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    Thread: Getting tired of looking at my coolant expansion tank.....

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      08-10-2012 07:38 PM #1
      So I decided to start making one out of stainless steel. It's not finished obviously but it's getting there!!
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      And one of the car with the new wheel color just cause

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      08-10-2012 11:53 PM #3
      That is a nice color.

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      08-11-2012 09:01 AM #4
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      Quote Originally Posted by Fudgey Memory View Post
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      Huh?

      Edit: never mind finally sunk in lol. I can't!!!!

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      08-12-2012 09:56 AM #7
      HEP makes a aluminum coolant tank for us. Blue Water sells it. I picked one up, and it looks perfect. Now im just trying to get someone to create an all aluminum master cylinder tank.

      oh and you should pull and plug up that washer nozzle. then cut the metal brace to look flush
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      08-12-2012 11:25 AM #8
      Not my idea of a good solution.but A for effort.
      Lets not confuse efforts with results though. The big box is 20 times uglier than the OEM expansion tank. I get the idea and appreciate the work.but its huge and ugly no matter how many ways you look at it

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      08-12-2012 01:44 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by chadone View Post
      HEP makes a aluminum coolant tank for us. Blue Water sells it. I picked one up, and it looks perfect. Now im just trying to get someone to create an all aluminum master cylinder tank.

      oh and you should pull and plug up that washer nozzle. then cut the metal brace to look flush
      Not a bad idea. What did you use to plug it?
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      08-12-2012 01:46 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by TylerO28 View Post
      Not my idea of a good solution.but A for effort.
      Lets not confuse efforts with results though. The big box is 20 times uglier than the OEM expansion tank. I get the idea and appreciate the work.but its huge and ugly no matter how many ways you look at it

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      It's not finished yet, still needs fittings and polishing, but hey to each there own.

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      08-12-2012 02:31 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by RedRumGTI View Post
      Not a bad idea. What did you use to plug it?
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      But I would do 1" if I was gonna do it again. I had to add some duct tape inside the cap to keep it from falling off.

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      08-12-2012 03:02 PM #12
      Ok cool that does look nice and clean

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      08-13-2012 12:43 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by RedRumGTI View Post
      It's not finished yet, still needs fittings and polishing, but hey to each there own.
      I like it.
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      08-13-2012 02:09 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by kevin FaKiN spLits View Post
      I like it.
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      08-13-2012 02:17 PM #15
      So what's up with the interior? Heard a lot of good things about it.
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      08-13-2012 03:47 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by kevin FaKiN spLits View Post
      So what's up with the interior? Heard a lot of good things about it.
      Ill try and find some pics, it black r 32 leathers with the black and tan interior

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      08-13-2012 07:09 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by RedRumGTI View Post
      Ill try and find some pics, it black r 32 leathers with the black and tan interior
      I just traded for r32 seats too! Mine are anthracite tho, I didn't know they made black.
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      08-13-2012 07:34 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by kevin FaKiN spLits View Post
      I just traded for r32 seats too! Mine are anthracite tho, I didn't know they made black.
      I guess they would be consider the dark grey not black. There so comfortable!!

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      08-13-2012 09:17 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by RedRumGTI View Post
      I guess they would be consider the dark grey not black. There so comfortable!!
      Yes they are very comfortable.
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      08-14-2012 10:20 AM #20
      good effort in trying to come up with a creative solution, but it sticks out like a sore thumb and doesn't fit in with the rest of the bay. it's a giant square metal box...no matter how you swing it, it's still going to look awkward. the oem reservoir can just be ignored, but with yours it takes the eye away from the rest of the bay and draws it to a big metal box. not ideal in my opinion.
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      08-14-2012 01:05 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by LampyB View Post
      good effort in trying to come up with a creative solution, but it sticks out like a sore thumb and doesn't fit in with the rest of the bay. it's a giant square metal box...no matter how you swing it, it's still going to look awkward. the oem reservoir can just be ignored, but with yours it takes the eye away from the rest of the bay and draws it to a big metal box. not ideal in my opinion.
      Polish it and it will fit in with the valve cover and look good. My $0.02
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      08-14-2012 02:56 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by LampyB View Post
      good effort in trying to come up with a creative solution, but it sticks out like a sore thumb and doesn't fit in with the rest of the bay. it's a giant square metal box...no matter how you swing it, it's still going to look awkward. the oem reservoir can just be ignored, but with yours it takes the eye away from the rest of the bay and draws it to a big metal box. not ideal in my opinion.
      That's what I'm saying

