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Old 06-19-2016, 12:19 PM   #1
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Header Wraps! Good or Bad?

So there seems to be a split between those that think header wrapping is good and those that think it degrades the headers faster! Which side of the fence are you on?
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both. contains more heat in the metal which may lead to earlier gasket failure. (not much earlier) but it keeps the heat from raidiating all over your engine bay.

this was a total guess. im actually curious to know. including benefits of wrapping stock headers.
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I think the benifit is just keeping engine bay temps down

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But when it gets water soaked in it it'll hold it for days if it's not dried out. Headers won't last as long
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Shane are you talking about when installing them? If so DEI Lava header wrap does not need to be soaked...bit if you are talking about while driving I really can't see the water not evaporating off of engine temp headers.

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Shane are you talking about when installing them? If so DEI Lava header wrap does not need to be soaked...bit if you are talking about while driving I really can't see the water not evaporating off of engine temp headers.

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If you wash the engine bay the wrap will become a sponge. Things can go South from there.

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Most header manufacturers state that header wrap will void any warranty they are providing.
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I'm not sure but I've heard tracks dislike it as if/when it becomes oil soaked

what could go wrong with flammable stuff and hi temps?
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I used header wrap for years on my drag race cars...that was some 35+ years ago.
Are you talking OE headers, aftermarket headers and what is the material the headers are made of. I have not really heard very much about DEI's titanium wrap but can say from experience that header wrap is very absorbent and will soak up even the smallest amount of oil, water, grease or anything you get on the headers. If you can wrap every inch of the complete header it will certainly keep a lot of the heat inside the header and in some cases can make the motor run leaner...now with that said I haven't seen but a handful of street cars wearing header wrap in the past decade....reason, ceramic coating works much better and is easier to maintain. Header wrap also collects moisture between the wrap and header itself because as the header cools down it cools at a different rate than the wrap. Header wrap on mild steel will actually rust you header from the outside...personally I think it's a waste of time...and money...IMHO
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I was told by the guy who has installed everything for me and been a mechanic for 25 yrs, own shop and used to drag race it was a waste for what thats worth
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In my honestopinon header wrap is no good for the street. I used it on a street car once because the header heat kept burning up my starter. If this is your poblem use a starter sheat shield instead. Header wrap ill rot your headers from the outside in. That's what happened to me. the collector simply fell offwhile driving down the road. Made one helluva noise when the exhaust folded up under the car. That's my 2 cents!
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I haven't put anything on my headers yet...just wanted to get some opinions about the wrap and any other way to protect the headers and make them last longer! I guess that I will use some hi-temp coating before the install!
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I haven't put anything on my headers yet...just wanted to get some opinions about the wrap and any other way to protect the headers and make them last longer! I guess that I will use some hi-temp coating before the install!
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I haven't put anything on my headers yet...just wanted to get some opinions about the wrap and any other way to protect the headers and make them last longer! I guess that I will use some hi-temp coating before the install!
What material are the headers and are they OEM or aftermarket.
Whoever makes them "header wrap" is not the answer!
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:14 AM   #15
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I have the black PaceSetter headers so I know that they will need some sort of coating to make them a bit more durable...$226 vs $600+ for ceramic headers!

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Have you called around to find out the prices of ceramic coating the headers you have? I had a set of long tubes that were ceramic coated inside and out...normally they are just coated on the outside....and the coast was kind of in the middle.
Since you live in a fairly humid area of the USofA I doubt the wrap will give you any more protecting than spraying them with VHT...get them ceramic coated and not have to worry about it any longer...put wrap on them and you will be replacing the headers with a couple of years because of rust....even spraying them with VHT before you wrap them will not protect them from rust...especially if they are mild steel.
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That seems like the plan of action...I work overseas and my car is parked in the garage a lot so with a coating of VHT they should last a long time! I only get to my toys every 3 months and my '72 Torino gets most of the attention!

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