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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 2009, 12:20 am Thread Starter
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Header Wrap Advice

I just got a roll of 1" 50' header wrap for my PS and I have a few questions before installing it.

1. If I remove the headers am I gonna need to get new gaskets

2. Should I use the hose clamps or the the stainless steel zip ties that sometimes come in header wrap kits

3. What paint brand have you used and or would you recommend even doing it.


I figured it will probably be easier and the wrap will come out looking a lot better if I take off the headers. Any other comments or suggestions are appreciated. I've been reading all the other threads about header wrap on this forum but no one really addressed taking off the headers in detail.

thanks.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 2009, 7:52 am
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Mike,

You don't need to remove the header to wrap it. I got the stainless zip ties but ended up using some hose clamps. I also "sprayed" it with the high temp black silicon paint that they sell with the wrap. I sprayed the paint into a small container, then used a brush to paint the wrap. Don't forget to soak the wrap in water before wrapping.

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I just got a roll of 1" 50' header wrap for my PS and I have a few questions before installing it.

1. If I remove the headers am I gonna need to get new gaskets

2. Should I use the hose clamps or the the stainless steel zip ties that sometimes come in header wrap kits

3. What paint brand have you used and or would you recommend even doing it.


I figured it will probably be easier and the wrap will come out looking a lot better if I take off the headers. Any other comments or suggestions are appreciated. I've been reading all the other threads about header wrap on this forum but no one really addressed taking off the headers in detail.

thanks.
Mike
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ct mazi is right, on soaking it first, it will work much better wet!

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I used all dei products. they were in my local cycle gear store. Paint, clamps and wrap.
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I did not replace gaskets. I don't have too many miles, maybe 300 and it is holding up well.

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I bought my bike with the wrap already installed, but here is some motivation:


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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 4th, 2009, 10:59 pm
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Ok guys, school me, I am interested in header wraps to..... Whats the deal, whats the benefit, pros, and cons, besides the badass looks?

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I'm going to wrap the vertical pipes on my 999R in order to stop the extreme heat blasting my right calf. I get a large red burn there everytime I ride for some distance. It doesn't make sense to wrap the Paul Smart, its a naked bike so the heat isn't contained.

There is some chatter regarding the possible danger of a partial wrap, I don't know the details though.

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Thanks for the replies. I'll give it a shot wrapping 'em up with the pipes on.

ct mazi, thanks for the painting tip. I was wondering how one would paint the pipes/wrap while they were still on the bike.

geogolf, I'm mostly covering the pipes to help the hot leg. I also like the looks and it's a good way to get rid of some scratches without getting new pipes.

I'll probably get time to do the pipes the end of next week after the new baby's born. Gotta get the bike looking good for the West Coast SC ride comin up.

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Some of the advantages besides, looks and insulation are that they keep more heat in the header and in theory this draws the hot gases out more efficiently and faster.
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its so much easier if you take the headers off. i think you'll get a tighter wrap that way. Its simple, a few bolts. Plus it will give you a chance to clean up the header bolts to the cylinder head and put some anti seize on. Mine were rusted badly.
I did not replace gaskets either.

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Thanks for the replies. I'll give it a shot wrapping 'em up with the pipes on.

ct mazi, thanks for the painting tip. I was wondering how one would paint the pipes/wrap while they were still on the bike.

geogolf, I'm mostly covering the pipes to help the hot leg. I also like the looks and it's a good way to get rid of some scratches without getting new pipes.

I'll probably get time to do the pipes the end of next week after the new baby's born. Gotta get the bike looking good for the West Coast SC ride comin up.

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