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Old 08-28-2014, 08:51 PM   #1
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Heat Tape Around the Fuel Line

Hey! So I just got my BBK shorties installed and the mechanic was telling the person who brought it in for me, I'm still in Afghanistan, that heat tape should be wrapped around the fuel like because of the heat generated by the headers? Is this neccessary? Has anyone done this with their headers? Don't know if it is neccessary or if it's the mechanic trying to get extra work done. Would it be a good idea if it isn't neccessary? Thanks!
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Wasn't necessary but who knows maybe the mechanic moved your fuel line...
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I heat taped mine...
Only because there's a turbo pretty close to it...

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Cooler fuel = more dense fuel = "more power potential." High hp cars will actually have fuel coolers, its probably not a bad idea to do it, but not exactly "manditory."
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You could potentially heat tape your headers as well, if you don't care how they look. Or they do make a ceramic coating you can put on chrome versions.

Obviously if they're already on the car that will make it difficult haha

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^^ For the record, you will want to heat wrap the headers, not tape them. That would just turn into a big goopy mess. I'm sure thats what you meant, but i just want to avoid confusion.
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^^ For the record, you will want to heat wrap the headers, not tape them. That would just turn into a big goopy mess. I'm sure thats what you meant, but i just want to avoid confusion.
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Has anyone heat warped their shorty headers? Seems like it would be difficult. One of my instructors at my Technical school said that fuel coolers are what you should be buying not air intakes. He said something like for every 10 degrees cooler the air or fuel is you gain about a 1% hp increase. So for my car id be gaining about 2.7hp for every 10 degrees. Not sure if that is true or not but sure feels like it when its 40 degrees cooler outside.
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I wrapped equal length shorty headers on an '89 that I had. Never again.
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why not?

just trying to learn
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I wrapped my BBK shorties...so far so good. Havnt had any heat related issues as of yet. Been over a year.
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This is why you just get ceramic coated headers, to keep the heat down in the engine bay.
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why not?

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The wrap can be a pain to work with, especially with a lot of bends. Works well, though.

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The wrap can be a pain to work with, especially with a lot of bends. Works well, though.

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Yeah, Its a b**** to work around and get a good amount of cover.
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^^ For the record, you will want to heat wrap the headers, not tape them. That would just turn into a big goopy mess. I'm sure thats what you meant, but i just want to avoid confusion.
From what i understand. Exhaust wrap doesn't do too much but retain moisture and cause stuff to start rusting :p



Didn't realize this post was over a year ago -.-

That's why I ditched the wrap on my new turbo setup and am getting everything ceramic coated.
More expansive, but as far as heat protection, it's much better.

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From what i understand. Exhaust wrap doesn't do too much but retain moisture and cause stuff to start rusting :p



Didn't realize this post was over a year ago -.-

That's why I ditched the wrap on my new turbo setup and am getting everything ceramic coated.
More expansive, but as far as heat protection, it's much better.

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Not much of a concern on a street car, but i was informed at our last outing that i shouldn't have the header wrapped on my miata for that exact reason ^^ The wrap will absorb oil and grime and can be a fire hazard. "Racecar" parts should always be ceramic coated.
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Not much of a concern on a street car, but i was informed at our last outing that i shouldn't have the header wrapped on my miata for that exact reason ^^ The wrap will absorb oil and grime and can be a fire hazard. "Racecar" parts should always be ceramic coated.
A racecar can be a streetcar if you've got big enough balls :p

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I ran wrapped headers on my '89 for years with no issues. It was my DD.

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Not much of a concern on a street car, but i was informed at our last outing that i shouldn't have the header wrapped on my miata for that exact reason ^^ The wrap will absorb oil and grime and can be a fire hazard. "Racecar" parts should always be ceramic coated.
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I ran wrapped headers on my '89 for years with no issues. It was my DD.

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Right, but a streetcar is not seeing anywhere near the heat or strains a track car is. I've had that header wrapped for months now and it hasnt been an issue, but when someone whose exhaust wrap has caught on fire tells you otherwise, its something you tend to take under advisement.
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Right, but a streetcar is not seeing anywhere near the heat or strains a track car is. I've had that header wrapped for months now and it hasnt been an issue, but when someone whose exhaust wrap has caught on fire tells you otherwise, its something you tend to take under advisement.
I also drag raced my car 2 times a week, every week.

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Not even close to comparable, 11 seconds at full throttle vs 20 minutes ... It worked for you man, good for you, i'm just explaining why i will be changing my set up.
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Not even close to comparable, 11 seconds at full throttle vs 20 minutes ... It worked for you man, good for you, i'm just explaining why i will be changing my set up.
To add to this:
Drag racing is easy on your car.
Road racing is complete hell for it.
You literally punish every single component of your car haha

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Wrapping headers is a NO NO in my book. Even more so for a DD as chances are the car never gets enough time to burn up all the moisture the wrap accumulates. They will eventually rust.
Not to mention it is just a flat out pain in the *** and I don't have the patience for it.


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I literally lol'd at this!

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thx folks...I imagined it to be a pita.

the cleansing fire would look cool tho.
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I literally lol'd at this!

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well....
compared to road racing anyways.
LOL

In hindsight, that looks bad.
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well....
compared to road racing anyways.
LOL

In hindsight, that looks bad.
I agree with certain parts of the car. Drag racing is rough, cause of the shock of the launch and revving to the moon. It can depend on the car and setup though.

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I gotta say, I've had my headers heat wrapped a little over a year now and they seam to be doing just fine. No oil, no moisture (that I can see, I'm going to check now. You guys got me worried. ) but all in all not bad. How much heat it's preventing from getting into the engine bay well that I'm not sure sof. I know it's kind of loose in a couple spots right now.
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