Tired of that 2,000-degree F “Brand X” header wrap that becomes brittle and falls apart all too quickly? Heatshield Products Inferno Header Wrap™ solves the problem. It is rated at a true 2,000 degrees F continuously and stays flexible, with a long life. Simply put, there is no insulating wrap on the market that will withstand higher temperatures and last longer.
Fiberglass and basalt-based (crushed volcanic rock) exhaust wraps have their place, and we rate our products with these materials at a 1,200-degree F operating temperature. To function in serious heat, our Inferno Wrap™ is made from silica fiber, making this header wrap soft, strong and flexible while operating at its designed continuous temperature of 2,000 degrees F. In fact, this wrap can withstand intermittent temperatures of 3,000 degrees F, making it the only wrap to use on your forced-induction or racing application.
The Inferno Header Wrap™ stays so flexible, you can unwrap the header when needed after hundreds of heat cycles—even after extreme temperatures have been reached. Installation is simple: Wrap or “coil” Inferno Wrap™ around the header tubes, using overlap to hold it in place (like a hockey stick or tennis racket grip) and use our Thermal-Tie™, hose clamps or wire to secure the ends in place.
Q. I want to get the best wrap you make for my (naturally aspirated) vehicle should I get the Inferno Wrap?
Short answer, no. You don’t need to have the Inferno Header Wrap. While we are in business to make money, we don’t want you to waste yours. Unless you have a forced induction or racing application and you are exceeding the 1350 degrees F limit of your Cobra or Premium wraps, you don’t need the Inferno Wrap. It won’t stop any more heat than a regular header wrap, it is just designed to sustain the high temperatures of extreme performance applications.
Q. Why don’t you sell a spray on silicone coating for your wrap?
We are not in the silicone spray business. That being said, even if we were, we wouldn’t sell a silicone spray to begin with good quality wraps don’t need a silicone coating to work. While coating the wraps is not necessary, we do understand the desire to upkeep a certain cosmetic appearance, we can respect that. Instead of using a silicone spray (silicone is good for about 450 degrees F continuous, sprayable silicone is good for 300 degrees F max) we would recommend hitting a local auto parts store. Walk in and grab yourself a can of exhaust paint in your desired color. Exhaust paint is a ceramic based paint (usually rated between 1500 degrees F and 2000 degrees F), it will last a lot longer than a silicone paint and work better too. Look for a brand like VHT or Dupli Color.
Q. I hear wrapping your exhaust pipes causes them to rust, is this true?
Short answer, no. Fiberglass, basalt (lava Wrap), and silica (Inferno Wrap) are all naturally water resistant fibers. This means, they will resist and repel water. A properly installed wrap will actually prevent less moisture from touching the exhaust pipe. Pipes that are completely saturated, like in a flood or extreme driving condition would see some water getting through to the pipe. However the increased exhaust gas temperatures would cause that moisture to evaporate relatively quickly.
Q. Why does my exhaust wrap smoke when it is new? Is this bad for me to breath in?
Short answer, no. The smoke you see is a starch, the starch goes on the fibers when the fibers are still raw. This is to aid in the knitting process. The smoke you are seeing is the starch burning off when you first couple of heat cycles the motor. While it isn't harmful to breath in, we wouldn't advise it, it stinks - don't hot box in your garage!
Q. I have heard soaking the wrap when I install it will cause it to shrink and fit the pipe better, is this true?
Short answer, no. We are dealing with fiberglass, basalt, or silica fibers here, not cotton. These fibers don’t shrink like some of your clothes would. Soaking may cause a tighter fit because wetting the wrap significantly reduces the amount of fibers. With fewer fibers floating around, you are less itchy, that allows you to take your time and get the wrap nice and tight. Patience is key when wrapping any pipes. Wetting it will also aid in causing the wrap to “stick” itself better when coiling around a pipe, again aiding in installation, but technically it does not shrink to fit the pipe. Soaking is not necessary, you can dampen the wrap with a spray bottle, but soaking is not necessary.