I put the self-adhesive heat-reflective stuff (with 4mm of fibreglass) on. Didn't do a thing for me and I ended up getting a low exhaust bacuse I found it so bad. Give it a while to see whether it's a problem for you first - some people have no issues at all. You never know, you might be lucky. Oh and congrats on the bikeGot an XE coming into my life tomorrow. Ridiculously excited, but as a tall rider taking the thing into Europe also very worried about heat. There’ve been lots of suggestions on this thread about reflective tape/ aerogel / putting a spacer in but has anyone actually tried any of these? Decat is the last resort and would love to avoid if possible. Thanks!
Do you have a link for where you picked those up? I’m definitely interested.I have had my XE from new for 3 weeks now. I removed the 3 heatshield and covered the insides of each one with a self adhesive heat shield from Heat Protection Products. After a ride or while letting the bike idle after warming up, I am able to place my bare hands on the large rear heat shield and the black middle shield and leave my hand there, feeling just some warmth. On the front shield over the cat, I can place my bare hand on there for a few seconds at a time without getting burnt. I was going to have Peter at Meerkat remove the cat, but at this stage heat isn't a problem to the rider, and I don't carry a pillion. FYI.
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Do you have a link for where you picked those up? I’m definitely interested.
Perfect, thanks. I'd seen those online from USA vendors too, but because of the slightly different name, wasn't sure if I was looking at the same thing. Thanks man!Heat Shield Products HP Heatshield MatHeatshield Mat is capable of reflecting 90 percent of radiant heat and withstands 1,100 degrees F of radiant heat (requires minimum of 1-inch of airspace) and up to 450 degrees F of direct heatContinuous operating reflective temperature of 1100F, 2000F...www.autobarn.com.au
I put a Booster Plug in my XC, and then sprung for the Free Spirits Decat kit and an Akropovic exhaust. It was a little bit of fiddling to mate the decat with the Akro slip-ons, but nothing terrible. I recommend to anyone opening up the exhaust to the extent the Akro/decat combination does to spend just a bit more for the Booster Plug. It doesn't do anything about the heat but it has a tremendous positive effect on cold starting and off-idle running on these Euro-4 engines, even more so if you live like I do in a hot climate. The combination of the three components is an expensive fix for a problem that shouldn't even exist, but once it's done-it's done. And it most definitely is a fix..