Wednesday, March 21, 2007

HONDATA Intake Gasket

Bought the gasket for my brother. I wish they had for my car also. The brand new package comes with no plastic washers like the old model and also the new model gasket is thicker and darker bluish in color. Managed to read the instructions that came with it, the key note was your air-filter system should NOT be opened to the hot engine air.

Where : Few Performance Shops in Sunway

Price : Less Than RM450 Brand New (Minus Installation Charges)

Hondata Notes

Hondata have developed a special high temperature insulating gasket which replaces the stock intake gasket. This and bypassing several heat sources significantly reduces the transfer of heat from the head to the intake and incoming air giving you up to 5% more power. Turbocharged cars often use an aluminum intercooler to cool the air compressed by the turbo. The intake manifold is also made of aluminum but because it is heated by the head from combustion and coolant, works in reverse to an intercooler by heating the intake air by as much as 50° C.

Fact: For every 3.3 °C (5° F) rise in intake temperature, air density drops 1%. The hotter the air, the less fuel the computer injects to compensate for reduced oxygen. HondaLogger datalogging software has enabled us to measure intake air temperature under varied driving conditions.

Around town, testing has shown an average drop of around 10 degrees C which is good for around 3 percent power increase. Remember though that 3 percent power increase is difficult to feel. You'd feel a greater change in performance getting rid of that passenger. In certain conditions a 30° C drop has been measured.

The Honda manifold is heated in up to 5 places. From the head, the interior heating takeoff hose, the cold idle valve, the idle control valve and the throttle body heater. The Hondata Heatshield Intake gasket kit contains an insulating gasket, and installation instructions. A race version only version with the thermostat bypass blocked is also available.