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Is it ok to removed the heat shield? I want to be able to see the header.

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As long as you don't regularly park over dry brush or grass, I would suppose so. Several people have mentioned that there's just FELL off, actually.

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If you remove the heat shield, isn't the hood going to get hot enough to fry eggs, maybe even some bacon as well? My concern would be long-term paint damage or something.

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Oops. Maybe it was a cat heat shield those other folks were talking about... Hmm.
 

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I would think that the CAT runs 1500 to 2000 degrees (right?) if that is the case... How hot is the header? I know that after 5 minutes of my car being on the heat shield is hot enought to instantly boil water! Just try, spit on it! I can't imagine removing it would be good for the hoods paint or cooling the car as that heat would be heating air behind the radiator! When you stop at a light I can imagine the temperature woudl jump!

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taking the heat shield will raise under hood temps, but it should not cause any problems. If you look at the shorty headers made for the regular zetecs you will see that they end up being very close to the hood, so even if they are treated it still has to get pretty hot. If they don't cause problems I don't see how taking the shield off can be that dramatically different.
 

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aftermarket header = no heat shield = very hot under hood, but what can you do....
Stock will be fine without the heat shield also. It's rusted under that aluminum heat shield though, so don't expect a nice clean header....
 
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