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headder wrap

Has anyone ever used or thought of using header wrap on there pipes to help keep there bike just a little bit cooler i think im going to do it and see if i can drop a few more degrees.

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i can get cheap ceramic coating done too FWIW

I have done both ceram and wrap and even ceram and then wrapped the back header too

it all helps and it depends on your budget

$200 shipped i can have the pipes done and i think wrap is like $60
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I have my header wrapped and its fine. Its a must for the back header cause the heat will ruin your shock.


Mark any idea on why the mounting brackets on my Yosh high mount mids for my SP1 wont line up with the holes in my stock rear sets? The mids are definitely for an sp1 but the damn holes wont line up. Guess I could cut em off and reweld them on in the correct spot. Figure I'd ask the exhaust expert.
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Any one have more info on this?

I'm thinking to wrap my header from the heads to the mids.

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There's a few threads if you search for "header wrap". I was wanting to do mine also. The only negative thing I've heard is that it can "wear" the exhaust out. By trapping the heat against the metal it breaks the metal down faster. I've never found any evidence of this, though. I mean, what's the lifetime of a titanium exhaust anyway? 10 years? So with wrap it might only last 5? I think my black 05' would look sweet with black wrap... just need to know how much to buy...
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wrapped my sp1 header with header wrap i bought from local pepboys.to do so i had to remove the header completely, it's imposible to wrap it nice and tight without removing it. i bought those metal zip tie from ebay, DONT USE IT they are crap, i used regular metal clamp(the type that you tighten up with small bolt).one last thing make sure to cover your arms with long sleeve shirt, i got allergic rash from the fiberglass material for 2 days it sucks.good luck
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There have been reports of headers cracking when wrapped close to the head. Also by wrapping the rear only, which already gets less ventilation you will end up in uneven front/rear running. What was advised in other threads/forums was that you only wrap the section right next to the shock and maybe the right peg.
The cracks appeared close to the head. Look it up by running a search.
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I did the search and have read the theads. To me they all seems to be the opinions if it causes "wear" or not. I think I'm going to stick with my first intentions and find a place to get it ceramic coated.

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I did the search and have read the theads. To me they all seems to be the opinions if it causes "wear" or not. I think I'm going to stick with my first intentions and find a place to get it ceramic coated.

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I have had experience with header wrap, just not on a RC51. It does seem to cause the pipe to degrade pretty quickly. I used it on a wisconsin air-cooled twin cylinder engine. They make pretty high exhaust temps. Had that engine pulling a roots blower and a highpressure pump. It does trap the heat on the outside surface of the pipe, and another thing that happened to me is that friggin fiberglass was always shedding and getting in everything. Even tho I used the black paint stuff over the wrap (like the directions said) it was still kinda messy.

The new mids for my bike are ceramic coated: I'm sold!

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I have had experience with header wrap, just not on a RC51. It does seem to cause the pipe to degrade pretty quickly. I used it on a wisconsin air-cooled twin cylinder engine. They make pretty high exhaust temps. Had that engine pulling a roots blower and a highpressure pump. It does trap the heat on the outside surface of the pipe, and another thing that happened to me is that friggin fiberglass was always shedding and getting in everything. Even tho I used the black paint stuff over the wrap (like the directions said) it was still kinda messy.

The new mids for my bike are ceramic coated: I'm sold!
Yep, like Jondog said it definitely degrades pipe life and sheds. I've also seen this stuff stick and ruin the finish of the pipes pretty bad. I guess if you do it, just plan on having it on for good.

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