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    My (almost) free OPAS block-offs

    Since I blew my wad on the ski and basic performance parts (thanks GH!) I figured this is sumtin I could do for nuttin. Since I already had the mat'l laying around as scrap I didn't need to buy anything new.
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    Nice job, but give us some details on the parts and procedures you used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yz426er View Post
    Nice job, but give us some details on the parts and procedures you used.
    Thanks, it was very easy, but a bit time consuming. I never count my time as I always work cheap

    The part I don't feel the best about is cover for the linkage hole in the pump area. I got lazy and just filled it with epoxy then put it back on. Might change it to aluminum later, but for now it's just fine.

    The outside cover is there until I can get a filler block made (like RE or Riva only different). It's just a 1/4" 6051-T6 plate drilled to fit the four holes. There is a clearance hole on the back side to go over the head of a small screw (factory). I used the stock gasket on both the inside cover & the outside (gasket is a one piece tube). Sealed with silicone and used spacer washers on the back of the four screws so I didn't compress the gasket too much.

    I used black powder coat, but paint or polish will work as well.

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    at least you should have painted the covers in the tunnel

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    Quote Originally Posted by lextoy View Post
    at least you should have painted the covers in the tunnel
    Yeah, I thought about that. I wish I had some black epoxy coloring - that would have been better. The point was to do it w/o buying anything. I didn't want to have to run to the store for plastic paint that won't stick anyway. If I'd spent the time to d1ck around with that I'd as soon made them out of aluminum. Which in hind sight I should have done anyway

    I'll do that when I get to the filler blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    Yeah, I thought about that. I wish I had some black epoxy coloring - that would have been better. The point was to do it w/o buying anything. I didn't want to have to run to the store for plastic paint that won't stick anyway. If I'd spent the time to d1ck around with that I'd as soon made them out of aluminum. Which in hind sight I should have done anyway

    I'll do that when I get to the filler blocks.
    Cmon.. brng the plates to home depot and find a can of epoxy and paint them, who's going to know you cant find an employee anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruinsrme View Post
    Cmon.. brng the plates to home depot and find a can of epoxy and paint them, who's going to know you cant find an employee anywhere.
    Got that right! Why I don't go there any more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruinsrme View Post
    Cmon.. brng the plates to home depot and find a can of epoxy and paint them, who's going to know you cant find an employee anywhere.
    Whenever I'm at Lowes, most of the employees are on cell phones. What's with that?... Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by King_Of_Fun View Post
    Whenever I'm at Lowes, most of the employees are on cell phones. What's with that?... Ron
    That's how the dept reps are talking to customers who call in with questions, etc. As long as they aren't chatting w/ their GFs, it's OK. At least you know where they are At HD you can't find anyone. That's the first sign of a company going under - seen it many times.

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    yep black epoxy spraypaint from HD, or lowes if you like.
    rustoleum special appliance epoxy spraypaint, black.
    i also use this to touch up minor scratches on the black hull

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