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First of all, is it really a "heat shield" or just a cover to "cover-up" those ugly and rusty headers? If it is diverting the heat, where is it going...back to the headers and out the exhaust (is this good) or just simply keeping the heat off of the surrounding hoses and radiator. Also, with it on, does it lower the temp in the engine bay..and vice versa...explain how.

Please help..the reason I ask is because I reomoved mine yesterday to see what my headers looked like. While removing the bottom bolt on the cover, it began to bind. After a grueling battle with it, and cut-up knuckles, it finally came off with the help of good-old WD40. But the threads on the bolt were distroyed. I didn't see if the female-end threads were ok because I thought I would just leave it off. But now I'm thinking twice.

Any input would be very appreciated. Thanks.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by baked:
The heat shield is functional. I would consider the benefits to be barely noticable though.</font>
Thanks baked. If I'm not going to put on aftermarket headers, maybe just port and polish eventually, then would you say try to put it back on..even if it may be difficult to rethread one bolt(potentially may have to tap(or die?)it? Btw, I just weighed it - about 2lbs, so with it off its a slight weight reduction I guess.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Kool-Lude:
If I'm not going to put on aftermarket headers, maybe just port and polish eventually, then would you say try to put it back on</font>
If you P&P your head you should definately get aftermarket headers. What good is better flow throught the head if it gets bottle necked in the headers? Plus if you think you saved some weight by taking that shield off you should see how much the stock header weighs.

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Gabe:
Plus if you think you saved some weight by taking that shield off you should see how much the stock header weighs.
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Now you've got my attention...How much?


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The stock header probaly weights at least 20 lbs more than aftermarket headers. The difference between the two in terms of weight is night and day. I still have my stock header lying around here maybe I should weigh it.

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Gabe... ya, weigh that thing. I'm shocked if what you say is true. 20 lbs more??. That sucker is coming off ASAP!!!

Btw, talking about weight...I just weighed my resonator(intake) and part of the tubing -its about 4.5 lbs. The heat shield was 2 and half the windshield wiper fluid was 3.5. Total of 10 lbs. I think I'm going on a liquid diet tomorrow so I can lose 10 lbs. Total reduction would be 20...and thats before I put on the aftermarket header. Wow!
 
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Just make sure you get a stainless header then. They are the lighter than mild steel headers.

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w/o the heat shield, would part of the hood warp after a while?

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by A Crew:
w/o the heat shield, would part of the hood warp after a while?

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Alright, now I'm starting to worry...can someone please tell me the funtion of the header cover. Is it really a "heat shield" - whats it shielding the heat from? Where does the heat go?



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