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    To Tape or Not To Tape

    Just got this bike and it is all taped up.
    Do I leave it on or take it off?
    What are the pros and cons of such things as tape?To Tape or Not To Tape-image-jpg

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    Re: To Tape or Not To Tape

    Wonder if the PO put it there to solve a problem or just for looks.... Doesn't seem like the exhaust is close to anything but I'd hate for you to melt that radiator guard.

    I have a 520sx with similar pipes and no exhaust wrap and it's just fine. I think that looks good though do I suggest you leave it....

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    Re: To Tape or Not To Tape

    Pretty much just for looks.

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    Re: To Tape or Not To Tape

    The aesthetics are a matter of opinion.
    The functional advantage is that it reduces heat radiation in the wrapped areas near the ending and lets the bike run a little bit cooler.
    The disadvantage is that the wrapping can trap moisture and contribute to rusting or corrosion of the exhaust system.

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    Re: To Tape or Not To Tape

    It's kind of a pita. If it gets wet, it steams like a mutha, and will fill up and fog your helmet when stopped.
    I doubt you'll melt that guard, as mentioned above.
    It's up to you, but it's really just aesthetic.

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    Re: To Tape or Not To Tape

    Kevin Cameron just had an online article about taping. It arose in Nascar to keep engine bays a little cooler, but serves no purpose for motorcycles.

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    Re: To Tape or Not To Tape

    If it gets wet, it will look like absolute crap.

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    Re: To Tape or Not To Tape

    Tape!!!

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    Re: To Tape or Not To Tape

    Yeah, it does look kinda cool.











    I think I'll tape my rear tire.

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    Re: To Tape or Not To Tape

    Quote Originally Posted by Chippertheripper View Post
    It's kind of a pita. If it gets wet, it steams like a mutha, and will fill up and fog your helmet when stopped.
    I doubt you'll melt that guard, as mentioned above.
    It's up to you, but it's really just aesthetic.
    i would get some strange looks on hot pit or the grid during a wet race with all the steam pouring out of the bike. i would have to lean back on hot pit to keep it out of my helmet

    Quote Originally Posted by dontpanic View Post
    but serves no purpose for motorcycles.
    most of mine has come off but i have left it in some "key" areas. the rear headpipe is right next to the shock so i left it there to keep it from heating up the oil in there. and on the mid pipe where the heel of my boot hits to keep from melting my boot

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    Re: To Tape or Not To Tape

    Interesting thread. I'm curious about the pros and cons too, other than the obvious ones. I just recently wrapped my exhaust with "titanium" wrap. I did it only because my boot kept melting on the high pipe. I was only gonna do the top portion that came into contact with my boot but then figured it would look ridiculous to just have a small portion wrapped (no race plastics yet). The fact that the wrap can facilitate to premature rusting is kinda bad news. Lol

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    Re: To Tape or Not To Tape

    I did a section on my sv where the exhaust was melting my boot.

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    I'm actually going to do mine on the SV now where it touches the fairing.

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    Re: To Tape or Not To Tape

    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    I'm actually going to do mine on the SV now where it touches the fairing.
    Or stick sticky heat shield direct to the fairing.

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    Re: To Tape or Not To Tape

    Quote Originally Posted by xsiliconkid View Post
    Or stick sticky heat shield direct to the fairing.
    I have done that as well

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    Re: To Tape or Not To Tape

    I'm thinking of doing this to my RSV, since I melted a hole in my lower after only 2 trackdays. I already have some of that sticky-back heat shielding on the lower, but it still burned through.

    Either that or rivet a piece of metal onto the lower to dissipate the heat.

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    I had this on the riser on my sv:
    http://www.elineaccessories.com/ecom...at-sheild.html
    I think I had to pick up some longer hose clamps though.

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    Re: To Tape or Not To Tape

    Quote Originally Posted by The Snowman View Post
    Everybody knows carbon fiber is faster.
    I think buying it from rmmc was cheaper than getting it from e-line direct.

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