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@raygun You were at NASSAM 2018? I really should have gotten off call and spent more time there than the 4-5 hours total that I did. I missed the opportunity to meet a lot of good people.

Grammer was my worst subject ever, I still to this day don't know when to use a comma. At least @raygun is a hella mechanic!

I believe the tool is aluminum....maybe???

You may have missed the below link earlier in this thread.

https://www.cobaltss.net/forums/08-1...tlanta-325238/

A Cobalt fella used this same adapter with a lot of success. I think he had pictures on the 17th response to the below thread? Check it out!
Huh. That's neat. I'd love to see some pics of the other side of the adapter when it shows up. (Also, despite the Cobalt guy's really pretty setup, I'd still recommend taping off the other three ports.)

Yeah, I was at NASSAM last year Monday through Thursday, about a week after I bought the GXP. And, of course, my windshield got cracked on a cruise. I think the best part was the stop light at the top of mountains in the park.

I won't be able to make it this year. Next year I might bring my (now) nine year-old along.

I met a lot of great people. It would've been better, I think, if there had been some more organized social things in the evening. It was sometimes difficult to find anyone to have dinner with as I really didn't know anyone. But, I still had a lot of fun.

For future reference (when the picture inevitably disappears from the Cobalt site, and someone is looking for it here):

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Blue-ish 2006 2.4, Werks stage 1 turbo, Borla cat-back, DDM braces, Spec aluminum flywheel, Spec stage 2 clutch, Werks aluminum radiator, some gauges, RKSport hood, Morimoto FX-Rs, GReddy Profec, Norm's fenders

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Much larger than I imagined. The Harbor Freight blow gun extension fits perfectly through the hole.
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Much larger than I imagined. The Harbor Freight blow gun extension fits perfectly through the hole.
How does it fit into the intake passage? Tight, loose?
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Much larger than I imagined. The Harbor Freight blow gun extension fits perfectly through the hole.
How does it fit into the intake passage? Tight, loose?
Loose, however the Cobalt forum member stated that he wrapped tape around the adapter until it was snug-ish. I suspect that it wouldn't take that much tape.

Also, if the adapter was pushed against the head, even with a little force, nothing would leak. I'm not sure if two hands are enough but I'm going to try it that way.

Additionally, I'll have all valves taped off that I'm not working on, as well as the spark plug holes. Then I plan on taking a giant painters clear sheet of plastic and drape the entire engine bay with it, leaving only a small hole to work through.
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Loose, however the Cobalt forum member stated that he wrapped tape around the adapter until it was snug-ish. I suspect that it wouldn't take that much tape.

Also, if the adapter was pushed against the head, even with a little force, nothing would leak. I'm not sure if two hands are enough but I'm going to try it that way.

Additionally, I'll have all valves taped off that I'm not working on, as well as the spark plug holes. Then I plan on taking a giant painters clear sheet of plastic and drape the entire engine bay with it, leaving only a small hole to work through.
Thanks Saveaux,

Will wait to see how it works.
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I think he said the vacuum helped keep it against the head.
You might be able to cut a silicone gasket from something like an old phone case to help make it air tight
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What direction do I turn the crank bolt to raise/lower valves? Clockwise? Tightening the bolt?

Am I correct that if I spin in the opposite direction I can potentially bend valves?
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It shouldn't matter.
Thanks Rob! Btw - you me tioned getting supplies from a BMW site to walnut blast. Do you already have the vacuum/media blaster adapter I just got?
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I received the vacume attachment yesterday. Its metal. Nicely made

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I received the vacume attachment yesterday. Its metal. Nicely made
Bummer, I would have made you a GREAT deal on a "slightly used" one once I'm finished with it!
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Bummer, I would have made you a GREAT deal on a "slightly used" one once I'm finished with it!
Wouldn't you keep it for the next time?
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Bummer, I would have made you a GREAT deal on a "slightly used" one once I'm finished with it!
Wouldn't you keep it for the next time?
Rob mentioned that he will probably clean valves once every 12 years or so based on the amount of miles that are put on the green car.

I put about 2300 miles on my GXP the first year I had it. Based on that, I may be looking at 10-15 years before I'll need to clean valves again. I'm a tool hoarder, but this may be one worth flipping after I use it.

Ive hung onto my Trifecta Red cable, but it too may be worth selling...
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