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post #1 of 9 Old 12-29-2019, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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IKEA heat shield

A while back I stumbled across the idea of cutting up an IKEA kitchen utensil holder, to make an exhaust heatshield to protect my Wolfman soft luggage:

Ordning Utensil Holder https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/p/ordning...teel-30131716/





Today, wondering if I could apply that idea to the ripping hot exhaust header, I cut up another one:



Tried one piece... thought, looks promising, maybe I could form this to work:



...but then I thought, what about the disk cut out of the bottom? I rolled that a bit to fit around the header:



...and best thing about it, is that it secures with a single zip tie:



That should help avoid coolant reservoir melted nippleitis, and protect that coolant rad return hose too.
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-29-2019, 06:09 PM
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I like it! A little lick n stick heat tape on the underside and it would really do a great job.
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I like it! A little lick n stick heat tape on the underside and it would really do a great job.
Yes, maybe something to space it away slightly from the rad hose. Man those headers throw off heat. I somehow melted the outer sheath on a clutch cable a few years ago!
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Hey, I like it. I once used a headrest from a SUV as a backrest on my 09. All you need now is a place to stick a hot pocket and a pop up timer.

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I like it. It should help with Dreaded Melted Nipple Syndrome, too.

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One of the first used KLRs I bought had the coolant reservoir nipple melted closed - at first I thought maybe it was a manufacturing whoops (and maybe it was), but seeing pictures of others having had melted nipple syndrome, I began to appreciate how hot that gets around the header. Probably not an issue 99% of the time, but slow or stopped in hot temperatures, without airflow, must get ripping hot there in front of the engine, around and above where the header exits the head.

Googling "KLR650 heat shield" images show's you a pic on Tom's webpage which takes you here:

https://www.souperdoo.com/stuff%20th...dog-airbox-too

...shows a good pic of melted nipple syndrome, and how to make a nice heat shield. Smart mod IMO.
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Hey, I like it. I once used a headrest from a SUV as a backrest on my 09. All you need now is a place to stick a hot pocket and a pop up timer.
Toney, you made me do this

We have a chain called Princess Auto up here in Canuckland, a bit like Harbour Freight, but quirkier, the purchasers making all kinds of odd buys, new, and refurbished/reconditioned stuff. Lots of cheap Made-in-China junk to be honest. I saw this exhaust mounted food cooker, couldn't resist. Doesn't fit on a stock KLR exhaust worth a damn, intended for ATVs methinks. Not a dumb idea, cook your food on the last leg to the campsite, ready when you arrive. Helluva bear teaser!



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The "Hot Dogger" was originally invented/marketed to the 2 stroke Snowmobile crowd clear back in the late 60's / early 70's, IIRC.

I've warmed my gloved hands on many a 2 stroke expansion chamber. But the 1st time that I tried to warm my gloved hands on my fairly new KLR650 muffler it melted all the stitching out of all the seams on the palm side & between fingers of my all leather cold weather gloves. Luckily I still made it home.

You might have 'Blackened hot dogs' in fairly short order.
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....."Dreaded Melted Nipple Syndrome"....
I was thinking that movie was on Netflix a while back wasn't it? Had Farrah Fawcett in it I think. Maybe not, I could be thinking of the China Syndrome but the nipple thing rings a bell.

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