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Old 05-28-2013, 07:54 AM   #1
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Header Wrap?

Hello All,
I plan to purchase a set of TSP headers and I was curious should I use header wrap? I know their are benefits of reduced heat are there any other real benefits?

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Old 05-28-2013, 07:59 AM   #2
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Keep in mind that wrapping the headers will decrease their lifespan as they are not able to dissipate heat as well.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:13 AM   #3
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My headers killed my starter, but I put heatwrap on my new starter instead, had no issues since.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:17 AM   #4
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I would prefer getting them coated, for lifespan and for appearance personally.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:22 AM   #5
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I would prefer getting them coated, for lifespan and for appearance personally.
I did both. Coated headers first. Then did the wrap in two locations, passenger side along where starter/shield is located and on driver side where header is close to oil/water cooler. Has held up now for three years with no issues.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:26 AM   #6
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I recommend these options for headers:

Coated Mild steel

Stainless (no coating)

Coated Stainless


All three options will last for a long time, coated or uncoated, stainless will last forever (uncoated will just discolor).

Wrapping is highly opposed by a lot of people on this forum, ESPECIALLY vendors, performance shops, and the companies that manufacture headers themselves.

The wrap will hold in moisture and other stuff that can cause issues.

What is your reason for wrapping? You are better off getting something vented to keep the temps down in the engine bay, or getting a coating so it cools off faster.

Other than that, you can protect you plug wires with sleeves, but you really dont even need that.

You can look at pics and in the engine bay for yourself and see that headers have a lot of room in our cars, the only thing mine come close to, is the steering shaft, which heat isnt going to affect. And they definitely dont come in contact with anything.

The plug wires are so short that they naturally dont touch the headers, but I put the sleeves on as overkill.
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I did both. Coated headers first. Then did the wrap in two locations, passenger side along where starter/shield is located and on driver side where header is close to oil/water cooler. Has held up now for three years with no issues.
I am glad it has worked out, and hopefully continues to do so. I just gave my .02cents. I prefer aesthitcs as well as performance so coating is for me.

The headers get red hot and it can actually temper the steel and make it weaker, the wrap retains heat in a way that can create excessive heat build up and stress on the primary tubes. this is why I would rather see coating in/out as oppose to the wrap.
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