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Old 04-27-2008, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default Bad idea to remove exhaust heat shields?

Ive been having a problem with heat shield rattle (going to take them all off today and check for gravel or other dirt as listed in other post, then put them back on and see what happens) and was wondering if removing the exhaust heat shields will really do that much damage. I know they are there for a reason and Ive heard everything from the paint turns to hell all the way to the car catches on fire. Im curious though for those of you who have taken them off and had them off for quite some time just how bad if at all was the damage caused by not having them there. Keep in mind Im only talking about the heat shields that line the exhaust from the headers down, not the ones that are actually attached to the underside of the car.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:00 PM   #2
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i would assume that taking the heat shields off is no big deal, since an aftermarket header doenst have any. the only thing they really do is keep the engin bay cooler, and maybe pertect any wires or fuel lines from getting to hot. but there shouldnt be anything like that near the exhaust.
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Old 04-27-2008, 06:19 PM   #3
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I took most of mine of because they made so much noise. There is still the top part on them so the car itself is still protected. I havent had any problem. I say take them off, it sounds so much nicer.
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Old 04-27-2008, 06:40 PM   #4
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there arent any left on my car at all. I havent had any on it for a couple years now and havent had any problems. I just wouldnt park in any high grass or anything like that or you might start a fire.
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Old 04-27-2008, 06:45 PM   #5
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there arent any left on my car at all. I havent had any on it for a couple years now and havent had any problems. I just wouldnt park in any high grass or anything like that or you might start a fire.
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a Acura RSX with some aftermarket exhaust caught a grass field full of cars on fire last year here in FL and it burned the RSX and several adjacent cars. So that is a real possibility if conditions are right (tall dry grass)
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:26 PM   #6
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Well if it wasnt for the fact it might catch grass on fire I would take them off. I like to take this car on my trips which include heavy amounts of camping during the summer so while it may sound nicer I think ill just leave them on for safetys sake. Though, the shields that are on the headers I think are fulll of dirt. Was looking at taking them off so as I could empty them out but they look like they are welded together. Anyone else encounter this? Would it be ok to break the weld and just screw them back together or is there something Im missing.

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Old 04-27-2008, 10:35 PM   #7
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No heatshields left on my car, no rattles, no worries
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