Exhaust Wrap?

I'm tired of burning holes in my pants when riding; sometimes tucking my pants into my boots isn't an option, for example when wearing rain pants. I think where my pants are contacting the exhaust on my '08 SMR510 is just behind the metal heat shield. So I'm looking for options and the first one that came to mind was Exhaust wrap.

1.) It would cover and protect me from the entire exhaust.

2.) It's cheap.

3.) It comes in a variety of colors. (I think Red would be sweet!)

4.) Properly done it can prevent corrosion.

5.) It's probably lighter then any aluminum heat shield offering comparable protection.

Question is will exhaust wrap have any short term negative effects on the Exhaust system or Engine itself? I'm assuming the operating pipe temp will increase leading to more drastic heat cycles. But for a pipe that would last well beyond the life of the mechanical components, would a hotter heat cycle affect the short term, 4-5, maybe 10 years? Haven't found anything on this topic really. So any advice would be appreciated.


Coffee - If this belongs in a more general post...I apologize. But I trust my fellow Husky riders.

I wrapped the exhaust on my 08 TE450. I bought DEI products. I did not use any exotic color, my is gray/silver. The wrap was about 40+ and the silicone coating about 18 and the stainless straps about 5 or 6. I removed the exhaust and used a 2" wrap, tied it with DEI's stainless clamps and spayed the silicone coating. They recommend baking it a 400 degrees. I tried but the wife came home and started screaming about the smell in her oven. Maybe buy you wife and her friends a ticket to the theatre and do it while she is away. Maybe the next life I should be gay and not put up with this woman s_ _ t.

Look around the DEI website but there are others that make the wrap. They claim some small advantages to performance. I wrapped for the reason you want, burned 2 pair of mx pants.


Ive run exhaust wraps for years. In general the heat issue is a plus, not a negative at all.

Idea being the heat stays in the pipe, exiting faster, this both helps the motor run better, but also cooler.

Its a good thing. I dont use the silicon. I put sheet metal (old beer can will work) as a secondary shield over the wrap in areas with potential wear.

Just avoid a direct hit with a high power spray washer, and consider starting up the bike after washing to dry it all and you are good.

Do you wrap the pipe ( both ) all the way from the front or just the mid pipe area where it feels like the sun is in your pants ? I have a role of ceramic heat tape waiting to go, but was wondering how much to use...

My rally bike has a custom 'low' pipe and i have the heat wrap around the middle sections where there are a couple joints that leak a little bit.

Wrapping the header is also a common use of the wrap, to allow the heat to stay in the tubes longer, exiting the motor faster.

Make sure at a minimum you have some safety type wire to hold the ends of the wrap.

My TE510 is wrapped, starting at the back, all the way up around both pipes, splitting and continuing on around front on each......held at each end near the head w/hose clamp.

Been doing this on my bikes for years......Riding buddies of mine at love to tease me about having my bike pipes in a cast.

As Ekim-Yak said, helps heat stay in tube for better exhaust scavenging. Helps keep pants from burning, reduces heat back engine head and carb for cooler fuel.......better exhaust scavenging and cooler fuel make for improved hp (although probably minimal gain)

I do get a lot of dirt, mud, gravel, rock flinging up from the tire and/or brush hitting mine on rides.........spent most of last week riding 50-75 miles/day tight trails mixed w/dirt road and the wrap took quite a beating (as did my skid plate...& brake pedal). Probably will need to redo the front section after to many more rides. Thinking about finding some finer wire mesh to wrap that area with.

With an SMR, I suspect you'll have less problem with wear than I do.

I discussed my wrap above in this tread. Below is a photo of the wrap.

It also has a motosportz heat shield. The wrap was new here and not a good photo, but the wrap is colored now from mud, clay and sand.

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Thanks for all the input. You helped me decide to go ahead and do the exhaust wrap. Here are some pics...





Installation was straight forward. I got arm pump from trying to wrap it so tight. Getting the wrap wet first was key. I couldn't get the stainless steel bands really tight. Is there a trick to it? I'm going to paint it with black silicone tomorrow, wanted it to "cure" first. Thanks again guys! :ride:


Nice job..........is kind of a pain to install isn't it, but IMO worth it

That front cross over pipe section is the part I'll have to redo soon on my bike

Bikes seeing a lot of really tight, brushy trail time, it's good to start at the back and overlap wrap forward. Seems to minimize sticks, etc, catching under wrap from trying to rip it back.........otherwise I think it looks cleaner the way you did it.

Check with your dealer. Cagiva sent out a bunch of Heat Sheilds to all their dealers specifically to give to all new bike owners for FREE. They probably have some in stock. If not get the Motosportz or Uptite Heat Shields.

My bike came with a heat wrap that the dealer installed, but still melted my boots after about 100 miles, as the pipe sticks out so far the wrap finally wears out from boots rubbing against it.

Check with your dealer. Cagiva sent out a bunch of Heat Sheilds to all their dealers specifically to give to all new bike owners for FREE. They probably have some in stock. If not get the Motosportz or Uptite Heat Shields.

My bike came with a heat wrap that the dealer installed, but still melted my boots after about 100 miles, as the pipe sticks out so far the wrap finally wears out from boots rubbing against it.

I think the shields you're referring to are for the area under the subframe right in front of the muffler can, right? I had one of the Cagiva versions on the bike at delivery and it was better than nothing however, I believe chris252's problem area is immediately behind the bolt-on heat shield on the header pipe if I understand him correctly. The best solution I've seen for that was the carbon full length from pierie (sp) in the important info sticky. Probably expensive as hell, but ruining enough pairs of pants or re-wrapping would justify it over time. HTH

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Nice Job

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