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F355 Zircotec, Swain Tech, Heat shields, Headers...

Discussion in '348/355' started by RidePride, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. RidePride

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    Hi everybody. Long time lurker first time post. Had the car for 5 years- love it. Red 355 spyder type.

    So I’ve corrected the valve guides and decided to remove and replace the headers before problems occur. I found a pair of custom SS headers and had Zircotec spray them Performance White before they came back to USA from Europe. The car is in for a major and decided to Swaintech White Lightning the cats and x pipe. Will be applying 2000 degree hi temp Rustoleum matte black to keep cosmetics.

    I can not find if there are oem heat shields to protect the radiator and A/C compressor. I have found carbon fiber aftermarket heat shields and if no oem shields then I would first apply Zircoflex 3 on them and have them installed.

    As this is an experiment with performance, and since Zircotec claims a Ferrari 360 race team reports a 50c reduction in underbonnet temps post treatment, I plan on reporting operating temps back here at a later date.

    My question to you 355 gurus...can somebody confirm if there are oem heat shields that protect the alternator and A/C compressor separate from the OEM shrouds that enclose the headers?

    Thanks
     
  2. RidePride

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    Additionally, since the Zircoflex is malleable and has an adhesive backing, where else would you recommend applying it in the engine compartment?
     
  3. MAD828

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    There aren’t any OEM heat shields on the alternator and a/c compressor. Some unshielded replacement headers like the fabspeed option have heatshields for alternator you can add to mitigate this. I run Tubi headers for the heat shielding. Otherwise I too would look for ways to prevent heatsoak to those items in close proximity including engine mounts.
     
  4. taz355

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    Like Elliot I also run tubi headers and that was one of the big reasons I went with them

    I also just this year because I had the engine out also added aftermarket shields from glenn at exotic carbon fiber
     
  5. apex97

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    I run Fabspeed headers, and I have aftermarket heat shields for alternator and A/C compressor. Can’t remember for sure if the shields came from Fabspeed or another vendor, but they are simple flat parts. I added that space age gold foil heat mat to further reduce heat transfer and had my sexy polished exhaust ceramic coated flat black. All of this has kept my components happy and under hood temps at least 50F lower than before the exhaust change. It’s been 10,000 miles and 6 years since I did it and I have had no issues. Doing a major very soon and I will replace the Gold foil when it’s out on the floor.


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  6. Drock28

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    I believe you can buy the A/C and alternator shields as standalone pieces from Fabspeed.. which should be cheaper then the CF pieces some vendors offer..

    I've been running my Fabspeed headers for 3 seasons, bare naked out of the box direct bolt on, with the supplied shields with zero issues.
     
  7. J. Salmon

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    Swain tech is amazing stuff, I put it on open headers of a project and it truly works, plus it looks incredibly cool.
     
  8. SoCal1

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    Swain tech is good across the board. When I was doing air cooled stuff they put me above most other builders
     
  9. taz355

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    The ones from exotic car gear are 130 bucks i think
     
  10. DarkHorseTerence

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    That sounds like a very cool setup ! Do you have any pictures??
     
  11. apex97

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    I should finally get the major done next month and I will post some pix with it all out on the floor
     

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