Back in the day, only 1970-to-1971 Hemi E-bodies were privileged enough to be factory-equipped with exhaust pipe shielding. A pair of muffler shields protected the delicate areas towards the back on these sleek beauties, but the rest of the lot was not so fortunate.
Now, nearly every modern vehicle comes equipped with even the most basic of shielding from front to back and with good reason. Defense from heat is obvious, but the additional benefits in noise reduction and, consequently, passenger comfort should not be overlooked.
Design Engineering, Inc. (DEI) specializes in all of the above with their proprietary lineup of performance insulation products that includes newly-released stainless steel pipe shields. Available in 4.5” x 8.5” (P/N 10254) and 6” x 12” (P/N 10255) sizes, the universal protectors can be used on turbo piping, headers, or any downstream exhaust components.
The high-temperature insulation material is lightweight and easy to install with a pre-formed curved shape. A 2,000°F temperature rating is the result of the 304 stainless steel barrier coupled with an insulating inner layer. Seams are welded for robustness. Simple ½” standoffs with clamps allow for some space between the shield and the component which it protects.
Careful placement of these effective guards along with others from DEI’s expansive catalog is sure to help both in heat and hearing, so don’t forget to include their performance parts in the planning of your next pavement pounder.