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I'm thinking about installing a HIP clear engine cover on my 07 Cayman.
Are there any Chicago area Cayman owners who have installed this mod?
I'd like to ask you a few questions about your setup.

1) How much nosier is it than the original aluminum engine cover?

2) Did you also buy the protective cover that goes on over the clear
cover to protect it from scratches?

3) I live in the NW burbs, would you be willing to meet sometime to
compare the noise levels in your Cayman with the CEC installed
with my Cayman with the factory aluminum engine cover installed?

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I'm thinking about installing a HIP clear engine cover on my 07 Cayman.
Are there any Chicago area Cayman owners who have installed this mod?
I'd like to ask you a few questions about your setup.

1) How much nosier is it than the original aluminum engine cover?

2) Did you also buy the protective cover that goes on over the clear
cover to protect it from scratches?

3) I live in the NW burbs, would you be willing to meet sometime to
compare the noise levels in your Cayman with the CEC installed
with my Cayman with the factory aluminum engine cover installed?

Thanks
Hi. I just installed the HIP CEC this weekend. It doesn't insulate as much as the stock setup. You hear more of the engine sounds and intake air. I also hear a ticking sound at idle which I'm not sure is normal.

I did not purchase the protective cover.

You are welcome to check out my car sometime. Just PM me with your contact info and we can set something up.

-Ken
 

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I managed to get my hands on a Motordrive clear cover from one of our members and I bought a HIP clear cover as well. Last week I detailed my engine and installed both clear covers. I'm very happy with the results.
The noise level with both covers installed is about the same as with the stock covers installed. I've attached a couple of pics.

Larry

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I also hear a ticking sound at idle which I'm not sure is normal.

-Ken
I don't have the engine cover mod, but when autocrossing my 2.7L, I'll remove the heavy stock insulating foam engine cover and hear the same ticking. When I replace the engine cover, I no longer hear it.

Therefore, I have to assume that it's not a problem.
 

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Thank you all for your kind words about my CEC mod. To answer your question about engine detailing:

The cleaning process was pretty quick and easy. First I removed both stock engine covers. My engine was fairly dusty after 15K miles on the road. It only took me about
15 minutes to first vacuum the engine, then use a spray bottle with a diluted mix of Simple Green and water, then clean with a sponge. Finally I used a spray bottle of clean
water to rinse of the Simple Green mixture and dust residue. I used care in cleaning around electrical components and wiring - I used a damp rag to clean those items.

Painting the trapezoid shaped panels on the air intake manifolds was a little more involved. I carefully masked off the two trapezoid shaped sections using pieces of
index cards and masking tape. Using sheets of plastic drop cloth, purchased from
any hardware store, I carefully masked off the entire engine compartment, the entire
rear trunk compartment, the entire rear hatch, the rear of the car, the top of the car
forward to the front windshield, both sides of the car and installed a barrier between
the engine compartment and the cockpit using the plastic drop cloth.

Next I masked off the trapezoid shaped sections to minimize over spray leaving the "Porsche" lettering exposed. Using high temp engine paint (Dupli-Color, High
Heat paint with ceramic; DH-1604 White) I sprayed in the white lettering. I used
a shop vac to suck up the over spray from the spray can while spraying multiple light coats - it really cut down on the amount of over spray. I waited 10 minutes
between each light coat of paint. Once done spraying in the white lettering I let the paint dry
over night. Before painting I used a plastic prep spray to help the paint adhere to the
plastic parts.

The next day I packed moon sand (bought from Wal-Mart, toy section) into the sunken
lettering that had been painted white. I removed the masking tape from the 2 trapezoid sections, carefully cleaned them again with a little isopropal alcohol and sprayed
them with the plastic prep spray. I sprayed several light coats of blue paint (Dupli-Color,
DH 1612 High Heat Blue) again using the shop vac to suck up the over spray. I waited
10 minutes between coats. Once satisfied with the blue paint application I let it set over night.

The next day I carefully picked out the moon sand using a wooden tooth pick. I used
a tiny touch up brush ( the brushes come in a pack of assorted sizes from a hardware
store) to dab small amounts of white paint in the lettering. The blue spray paint is
semi-gloss so when I was satisfied with the paint work I sprayed several coats of
high temp clear coat over the 2 trapezoid shaped sections. The clear coat gave the
paint a rich professional look! Note The spray paint takes several days to fully harden, so avoid touching the painted sections as much as possible. Otherwise you'll
leave finger prints and or palm prints in the semi soft paint.

When the painting was done, I used Black Wow on the rubber and plastic parts
 

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Using high temp engine paint (Dupli-Color, High
Heat paint with ceramic; DH-1604 White) I sprayed in the white lettering. I used
a shop vac to suck up the over spray from the spray can while spraying multiple light coats - it really cut down on the amount of over spray.
Hello, I know this is an old post but I just had to reply to this after I read your process.

First your mods look very nice, good color choices.

BUT please don't ever suck up spray paint with a shop vac!! You're lucky you didn't ignite your shop vac and worse yet yourself up in flames. Your shop vac should never be used to suck up flammable fumes such as in spray paint. Just a heads up for those reading your post and seeking to duplicate it.

Anthony
 
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