He has arlready made one. Call him and ask. I am not at liberty to say. :laugh:
We havent made a functional prototype yet.
To all – what is the price point at which you would consider buying a full metal version ? The casting tooling for the main body ALONE would be $65,000. Add in the other pieces (MK2,MK3 adapter, + T-stat cover) and A356 production casting tooling is about $100,000. The parts would still require post process machining after casting. Net shape casting is not possible.
However, we can machine some from block 6061-T651. Drawback to machining is high part cost.
So, what is price point you guys would seriously consider? Please post or email me directly. We do have a design on CAD but this thing is quite expensive anyway you slice it. We all know the Chinese plastic versions out there some of the “less scrupulous” vendors are selling can be had dirt cheap. They arent flat and they leak a little right off the bat, but some people are OK with that (I sure as hell am not).
Please email me direct, give me an idea of what you would seriously pay if Gruven released a billet aluminum unbreakable version of the housing + components.
You always have a fair price on things. IE your pulley kit. I figure between 150-300 seems legit. 200 would probably the best price for most people. (I just bought a new german tstat housing) hope it doesn't leak.
Now here's the real deal figure out how to machine the crack pipe and the tstat housing as one piece or just weld them together. Then the 300 dollar tag seems more than acceptable. Thanks Paul!
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The plan was to make the t-stat housing with female threads at the crackpipe junction, then build a crackpipe with a nut on it to physically attach the 2.
Anyone else please chime in on what you'd pay, we appreciate it.
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We have scanned both early and late style thermo housings on our CMM and imported the point clouds to CAD.
CAD models have been created and are in process of test fit / modification.
I cant say this will be a $200 part but we are trying our best.
If there are some additional features you guys want to see on these VR6 thermo housings, please email me directly so I can convey the idea to the designers. I know some people mentioned additional ¼ NPT holes for various additional sensors. We can do bleed valves, drains, ect… while we are at it.
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In for thermostat housing!
I'd love one that had female threads and the ability to choose to screw in NPT/barb, AN fittings (10AN+), or even plugs for those not running heaters.
$200-$350 is totally reasonable for something like this.
Ina Engineering sells 1.8t tstat housings for $189.
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Last edited by phil123; 04-28-2011 at 04:17 PM.
OK thanks for the posting and the info regarding price.
Im going to make a billet thermo housing and we’ll just have to see on cost. I realize people don’t want to pay $200+ for these but my reality is I regulary track my VR6’s and the plastic just doesn’t hold up. I plan on keeping a VR6 for a very long time so..a few hundred bucks is well worth the price to me. I will do my best to keep this cost as low as possible.
Yes we were thinking a screw together crack pipe to thermo housing junction. If you look at how the OEM crack pipe mates to the thermo housing, you would understand why. You can literally tug on that junction with VERY LIGHT FORCE and get the system to leak. This wont do! Stay tuned on this, I will likely have several options to chose from here and I know price is very important. It just isnt easy to combine 5 coolant junctions with a thermostat like this, and then machine it from a block.
Regarding the billet MK3 strut caps – let me look into this. I know there was a plan to make some at 1 point and I will look into this and let you know what is going on with it.