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Old 01-26-2017, 01:40 AM
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Exhaust Wrap

Like so many on here I am running out of things to do to the VTR.

I am curious about the effects of heat wrapping the exhaust.

More for something to do while I wait for some bits to turn up.

Anyone here done it to their bike?

Info and pics appreciated.

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Old 01-26-2017, 09:39 AM
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I have no experience but this article just ran across my social media feed.
http://www.cycleworld.com/2014/08/08/ask-kevin-should-i-wrap-my-pipes-with-exhaust-tape?
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Old 01-26-2017, 10:33 AM
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I have wrapped mine a few years ago and like the look. Other than that, I like the fact it helps keep the heat where it should be, and that's in the pipes.
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Old 01-26-2017, 11:48 AM
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There's a few threads on this in performance modifications section. It was debated by a number of members a few years ago.
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Old 01-26-2017, 11:58 AM
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I'm not much of a fan of it on motorcycles because it's a rough surface that picks up lots of road grime. And I like shiny things. BUT I wrapped a 6" (15 cm) section of the rear header to insulate the shock from direct radiation and heat cycling.

if you do wrap: USE GLOVES, wrap it wet and use temporary plastic zip ties to get it as tight as you can, then use stainless wire / ties. I understand using a high-temperature silicone sealant finishes the job and makes it easier to clean.

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Old 01-26-2017, 09:36 PM
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I wrapped mine years ago to help with heat issues. I ride daily in huge traffic so had heat issues. The wrap keeps some heat from the rads and oil cooler.

I was worried about the pipes rotting under the wrap but on here found guys that had them wrapped for years with no ill effect.

For sure use gloves and long sleeves as it is pretty caustic and embeds easily into skin. Soak it first to minimize particles and help it shrink tight.

Oh and it does help both the motor and you to stay cooler. Not so much for anyone behind you.
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Old 01-26-2017, 09:43 PM
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But as far as you not finding any other mod to do, I don't know.....

Right angle valve stems, cruise control, high amp headlight wires, ambient temp thermometer, swingarm stand spools, helmet Bluetooth, volt meter?

Theres tons of stuff to do..

Oh, and Ion, do you live in Apex literally or figuratively? Is that a real place or is it like Redline PA or Wheelie, NC
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I went the route of Ceramic coating on my header, applied then baked, both inside and outside the header. The finish is clean and provides a good thermal barrier. I cannot vouch for HP gains, but most claim there are small gains to be had.
Here is where I had mine done, reasonable price, very clean, and no signs of chipping, fading, peeling, or adverse reactions over the last 6,500 miles and three years. Plus, it looks absolutely fantastic. The "Titanium" color matched my bike well.
There is much more info on the web regarding ceramic coating, I am sure some guys here have used it. I am not debating whether or not this or wrapping is the better way to go. FWIW.
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Old 01-27-2017, 06:00 AM
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Rust on headers if you donīt apply some protective paint directly on headers. Less heat from rear pipe, noticeable especially when city cruising. Power or fuel efficiency, cannot tell ... :-)
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Originally Posted by Upland111 View Post
I went the route of Ceramic coating on my header, applied then baked, both inside and outside the header. The finish is clean and provides a good thermal barrier. I cannot vouch for HP gains, but most claim there are small gains to be had.
Here is where I had mine done, reasonable price, very clean, and no signs of chipping, fading, peeling, or adverse reactions over the last 6,500 miles and three years. Plus, it looks absolutely fantastic. The "Titanium" color matched my bike well.
There is much more info on the web regarding ceramic coating, I am sure some guys here have used it. I am not debating whether or not this or wrapping is the better way to go. FWIW.
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Yeah but shipping from New South Wales would be a killer.
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Oh, and Ion, do you live in Apex literally or figuratively?
Apex, NC - Official Website | Official Website, but it's ironic because there really aren't any twisty roads around here. I trailer the mc and a few pedal powered machines about 250 miles West of here when I really want to play.



The VTR has a full stainless system, yes? So they cannot rust. Become heavily discoloured, yes. But the Cr prevents formation of Fe2O3, even under exhaust wrap. No worries there.

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Old 01-27-2017, 09:18 AM
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The VTR has a full stainless system, yes? So they cannot rust. Become heavily discoloured, yes. But the Cr prevents formation of Fe2O3, even under exhaust wrap. No worries there.
not sure how to call it properly if it is not rust, but leave the exhaust long term under wrap, ride it in different conditions, and it will dissintegrate somehow :-)

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Oy. Maybe salts from the road get trapped in aqueous solution in the wrap resulting in galvanic corrosion under heat?
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Old 01-27-2017, 11:13 AM
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Smokin,

Have a close look and you will see the right angle valves and swing arm spools !

Cruise control ? No thanks,

No volt meter but oil pressure gauge !

Headlight defo needs upgrade as I do ride a bit at night !

Blue tooth , not interested .

Am about to do a front end conversion and was looking for something to do while I wait for the last of the bits to show up.

I have ordered some exhaust wrap. If I don't like it I can always take it off.

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Yeah but shipping from New South Wales would be a killer.

Well, then here is a place located in NSW........Coating King |Exhaust-Ceramic-Turbo-Header Coatings Munibung Road, Cardiff, NSW


I am sure there are many more places if someone wanted to go this route...
As most of you already know this is as common practice as wrapping, but a whole lot cleaner unless you like the look of exhaust wrap. And that appears to be true in this case.
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