I will be checking to see how much material is in the intake around the ports. I would like to remove some material without going too crazy, but I'd also like to give information to others who are considering buying this intake. I don't really have any tools very well suited for making accurate measurements of the walls of the intake. Do you have any recommendations on the best way to check the wall thicknesses? Do you have a recommendation on the minimum amount of material to leave to prevent cracking over time?
Part of the reason I bought this intake without much hesitation is I remember Dan Jones' dyno information about the Edelbrock Air Gap 2V intake performance on 4V heads. The Air Gap worked great and its ports are smaller than this Trick Flow intake.
Just from looking at the gasket, it seemed to me that the ports are raised and shifted compared to 2V. Looking at my photos the gasket appears to be shifted on the intake. I did try my best to center the gasket and orient it in the way that lined the mounting holes up as well as possible. I'll double check that impression, but I was quite careful to get the gasket lined up. At the time I thought that a couple of the ports were shifted and they were all raised when compared to the 2V gasket. I think that the center holes in the gasket versus the perimeters don't all line up perfectly, and I got the two center holes lined up great - which meant the other holes weren't quite as good. To me that was the best compromise in locating the gasket properly. If you think the gasket looks shifted, look at the position of the center two holes. I think I got them lined up as well as I could.
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