Ceramic coating headers - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions For repair, maintaining or modifying discussions related to the newly updated 2008 and beyond, Generation 2 KLR650 Motorcycle.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 Old 11-16-2019, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
2nd Gear
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Posts: 132
Ceramic coating headers

I searched, but didnít find much here on ceramic coating headers for the KLR. Just trying to figure out why as Iíve coated headers in the past with good results.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
ILove2Ride2Wheels is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old Yesterday, 06:08 PM
OverDrive
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
Posts: 5,623
Most KLR owners are quite cost conscious.

Very Pretty Gen 2 headers with a Pretty Heat Shield can be had very economically. And they flow very well.

pdwestman
Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!

Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting
pdwestman is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old Yesterday, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
2nd Gear
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Posts: 132
I get that, and have no issue with it, but usually a good ceramic coating prevents rust, is easier to clean, and really keeps the heat flowing out the pipe so it even cools better.

Just kind if surprised considering some of the muddy pictures Iíve seen or read about mud cooking on the pipes.

Iím not suggesting people just replace a perfectly good header or muffler but when it comes time to replace it ... why not? Just cost? If so, okay I can understand it.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
ILove2Ride2Wheels is online now  
 
post #4 of 8 Old Today, 10:39 AM
4th Gear
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Kelowna, B.C.
Posts: 2,401
What Paul said......replace your ugly, two pce, clamshell Gen1 header with a nice Gen2 header which is a one pce tube and looks great. It's hard to convince most KLR owners to do upgrades that make huge improvements so it's no surprise that something that makes no functional difference doesn't have any uptake in the KLR community. Even I wouldn't bother and I'm not your typical frugal KLR owner.

Cheers,
Dave
DPelletier is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old Today, 10:48 AM
5th Gear
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 4,396
Quote:
Originally Posted by ILove2Ride2Wheels View Post
I get that, and have no issue with it, but usually a good ceramic coating prevents rust, is easier to clean, and really keeps the heat flowing out the pipe so it even cools better.

Just kind if surprised considering some of the muddy pictures I’ve seen or read about mud cooking on the pipes.

I’m not suggesting people just replace a perfectly good header or muffler but when it comes time to replace it ... why not? Just cost? If so, okay I can understand it.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Then . . . ceramic headers are a MUST for your build, ILove2!

ďYou better put down that gun. You got two ways to go, put it down or use it. Even if you tie me, youíre gonna be dead.Ē "John Russell" (Paul Newman), Hombre

Last edited by Damocles; Today at 10:51 AM.
Damocles is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old Today, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
2nd Gear
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Posts: 132
Quote:
Originally Posted by Damocles View Post
Then . . . ceramic headers are a MUST for your build, ILove2!

It could happen. Itís a Gen2 and I am going to replace the exhaust system as part of my build. Just not right now.

A lot will depend on the header as I prefer an inner & outer coating to keep the heat manageable and provide a rust free environment. But if the header/muffler combination I choose canít accept an inner coating - sometimes there are baffles or other interior components - then I doubt Iíd do it as they just rust from the inside.

You might laugh, but ceramic coatings have kept me from being burnt more than once. So itís no joke to me. I have enough issues that I donít need to add more to them.
ILove2Ride2Wheels is online now  
post #7 of 8 Old Today, 12:16 PM
4th Gear
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Kelowna, B.C.
Posts: 2,401
Just an FYI but the Gen2 header is a grade of stainless steel - I've never seen one rust through.

Dave
DPelletier is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old Today, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
2nd Gear
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Posts: 132
Quote:
Originally Posted by DPelletier View Post
Just an FYI but the Gen2 header is a grade of stainless steel - I've never seen one rust through.

Hmm, didnít know that. Thanks.



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
ILove2Ride2Wheels is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome