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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-01-2017, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Pipe wrap question

My wife hasn't gone to motorcycle school yet, nor has she ridden the bike we got her, but she's bent on wrapping her pipes to keep her legs from accidental burns.

I'm ok with it, it's her bike.

My question is, after X period of time, does the wrap come off easily, or does it become a problem?

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I've had the black wrap turn white. Then it gets brittle. Then it frays.
This is on a turbo charged car that I, admittedly, turned the boost up. I always monitored AFR's and not EGTs though.

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Can't help you with the question you asked, but I did want to point out that simply wearing jeans will protect against burns from the pipes. I almost dropped my bike one day and caught it with my calf up against the pipe and the only thing between my leg and that pipe was a layer of blue jean material. The pipe pressed into my leg for about 30 seconds to a minute while I wrestled the bike back up onto two wheels. I did have a burn on my leg. It was the equivalent of a mild sunburn, not even a bad sunburn from a day on the beach, like a mild sunburn where people can tell you got some sun but you don't actually ever peel.

That said, if she wants them wrapped, wrap them. She's your wife and you have to live with her. I wouldn't die on that hill with my wife either.
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I think that wrapping the pipes will take away from the awesome looks of her bike.

Just my opinion.

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I think that wrapping the pipes will take away from the awesome looks of her bike.

Just my opinion.
Well, she wanted a black engine guard, and wants black tape. Me thinks this bike is heading for a blackout of sorts.


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Well, she wanted a black engine guard, and wants black tape. Me thinks this bike is heading for a blackout of sorts.

If you're going to black it out, that's a different story. Go for it, they look good that way.
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Soak the wrap in water before wrapping. No, the wrap doesn't come off or get loose over time. It does get a little stiff and brittle, but it's fine. My LS650 has the same wrap on for two years. However, the wrap won't protect so much from burns. Better to put a $12 dollar heat shield on top of the wrap. Cool that your girl rides.

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If you're going to black it out, that's a different story. Go for it, they look good that way.
+1. The blacked out look is awesome. Car makers are coming out with blacked out cars and trucks because people are after that look.
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I have put wrap on every bike i have had (4) and 3 sets of headers. go with name brand stuff DEI is one of the few names in the game. Sometimes the black will turn white, the nice thing is that you hit it with High Temp paint and boom black again. the cheap stuff can get nasty when it gets old and start to fall apart.

Few tips ive picked up (mostly from doing it wrong.)
Clean the pipes really well before wrap
Soak the wrap in water help it stretch and keeps the glass dust down.
Wear gloves
Wrap from back to front (this is for the OCD in all of us trust me)
Wrap tight and even only shorten wrap to go around a bend.
Keep at least a 1/4 overlap (personally i get 2" wrap and overlap 1/2)
The first few turns are Key if they are sloppy it wont get better over time. The tighter the better.
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