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I made this at Techshop

I decided to wrap the exhaust for my motorcycle for 2 reasons: I like the look and it offers heat insulation.

This is a simple project but it helps to have an extra set of hands.

This project requires:

- Headers from a motorcycle

- Exhaust wrap (I got mine from Amazon, and only needed 15 ft.)

- Steel ties (Harbor Freight has them for a couple bucks)

- A bucket and water

- Gloves

Step 1: Soak the Wrap

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It must be wet to be stretched and applied. This is why you need the gloves, the wrap is woven with fiberglass and you don't want that on your hands. Also, it is messy.

It only takes a minute to soak. Just get it wet and you are ready to go.

Step 2: Wrap It Up

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I wasn't able to get a picture mid wrap because my hands were full and covered in fiberglass goo.

It is important to get the wrap as tight as possible, this is where the extra set of hands come.

I only used a slight overlap. You don't need a 50% overlap. About 3/16 inch is good.

Start at the intake and work out. I folded the ends of the wrap to make it clean. The bends in the pipe are tricky and do require a bit more overlap to maintain a tight fit.

When you reach the end of the pipe use the steel ties to cinch it in place. Then repeat with steel ties at the top.

Step 3: All Done

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You now have a wrapped up header ready to be installed on your bike.

There is a noticeable change to the felt temperature with the wrap on. And I think it looks cool.

 
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jlepack6 months ago
looks good. those off an XS?
s6fitzgerald (author)  jlepack6 months ago

Thanks. Honda gl500