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post #1 of 17 Old 06-15-2009, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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This weekend I installed 1" header wrap to hopefully keep my leg from cooking. I will get some pics up soon and hopefully a chance to see if it works next weekend.
I ordered the wrap from Jegs.com, a 50ft roll was $20 and $9 for the stainless clamps (not sure if they are worth it, should have just bought regular clamps).

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The only problem with header wrap is it tends to accelerate rusting of the header pipe. If you're burning your leg I take it you're not wearing riding boots?

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I don't wear boots either, and I can understand the whole header wrap idea. Even through my pant legs I can feel the burn.



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I wear tall work boots. I am wondering if the stock can is going to be too restrictive and cause excessive heat to build up in the header, negating any gains in reducing heat.

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Hmmm, good question.

I think that if you were to have an aftermarket muffler and no fuel management that it would actually be hotter. If you would compare stuck muffler and an aftermarket muffler under the same conditions (assuming the fuel mixture was the same) then the temps should be about the same.



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The only problem with header wrap is it tends to accelerate rusting of the header pipe. If you're burning your leg I take it you're not wearing riding boots?

I wouldn't worry about rust. Titanium and good quality stainless don't rust, and for the price of these things no one should be using cheap metal.

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I wear tall work boots. I am wondering if the stock can is going to be too restrictive and cause excessive heat to build up in the header, negating any gains in reducing heat.
I have a Ballance slip-on, and a HMF/dobeck mine feels the same as it did. Only time it bothers me is when i'm ridin the boy around the yard and i dont have my ridin boots on.

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Headder wrap is not for protecting your leg (although you can use it for that) it's for purposely holding the heat in your headder.

A hot exhaust flows better. If you can find a way to hold the heat in the exhaust it will flow better and you will get better performance.

Headder wrap and ceramic coatings are all meant for this purpose. By holding in the heat they have the added advantage of not leaking heat in to it's surrounding areas like radiator hoses or your leg.

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I wouldn't worry about rust. Titanium and good quality stainless don't rust, and for the price of these things no one should be using cheap metal.
I've seen so called "good" stainless rust when header wrap was used in drag cars. ATV's are in a far more severe environment when it comes to moisture. I personally would use ceramic coating before I ever would do a header wrap. It's a cleaner look, lasts nearly forever, and far surpasses the insulating value of a header wrap.

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Had mine ceramic coated awhile back and have notice a slight heat reduction but haven't tried it with shorts, the only time so far that I've felt some heat is when I'm in a technical ride. Overall, I'm very satisfied with the coating.
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