How To Header Wrap Your Motorcycle Exhaust Pipes

Here Kyle wraps the pipes on his 2007 Triumph T100. Many people use exhaust pipe wrap for looks, it can also help hide damaged pipes (such as those on a bike that was in a wreck...Kyle..) or to hide welds or bad chrome / rust. It is also useful to protect your legs from high pipes and excessive heat.

Supplies needed are exhaust pipe wrap (a 2" x 50' roll used here) and safety wire and safety wire pliers (or stainless steel zip ties if you want to go that route).

I pulled the exhaust pipe off to make it easier to show but you can do this on the bike as well. Some people use hose clamps to clamp the beginning and end of the exhaust wrap, but I decided to use safety wire instead for a cleaner look. The safety wire pliers make the job of twisting much easier than doing it by hand.I wrapped tightly around the pipe with an overlap of approximately 1/4", following the manufacturer's directions. I chose to wrap my pipes dry, though I know some people wrap the pipes with the exhaust wrap wet to get a tighter wrap. If you choose to wrap your pipes wet, simply soak the header wrap in a bucket of water and follow the rest of these directions. Once you start your motorcycle and the pipes heat up, it will dry out the heat wrap right away.

When I came to the end point of where I wanted to wrap, I cut it a bit long and doubled the end over to keep it from unravelling before safety wiring the end of the exhaust wrap.

Once you finish wrapping your pipes make sure to run the pipe to allow the exhaust wrap to cure. I would suggest not doing this in your garage or while riding it as it smokes like hell. Once it gets up to temperature it will cure and you will be all set.

4 thoughts on “How To Header Wrap Your Motorcycle Exhaust Pipes”

  • Start at the bottom/end and work to the head. It keeps the over lap from trapping as much debris/water.

  • Un-wrap the pipes every six months, more often in wetter climates.
    Sand or abrasive blast any rust and treat the steel with Ospho.
    Re-wrap & repeat.

  • What has always worked for me was spraying (soaking) the wrap with high temperature clear paint (VHT) after the water is dry. It works as a sealant and allows the strands to remain tightly wound if a spot or hole were to wear down in the wrap.

  • Thanks for sharing a nice article.
    Pipe wrapping comes from NASCAR, where its purpose was to cheaply reduce temperature in well-filled engine bays. Its current use on custom bikes is a visual theme that builders apparently like, but it has no function. If you walk through racing paddocks at MotoGP or World Superbike events, you will see no woven fiberglass tape wrapped around pipes.

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