Back on point - if you could tighten down completely would it clear the hood?
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Did you remove the seal stiffer on the bottom of the rubber seal?? that might help
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I bought my cooling plate and installed it a few months ago. Mine too has a small mark near the hood latch which I'd attribute to the bolts on the underside of the hood. Mine did not make any cracking sounds at installation but the spark plug cover (also carbon fiber) I installed did. If your cooling plate is rubbing try backing the rubber hood bumpers out a bit. I have seen some cracking in the gel coat surrounding the rubber bumper on the drivers side and near the radiator brace opening on the passenger side. I have sanded these areas off using a small sanding drum on a Dremel tool. Hopefully, that will prevent future problems.

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I must be missing something. Spend money and time for no horsepower gain or benefit of any kind?
I installed mine for two reasons: 1.It looks good and I do show my car at local meets, 2. It should help at getting cool air into the stock air box.

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I have learned that you get what you pay for. I hate to say but you should have saved up and bought a really good quality piece.
I have learned through searching that this is an ebay copy of a Js Racing piece designed to work with the stock air box.

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ive a random plate on mine , I had to remove a slim metal [ gasket] that was under the actual seal and even then it still pushes my hood up a couple mm. no signs of scratching though.
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Yes, I did remove the metal piece, all I am using is the rubber seal. I backed the Rubber stoppers out a bit, but seems when it is not rubbing my hood is sitting to high, maybe Ill try to tighten everything again tonight since I have been driving with it on. Thanks for falls help!
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