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Old 05-17-2011, 04:18 AM
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Cheap Valve Covers on Ebay

Does anyone have any firsthand experience with the Cheap Dress UP kits offered on EBAY? I know how you guys feel about the "kung Fu" manufactures but Im coming toward the end of my build and running low on funds.. The ProForm I wanted are out the question now. Thanks

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Old 05-17-2011, 06:52 AM
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I'd rather have nicely painted stock tin than those ghetto cheap dress up kits. Save your money.
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I have the pro comp fabricated SBC covers that skip white and abashed71camaro sells. They are built like a tank and look nice. However the polished finish will react with oils in your skin if you sweat on them. Discovers slightly and won't come off. Pretty frustrating. I took an air grinder with a brown polishing pad and put a cool swirl pattern on them. Looks cool now, but not what a paid for.

As for kung fu parts, American employees still have to sell, pack and ship them. With larger volume sales there could actually be more money staying here than folks give credit. It's far more complicated than just "Buy American" though I wish it were. It's hard to buy American on a budget for some folks.
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I think he is more looking at Motorchrome valve covers. There cheap and look cheap
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I'd use OEM covers if possible, or whatever used covers you may have laying around for now until you can get something decent. Clean them up, shoot them w/satin black if they're painted and hold out for later.

Good, triple chrome plated aftermarket dress up parts are a thing of the past- not that they were ever in abundance. The chrome I'm seeing these days is that crappy, off tinted junk that I wouldn't use if it were given to me, free. Always chrome over Ni, w/o the Cu base. And w/o proper buffing/polishing before the next stage is done.

I wonder what causes the problems Landshark928 is seeing w/the polished covers? Sounds like they're polished w/o any protection. Waxing might have helped- at least short term. Clear anodising or clear coating, maybe? CC seems to yellow over time and underhood conditions, though. And anodising would probably cost more than the covers themselves.

I like a good satin finish personally, so it wouldn't bother me that much anyway- as long as they fit and sealed up right.
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I'd rather have nicely painted stock tin than those ghetto cheap dress up kits. Save your money.

Any day. My favorite valve cover treatment even of I have the bucks for "good" stuff is a set of stock valve covers in black; whether glossy, satin or wrinkle finish with chrome or stainless hardware. If available I use chrome spreader bars with studs and stainless lock nuts for the hold downs and chrome breathers and filler cap. Sometimes "less" is just right.
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Thanks for all the replies... I plan to use the factory covers until I save up for the proform Kit. (the black and red).I never thought of the Idea of going with factory until now, Thanks!
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Thanks for all the replies... I plan to use the factory covers until I save up for the proform Kit. (the black and red).I never thought of the Idea of going with factory until now, Thanks!
if you are going to save up, aim higher than pro comp. Their stuff is garbage, the covers will probably leak and discolor.
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I have tried different gaskets, and sealers to try to keep cheap dress-up kit parts from leaking oil. To no avail. UGGGGH!
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I have tried different gaskets, and sealers to try to keep cheap dress-up kit parts from leaking oil. To no avail. UGGGGH!
^Times 2. Don't waste your money. There is nothing wrong with OEM covers nicely painted, especially with wrinkle-finish or hammertone.
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Fwiw

Proform is a different outfit than Procomp. Proform has some pretty nice stamped covers, thicker than usual, nice detail. I've not seen their cast aluminum covers, but they look a lot like what GMPP sells. They are likely imported.
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Yep, Proform is imported from China last time I checked. All their stuff is licensed by GM but, not made in the US. The quality is good to very good. Too pricey to me for China parts.
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