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Date:         Fri, 20 May 2005 10:07:04 -0400
Reply-To:     terrapincampers@OPTONLINE.NET
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From:         Jim King <terrapincampers@OPTONLINE.NET>
Subject:      Re: Exhaust system insulation
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I'm still not sure that I would wrap the pipes on a stock engine/exhaust just to try to keep the engine compartment cooler, although it absolutely makes sense if you have modifications that need to be protected. The reason I elected to install the wrap was that a buddy had made me up a complete custom header for my 85 Westy for just the cost of the pipes( In 1990 a complete system from VW cost around $2k) The new exhaust system ended up sounding "tinny" and the collector was located in a spot I was certain would cook hoses & wiring. In retrospect it was probably over-kill... but that's how I usually approach everything unfortunately. If you do end up insulating the pipes, I wonder if you can paint the wrap BBQ black to keep it from looking bandaged. ( Here I go again! )

Jim "over-kill" King 86 Syncro Westy (Terapn)

----- Original Message ----- From: Tom Miller <tmiller@VCMAILS.COM> Date: Friday, May 20, 2005 8:24 am Subject: Re: Exhaust system insulation

> John: > > I did that to my ceramic coated S&S header pipes with good > results. No more > burns from accidentally touching hot exhaust pipes while trying to > findthose elusive coolant drip sources! It does make a big > difference in the > amount of heat in the engine compartment area, and camper spaces > are cooler > too. > TEMiller > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "John Rodgers" <inua@CHARTER.NET> > To: <vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM> > Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2005 9:43 AM > Subject: Exhaust system insulation > > > > I've given some thought to putting an insulating wrap on the exhaust > > system of my van to help alleviate some of the heat that soaks the > > engine area and to help dampen noise. > > > > I know there is a trade off when this is done. Heat held in the > exhaust> will burn out the pipes sooner. But that heat escaping > through the pipes > > cooks everything back there, especially in the summer time, and it > > seeps into the vehicle interior as well, when the engine shuts down. > > > > Has anyone had any experience - positive or negative - with > applying and > > insulating wrap to the pips?? > > > > Regards, > > > > John Rodgers > > 88 GL Driver > > >

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