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Installing Exhaust Wrap

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I'm wanting to put some heat/exhaust wraps on my bike. However, this is all very new to me so I'm wondering:


a) Who has done it

b) What all needs to come off the bike (some pieces seem welded to the frame and exhaust)

c) How to remove heat shields from exhaust (can't simply be unscrewed)
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I have wrapped mine but my pipes are not stock, I used the stock headers cut em off and welded tubes on. The stock heat shields and mufflers are mainly just clamps that are screwed on. Im thinking by the "some pieces welded to frame" you might be referring to the goats belly where all the exhaust collects. This is basically a joint in the pipes again should just be screws and clamps. If you're exhaust is stock theres really not any need to wrap because the only part you could wrap is the headers. Then the heat shields etc will not fit.

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Question...


I'm wanting to put some heat/exhaust wraps on my bike. However, this is all very new to me so I'm wondering:


a) Who has done it

b) What all needs to come off the bike (some pieces seem welded to the frame and exhaust)

c) How to remove heat shields from exhaust (can't simply be unscrewed)
I have not done it, but if you have the stock pipes the heat shields have half moon clamps that hold them on to the pipes. The have a phillips head tip on them.

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I have wrapped mine but my pipes are not stock, I used the stock headers cut em off and welded tubes on. The stock heat shields and mufflers are mainly just clamps that are screwed on. Im thinking by the "some pieces welded to frame" you might be referring to the goats belly where all the exhaust collects. This is basically a joint in the pipes again should just be screws and clamps. If you're exhaust is stock theres really not any need to wrap because the only part you could wrap is the headers. Then the heat shields etc will not fit.
Off-topic, but I like the seat on your bike.

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Off-topic, but I like the seat on your bike.
Thank you! It is actually the stock seat, just cut off the back and shaved the excess off. Used two nuts welded into the frame tubes and a small bracket to run the bolts through. It takes more work to get at the battery now but I feel it was worth it lol.

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I have wrapped mine but my pipes are not stock, I used the stock headers cut em off and welded tubes on. The stock heat shields and mufflers are mainly just clamps that are screwed on. Im thinking by the "some pieces welded to frame" you might be referring to the goats belly where all the exhaust collects. This is basically a joint in the pipes again should just be screws and clamps. If you're exhaust is stock theres really not any need to wrap because the only part you could wrap is the headers. Then the heat shields etc will not fit.


It's a cosmetic thing, mostly...just painted the bike satin black and the exhaust's chrome just sticks out too much.


Why could I only wrap the headers?
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[IMG]I dont know if the link will show or not but go to Kawasaki.com select owner info then parts diagrams then choose motorcycle, select your year make model etc and choose it then when it opens click on the 49 state model scroll down and choose mufflers. This should show why you cant wrap the stock exhaust. Theres too many sections as well as wrapping will increase the outer diameter of the pipes so the heat shields and clamps etc wouldnt fit.

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[IMG]I dont know if the link will show or not but go to Kawasaki.com select owner info then parts diagrams then choose motorcycle, select your year make model etc and choose it then when it opens click on the 49 state model scroll down and choose mufflers. This should show why you cant wrap the stock exhaust. Theres too many sections as well as wrapping will increase the outer diameter of the pipes so the heat shields and clamps etc wouldnt fit.

Couldn't I just remove the heat shields, though? I could always do that and stop short of the clamps...

I may just have to rattle can it with high-temp paint :/
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Yeah you could do that it might look a little odd near the joints for the belly but after I wrapped mine I went over them with rustoleum matte black bbq paint. After about two years or so the paint is just now fading. You could spray the pipes but it would scratch easy and bake off leaving discoloration.

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Yeah you could do that it might look a little odd near the joints for the belly but after I wrapped mine I went over them with rustoleum matte black bbq paint. After about two years or so the paint is just now fading. You could spray the pipes but it would scratch easy and bake off leaving discoloration.
VHT makes a few products for exhaust painting (up to 2000 degrees)...even a clear coat. If you don't cure it, flaking and such occur but with proper curing it's supposed to last for quite a while.
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