roadtech195: I love your engine compartment. nice job! Did you buy that stut brace chromed like that, or get it plated or something? And thanks for the info on my model.
Willwren: I appreciate your input on my intake. I did do a search on rice pipe and found a variety of opinions, so I decided to find out for myself. Most concerns surrounding plastic pipes come from ABS, where my pipe is made from chrome plated co-polymer, which, according to the manufacturer, does not absorb heat, or off-gas. I can't really say alot regarding the manufacturers claims, but I can tell you that there is a very noticable performance gain with this setup. My car has a whole new attitude and a deep throaty growl to match. I do plan on doing a heat sheild in the near future. I am tossing the idea around about using pink styrofom insulation wrapped in metal foil tape, surrounded by the reflective bubble wrap insulation. Do you think that there is too much heat surrounding my exhaust to use this material?
bonn-e-bill: The mesh is a solid metal grill that is made specifically for this application. Costs about $30 for a piece about 9"x48". Took me 2 packs, with lots left over.