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After wrapping the exhaust pipe with header wrap, I was reading it was also a good idea to fab up a heat shield between the pipe and rear diff. I work in an aircraft shop and have an abundance of supplies at my disposal. This was the most simple design I could think of, short of reinventing the wheel. I took some .040" aluminum roughly 12"x14" and made this up.






I used two of the existing holes that attach the diff mounting bracket to the frame. You will need bolts that are approx 1/2"-3/4" longer than the factory ones. It is a metric fine thread bolt, guessing 8mm. I only had to drill two holes for the mounting bolts on the passenger side of the heat shield. I used 5/16"X1.5" bolts for the side I had to drill holes.

The heat shield was also painted with high heat black paint to make it more "stealthy". Not really a huge mod, but it helps. Today I got in my rear view mirrors, Linex'd bed, and rear bumper, so I'll do a write up on those too in a different post.
 

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Ryvegas- this Might not seem like a huge mod considering the simplicity of it, but in all reality it is pretty much the perfect set up. Because it is isolated between the exhaust and the rear diff it should work flawlessly. Transferring of heat should be almost nothing. When you isolate the insulating barrier at this point which would be your plate, it should work incredibly well. You have the coolness from the underneath and the heat from above working against each other and the exhaust heat never coming in direct contact with the rear end. I don't currently own one but I can say with the most honesty that this mod would be one of the first things that should be done on top of wrapping the header pipe. In my eyes an absolute must do. I'm sure many in your shoes will be doing this mod for sure.

Great work. It looks as though it was a factory part. Everyone on this forum will be thanking you for sure!


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I like what you have done. Thanks for posting the pics.
 

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Here is my effort to combat this known problem. Thanks to everyone for getting the info out!
 

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Here is my effort to combat this known problem. Thanks to everyone for getting the info out!
Nice job, Thanks for the pic"s, I"ll be doing this to bike.
 
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