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Old 02-14-2007, 08:01 AM   #31
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i just went out and bought stainless hose clamps and they work great!
Haven't put my wraps on yet but I bought SS hose clamps too.
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Old 02-14-2007, 08:07 AM   #32
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Ok, what about the fact that the metal will expand and contract by the temperature. Isn't that affected by the wrap?
The header would never be able to expand or contract enough to the point where it would cause a problem with the wrap. The wrap is somewhat flexible and would expand and contract at a far higher tolerance than the SS would.
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Old 02-14-2007, 08:25 AM   #33
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The header will expand of course, but the wrap, more or less, forces the heat out instead of holding it at the header. This also increases the scavanging effect on the engines exhaust. I do agree that if you had some cheap aftermarket header, you may decrease the life somewhat, but those type headers dont last worth a crap anyway. Nascar will retire items such as headers quickly because theyre considered a high wear item. I have quite a few friends that work for several teams and they said they dont change headers after every race, just when needed and one team said that they change them at set times on a schedule. If you had that kind of money, wouldnt you, lol. The main thing is if a header wrap is done correctly, it works very well and causes no damage to the header. Some people say that everytime you start the car cold that it holds moisture on the header, think about that.........that header is almost instantly hot, way beyond where any kind of water could possibly be. You have more water farther back in the exhaust where you see that condensation vapor coming from. Its not at the header. Thats one reason car mfg's have drain holes along the exhaust system. Some people would think that their exhaust has a rust hole mistaking that when its just a drain that the car already had.
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Some people say that everytime you start the car cold that it holds moisture on the header, think about that.........that header is almost instantly hot, way beyond where any kind of water could possibly be.
Well said Mike. I remember one time I was working on my brothers EGT. I started it and walked over to the front of the car. The header was HOT way before I even got out of the car. It's insane how quickly they heat up.
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so do I get a sticky??? hmmmm????
Close.
It's now linked in the SVT "How To" thread.
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i know it'd be more for looks than performance, but has anyone tried sanding/painting their header with the VHT hi-temp engine paint? would that hold up?
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Nope, not at all. It looks good for about 2 mins.
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is there any type of hi-temp paint out there that would hold up? how hot do headers actually get?
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Above 1200 degrees or more at full run. Ceramic coating is about all that will stand up to it besides wrapping.
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there are a few 1500 paints floating around, cant remember where i saw them though.

a dremel can take care of those shield mounts if you are patient!
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