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Old 03-14-2008, 11:08 AM   #1
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I asked my uncle to hook me up with some heat reflecting wrap. Told him what I needed it for and asked if he could get it. He couldnt get me the heavy duty stuff because its 1 inch thick and comes in huge sheets, this is for buses btw.

What he did get me was aluminum tape on a roll. It has no insulation, just aluminum... on a roll... with a sticky backing.

What I would like to know is this. Can I buy some sort of insulating material, wrap the hoses, and then wrap it with this tape to hold it in place?

I am sure I probably could, but what material would it have to be, where do I get it and do I even need it at all?

I plan to use this tape on my brake reservoir but without insulating material.
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i take it you've never heard of summitracing.com or jegs.com
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i take it you've never heard of summitracing.com or jegs.com
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I was hoping to buy something locally, maybe available at Home Depot. I dont want to pay shipping on a 1 foot piece of material that is probably worth less then the shipping.

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You know what they say. Great minds think alike. Thats why I have some of this stuff already sitting on my desk. I got some of their 1" ID tubing, but I dont think it will fit onto the heater core hose. If it does, then I will def slip it on. Have you tried?
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Yeah I use that on my heater hoses and any other lines in that area. For the brake master I wrapped it with that reflective tape you mentioned and then took a piece of the wire wrap, cut it open and zip tied it around the master.
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doesn't advanced/autozone have that stuff?
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I've wanted to try this kit out... but don't wanna pay for it currently.

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...s/turbokit.php
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If this is the tape I'm thinking of it won't last worth ****. It's for sealing duct work and isn't meant for the crazy heat next to the turbo.

Where the hell do you live? Is there no a hotrod/muscle car type place locally? That's where I've gotten a lot of this stuff.

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I asked my uncle to hook me up with some heat reflecting wrap. Told him what I needed it for and asked if he could get it. He couldnt get me the heavy duty stuff because its 1 inch thick and comes in huge sheets, this is for buses btw.

What he did get me was aluminum tape on a roll. It has no insulation, just aluminum... on a roll... with a sticky backing.

What I would like to know is this. Can I buy some sort of insulating material, wrap the hoses, and then wrap it with this tape to hold it in place?

I am sure I probably could, but what material would it have to be, where do I get it and do I even need it at all?

I plan to use this tape on my brake reservoir but without insulating material.
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best heat insulating material is basically something very reflective (shiny metal foil--like your tape) and something insulating (like fiberglass, nomex, ceramic) behind it.

You want to go the easy route? Go to a west marine and get some fiberglass weave, then wrap it around your **** and then wrap your fiberglassed **** in that tape your uncle gave you and you'll be golden.

it doesn't matter that it's aluminum because its primary function is to reflect radiant heat. the fiberglass is there to make sure that if the aluminum gets hot it wont conduct into the hoses etc.

try this out: wrap your left hand in the tape and hold it near your hot manifold (5-6 inches away) and then do the same with your bare hand.
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Its not that difficult nor that complicated. Just do what I did an put a shield or blanket on the turbo and you will be fine.
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Its not that difficult nor that complicated. Just do what I did an put a shield or blanket on the turbo and you will be fine.
Oh yea, i'm def gonna make up a heat shield.

I will do what Y8S recommended. Slip the tubing onto my heatercore hoses and tape em up with this stuff.

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If this is the tape I'm thinking of it won't last worth ****. It's for sealing duct work and isn't meant for the crazy heat next to the turbo.

Where the hell do you live? Is there no a hotrod/muscle car type place locally? That's where I've gotten a lot of this stuff.

He says this **** is made to work on buses and stay glued in extreme temperatures. So I guess we'll have to see how it holds up.

I live in NY, and sadly there are no hotrod/muscle car type places. If there are I havent seen any and I bet whatever they sell will be overpriced because they hold a monopoly here.
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thermotec also sells a foil-fiberglass tape but it's big bucks.
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Yea that might be overkill. At one point I was thinking of going to look for asbestos cloth and wrapping it in that, or ripping into my old electric heat blanket.
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This is off topic from this thread because I think this question is answered now.

Is it safe to re use the old exhaust manifold gasket? I know that all the kits dont include new gaskets, and I read that people re use their old ones. But is it truly safe? I dont want to dismantle my car a week after the install because the old gasket is leaking with the new manifold. How do I know if the old gasket is safe to reuse? Does it come off the with the stock manifold or does it stay attached to the head and I should just leave it be and bolt on the new one?
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You want to go the easy route? Go to a west marine and get some fiberglass weave, then wrap it around your **** and then wrap your fiberglassed **** in that tape your uncle gave you and you'll be golden.
You must have seen my engine bay.

I have multiple coolant hoses wrapped like this, using fiberglass intended to be used as header wrap, and aluminum tape for ductwork. It has worked surprisingly well. In fact, the one hose that blew on me is the one that I didn't wrap. The ones close to the turbo have been fine.

Ugly as sin, but who cares, right?
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Is it safe to re use the old exhaust manifold gasket? I know that all the kits dont include new gaskets, and I read that people re use their old ones. But is it truly safe? I dont want to dismantle my car a week after the install because the old gasket is leaking with the new manifold. How do I know if the old gasket is safe to reuse? Does it come off the with the stock manifold or does it stay attached to the head and I should just leave it be and bolt on the new one?
It's metal...it won't "stay attached" to anything, really. I've reused them frequently, if not badly aged. Have a spare on hand (you can get them ~$10 from Autozone), and if it looks nasty when you take off the manifold, replace it.
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This works and enough to wrap everything twice

http://www.jegs.com/i/Taylor/895/2590/10002/-1
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It's metal...it won't "stay attached" to anything, really. I've reused them frequently, if not badly aged. Have a spare on hand (you can get them ~$10 from Autozone), and if it looks nasty when you take off the manifold, replace it.
This is why I ask questions. Thanks.
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