Ceramic Header & 2to1??

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  1. Dagwood_55

    Dagwood_55 Long timer

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    I've got my bike stripped down while I'm doing the valves. So, I'm detailing it and cleaning it real good. And I got a little powder coating done to spiff things up a little.

    As I'm leaving the Powder Coating place, I asked them about doing the header and 2 into 1 pipe, they suggested ceramic coating it. And the cost seamed reasonable- 75 bucks.

    So, what's the skinny on cermaic coating, I know they will be cooler, but will it be $75 well spent?? Easy to clean?? More/less fragile?? Look cool?? Who cares??
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  2. HeatXfer

    HeatXfer Bad knees

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    I've got an old-timer hot-rod friend who recommends Jet-Hot Coatings (800)432-3379

    They've got proprietary metal/ceramic blend coatings that won't chip if hit by a rock. They recommend coating inside and out for complete corrosion resistance and exhaust gas heat retention. Header temps run 50% cooler with their coatings, so I'm told.
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  3. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Our SE is done front to back .... does it make any difference, very questionable but it would be great to line up two bikes with the same fueling and one with ceramic and one factory to measure the difference.

    Now they are covered in road shit etc they just look like black painted headers.
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  4. Dagwood_55

    Dagwood_55 Long timer

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    One reason I might not do it, bike looks good now, after a couple of dirty rides, I get lazy and don't even wash it.
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  5. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    My own personal opinion is the SS headers look much nicer and clean up easier.

    The ceramic coating may make a difference but at my level of riding I question its worth and certainly for cleaning at least while on the road I can't make look nice anymore.
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  6. FuTAnT

    FuTAnT KTM 990ADV

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    It can be a bit hard to clean over time, but it's still worth it. I had my main pipes and 2 - 1 done with two coats, inside and out and the result was fantastic. Much cooler than stock which helped a great deal.

    Stainless steel in itself is a great improvement, but then you have to go aftermarket. On a really simple analysis, the Carbon steel headers transfer more than twice the heat due to their thermal conductivity than the SS headers.
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  7. Vince

    Vince Been here awhile

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    As far as I know its possible to ceramic coat internaly only,keeps the shine and speeds up the gass flow with less heat soak.I had internal and external,helped hide some road rash.Its possible to keep them resonably shinny but there is a tinny bit of texture that tends to hold road crap if its done externaly.I get the Autosol out every couple of months,thats on an old Italian sports bike,more problematic on an offroader
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  8. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    My 2-1 is ceramic coated inside and outside and it is significantly cooler next to it then it is next to one that has not been coated.
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  9. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    My entire system is also coated, yes it makes a difference. Money well spent and helps to preserve the pipes in the long run, they are notoriously thin material.

    Look up cracked head pipe to see what I mean.
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