Join Date: Feb 2010
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Stainless steel exhaust elbow
I have my Volvo elbow off this winter, which is 3 or 4 years old, only to access my turbocharger. All these OEM cast iron pieces of junk corrode quickly. Itís amazing how much material is flaking off inside, over such a short window. It was still very serviceable, with a cleaning, but I decided to buy a 316 Stainless aftermarket elbow, from HDI. Itís already clear itís a superior product, since it doesnít have all the plugs in it for the various other configurations the OEM part might be used in. Iíve heard they should last a lifetime. Even if it didnít, it was less than half the cost of OEM, so I canít really lose.
Would you paint it? I almost did it out of habit, but then wondered why I would paint stainless and introduce the potential for crevice corrosion inside scrapes, etc. The stainless isnít polished, but I also wondered if the engine paint would adhere properly.
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