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Do I need to insulate my aftermarket downpipe?

My stock 3in downpipe was nicely insulated but for the past 6 months i have been running diamond eye turbo back exhaust, with a 3.5 inch downpipe. I dont have anything wrapped around it. is it creating excessive heat around that area? I dont tow, but ill rip on the truck every now and then

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I have had a 4in down pipe for four years now and it is uninsulated and has been just fine. I think you are fine.

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My factory one was not insulated and neither is my new diamond eye


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Does removing the insulation on the stock increase Turbo sound? Also have y'all seen any improvement with an aftermarket one?


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Well, you will have no issue with there being too much heat. That stuff on the firewall that makes you all itchy if your rub against it does a good job of keeping the heat int he engine bay. I have my up-pipes and down pipe wrapped beacuse I believe it helps with spool up, becasue hotter gases will travel faster and at higher pressures. Does it make a difference? Idk, but race engines almost always have wrapped exhaust piping.

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Well, you will have no issue with there being too much heat. That stuff on the firewall that makes you all itchy if your rub against it does a good job of keeping the heat int he engine bay. I have my up-pipes and down pipe wrapped beacuse I believe it helps with spool up, becasue hotter gases will travel faster and at higher pressures. Does it make a difference? Idk, but race engines almost always have wrapped exhaust piping.
Must be the same idea with a turbo blanket?

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Wrapping the down pipe for performance is stupid and a complete waste IMO. Now wrapping the up-pipes and using a turbo blanket I could see as possibly being beneficial but there is no need to wrap the down pipe for anything since the up-pipes are closer to whatever could be affected by heat and are hotter and arent wrapped all the time. JMO.

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The 03's came with the wrapping on the downpipe to cut down on noise, not heat.

It's because of those dang whiney 03 turbos!!!


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Wrapping pre-turbo exhaust components long term is usually a bad idea. Its generally only done for thermal management to aid in keeping underhood temps down on non-oem parts. Generally race only.

Turbo blanket is also almost always for theremal management not performance in non OE performance applications.

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Wrapping pre-turbo exhaust components long term is usually a bad idea. Its generally only done for thermal management to aid in keeping underhood temps down on non-oem parts. Generally race only.
It helps to burn holes through otherwise good components.

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