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      and a lunar module looking thing doesn't "stick out"??

      good job on it oliver.
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      08-15-2012 10:44 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by nothing-leaves-stock View Post
      and a lunar module looking thing doesn't "stick out"??

      good job on it oliver.
      Thanks Josh

      As it sits now I'm making some there are a little different from the first idea, the stainless is getting a little heavy for the stock plastic nuts. So next ones will be aluminum. Just going to take longer to make with limited access to the tig welder at work.

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      08-15-2012 12:41 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by RedRumGTI View Post
      Thanks Josh

      As it sits now I'm making some there are a little different from the first idea, the stainless is getting a little heavy for the stock plastic nuts. So next ones will be aluminum. Just going to take longer to make with limited access to the tig welder at work.
      I was thinking of making one casket shaped and having it airbrushed with "eddy" on it. But Meh just gonna delete the tank all together.
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      08-15-2012 01:41 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by kevin FaKiN spLits View Post
      I was thinking of making one casket shaped and having it airbrushed with "eddy" on it. But Meh just gonna delete the tank all together.
      Do it!!!!

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      08-15-2012 02:16 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by RedRumGTI View Post
      Do it!!!!
      I think I can modify the casket shaped oil tank I have for my quad if I can. Where did you get the bungs? Don't see any on vibrants site.

      It would be candy white with eddy holding something. If you dont know what eddy its Iron Maidens fictional character
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      08-15-2012 02:43 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by kevin FaKiN spLits View Post
      I think I can modify the casket shaped oil tank I have for my quad if I can. Where did you get the bungs? Don't see any on vibrants site.

      It would be candy white with eddy holding something. If you dont know what eddy its Iron Maidens fictional character
      I found bungs on amazon. But there way over priced, which sizes are you looking for I can machine them for you, probably for a lot cheaper.

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      08-15-2012 03:00 PM #29
      Idk, I'm still leaning toward just deleting the bubble. The tank will be airbrushed regardless, but it will be eddy over Suzuki yellow if it stays for the quad. Just have to find a brush artist that'll do it. So far 3 people decided to pass on the job. Too technical.

      If I go with a tank. Tbh I would probably heckle BW for a good deal on that tank...
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      08-16-2012 01:48 PM #30
      Just remove it

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      08-16-2012 02:36 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by nothing-leaves-stock View Post
      and a lunar module looking thing doesn't "stick out"??

      good job on it oliver.
      sure the sphere sticks out, but looks 100% normal in a car because that's how all cars are set up from the factory. the giant square metal box just looks cheap to me. not to mention there's no way to tell what your coolant level is at. a mod that looks awkward and also reduces functionality doesn't really serve a valid purpose.
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      08-16-2012 04:29 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by LampyB View Post
      sure the sphere sticks out, but looks 100% normal in a car because that's how all cars are set up from the factory. the giant square metal box just looks cheap to me. not to mention there's no way to tell what your coolant level is at. a mod that looks awkward and also reduces functionality doesn't really serve a valid purpose.
      Like I said, to each there own....

      Also like I said before that one isn't finished, I plan on adding a tube for coolant level or figure out a way to keep the factory low level indicator by running wires in.

      I can see you point that it might look out of place in a factory engine bay, but the truth of the matter is my bay doesn't look that factory anymore, so a shiny coolant over flow container would blend in nicely.

      But thanks for your opinions, its good to hear comments from both sides good and bad. Here's a pic for reference of the rest of the bay.

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      08-16-2012 07:07 PM #33
      I think it fits right in there and is gonna look good all polished up with the rest of your engine bits. I wish I knew how to use and had access to a welder. God knows I would get creative with lots of things in there if I could, just dont have the know how to do so. for going against the grain.
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      08-16-2012 07:34 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by tay272 View Post
      I think it fits right in there and is gonna look good all polished up with the rest of your engine bits. I wish I knew how to use and had access to a welder. God knows I would get creative with lots of things in there if I could, just dont have the know how to do so. for going against the grain.
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      I like how a coolant tank is being ridiculed for being a box, yet no one brings up the UM SRI...Combine the 2 together for a truly unique look.

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