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    Default Under Body Exhaust Heat Shields

    Any one here ever permanently removed their exhaust heat shields. The reason I ask is because next Spring I'm going to run all new exhaust from the engine back and I was looking at those old rusty heat shields and wondering if they are absolutely needed. I mean, would heat from the exhaust pipes be able to penetrate the floor of the car and cause problems?

    I'd appreciate any and all responses fellas.



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    Hi Skip. Yes I have removed them from all my project cars. The only reason was to accommodate the larger exhaust pipe diameter. You will need to install exhaust pipe wrap (lagging) to insulate the pipe its self, from the engine to the catalytic converter (or at least the area where the cat would have originally been). If not, you may possible expose the carpet to an unsafe temperature.

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    Thank you, I appreciate the quick response. Yeah, I was looking at all the heat shields and really don't want to keep them up when I put up the new exhaust system. Exhaust wrap, I've never used that before. What keeps it in place? Could it unravel in time?

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    I think there are some wraps that are self-adhesive, but you could also use a little bit of bailing wire every few inches or so to keep it on.

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