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Old 09-17-2009, 10:49 AM   #1
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Wrapping Headers

I have read everywhere on google about how people say wrapping headers is not good for your headers, but my truck just sits about 95% of the time so i think they will last for a while. My real question is what is the best way to do this, any important techniques that I should know about? The reason for doing this is I have been having fuel issues for a while now and recently in the heat of the day it started vapor locking on me. I am replacing my fuel line and moving it but i think wrapping my headers and exhaust pipe half way back would be a good improvement too. Give me your opinions. THANKS
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:15 AM   #2
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What do you mean "not good for your headers"? I've wrapped every exhaust system in all my buggies, beat the piss out of them and never had any problems. My technique, sand blasted the headers, good high heat paint, bake it in the oven (when wife is not home of course), wrap them and forget about it.
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:30 PM   #3
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I have wrapped headers for years on mud trucks, race trucks and race cars. Never had a problem. It will only drop temps under the hood 60-80*.
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:55 PM   #4
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I've always heard "bad" = rusting them out quickly
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Old 09-17-2009, 02:03 PM   #5
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I've always heard "bad" = rusting them out quickly

How often do they stay wet??? Not sure about yours but when mine get wet, I'm still driving it. The heat from the exhaust dries my wrap before I park it.
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Old 09-17-2009, 02:15 PM   #6
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thanks guys, i'm glad I asked y'alls opinion. From the looks of things mine will rarely get wet, it has only been out of the garage for 2 nights and never driven in the rain since the rebuild. Now for the hard part, which end of the headers do y'all start and do y'all go up one tube down the other tube, up the next and so on or do y'all cut it at the end of each tube? Since it sounds like y'all have experience teach me something. lol THANKS in Advance!
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Depends on the header. Some have tubes seperated enough to wrap them seperatly. Some you have to wrap seperatly until it gets tight then as a whole group. I wrap from the flang down to the collector.
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Old 09-17-2009, 05:29 PM   #8
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From the flange down to the collector and then cut it each time? Then wrap the entire collector when done?
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Old 09-17-2009, 05:55 PM   #9
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That's how I did it, safety wire or use the stainless clamps. Don't need to use the specific exhaust clamps, go to your local parts house and get some CV boot clamps, same thing but cheaper.
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Old 09-18-2009, 06:32 AM   #10
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1.Put a 1" plastic or even wood spacer under the carb.

2. Get rid the dam open style air cleaner I suspect your running and get some fresh air to the carb. The stock one in those years are the greatest they have a snorkel style hose that brings in fresh air and keeps the filter dry.

3. if your running a fuel block we make them out of teflon (no heat absorption).

Just some stuff I know works.
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Old 09-19-2009, 09:40 AM   #11
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The only thing I don't like about it is that it's made of fiberglass and not very durable. If you have to work around it in tight spaces (starter, fuel pump, spark plugs) it gets in your skin. Also the older it gets the easier it is to damage.

Other than that it's good stuff.
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