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BD stainless bellowed up pipe kit wrapped!!

I was starting to get the old up pipe leakage. I ended up getting the BD Stainless bellowed up pipe kit.
I elected to wrap them to add a little performance to the turbo and cut down on engine compartment heat.
I am also upgrading the turbo. I ordered the Thermo- Tech turbo insulate kit. It came with header wrap and aluminized heat fabric. I used it to fabricate a turbo blanket and to wrap and insulate the the up pipes and collector.

Please do not reply right away to this as I will be adding pictures with explanations.
I will make note on last post.
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Start by wrapping and clamping soaking wet header wrap to up pipes. Clamp with stainless Steele clamps. Thermo-Tech makes some. I used some of theirs and finished with Napa stainless CV boot clamps. Part number 686-5834.
Napa also carries the Ever-Craft line of specialty tools. They have the tool for crimping the clamps.
You will want an assistant to help you steady the pipe, to help hold wrap tension and to help pass the coil of wrap around the pipe.
You will want to wear gloves as always and a long sleeve shirt to protect arms from the glass fibers.
I started with one complete wrap at base then wrapping upward at about a 35 degree angle overlapping the edges by about 40 percent.
You will want to hold first complete circular wrap with both gloved hands while assistant TIGHTLY wraps upward about three inches. This is high enough for friction to held lower portion of wrap tight while the assistant clamps first wrap.
I used the Thermo-Tech clamps on the wrap do to there low profile clamp buckle as it would be receiving a layer over it.
Once wrapped up to other end I made one complete circle,clamped and reversed direction.
Once you have finished wrapping you will want to bake them wrapped in foil on a foil lined sheet at a medium heat range to dry out the wraps.
Once dry the wrap will be incredibly tight and hard.
NOTE: I did not wrap over bellows as they will need to stretch a little upon installation.
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Once thoroughly dry, tight, and rock hard the wrap per manufacturer, needs to be coated.
I used Thermo-Tech's high heat coating for header wrap. It infuses the fabric with graphite.
It adds strength, cuts down on fibers, promotes heat insulation and helps make the material oil and chemical resistant.
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This is what they look like after thoroughly drying.
The coating is available in different colors
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After they thoroughly dried I made a pattern with fabric to cut out an additional layer of heat insulating material to use as an overlay. This overlay WILL cover bellows. It will have room to let the bellows expand during installation .
Making the pattern is a must as the aluminized material is somewhat stiff and is tearable.
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After the pater is made I clamped with CV boot clamps.
If you notice the material is following contour of wrap surface. That created the possibility of the bellows being stretched upon installation without stretching and tearing aluminized overlay.
I sprayed fiber side with coating to help control fibers and help form material to pipe. I applied while tacky.
The drivers side up pipe has a dent in it for clearance. Googs checked clearance by sticking a 3/8 extension between pipe and transmission so clearance will be ok if directions are followed. Thanks for checking Googs!
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I insulated the collector as well.
That pattern was fun!
I finished by securing with stainless wire.
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These are the bad boys all finished up.
This concludes my posting.
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Great write up Nick and great job , your trucks going to be the coolest mate.


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03 F250 4x4 CC 7.3ltr 4R100HD rebuilt, 160,000 Klms
GTP38R , Turbo-master , IH Bellowed up pipes, RiffRaff CAC boot kit, AIH delete, .
4" Turbo back exhaust ,Banks power elbow, LPG (Gas over diesel) DP F6 tuner, 40hp tow, 60hp tow, 80hp tow, 60hp, 80hp, 120hp race, Decel, 1200 RPM.
RiffRaff 6637 intake ,pre filter, Snorkle
Custom made trans cooler with twin thermo fans ,water to oil cooler
Scangauge 11,AutoMeter Trans temp, pyro ,Water/Oil temp, Fuel Pressure, Boost.
Longrange 120 ltr fuel tank and transfer pump, 15,000 lb winch, Warn winch bar, Lightforce HID spot lights, HID headlights, Black Widow Drawer System, Snugtop Canopy with gull windows, Fr & Rr ARB Diff locks, Hornblaster Train horns, Post fuel pump filter, RiffRaff FRx and HPx , Bilsteins x4, Onboard compressor , Air tank and water traps, Billet door handles, Alpine headset, Alpine overhead DVD player, Rockford Fosgate sub, Alpine amp and CD changer.
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Thank you Googs, I value your opinion.
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And that's a wrap, folks!
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NYB , Wow your on fire this week old mate.


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GTP38R , Turbo-master , IH Bellowed up pipes, RiffRaff CAC boot kit, AIH delete, .
4" Turbo back exhaust ,Banks power elbow, LPG (Gas over diesel) DP F6 tuner, 40hp tow, 60hp tow, 80hp tow, 60hp, 80hp, 120hp race, Decel, 1200 RPM.
RiffRaff 6637 intake ,pre filter, Snorkle
Custom made trans cooler with twin thermo fans ,water to oil cooler
Scangauge 11,AutoMeter Trans temp, pyro ,Water/Oil temp, Fuel Pressure, Boost.
Longrange 120 ltr fuel tank and transfer pump, 15,000 lb winch, Warn winch bar, Lightforce HID spot lights, HID headlights, Black Widow Drawer System, Snugtop Canopy with gull windows, Fr & Rr ARB Diff locks, Hornblaster Train horns, Post fuel pump filter, RiffRaff FRx and HPx , Bilsteins x4, Onboard compressor , Air tank and water traps, Billet door handles, Alpine headset, Alpine overhead DVD player, Rockford Fosgate sub, Alpine amp and CD changer.
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This is a shot of a tool I made for dressing up the exhaust manifold with lapping compound.
I just wrapped tape around old up pipe to make a cutting line.
Once too was made I used it and valve lapping compound to twist back and forth.
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This is post dressing.
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Nick is there a lot of miles on your truck or where the up-pipes to manifolds a little loose, that's a large grove mark or is that normal? Just that i didn't see that on mine.


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130 k it might have been loose from factory but not when I got to it. It would catch a nail before dressing. The new pipe runs at a better angle so combined with the dressing I should be good.
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