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Old 08-06-2019, 09:21 AM   #1
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Stock pipes really hot. To wrap or not to wrap?

Hey guys, a little background here: I bought a very nice 2005 VRSCB last weekend and had it out for a few rides. The bike has stock pipes which I want to keep, but they get VERY hot.

I was just wondering what y’all think about exhaust wrap? I should be able to reinstall the heat shields after I wrap them as long as I don’t wrap where the clamps go.
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Old 08-06-2019, 02:22 PM   #2
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Def no wrap. Seen to many wrapped systems cracking up underneath the wrap. Rust too.
Drop it. If your issue is heat its time for a tune. Check out powervision.
Link: http://www.dynojet.com/powervision/ and
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Old 08-06-2019, 05:40 PM   #3
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I have my Danmoto exhaust ceramic coated and in some spots three layers of wrap along with a heat shield.

I have given up on the leg hair of my right calf ever growing back.

Also, I use an auto tuner. So the bike is not running lean, the pipes are just hot and placed within vicinity of your leg. Most motorcycles have this issue.
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Old 08-06-2019, 06:16 PM   #4
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I wrapped my OEM pipes last Spring....even after reading about the potential problems doing so. So, far I haven't had any issues and can't really tell if the wrap makes a difference controlling the heat. So why did I do it?......I like the Look.

BTW...I wrapped right over the heat shields.
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Thanks for all the replies. Bought my first HD in 79, so I’m accustomed to it. But this seems killer hot. Bike doesn’t run like it’s lean. So is there a less expensive option other than the Dynojet power vision?
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Old 08-06-2019, 09:39 PM   #6
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I wrapped my OEM pipes last Spring....even after reading about the potential problems doing so. So, far I haven't had any issues and can't really tell if the wrap makes a difference controlling the heat. So why did I do it?......I like the Look.

BTW...I wrapped right over the heat shields.
Wow...so the wrap doesn’t help much. Interesting. How do you like the exhaust?
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Old 08-07-2019, 08:00 AM   #7
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Do not wrap, do not wrap, do not wrap.

Best solution I've come up with:

1. Proper tune (I use TTS, but there are a lot of options out there).
2. Cerakote V-171 Ceramic Turbine exhaust coating.
3. DEI Reflect-a-Cool installed on the backs of the exhaust shields (you can cut it with scissors).

It's not a perfect solution, but it cools down the pipes a LOT-- as in "I can touch them for a second without getting third degree burns".
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Wow...so the wrap doesn’t help much. Interesting. How do you like the exhaust?
I can still feel the heat while sitting at a red light. Feels like my right leg is about to ignite sometimes lol. Let's face it....Harley's run hot even with a good Tune.

The CFR pipe sounds like a Beast vs the VH Black Widows that were on before. I also saved a noticeable amount of weight after taking off the brackets, VH's, etc. I swear the bike doesn't lean to the right anymore
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Old 08-08-2019, 06:12 PM   #9
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Nope....if the stock pipes are THAT hot, you're got some kind of tuning issue. I think wrap was originally used with one off custom straight pipes. Every one of the bikes I've ever owned in my life had HOT HOT pipes. Wear boots and Jean's and you won't have a problem.
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Stock pipes reallyes hot. To wrap or not to wrap?

I have a VRSCR 2006 and it does get a little hot in traffic, but not that I toast my trousers on the pipes. The fans come on now and then and you can feel a bit of heat, but I have never felt the pipes get overly hot, even on a hot summers day - and that's in Cape Town South Africa. Tuning probably.
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Plus the mid-mount pegs on the "R" keep the right leg away from the pipes.
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I can still feel the heat while sitting at a red light. Feels like my right leg is about to ignite sometimes lol. Let's face it....Harley's run hot even with a good Tune.

The CFR pipe sounds like a Beast vs the VH Black Widows that were on before. I also saved a noticeable amount of weight after taking off the brackets, VH's, etc. I swear the bike doesn't lean to the right anymore
Haha...tried riding no hands and bike pulls to the right. No shit.
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