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Old 03-26-2005, 03:01 AM   #1
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header heat shield?

is their any benefit to that heat shield in front of my headers, or can i take it off. cause i was thinking about copper wrapping them instead or just showing them off the way they are. or do they get that much hotter then lets say a hondas exposed header.

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Old 03-26-2005, 07:49 AM   #2
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I'd leave it on to shield any air near it that may find its way to the intake..
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Old 03-26-2005, 11:46 AM   #3
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KEEP IT!!!! I can't stress enough the importance of the shield.

Even though the name of it is a "heat shield," it really does more than just keep the heat in. It also keeps dirt, oil, or any other bad particles from touching the hot headers and caking themselves onto it.

My example. I currently drive a 1993 Ford Probe GT and anyone who knows the engine well can tell you that the stock "RAM" (ha) intake covers the front exhaust manifold. If someone was to get a short RAM intake (myself), it would leave the manifold exposed. Now I do see increased HP, but now I have to open my hood and clean off the manifold every 2 weeks because dirt and such fall onto it and create a bad smelling smoke! It's not terribly noticable smoke and the smell isn't terribly offensive, but damn it is annoying.

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Old 03-26-2005, 12:26 PM   #4
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send your header out to get jet hot coated. the heat shield does help underhood temps, but with the jet hot coating, it would be unnecessary - the coating will keep the heat in the header, plus you'll have a great looking header. a few people have already done this, I think the total cost is around $200 or so including shipping.
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