Post by jes on Nov 12, 2015 13:59:06 GMT -5
Now that the new lease is open, everyone who rides a 4-stroke dirt bike (or quad) over 110cc is required to have the header pipe wrapped on their respective vehicle(s). I've had great success with my header pipe wrap and thought I'd share what I did (and what I used) that has worked so well for me.
For the header wrap I used the following: DEI 1" Titanium Exhaust / Header Wrap.
I used the 1" wrap because it is easier to wind the wrap tighter (especially around the curves of your pipe, but the 2" wrap also works well).
It is easier to install the header wrap if you remove the head pipe from your bike (although not required). Once the pipe is removed, start your wrap near the kick starter and then continue wrapping it going towards the engine. Doing it this way prevents pockets from occurring that will trap dirt and debris and/or get snagged.
Once the wrap is complete, you'll need to secure it in place. This can be accomplished with either hose clamps, or with 8" Stainless Steel Locking Ties.
The hose clamps are easier to install, but I personally like the cleaner look of the Stainless Steel Locking Ties. If you decide to use the 8" Stainless Steel Locking Ties, make sure you purchase the 1/4-Inch Drive Tension Tool for Stainless Steel Ties.
After your header wrap is on and secured to your head pipe, I strongly recommend that you spray it with Design Engineering Hi-Temp Silicone Coating Spray.
The High Temperature Silicone Coating provides lasting protection and is rated up to 1500 degrees. DEI recommends the use of this coating with their exhaust wrap because it seals the material and provides lasting protection from oil, dirt and road grime. Thoroughly spray your newly applied header wrap with the DEI spray and allow it to dry before putting your header pipe back on your bike. Once your header pipe is reinstalled you'll need to start your bike and allow it to warm up. This will cure the DEI spray and make the header wrap hard and more durable. (Note: during the DEI spray curing process it will smoke quite a bit. This will cease after a few minutes)
Finally, I also used a Moose Racing 4-stroke Pipe Armor header pipe guard to help protect my header wrap (and the header pipe) even more. Moose racing has two different models, so make sure you order the correct part for your bike.
I have ridden the new lease five different times now with my header wrap set up and it still looks great. Even with all of the Palmetto bushes constantly scraping at my header pipe, the header wrap is still holding up extremely well and it looks no worse for the wear.
Good luck and I hope to see you out riding at the new lease.