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Ok geniuses I need some advice/help before I get everything apart and then discover I needed something else or I didn't have the right tools bla bla bla.....I want to paint my IMRC and my UIM with high temp aluminum paint but someone told me I might need a gasket set or something, I don't know...I'm just now getting into this mechanical stuff and thought i would ask the experts before i screw up.......oh yeah and once i take it apart anything i should clean since the cougar has 95k. thanks
 

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hmmmmm

if you want to be safe about everything.....you will need gaskets for:

Throttle Body
EGR
UIM

of course if you are going to have it all apart, then clean the UIM and the Throttle Body and inspect the LIM to see if you need to clean it (i bet you do). Its best to remove the LIM to clean it in my opionion (others have done it on the car). Then of course you will need a gasket for the LIM too if you decide the old ones no good or want to be safe.

when taking apart the cable for the throttle....be careful you dont let that stupid sliding retaining clip fall pff the cable and disappear into the engine, i did and i ended up making my own new one. Its not an issue for the cruise control retainer.

its easy to break the injector clips if you take off the LIM, the plastic gets very brittle. all of mine broke as soon as i touched them. now the rail just sits there with no clips (but the UIM holds it all down so all ok).

did i miss anything??

good luck
 

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Thanks for all the info....what should i use to clean it any product tips???
 

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i just painted my IMRC red last week. I took it off, washed it with soap and water til it was spotless. I used dish soap to get through the grease and stuff. Let it air dry. Then i picked up a can of plastic primer spray paint and the can of red plastic high gloss spray paint. Did two light coats of the primer and let it sit in a non-humid(my deck in the sun) place for 2 days. Then i did a few coats of the red, let it sit for a week and put it in. It came out very nice.

I was worried about the paint not being a hi-temp paint but its reacted just fine after two weeks under the hood. No bubbling or cracking. Ill try to get some pics up for you to check it out.

When you take the UIM off to clean it, clean it out with some thottle body/carb cleaner. Spary a crapload in the intake ports and let it sit for a while, then wipe it out and do it some more til you can actually see the silver of the manifold. I toothbrush will work well scrubbing it. While the UIM is off, spary the lower intake manifold ports with the throttle body cleaner also and scrub them with a rag. Just becareful of not letting anything drop into the open intake ports.

As for changing the gaskets, you definetly should. I swapped in the SVT UIM and TB a few months ago and the gaskets were pretty much disentegrated, even with only 55 K on the car! Check out the CEG forums(contour.org). Theres a real good how-to on doing the UIM rebuild/swap.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to PM me. Good luck man.
 

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I just painted my uim today anf all I used was a can of high temp paint and a can of hi temp clear coat I did this in a few hours and it turned out really good I did not need any new gaskets just clean them up and you shouldn't have a problem and I used some engine degreaser from your local Autozone
 

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about $50 - $60 depending on the shop. I know a few people have had a guy in Carlisle PA that did it for them for $50. He is the one that did my ST200 bars for the same. Just remember if powder coating gets hot enough it will melt back off.
 

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Originally posted by: jec215
Just remember if powder coating gets hot enough it will melt back off.

I Powder Coated both my UIM and IMRC, Looks awesome!

It has a maximum use temperature of 550 °F, If your UIM gets that hot you got some serious problems!!
 
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