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09-02-2013 12:39 AM
FullthrottleSVT I wrapped mine with the fans still in and everything. I managed to squeeze the heat shield out, and more impressive was i squeezed it back in too!
08-10-2013 04:15 PM
SVTFocusOnMe Yeah when I took my header out to get ceramic coated it was a pita. I also replaced the header bolts with the stainless ARP bolts, not messing with rust.

Nicely done though
08-09-2013 02:08 AM
Sniper Focus The easiest way to wrap a header is to buy one already done from a member and install it.

I needed a another header and that was the ONLY used header at the time. It's been a few years need to rewrap it now, I can probably just rewrap the bottom where it scrapes stuff. Anyway it's good to know I can do it on the car.
08-08-2013 11:34 AM
swansong THEY SAID IT COULDN'T BE DONE!







Kidding of course, I'm just glad it actually worked. I removed the fans to get some more room, and had the front end way in the air. It certainly wasn't the easiest approach, and I'm sure I could have gotten the wrap tighter and more evenly spaced with it removed, but all in all it wasn't that bad. The worst part is feeding 50 ft of wrap through on every single turn. It got caught on sharp things a few times and started to fray a bit, but held together well enough. Once I got to the part where the header started to merge, I went under the car. Much easier and more comfortable laying down there.

Underhood temps are improved, but not a whole lot. I also wrapped and installed a Jay Racing HFC at the same time.
07-03-2013 09:27 AM
macdiesel After years of the heatsheild being off the clear coat on my hood started cracking. The higher you can get the car off the ground the better.
07-03-2013 08:11 AM
swansong ^^ Good to know. I might go that route then.
07-03-2013 08:10 AM
macdiesel I put mine back on, took the fans out from under neath and the shield went on with minimal persuasion.
07-03-2013 07:43 AM
swansong I've heard good things about that penetrating oil as well, can't seem to find it anywhere though.

OEM heatshield would be ok, except that it's expensive new, hard to find used, and will also be difficult/impossible to install without removing the heater. Getting the old one out was a bear in itself, even with cutting it up and bending it in every direction. Might be easier with the fans out of the way though.

I might just leave the header unshielded/unwrapped... been that way for over 6 months now with no real issues, but it's not the ideal situation.
07-03-2013 07:24 AM
macdiesel Can you buy motorcraft penetrating oil at chain parts stores? Are you opposed to the oem heatsheild? Or do you just wantbit wrapped? I'd just put the oem shield back on if its an option.
07-02-2013 11:32 PM
iminhell I won't use PB any longer.
Buddy introduced me to the Motorcraft penetrating oil. He did the test that sold him on it for me, I'm sold too. I haven't looked up the MSDS, but I'd guess it's made of black magic and Mike Tyson urine.
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