Exhaust wrap is a lighter, and possibly edgier, alternative to heat shields. Anyone who has ever had a boot actually burst into flame while riding a bike with unshielded pipes knows how hot an exhaust can get. Proponents of exhaust wrap claim that motorcycle exhausts with heat shields actually do not get hot enough. Wraps keep heat in the pipes so it can only escape at the end of the exhaust. The theory is that the hotter the exhaust gasses, the more efficiently they will flow. Design Engineering, Incorporated, claims that the pipes their products wrap must get to 204 degrees Celsius before the silicone spray that coats these wraps begins to bake.
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Things you need
- Exhaust wrap
- Hose clamps
- Silicone coating spray
Wrap a cold exhaust pipe with one wrap at the exhaust manifold. Secure the exhaust wrap with a hose clamp. Tighten the hose clamp with a screwdriver.
Wrap the rest of the exhaust pipe with a 1/4-inch wrap overlap. Wrap adjacent tubes together.
Secure the end of the wrap with a hose clamp. Tighten the hose clamp with a screwdriver.
Wrap all other exhaust pipes using these same procedures.
Coat the exhaust wrap with silicone coating spray. Wait five minutes.
Start the engine and allow the motorcycle to run until the silicone coating begins to smoke.
Turn off the motorcycle, allow the exhaust pipes to cool and apply a second coat of spray. Restart the motorcycle and run until the silicone spray begins to smoke.
Turn off the motorcycle and apply a third coat of spray after the pipes cool. Run the motorcycle until the spray smokes again.
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