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Old 10-18-2012, 01:51 PM   #1
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Default Missing heat shields.

Hello, so looking under the car after I purchased it I noticed all the heat shields were missing from the car for the exhaust manifolds, up pipe, and turbo. Since I'll be replacing my up pipe soon since I think my current cheap flex one is leaking would it be ok to just header wrap the stock crossover pipe and a stock up pipe rather than tracking down all the heat shields? I would custom fab the one for the turbo so no worry there. Thank you.
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:04 PM   #2
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you dont need to really custom fab one up for the turbo/downpipe, plently of aftermarket companies make them that fit great already, and dont cost alot. Hell, you can even find them used for cheaper.
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:08 PM   #3
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o ok well I have vf22, cobb dp and turbo xs top mount, shoulda mentioned that but the stock one won't fit right?
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:13 PM   #4
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it might, I duno. try it. it if doesnt, order a cobb heatshield for the turbo n be done. Or if you are smart, you will wrap the turbo. and If you're relaly smart you'll ceramic coat then heat wrap the turbo.

Also, the smarter you are the more $$ you spend.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:16 PM   #5
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Haha money is a factor so I guess I'm not very smart haha ill try and track down a stock shield and if doesn't end up working ill fab a cool looking one. I actually like metal work but for the cross pipe and up pipe would the header wrap be ok since I don't have any of those shields either?
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:21 PM   #6
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yes, that's what I have, wrap everything in lava rock wrap and call it a day
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:58 PM   #7
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ok sweet glad I dont have to hunt them down thank you! How much feet would i need for the job?
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:09 PM   #8
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I ordered the DEI titanium wrap 2"x25' from amazon and it covered 90% of my downpipe.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:50 PM   #9
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Cool ill get 25' that should be enough to cover it since you pretty much did the whole dp with that amount.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:05 AM   #10
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I would suggest against wrapping your exhaust, especially the exhaust manifolds and crosspipe.

Wrap can trap moisture and if your missing the plastic under tray, so much the worse. If your exhaust doesn't get hot enough to fully evaporate the built up moisture, it can promote rusting. Even the heat from driving acts as a catalyst to speed this process.

There are lots of folks on here selling their stock exhaust manifold shields. I would pick up a set of those and be done.

As for the turbo shield, again, OEM is king. It fully surrounds the turbine side of the turbo, top, bottom and sides. Most aftermarket shields are just brake bent SS that is draped over the turbo/downpipe. Granted, if you're running an aftermarket turbo or DP the factory shield may not fit, even with trimming.

That said, I'm running all stock shields, my Cobb uppipe has Swain Tech white lightening ceramic coating, and I have a Subtle Solutions chimney venting to the hood scoop.

In the future I may have Swain Tech coat a spare set of shields, turbine housing and exhaust manifolds. (the OEM manifolds are cast iron and retain heat really well and should flow pretty nicely after I get them Extrude Honed.)
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:43 PM   #11
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The stock heat shield for the turbo will work with trimming. I cut mine right along the spot welds and fits around the sides and top of turbo. Works perfect.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:33 PM   #12
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Damn well I already ordered the lava wrap, do you really think the manifolds coming straight out of the heads really won't be hot enough to evaporate the moisture? If its water getting on the wrap and setting in I'm not to worried about that scenario since it rains only like 10 days out of the whole year where I live. I really would like to maximize as much heat retention as I can because my intercooler gets really bad heat soak. It's really noticeable when taking off from a light especially on hot days. Has anyone else on the forums have a bad a experience with heat wrap?
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