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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 09-29-2015, 04:54 AM Thread Starter
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Whether tis nobler to suffer the stings and arrows of heat on one's legs or take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them by spending my hard earned cash on a new exhaust.....

Yea I'm having a dilemma in order to stop the heat coming from my overheating cats should I pull the exhaust and wrap the cross over and header sections or bite the bullet and buy the black Freedom True Duel system?
I'm sure the Freedom exhaust sounds good but I love my Miller Mufflers and its the bike is turned well with this setup. I'm looking at spending ~$1000 for this new exhaust and re-tune.
On the other hand I have $20 roll of heat wrap here to cover the pipes with. My concern is this will be a lot of work for nothing. I'm told these "heat" wraps don't actually do much to stop radiating heat and they can cause the steel X-bike headers to rust and rot in short order.....
Frustrating...but I have several months to look into it, talk about it and decide.

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I've never understood the heat problem complaints on here. Maybe my stock XR runs cooler than everybody else's or my legs are long enough to not be close to the hot parts. I would keep what you got and deal with the heat with the wrap or something else.

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I've never understood the heat problem complaints on here. Maybe my stock XR runs cooler than everybody else's or my legs are long enough to not be close to the hot parts. I would keep what you got and deal with the heat with the wrap or something else.
The biggest difference here between your XR and the others is they have hard lowers while (I believe) you do not which permits much more air to flow by your legs. I noticed my bike was a lot cooler when I took my lowers off.



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I've never understood the heat problem complaints on here. Maybe my stock XR runs cooler than everybody else's or my legs are long enough to not be close to the hot parts. I would keep what you got and deal with the heat with the wrap or something else.

He seems to be having an excess heat issue. almost to thepoint that something is not right.

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I've never understood the heat problem complaints on here.
That would be because you never experienced over heating cats in 90+ degree temps......You would understand in that case.

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Two thoughts that I hope can help you out. First, why not try the $20 fix prior to the $1000 fix. Sure, it will take some time to accomplish the $20 fix but wait for some rainy day and have at it. Second, I have read several opinions that wrapping will not help and will cause rust and other opinions that it will help and will not cause rust. There is an old expression in science that I firmly believe in (yeah, I'm a geeky scientist/engineer), "One test is worth a thousand expert opinions." This is especially true when there appears to be no consensus amongst the "experts" offering opinions. Based on these two thoughts, I recommend that you try the wrap first.

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He seems to be having an excess heat issue. almost to thepoint that something is not right.

I agree. I have goody's lowers and live where 90+ temps are April thru October. I've never had heat issues.


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I too am having a slight issue with the heat from the engine. Having come from a 10' XR, I attribute the heat build up to the hard lowers on the XCT. Like you, I am looking to alleviate this issue by any means possible. Do I wrap with the exhaust? Do I order a set of seat heat shields from BBob? Do I go with another exhaust?

I'd try the heat wrap first. If it does rust, then you were already going for a new exhaust anyway. Besides, I bet there are a few thousand head pipes and cross overs sitting somewhere that you could purchase for cheap.

I'm going to sit patiently and watch what you do. No pressure. Really. None. Let us all know what your experiment reveals.

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maybe buy a Infrared Thermometer gun $35 bucks and see which pipe is hotter. Then find some bikes in your town with wrap pipes and see what the temp is on there pipes. You might find the motor is hotter then the pipes.
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maybe buy a Infrared Thermometer gun $35 bucks and see which pipe is hotter. Then find some bikes in your town with wrap pipes and see what the temp is on there pipes. You might find the motor is hotter then the pipes.
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Pain: I think I would simply change out the head pipes and see if there is any change to eliminate the rear cat as the cause.

Who knows; maybe the cat in your rear header pipe is banged up or clogged up or something that causes it to run hotter.

I do wish those true duals would come with just the header pipes that would match up with the stock exhaust or any stock design. They do it for HD and cost around $400. Much better than the $800 or so for the full system.
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