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Is the crinkle black finish on the IC pipes only for aesthetics? Could we order raw aluminum finish?
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Question,
Is the crinkle black finish on the IC pipes only for aesthetics? Could we order raw aluminum finish?
Hey! They're made to stock and unfortunately raw is not an option, but we have had folks strip them after purchase as a personal project.
 

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Question,
Is the crinkle black finish on the IC pipes only for aesthetics? Could we order raw aluminum finish?
I installed my CVF hot side intercooler pipe the other day and noticed that the wrinkle black does “seem” to have an insulating property of some sort, as it stays pretty cool to the touch vs raw metal. Looks very OEM too. If you didn’t know what a 5G came with stock you would think it was a stock part.

BTW some measurements. The stock turbo outlet is 1.5in ID. The stock intercooler hot side piping is 1.5in ID until it gets to the silicone portion that connects to the intercooler, which expands open to 2.5in ID. The only portion of the CVF hot side pipe that is 1.5 in is one half of the elbow that connects the turbo to the hard pipe. The remainder of the CVF hot side piping is 2.3 in ID.
 
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I installed my CVF hot side intercooler pipe the other day and noticed that the wrinkle black does “seem” to have an insulating property of some sort, as it stays pretty cool to the touch vs raw metal. Looks very OEM too. If you didn’t know what a 5G came with stock you would think it was a stock part.

BTW some measurements. The stock turbo outlet is 1.5in ID. The stock intercooler hot side piping is 1.5in ID until it gets to the silicone portion that connects to the intercooler, which expands open to 2.5in ID. The only portion of the CVF hot side pipe that is 1.5 in is one half of the elbow that connects the turbo to the hard pipe. The remainder of the CVF hot side piping is 2.3 in ID.
That's good to know about the insulation. However, I would like to pop the hood and look very, custom. Like chrome pipes, blue silicon hoses etc.
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I was thinking like what engine should I put when I blow the engine and I kept thinking coyote coyote coyote, but I would think that would be so difficult when we could just get the engine rebuilt stronger and the trans rebuilt for heavy towing and it'll be an absolute ripper. My dream is an older ranger with the coyote fully caged. Just picked up my tube bender, stand, and die and 20 ton press and brake kit. I better get to fabbing to learn how to build my own stuff!

Also, our engine is fine with an intake, downpipe, intercooler pipes, intercooler, exhaust, and even an upgraded turbo. It's still a small turbo and the upgraded wheel isn't that big compared to other upgraded turbos for other platforms.
I'm just messing with you man....I would love to throw caution to the wind with my Ranger but the wife would have my arse....lol.

Honestly, I just went over 100K and mine still runs like an animal....I have been worried about the tranny with all the talk in here and being high mileage on mine. I have been running the Livernois hottest tune for over 70K (91-93 octane tune with hard-shift) and just recently flashed to the soft-shift tune. I have definitely slowed down a bit, but still hit it hard occasionally. I really can't stand the soft-shift tune....drops the power band considerably. I'm probably going back to the hard-shift soon. BTW, I have an extended warranty till 125K. Not sure if they would cover anything when they analyze my ECU....lol. Have fun making power in that thing....I have!!
 


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I'm just messing with you man....I would love to throw caution to the wind with my Ranger but the wife would have my arse....lol.

Honestly, I just went over 100K and mine still runs like an animal....I have been worried about the tranny with all the talk in here and being high mileage on mine. I have been running the Livernois hottest tune for over 70K (91-93 octane tune with hard-shift) and just recently flashed to the soft-shift tune. I have definitely slowed down a bit, but still hit it hard occasionally. I really can't stand the soft-shift tune....drops the power band considerably. I'm probably going back to the hard-shift soon. BTW, I have an extended warranty till 125K. Not sure if they would cover anything when they analyze my ECU....lol. Have fun making power in that thing....I have!!
Yea I figured I'd bite lol.

I've been running the 5star 93 daily and forgot how much of a ripper it is with the 93 performance tune, you know with gas prices and all. I'm averaging 13.2 to 13.5 mpg at the moment. Definitely shifts harder with the performance tune and if you let off the gas too fast it engine breaks hard lol
 

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So during my install today i dropped and lost into the abyss, one of the three nuts that attach the downpipe to the rest of the engine. Does anyone know what size nut it is?
 

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I, for the life of me cannot Crack the engine side nut. It is torqued so tight. No room and no leverage. I've heated it. Let penetrating fluid sit for 24hrs. Any suggestions ?
 
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I, for the life of me cannot Crack the engine side nut. It is torqued so tight. No room and no leverage. I've heated it. Let penetrating fluid sit for 24hrs. Any suggestions ?
I'm not sure if I broke it free from up top or from down under but try both.
 

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That's good to know about the insulation. However, I would like to pop the hood and look very, custom. Like chrome pipes, blue silicon hoses etc.
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I have Mishimoto pipes but…. It’s not a big deal to have them recoated any way you want.

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...our engine is fine with an intake, downpipe, intercooler pipes, intercooler, exhaust, and even an upgraded turbo. It's still a small turbo and the upgraded wheel isn't that big compared to other upgraded turbos for other platforms.
For street driving I feel the factory turbo is well matched to our trucks as far as size/performance. I do wonder if some modest upgrades or impeller design might broaden the performance without upsetting the stock ECU - or allow for some additional tuning.

The associated systems attached to the turbo seem like areas to improve things - air management and exhaust. The downpipe+exhaust would free up back pressure and besides intercooler+charge pipes there looks like some tweaks ahead of the turbo would be nice.

I don't know about altering the throttle body.

Once again I'm thinking of @Loweredon33s intake-to-turbo elbow as a part of overall mods.
 
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Yea I think I broke it free from down under and then went back up top with a tiny ratcheting wrench to fully loosen it. I've done it about 3 times now and my pipe is fully wrapped with exhaust wrap. It's only the first time that it's so tight.
 

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For street driving I feel the factory turbo is well matched to our trucks as far as size/performance. I do wonder if some modest upgrades or impeller design might broaden the performance without upsetting the stock ECU - or allow for some additional tuning.

The associated systems attached to the turbo seem like areas to improve things - air management and exhaust. The downpipe+exhaust would free up back pressure and besides intercooler+charge pipes there looks like some tweaks ahead of the turbo would be nice.

I don't know about altering the throttle body.

Once again I'm thinking of @Loweredon33s intake-to-turbo elbow as a part of overall mods.
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Yea I think I broke it free from down under and then went back up top with a tiny ratcheting wrench to fully loosen it. I've done it about 3 times now and my pipe is fully wrapped with exhaust wrap. It's only the first time that it's so tight.
So I eneded up paying my mechanic which I hate myself for but even they had a really hard time with it. Took them 3hrs. And cost me $300. Mechanic said 02 sensors were the worst part. First impressions, wow. What a difference. Power is on tap. I've done turbo back with mbrp single side exit and exhaust is definitely louder. Cold start is not gonna be fun for the neighbour's in the winter. There is a slight bit more drone in the cabin in throughout the gears but smooths out you get higher up. Torrie adjusted my 91 tune and this thing is a beast. I've also done mishimoto charge pipes and BOV plumback. This thing brings so much joy to my life now.
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