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Old 05-15-2012, 12:15 PM   #1
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I got a killer deal on some Kooks but they are not coated. The question is I live in Seattle=rain so should I run with the wrap (hate how it looks) I already bought or coat them and spend another 300 that I could spend on the tune?

Just looking for some opinions from people that have done it either way....


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Wrap that ****. I wrapped by B&B You can barely see the headers as it is, and it'll keep the most heat out of the engine bay.
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I prefer coating, but it must be done both inside and out.
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I wrapped my B&B's but make sure that when you first start it, the car is outside and open the hood.

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Old 05-15-2012, 01:11 PM   #5
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I left my stainless naked. I put small pieces of wrap on other things that I felt would be affected lol
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:57 PM   #6
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I wrapped my B&B and wish I had coated them. The wrap ended up rotting even with wrap spray. I have gone through 3 sets of spark plug wires even with cool soxs on every set. The wire boots ended up wearing through the wrap and through the cool sox. I now have gratenalli high temp wires with cool sox and and extra sleeving over the boots.
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I wrapped my B&B and wish I had coated them. The wrap ended up rotting even with wrap spray. I have gone through 3 sets of spark plug wires even with cool soxs on every set. The wire boots ended up wearing through the wrap and through the cool sox. I now have gratenalli high temp wires with cool sox and and extra sleeving over the boots.
Dan man that sucks. I've never had a problem with my wrapped B&B's. My spark plug wires are laying on the headers too!
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coating is always a better idea to prevent water betting in between the wrap and headers especially in seatle. Id leave them unwrapped and coat them yourself with high temp coating they sell. I know its not as nice as sending them in to do a profecional magnetic coat but they should last just fine if you do it yourself...still better than wrap based on your location imo. Just make sure the wires are all zippy tied as far to the fender side as possible from them. Ive had pacesetters on for almost a year soon unwrapped and they still look almost new. Kooks are better headers so you should be great
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The thing I hate about the wrapping is when I am working next to them I end up with fiberglass itch.

Glad they ain't asbestos!
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If you really hate how the wrap looks and about all that rain, then coat 'em. Spend the $300, and you won't have to -sigh- every time you look at them.

Me personally, I'm cheap and would wrap the mess out of them!
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+1 vote for coating. You'll be happy you did it in the long run.
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i wrapped mine.. if i had the cash i would coat them...

dont put them in naked...

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I wrapped mine with Lava wrap. It looks kinda carbon fiberish. I also protected several other items in the bay with DEI heat shielding, wrapped my motor mounts with the leftover lava wrap. I like the look. Plus there's not much of these headers you can see when installed anyway.
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I left mine untouched and they looked perfect after 20k miles. They are stainless so no matter how much rain you have they wont rust.
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Dan man that sucks. I've never had a problem with my wrapped B&B's. My spark plug wires are laying on the headers too!
Yeah, the wires are always fine but the boots get baked and start cracking then i get random missfires. burnt through a set of moroso's in not even 6 months(brand new when I nstalled the headers). then put the used stockers back on they lasted a few months. Then a set of some brand of oem replacements that lasted about a week and a half. Then i used the remainder of them and the original stockers that were still ok.
They lasted a couple months of driving.
Now I'll see how long my current reinforced set up lasts.
Not sure if its an LS2 thang.
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Great guys thanks for the info. I will be making the decision soon and then need to find a tuner in Seattle that isn't a moron with these ls6's...
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mine are unwrapped and fine. About 10-12k miles
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Yeah, the wires are always fine but the boots get baked and start cracking then i get random missfires. burnt through a set of moroso's in not even 6 months(brand new when I nstalled the headers). then put the used stockers back on they lasted a few months. Then a set of some brand of oem replacements that lasted about a week and a half. Then i used the remainder of them and the original stockers that were still ok.
They lasted a couple months of driving.
Now I'll see how long my current reinforced set up lasts.
Not sure if its an LS2 thang.
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I left mine untouched and they looked perfect after 20k miles. They are stainless so no matter how much rain you have they wont rust.
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mine are unwrapped and fine. About 10-12k miles
Me too. Probably 20k also.
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I coated mine. Very happy with them. Plus it looks great..
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