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Old 06-19-2005, 11:37 PM   #1
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Default Who'* still interested in Billet aluminum valve covers?

Perhaps with a half inch lift for the crazy rockers? Anyone?
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How much?
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I'm not selling, but I'd bet about $400 a set. That'* twice as much as a spacer, bolts, and gaskets at most shops, but it'* also only half as likely to leak. And we can customize them.

I'm creating the 3D models right now. Just got my valve covers out of the parts washer. I believe that the Series 2 is still the same part number. Can someone verify this for me while I hack away?
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I'm not selling, but I'd bet about $400 a set. That'* twice as much as a spacer, bolts, and gaskets at most shops, but it'* also only half as likely to leak. And we can customize them.

I'm creating the 3D models right now. Just got my valve covers out of the parts washer. I believe that the Series 2 is still the same part number. Can someone verify this for me while I hack away?
anything cheaper than billet aluminum that can be used?
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Welded aluminum. Uglier, and my software can convert it into sheetmetal pretty easily. Probably 300 bucks or so. The bottom flange still needs to be machined.
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couldnt weld it then grind it smooth and pretty?
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Could, but grinding and polishing cost money, too. And by then, it'd be as expensive as billet.

With billet, I can give you the file, you put it on disk, and hand it to the machine shop. They plug the file into their CNC machine with a chunk of aluminum the right size, push go, and it runs automatically. You save money that way. You're paying for TOOL time and materials, rather than machinists time.
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Sheet metal valve covers are already made by tower racing. I posted about it here, but no one cared. They were between 300 and 400 shipped, and could be fitted with breathers, oil fillers, etc.
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These will be billet, and probably the same price. The two reasons for these would be for rockers and for cosmetic reasons. They'll look alot beter than sheet metal.
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These will be billet, and probably the same price. The two reasons for these would be for rockers and for cosmetic reasons. They'll look alot beter than sheet metal.
Oh I agree, but there is an option out there for those hardcore guys if this gets a lil pricer etc. Gotta love competition.
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