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This is a discussion on Thinking about Polishing my MAF within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; So since its cold outside and my car will be sitting in the garage on and off over the next ...

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    Thinking about Polishing my MAF

    So since its cold outside and my car will be sitting in the garage on and off over the next few months I'm getting bored and need to find some stuff to do with it...one of the things I want to do is polish the MAF to look like this.



    My question is, can I just take the 4 screws out that hold it together and polish everything with the sensor/center section out and put it back together or do I need to leave it together...?

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    For added clarification...I will NOT be polishing the inside of the MAF, just the outside for looks...

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    Yes you can take it apart and polish the metal parts with the sensor out of the way but just be very careful with the actual sensor since they are very sensitive and can easily break.
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    I agree. I don't see why you couldn't. Then again, I have never messed with taking mine apart....just removing it to clean it. What are you going to use to polish it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    I agree. I don't see why you couldn't. Then again, I have never messed with taking mine apart....just removing it to clean it. What are you going to use to polish it?
    the metal housing looks like its pretty soft so probably like a 400, 800, 1000 sand combo to get red of the roughness. I dont think I'll have to go lower than 400 grit...but I could be wrong. Then hit it with either flitz or white diamond polish. Should look like a mirror by the time I'm done.

    I've read that polishing the inside will lean out the motor...so I'm not doing that.
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    They are made to come apart. Years ago a couple of companies used to sell "ported ends" that you could swap onto your stock MAF. I still have a set of those here on my original MAF in a box somewhere.

    Don't think they sell that stuff anymore, or I should say I haven't seen them advertised for a long long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebirdjones View Post
    They are made to come apart. Years ago a couple of companies used to sell "ported ends" that you could swap onto your stock MAF. I still have a set of those here on my original MAF in a box somewhere.

    Don't think they sell that stuff anymore, or I should say I haven't seen them advertised for a long long time.
    good to know. Looks like I'll start on this tonight since its raining and cold outside. thanks for the info guys.

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    You can go a few steps further if you want. You are on the right tract with sanding but you can go to 1,200, 1,500, 2,000 and then polish and you will love the results.
    This is what the extra will get you.

    This is my bike I did years ago look at the reflection of rocks in the swing arm. More work but worth it. Do it by a sink with the water running slow and keep rinseing the paper and part to keep the paper clean to cut better.
    Also Plotz Speed sell bolt kits to replace with stainless, they can be found on eBay and have many kits for almost all the top end stuff. Not to expensive.
    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingls1 View Post
    You can go a few steps further if you want. You are on the right tract with sanding but you can go to 1,200, 1,500, 2,000 and then polish and you will love the results.
    This is what the extra will get you.
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    This is my bike I did years ago look at the reflection of rocks in the swing arm. More work but worth it. Do it by a sink with the water running slow and keep rinseing the paper and part to keep the paper clean to cut better.
    Also Plotz Speed sell bolt kits to replace with stainless, they can be found on eBay and have many kits for almost all the top end stuff. Not to expensive.
    Good luck
    mannnnnnnnnnnnnn thank you for posting that. I would have never gone that high with sand paper. That looks like a mirror...thats exactly what I want!

    I went to take the MAF last night but I was too lazy...I literally popped the hood and just looked at it for like 5 mins and wiped some stuff off
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    I spent a insane amout of time on this project, I started with the wheels as they were solid one color like the center,then the rear foot peg's. When I finished the peg's I was sitting in my shop looking at it and I noticed I could read the paint cans on the shelf behind me and wanted it all to look that way. Every part on the swing arm all the linkage that you couldn't even see unless you laid on the ground under it were all done. Only used straight water when I washed it and did a touch up polish once a year all hand polished. Lasted for years until I sold it. Post a pic when your done

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingls1 View Post
    I spent a insane amout of time on this project, I started with the wheels as they were solid one color like the center,then the rear foot peg's. When I finished the peg's I was sitting in my shop looking at it and I noticed I could read the paint cans on the shelf behind me and wanted it all to look that way. Every part on the swing arm all the linkage that you couldn't even see unless you laid on the ground under it were all done. Only used straight water when I washed it and did a touch up polish once a year all hand polished. Lasted for years until I sold it. Post a pic when your done
    Will do! I'm slowly working on polishing everything under the hood that I can...

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