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@JohnWR I like the way that you're thinking.

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Dry ice. Its not water soluble, but ........
Will that work? Novel idea.

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Of course, you still have to worry about what you are blasting off, and a chunk of that could cause some serious problems.

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Will that work? Novel idea.
We use dry ice blasting regularly to clean equipment, but have it done by a professional cleaning company.
I doubt that you can just dump a bunch of ice chips in a conventional bead blaster, however I have never looked into it so maybe you can.

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I've got it:

Cut the valves in half, drill & tap both halves and put a piece of threaded rod in there. Next time you need to clean them, just unscrew the things and either replace or dump them in a bucked of solvent for a day.

What could possibly go wrong?

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I've got it:

Cut the valves in half, drill & tap both halves and put a piece of threaded rod in there. Next time you need to clean them, just unscrew the things and either replace or dump them in a bucked of solvent for a day.

What could possibly go wrong?
Sounds promising. Are you going to try it and let us know how it works out?
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Could try it on the '06. Engine #5 might be a new record.

But, I think I'll let the GXP be for the moment.

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I only run 91 octane (highest available in Denver) and high quality gas. - that should be fine
I am tuned to the edge an MUST run 93. If I get anything less, I know it....That's why I really can't travel out of state with my car.

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With the replacement model - the Revero GT - they are ditching the EcoTec for a BMW 3-cyl turbo. Sigh.

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Those are both pretty small engines for a car that size. Odd.

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The BMW hybrid is a failure. It cant be driven at highway speeds up hill. It turns off the AC automatically to preserve battery power. The gas engine is undersized and cant power the car sufficient to allow it to operate normally. Last I read, they had stopped selling them and were doing considerable rework to make them a more viable car. Same engine in this hybrid? Interesting

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Those are both pretty small engines for a car that size. Odd.
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The BMW hybrid is a failure. It cant be driven at highway speeds up hill. It turns off the AC automatically to preserve battery power. The gas engine is undersized and cant power the car sufficient to allow it to operate normally. Last I read, they had stopped selling them and were doing considerable rework to make them a more viable car. Same engine in this hybrid? Interesting
The difference with the Karma is that the engine is only a generator to charge the batteries -it does not power the wheels directly. As such it operates (when it is on) at a constant rev point in the peak of the power band. Apparently the GM Ecotec engines were too thrashy and they decided to switch to the BWM for more quietness/smoothness.
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Well today I received the ATK LDK engine that I purchased for $1,900. I paid for it on Monday of this week and Tuesday I got a text message from R+L Shipping Co to schedule a delivery, with Wednesday being the first option. The engine was crated up really well.

I also bought a JNR cam with the 20% increase in the fuel lobe.

The engine came with Opel injectors which are e85 compliant.

So....I have the cam and I have the injectors, which seem to be the two common things that are needed to run an e85 tune.

Does anyone know what bolts are TTY when changing the cam/removing timing chain cover? Is the flywheel bolt? I saw that the cam gear is TTY as well as a timing chain tensioner, but are there any others?


For those that are HPTuner Savy:

I have an idea how it works after quite a bit of research but I'm still a little fuzzy on things.

The MPVI2 is $299 and credits are $50 each - do I need anything else?
PAW Dave will do a tune for $375 via HPTuner. I know I have to tune the car to work with the Opel injectors that the engine came with, prior to running the engine. @raygun you mentioned that you may have numbers to plug in to support this. How does that work? By purchasing credits does that mean that I can adjust all the numbers that I want and then save them when I'm done and then I get to keep that one particular tune file? Can I load and unload as many tunes as I want to purchase? I really would like to datalog since I live at elevation with 91 being the highest octane (not counting e85's increased octane trickery) and then have someone look and tell me what to do, which is precisely what Dave would do - would it be better to defer to the strong HPTuner forum members instead?

I wish I was dropping an LS engine in, instead of a LDK =(
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