Thread: Envy Chargepipe
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      03-03-2010, 09:21 PM   #10

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Originally Posted by iBeJayKaying View Post
Update: I will not be dyno testing this on Thursday.

I was holding the chargepipe up (admiring it), and noticed some white freckles along the inside of the chargepipe. Confused, I inspected it closer, and noticed light leaking through.

I know it's not 05SCM3's fault, I'm sure he didn't notice. On the contrary, I hope he didn't run this for too long, I know it was on his car until 2-3 days ago. I'd be worried that particles could have gotten into his engine during extended use. I don't even think 05SCM3 could have done this to the chargepipe, unless he intentionally prodded it with a needle a thousand or so times.

The problem is that the clearcoat on this is not very good and has leaks all over, but it's difficult to notice. Unless you're especially picky about clearcoat, I don't think you would even notice regularly. It's "especially bad" along the seam of the chargepipe, but the clearcoat holes are all over the entire body.

I dunno if these holes are big enough to let any significantly damaging particles through to the engine or not, but I just don't feel like taking any risks with my engine. I think I'll get this re-clearcoated first, and then tested properly another time. I'll still go to VF and lay down a baseline dyno, record temps and such, and see if I can get it tested under similar conditions another time.

I might dyno test stock versus BMC filter, maybe, if I get time to do 2 runs. (So far it's 10 cars.)
Jeez! That's horrible. Sorry to hear that. It seems like there are a lot of problems with Technocraft's intake products:

the low-quality clearcoat causing leaks (this thread)
the clearance problem with the badge rubbing on the hood
the potential loss of power on Ed Lin's dyno
the lack of a flex section like the OEM piece or the Dinan piece to compensate for engine movement
random other fitment issues and the necessity of using tape to seal the intake
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Last edited by smmmurf; 03-03-2010 at 09:32 PM.